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Girl Scouts Women's Leadership Summit: Why You Matter


As a volunteer, member, or friend of the premier leadership organization for girls, you already know what it takes to inspire young women to become fearless, thoughtful change makers. Come join forces with like-minded women to empower even more girls to take the lead!

At the Women's Leadership Summit on Saturday, April 28, you will:

  • Discover new ways to harness your own power and tap into your strengths and leadership skills.
  • Connect with other amazing leaders, and leave prepared to take action in your life and the lives of girls.

Topics include personal, emotional, and financial wellness, as well as an interactive workshop on leadership development.

                        Register now!

Event Details

Date: Saturday, April 28th, 8:45am-12:30pm
Registration and networking begin at 8:00 am. Breakfast is served at 9am

Location: Valley Forge Casino Resort, 1160 1st Ave, King of Prussia, PA

Cost: $25 for Girl Scout members 
          $57 for non-Girl Scout members. This includes membership in Girl Scouts until September 2018.


8:00am:   Registration and Networking

8:45am:   Opening Remarks              

9:25 am:  Keynote Speech:  Risk is a Four-Letter Word,

                                        Jennifer Allebach, Vice President of Girl                                          Experience, Girl Scouts of the USA

10am: Breakout Sessions:

                    Personal Development
                    Financial Wellness
                    Emotional Wellness

11am: Leadership Development Workshop

11:45am: Closing: Why YOU Matter

12pm: Networking


Kim Fraites-Dow
Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania

Kim joined Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania in March 2011 as the Chief Development and Marketing Officer and then Chief Operations Officer before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Integral to her success has been Kim’s leadership in recruiting key personnel, building collaboration across diverse teams of people, leading organizational change management, and developing relationships across GSEP’s nine county footprint.

Kim is passionate about the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Jennifer Allebach – Keynote Speaker
Vice President of Girl Experience, Girl Scouts of the USA

As leader of the national Girl Experience team, Jennifer is responsible for the strategy, content design, and development of experiences for all Girl Scouts across 112 regional councils and USA Girl Scouts Overseas. Jennifer was formerly the Chief Program and Volunteer Officer at Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania.

A risk-taker in her own right, Jennifer transitioned from GSEP to GSUSA to have a greater impact and transformed the Girl Scout experience for all girls, nationwide.  She led the charge to create new and relevant Journey and badge opportunities for girls. Jennifer will be speaking about her experience as a risk-taker and how every woman can make a difference in the world. 

Cathy Lockyer Moulton
Chief Operations Officer, Thomas Wynne LP

By day, Cathy Lockyer Moulton works in the property management business that her grandfather started in 1936.  She handles construction and renovation work, landlord / tenant matters, marketing, customer service initiatives and human relations.  In the evenings, Cathy is usually working with her Girl Scout Troop of 15 years or serving as the Board Chair at Chestnut Hill College.  Cathy’s Troop has been to The Birthplace, Pax Lodge, Our Chalet and Our Cabana and they will travel to Sangam in India this June. 

Cathy is also a member of the Friends of Our Cabana, a World Foundation group that raises money and awareness for our World Center in Mexico.  The Friends meet at Our Cabana annually to discuss new strategies and help the local community.

Deborah Hassan
Chair of the Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania

Debbie Hassan has over 33 years of experience at Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she specialized in delivering governance and risk services to clients, including: SOX/COSO requirements, external audit, internal audit, IT, and cyber audits, investigations, and enterprise risk methodologies. She served as the Greater Philadelphia marketplace leader for the advisory and enterprise risk services practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP and the local Women’s Initiative leader. Additionally, Debbie led the northeast region internal audit practice and served on the firm’s national internal audit leadership committee.

Debbie was a Girl Scout for 12 years, starting as a Brownie and advancing to the level of Senior Girl Scout. She earned her First Class award and participated in camping and counseling at Camp Laughing Waters. She served on the Board Development Committee of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania as a volunteer for two years prior to being admitted to the Board of Directors in 2014.

Dr. Amy Fleischer
Professor and Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering, Villanova University

Dr. Amy Fleischer is a professor and department chair of mechanical engineering at Villanova University, where she is also director of the NovaTherm Research Laboratory.  She has been on the Villanova faculty for 17 years. Amy is the author/ editor of two books and has published more than 80 technical peer-reviewed papers. Amy was recognized as the ASME Electronics and Photonics Packaging Division (EPPD) 2010 Women Engineer of the Year and was awarded the 2011 ASME K-16/ EPPD Clock Award in recognition of her outstanding and continuing contributions to the science and engineering of heat transfer in electronics.

As a recognized international leader in the strongly male dominated world of engineering, Amy is committed to gender equity and is an ardent activist for intersectional feminist issues. She is a guest contributor to U.S. News and World Report, where she has published three articles on women and girls in STEM.

Elleanor Jean Hendley
Founder, Teenshop, Inc. and Emmy Award Winner, CBS 3

Elleanor Jean Hendley is an Emmy Award-winning former television news journalist and public school teacher. For more than twenty years she worked at CBS 3 TV in Philadelphia, PA where she served as the Eyewitness News education reporter, producer/host of “City Lights”, an award-winning weekend primetime magazine show broadcast for ten years, and Director of Public Affairs.

In 1985, while working fulltime in television, Ms. Hendley founded Teenshop, Inc.®, a nationally- recognized nonprofit weekend program that prepares “girls with goals®” for college and careers.  The success of Teenshop was the catalyst for Girls Achieve®, which Ms. Hendley created in 2005 in response to educators’ requests for an in-school enrichment program. Girls Achieve®, a series of life skills and curriculum–support workshops, has empowered hundreds of girls in public and charter schools in the School District of Philadelphia and suburban counties.

Kristen Stevenson
Director of Banking, Abbot Downing

Kristen Stevenson is a Director of Banking in the Philadelphia office, responsible for managing full-service banking relationships with high-net-worth clients. Kristen oversees a portfolio of complex accounts. She has over 20 years of experience in the banking industry.

Prior to Abbot Downing, Kristen was a director of Banking for Wells Fargo Family Wealth. She has been with Wells Fargo since 1996 and previously served as senior vice president in the Legal Specialty Group and vice president in the Commercial Risk Management group. Before joining Wells Fargo, Kristen was vice president and controller with Phoenix Management Services were she served as acting controller for several troubled companies. Before Phoenix Management Services, Kristen was a banking officer at PNC Bank.

Kimberly Wheeler Goodman
Senior Wealth Advisor, Senior Vice- President, Wells Fargo

Kimberly Goodman is a Senior Wealth Advisor for Wells Fargo Private Bank. As a senior member of the regional wealth team, Kimberly is responsible for the acquisition and ongoing management of Wells Fargo’s most complex private clients. She works directly with clients to address their private banking, investment management, financial and tax planning, trust and estate services and overall wealth management needs. Kimberly joined Wells Fargo in March and has over 21 years of Financial Services experience. Prior to joining Wells Fargo she was a Senior Relationship Manager for TD Wealth Management, however she spent the majority of her career with BNY Mellon where she held numerous roles all with a focus on assisting high net worth individuals and families.


Mariandl C. Hufford
Director of the Center for the Advancement of Girls, Agnes Irwin School for Girls

Mariandl is an experienced educator who holds dual master’s degrees in Educational Leadership and in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College.

Mariandl is responsible for overseeing the academic programming for the Agnes Irwin School for Girls and the research, advocacy and community engagement initiatives that comprise the work of the Center for the Advancement of Girls. Her student-centered, research-based focus has led her to work on the creation of systems and programs that best serve girls. Wellness is one of the four areas identified by the Center as crucial to the development of girls.

Dr. Teresa M. (Terri) Boyer

The founding director of the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership at Villanova University, Dr. Teresa “Terri” Boyer is known for her expertise on issues of gender equity, women in the workforce, work-life balance, women’s education and leadership development.

Dr. Boyer is an accomplished author who has published widely on educational and workforce equity, institutional reform for equity, women’s education and leadership, the effectiveness of equity programs, and assessment and teacher training. Dr. Boyer regularly speaks nationally on topics related to advancing women in education and the workplace, and has worked with dozens of major companies and institutions on gender initiatives.


Personal Development

Meet four women who have broken through glass ceilings, become leaders in male-dominated career fields, or overcome personal adversity to become strong role models for girls.  Discover what lessons they learned, and how they surprised people along the way. Speakers include: Cathy Lockyer Moulton, Deborah Hassan, Dr. Amy Fleischer, Elleanor Jean Hendley

Financial Wellness

Talk one on one with financial professionals about topics such as cash flow management for troops or families, college planning, mortgages, retirement, investing, and girl programming opportunities. Speakers include: Kimberly Goodman, Kristen Stevenson

Emotional Wellness

Girls’ emotional health is at risk. The 2017 Girl Scouts State of Girls report indicates that more high school girls are considering suicide today than ten years ago. What is the cause of this? How can women improve their own emotional health, become more aware of emotional health issues facing girls, and provide leadership for the girls they influence? Speakers include: Mariandl Hufford

Full Session Leadership Development Workshop

Enhance your own leadership skills through this interactive workshop led by Dr. Terri Boyer. Share your best practices and learn from other women.


Registration Info

Girl Scout Members: Register via the Event/Registration System, here ($25)
Non Girl-Scouts: Register via Event Brite ($57, includes Girl Scout membership until September 2018)