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Girl Scouts Honors Women of Distinction in Colorado Springs

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Saturday, Sept. 17th, Girl Scouts of Colorado honored the 2016 Pikes Peak Women of Distinction during the Thin Mint Brunch at Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. A group of nearly 150 gathered at the event, which raised $30,000 for local Girl Scout programs. This year’s Women of Distinction are:

  1. Aimee Cox, Community Development Manager, City of Colorado Springs

  2. Janice “JJ” Frazier, Chair, Board of Directors, Urbanites Leading the Pikes Peak Region (ULPPR)

  3. Jenifer Furda, Publisher, Colorado Springs Business Journal

  4. Hannah Parsons, Chief Community Development Officer, Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance

  5. Susan Presti, Manager, Community Relations and Information Management, Colorado Springs Utilities

  6. Robin Roberts, President, Pikes Peak National Bank

  7. June Waller, Community Volunteer (Recipient of the Sandy Taylor Distinguished Community Service Award)


These seven extraordinary women were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Carla Hartsell, and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. They are shining examples of corporate, civic and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.

Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Sarah Greichen inspired the crowd with her keynote speech about her journey to earn the highest honor in Girl Scouts and eventually be named a Young Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of the USA. Inspired by her twin brother who has an autism spectrum disorder, Sarah started a non-profit organization, Score A Friend, to promote and support youth to lead school-based unified clubs for students of all abilities. Today, there are Score A Friend clubs in schools and universities across the country.

Girl Scouts of Colorado engages Women of Distinction in ongoing Girl Scout activities and programs designed to build the next generation of leaders. Since 1994, more than 125 women have been named as Pikes Peak Women of Distinction.

Sponsors of this year’s event include Delta Dental, El Pomar Foundation, Ent Federal Credit Union, Newmont Mining, Girl Scouts of Colorado Highest Awards Alumnae, the Hartsell Living Trust, Nor’wood Development Group, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and one anonymous sponsor.

For more information on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Pikes Peak Women of Distinction program, visit our website.

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