WARWICK, RI (October 19, 2023) — On October 19, 2023, Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England celebrated our Leading Women of Distinction Awards at the Squantum Association in East Providence.
Our 2023 Leading Women of Distinction honorees have made incredible contributions throughout our local community. All are amazing women who have made a significant, positive impact in an impressive array of fields. These honorees represent diversity of leadership in the community and beyond and promote inclusion and opportunity for girls and women. This group of inspiring women serve as exemplary role models for the leaders of tomorrow.
This year’s Honorees were:
- Anita Bruno, CEO/Founder, RI Women in the Trades
- Lisa Guillette, Executive Director, Foster Forward
- Dr. Deb Myers Meilun, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Women and Infants Hospital
- Ayana Melvan, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships for Mission Programs, Mystic Aquarium
- Dimetra Nettles, Chief Clinical Laboratory Scientist, State of Rhode Island
- Monsurat Ottun, Cybersecurity Advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Lisa Ranglin, President/CEO, Rhode Island Black Business Association
- Amy Walsh, Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase
Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England CEO Dana Borrelli-Murray, stated, “We want our Girl Scouts of today to see women who show up as full human beings, who have experiences across sectors and geographies, diverse backgrounds, and upbringings… and who have excelled. At Girl Scouts, our mission is revelatory. And through the Worldwide Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, we are a global Movement who are all deeply connected to each other. Our mission’s words—courage, confidence, and character—are our instruments for peace, for making the world a better place. Our Leading Women are examples of this mission.”
Thank you to our incredible emcee, Alisha Pina, the founder of Inner Wingspan and a 2022 Leading Women honoree. We would also like to thank our generous sponsors, Amica, Delta Dental, Edward Jones, Ruggieri Family Fund, Women & Infants Hospital, Alera Group, Beacon Mutual, Eastern Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Locke Lord, Wave Federal Credit Union, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Centreville Bank, Don Zambarano, KPMG, Monsurat Ottun Coaching and Consulting Agency, and Rhode Island Black Business Association.
Since 2015, the GSSNE Leading Women of Distinction Honorees have been a direct reflection of what Girl Scouting stands for—they are both impressive and inspiring. GSSNE hopes that through positive, girl-led, girl-centric experiences and exposure to strong female role models, all girls can thrive in the direction of their ambitions and lead lives full of courage, confidence, and character.
To learn more about the 2023 Leading Women of Distinction Awards visit gssne.org/leadingwomen.
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