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Girl Scouts will honor amazing, local leaders and role models at Annual Women of Distinction and Community Partners Gala


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While men and women equally share low-to-mid management roles in the United States, upper management positions remain dominated by men with fewer than a quarter of Fortune 500 companies led by women and only approximately 15 percent of executive and board positions at those same companies filled by women.

This generation of future female leaders is expected to improve those statistics, leading the way for greater gender equality for senior management positions. For that to occur, young girls must have strong, successful role models with persistence and dedication to show them what’s possible.

The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore will honor seven of these outstanding role models who are leading the way at its annual Women of Distinction & Community Partners Gala, sponsored by Investors Bank, on Friday, March 3, at Eagle Oaks Country Club in Farmingdale.

In addition to honoring four outstanding Women of Distinction, the Girl Scouts will continue to honor additional role models, including a Junior Woman of Distinction, a community partner and a Man Enough to be a Girl Scout member of the year.

The 2017 honorees are as follows. Full biographies and photographs of all honorees are available upon request. 

Women of Distinction

  • Regina Foley, Hackensack Meridian Health
  • Patricia Howard, United Healthcare - Optum360 
  • Victoria Magliacane, Investors Bank
  • Dr. Stephanie Reynolds, Hackensack Meridian Health

Community Partner

  • Jeremy Grunin, The Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation

Junior Woman of Distinction

  • Hannah Morgan, Troop 50171

Man Enough to be a Girl Scout Member of the Year

  • Thomas Hayes, New Jersey Natural Gas

Tickets are still available for the event. Proceeds benefit the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore and are used locally to support important Girl Scout activities such as S.T. E. M. (science, technology, engineering and math) programs, environmental awareness activities and travel opportunities. Please help us provide a Girl Scout experience for every girl who wants to become a Girl Scout and, at the same time, show your support to these outstanding community leaders.

For more information please email Tara Novak or call 732-349-4499.

Pictured above, from left to right: The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore will honor seven of outstanding role models at its annual Women of Distinction & Community Partners Gala, sponsored by Investors Bank, on Friday, March 3, at Eagle Oaks Country Club in Farmingdale. Pictured are Patricia Howard, Woman of Distinction; Jeremy Grunin, Community Partner honoree; Hannah Morgan, Junior Woman of Distinction; Dr. Stephanie Reynolds, Hackensack Meridian Health, and Regina Foley, Hackensack Meridian Health. Not pictured are Victoria Magliacane, Woman of Distinction, and Thomas Hayes, Man Enough To Be A Girl Scout Member of the Year.