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Through Leadership and Service, Girl Scouts Pave Way to Bright Future


Annual awards luncheon celebrates current and rising female leaders in Arizona.

Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) invites everyone to celebrate the remarkable impact girls and women have in our community at their 2014 Women & Young Women of Distinction luncheon, on November 15 at the Arizona Biltmore. The honorees are outstanding individuals who are paving the way to a brighter future through their leadership and service to the community. They also share a common bond: their values and leadership got started through being a Girl Scout.

The luncheon, GSACPC’s only fundraising event during the year, presents an excellent opportunity for the community to celebrate current and rising female leaders and for Girl Scout alumnae to reunite with fellow Girl Scouts or their former troop members. The event will be a time to revisit memories, network and find out what’s new in Girl Scouting in Arizona.

“Girls represent our greatest under-utilized talent pool with the greatest potential to positively impact our future,” says Lisa Urias, this year’s event chair and president and CEO of Urias Communications.” The luncheon is the perfect way to get off the side lines and be part of the girl movement. It’s an opportunity to support girls as they develop the courage, confidence and skills needed to step forward and lead the next generation,” Urias says.

The Distinction Awards celebrate girls and women who are recognized leaders among their peers and whose actions have left a lasting impact in their communities. In addition, community members who model the Girl Scout promise and law in their work and their lives will be recognized at the event with the Promise Award.

Meet this Year’s Honorees

Women of Distinction

Diane Enos is the president of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and the second woman to hold this office. She was the first member of the Salt River Indian Community to become a lawyer. She has spent her entire professional life in community service, promoting education and creating opportunities for the traditional O’odham (Pima) and Piipaash (Maricopa) way of life to flourish.

Kate Gallego is the first woman to represent District 8 on the Phoenix City Council. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Plan Phoenix initiative and is focused on economic development for the city.  She is also an avid volunteer serving on a number of boards and is an advocate for volunteers and national service programs.

Mitzi Montoya is the new Vice President and Dean of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group at Arizona State University and serves on the board of the Center for Entrepreneurship. She is committed to growing the entrepreneurial spirit of the university and building collaborations throughout the Valley.

Young Women of Distinction

Ariel Carr, a senior at Centennial High School in Peoria lets everyone know they are special and supported through random acts of kindness. She realized this value has the potential to be contagious and can affect greater change in the world when shared. So, she’s developing “Keep it Kind,” a pass-it-on project inspiring people to fuel a chain reaction of compassion, one good turn at a time.

Brittanee Hustad fights for those who can no longer speak for themselves, with her service project, “Stifle the Silence.” She is bringing attention to the issues of teen depression and suicide, including how to recognize warning signs, and how to help families whose teens have committed suicide find hope. She is a senior at Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix.

Hannah Stevenson is part of the advanced STEM scholar program at Perry High School in Chandler, where she is a junior. She is also a competitive athlete and member of the varsity volleyball team. She is bringing greater recognition to girls’ high school sports through her efforts in building and maintaining her team’s website and teaching other students how to develop websites for their teams.

Promise Awardees

Judy Jolley Mohraz is the first president and CEO of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, and now a Trustee. She furthered the vision of Virginia G. Piper and built a vibrant foundation supporting arts and culture, children, education, healthcare, older adults and religious organizations throughout Maricopa County. 

Harry Papp, the Managing Director of L. Roy Papp & Associates, is a dedicated servant whose charitable endeavors touch every sector of the community, including the Phoenix Zoo, Arizona State University, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and GSACPC. With two daughters of his own, he is passionate about expanding and providing opportunities to all girls.

Wells Fargo is an active community partner, supporting organizations that improve our communities, especially in the areas of education and financial literacy. They value teamwork, leadership, diversity and integrity in serving the community.

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