Monday, December 7, 2015

Girl Scouts of Connecticut Honors Three Women in STEM at Breakfast Badge Event

Congratulations to this year's honorees!  

This past Friday morning, at our 19th annual Breakfast Badge event in Hartford, we honored three extraordinary women who have made major strides in the STEM field. Joanne Berger-Sweeney, president of Trinity College; Manon Cox, President and CEO of Protein Sciences; and Kathy Kountze-Tatum, Senior Vice President and CIO of Eversource Energy were awarded unique badges, and shared their inspirational stories with over 250 business women and men, as well as friends of Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

From left to right: GSOFCT CEO Mary Barneby, President of Trinity College
 Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Sr. Vice President and CIO of Eversource Energy
Kathy Kountze-Tatum, President and CEO of Protein Sciences Manon Cox,
and GSOFCT President of Board of Directors Caroline Sloat.
In addition to hearing from these iconic STEM women leaders, we also heard from Natalie Gallo, an Ambassador Girl Scout from Farmington, CT, whose Gold Award Project focused on building STEM awareness and interest among younger girls in her community. Also on hand to introduce our honorees were Girl Scout Allyanna from New Fairfield, Girl Scout Megan from Marlborough, and Girl Scout Christiana from Rocky Hill, all amazing young women.

While we all left inspired and motivated, the real work must continue to help girls to succeed in building interest and confidence in choosing STEM career paths. Past and current statistics are not in their favor, and that is why they need our unwavering encouragement and support. The good news is that recent research conducted by the Girl Scouts Research Institute confirmed that girls like STEM and want to achieve in STEM fields.

While being inspired by our honorees, it was quite moving to see all of the generous support we received from those in attendance. Because of our donors, we are able to serve 35,000 girls across the state, and inspire our next generation of women leaders.  And this “sell out” crowd helped us to raise more money to support our programs than any previous Breakfast Badge event.

At Girl Scouts of Connecticut, we offer programming in robotics, rocketry, coding, financial literacy, and more. We make experiential learning in STEM fun. We strive to help girls achieve their dreams and help them know there is nothing that will hold them back. Women like Joanne, Manon, and Kathy prove just that.

Congratulations to our three honorees, and may we continue to work together and strive to inspire girls to aim high with skill and confidence.


Yours in Girl Scouting, 

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