Meet the 2015 Distinguished Women Honorees

On Friday, January 16th GSCM hosted a breakfast for the 2015 Distinguished Women Honorees. It was a chance for each of the honorees to meet and introduce themselves to each other in a relaxed and collegial setting. Each shared a bit about the work they do on a daily basis and their knowledge and experience of Girl Scouting. The thread that connects each of the women is their belief that girls and women need to be supported and mentored in order to realize their dreams of success.


Karen Singer, DW Committee Chair; Karen Evans, Mary Ann Scully, Georgette Kiser, Violet M. Apple, GSCM CEO; Elianne Ramos, Janese Murray, Lynne M. Durbin, Chair GSCM Board

Karen Evans, a Vice President of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, is a former Girl Scout. She shared that being a part of the awards event brings back a lot of great memories. I learned a lot through Girl Scouts and had wonderful women leaders, she said.

Georgette Kiser, currently a Vice President of T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. will assume the position of Chief Information Officer for the Carlyle Group in early February, said while she was not an official Girl Scout as a child, she did participate in Girl Scout activities at Perkins Street Baptist Church. She is very interested in the array of STEM programs GSCM offers, especially the robotics programs.

Janese Murray is the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Exelon Corporation. While Janese was a Girl Scout for only a short time growing up she sees the positive impact an all-girl environment can have on girls through her daughter who attends an all-girl school. My daughter is strong and confident and I see how girls help each other develop a strong sense of self-worth.

Elianne Ramos is Principal and CEO for Speak Hispanic and Founder of Border Kids Relief Project. She shared that she realized the need to advocate for minorities through some of the experiences her daughter was having at school. Now a nationally recognized social entrepreneur and Latina advocate, she said she feels very privileged to be an honoree and a part of this event with so many amazing women.

Mary Ann Scully is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Howard Bank and chairs the bank’s board of directors. Mary Ann she was a Brownie as a young girl, but gave it up when she discovered she had to go camping. Fast forward and she became the camping mom through her son’s involvement in Boy Scouts. She said that both of these experiences have shown her how scouting really builds team work and a can do attitude.

To read each of the honorees full bios or to learn more about the Distinguished Women’s  Award Celebration, click here.

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