Source: The Wilton Bulletin
The Third Annual Women of Achievement: Paving the Way Leadership Breakfast will take place Friday, May 18.
The event is sponsored by the Girl Scout Council of Southwestern Connecticut, 529 Danbury Road in Wilton, which recognizes that when female leaders share their experiences about courage, strength, and determination they inspire a new generation to pursue far-reaching goals, scout officials say.
The breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, and ends at 10 a.m. The program is open to the public through advance reservations and to corporate and community sponsors who wish to support the Girl Scout Council and the programs and opportunities it provides to girls aged five to 17.
Keynote speaker Linda E. McMahon, chief executive officer and co-founder of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE), has grown the WWE into an integrated global media and entertainment company while at the same time championing the company’s local and national charitable endeavors.
Ms. McMahon is a major supporter of Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, the USO, the Starlight Foundation, and Community Mayors. She has spearheaded the creation of WWE’s Get R.E.A.L. educational and literacy programs, and has been active in re-engaging America’s young voters in their democracy through WWE’s Smackdown Your Vote. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Sacred Heart University of Fairfield, and sits on the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America National Advisory Council. Recently, she was named one of Multichannel News’ 2007 Wonder Women awardees recognizing her accomplishments with WWE and as a leader in the cable television industry.
Other event speakers will be four women the Girl Scout Council of Southwestern Connecticut will honor for paving the way for future women business and community leaders. The honorees will include three women who have earned widespread respect and impressive stature in their professions and community work, as well as one Senior Girl Scout who will be recognized as a Future Woman of Achievement.
“We are very fortunate to have many corporations in our area whose support has enabled women to achieve leadership positions and establish the platform for the next generation of women executives. Together, we are working to secure a bright professional future for our girls. We encourage any company that believes in the relationship between positive youth development and adult success to be a part of our May 18 breakfast and contact the Council for sponsorship information,” Susanne Kuligowski, chief executive officer of the Girl Scout Council, said.
The Girl Scout Council of Southwestern Connecticut serves more than 9,000 young women in grades K-12 in the 15 Fairfield County towns and cities of Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newtown, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Stamford, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.
All of the funds raised through the Women of Achievement Leadership Breakfast will go directly toward developing leadership programs for girls in the community as part of the Council’s ongoing initiatives.
By sponsoring tables at the Women of Achievement Leadership Breakfast, corporations, businesses, and individuals can demonstrate their support for the Council and the Girl Scout Mission, scout officials say. Corporate- and individual-sponsored tables range from $1,000 to $20,000.