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Girl Scouts presents Pittsburgh Awards of Distinction


Pittsburgh—Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) will honor outstanding community service and leadership at the annual Awards of Distinction luncheon on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Omni William Penn, 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh at 11:30 a.m.

The prestigious event will also be attended by Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA Sylvia Acevedo, who will also be serving as the keynote speaker.

This annual event honors the achievements and compassion of these inspirational women and celebrates the mission of the Girl Scout Movement, which is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

The 2018 honorees in each category are:

  • Arts & Education: Janera Solomon, Executive Director, Kelly Strayhorn Theater
  • Athletics: Heather Lyke, Director of Athletics, University of Pittsburgh
  • Business: Sylvia Diez, Senior Vice President, Institutional Asset Management, PNC Financial Group
  • Community & Nonprofit: Amy Hart, President & CEO, Center for Hearing & Deaf Services, Inc.
  • Entrepreneur & Small Business: Megan “Megs” Yunn, Co-Director/Founder, Beverly’s Birthdays
  • Government & Law: Maurita Bryant, Assistant Superintendent, Allegheny County Police
  • Health Care: Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD, Director, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh Medical School
  • Technology & Communication: Jennifer Bullano Ridgley, Senior Director of Communications, Pittsburgh Penguins

Two Girl Scouts will also receive awards at the event.

The Girl Scout of Distinction Award is presented to Alexis Mandell, a senior at North Hills Senior High School. Maria Ciao, also a senior at North Hills Senior High School is the recipient of the Girl Scout Humanitarian Award.

Serving as the 2018 Honorary Co-Chairs on the event’s committee are Yvonne Cook, president of the Highmark Foundation and Sylvia Fields, executive director of Eden Hall Foundation.

FedEx Ground is the 2018 Corporation of Distinction in recognition of their time and financial commitment to countless local organizations, including a grant to support the GSWPA Leadership Outreach Initiative in Sto-Rocks. This grant has helped us serve nearly 100 girls who would not have otherwise participated in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.


About Girl Scouts of the USA

We're 2.6 million strong—1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit