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Women & Young Women of Distinction celebrates current and emerging leaders.


New Location! JW Marriott Camelback Inn, Scottsdale

Join us as we recognize and honor outstanding women and young women who have experienced the power of Girl Scouting in their lives and made significant contributions to their community.

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Contact Leslie Friedman at or 602-452-7003 with any questions.

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Leadership Award


Verma Pastor has been actively involved with her community, both personally and professionally, for more than 40 years. Over the years she has been active on numerous boards serving the greater community, including the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council board. Her commitment to girls and Girl Scouting has continued long after her board tenure. 


Jessica Lynn Peebles has boundless energy for helping her community, having put in more than 200 hours of service for numerous organizations as a junior at Desert Vista High School. She has taken on leadership roles with Thunder Buddies, Special Olympics of Arizona and the American Cancer Society, all while taking honors and advanced placement classes and maintaining a 3.98 GPA. 

Visionary Award


Julia Patrick’s company, Patrick Media Group, publishes Frontdoors News, Food & Flourish, The Wedding Chronicle and Great Wine News. Julia’s latest investment has been in the creation and development of the Arizona Nonprofit Academy, an affordable resource that champions sustainable approaches to philanthropy through leadership, education and a collaborative connectivity for Arizona's nonprofit community. A fourth-generation Arizona native, Julia enjoyed her experiences as a Girl Scout in the Arizona Cactus-Pine Council. 


Tess Grossman is a junior at Tesseract School in Phoenix and is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient. In addition to co-founding a creative writing club and competing as a figure skater, Tess has created a support group for deaf children, teens and their parents. Born with a profound hearing loss in both ears, and among the first to receive a cochlear implant, Tess has become a leader and advocate for the deaf community.

Courage Award


Shannon Goldwater is the founder of Feeding Matters, a unique nonprofit organization dedicated to conquering pediatric feeding struggles. The organization’s online platform allows families to share advice and support, and provides medical professional education. Most importantly, Feeding Matters is pioneering change for infants and children by increasing the awareness and understanding of the impact of feeding struggles on a child's social, emotional, developmental, and medical well-being. 


Stephanie Banda, a recent graduate of Westview High School, became a part of a Girl Scout program that drastically changed her life for the better. Although initially reserved, Stephanie soon became actively involved in her troop activities and was chosen to participate in and travel to the Oxford Leadership Academy in London. This summer has been spent at our Shadow Rim Ranch camp, where Stephanie gives canoe lessons and helps other young girls grow and thrive.

Promise Award


Nicole Bidwill is Vice President of the Arizona Cardinals Football Club, but her service and leadership extend throughout the community. Most recently, Nicole volunteered as the Interim Executive Director at Boys Hope Girls Hope Arizona, where she helped in-need children reach academic success. In her free time, Nicole and her certified therapy dog, Barney, frequent the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Circle the City to brighten patients’ days.  

2015 Presenting Sponsor

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