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Women's Leadership Summit


Start the New year off with the momentum and tools needed to make 2020 your best yet! Break out session tracks are available for both adults and high school girls. 

Saturday, January 4, 2020
DoubleTree by Hilton, Valley Forge
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Registration Information

Girl Scout Members
Non-Girl Scout Members
9th - 12th Grade: $15 9th - 12th Grade: $25
Adults: $30 Adults: $55
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Keynote Speaker
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Dr. Robin L. Smith

Best-Selling Author & The Oprah Winfrey Show's Therapist-in-Residence
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Breakout Sessions

Stress Management and Simplifying your Life
Life is busy, and can easily become overwhelming when juggling multiple responsibilities. In this panel we will discuss how different Take the Lead honorees address an overscheduled life, and tips for stress management.

                Deborah Hassan - Board Chair, GSEP Board of Directors

                 Mary Stengel Austen - President & CEO, Tierney
                 Dr. Vinti Shah - Chief, Section of Palliative Medicine, Tower Health

Negotiation and Persuasive Conversation
Do you have the confidence to advocate for yourself, or to vocalize your thoughts and ideas to create change? These are struggles many women face, but in this panel we will chat with Take the Lead honorees about how they’ve effectively used their voice in negotiation and conversation.

                Laura Sicola - Founder, Vocal Impact Production

                Sophia Lee - President & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Blank                  Rome
                Carolyn Bazik - Executive Director, Co-County Wellness
                Dr. Teri Haddad - CEO/Owner, eMedia Works & VP Community                        Early Learning Initiatives, Community Services for Children

New Year, New You
Is there something you want to achieve or do different this year? Are you worried about following through? In this panel we will chat with  Take the Lead  honorees about how they set and achieve goals, take initiative, and overcome obstacles along the way so that  you  can set up your year for success!

                Lisa Bien - Founder, Bouncing Back, LLC

                Dr. Brandi Baldwin - Founder & CEO, Millennial Ventures Holdings
                Dr. Susan Looney - President, Reading Area Community College

9th - 12th Grade Session

Interact with our adult guests and speakers during breakfast and the keynote address, then participate in breakout sessions designed just for YOU! 

The Mindful Leader
Presented by Kristie Piacine, Kind Living Designs
You know what you are capable of but there are deadlines, dates and to-dos swirling all around you. Life is good and feels full - but sometimes too full. How do you get to that sweet spot of balancing the stressors in your life? How does being fully present and aware of your emotions stave off stress? And how does it make you a better leader? Do you know how to navigate the stressors in your life while keeping yourself intact? Join Miss Kristie and learn to hear and quiet your internal critic, handle your external critics and discuss the difference between taking charge and BE-ing in charge. 

Your Leadership Vision

Presented By Terri Boyer, Villanova University
Girl Scouts has given you the tools and space to grow as a leader, but have you considered what your leadership vision is? In this session we’ll dive into a values exploration to better understand what kind of leader you are, and what that means for you personally. By identifying your leadership vision, you’ll be prepared to lead better and apply these skills to your first internship, college, and beyond! 

Career Panel
                Jenaye S. - Troop 6700
                Sydney M. - Troop 1806

Hilary Hannan Saylor
Associate, Stradley Ronan
Career Field: Law

Emily Turner
Investment Advisor, Goldman Sachs
Career Field: Finance

Terri Boyer
Founding Director, Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership, Villanova University
Career Field: Higher Education

Melinda Benedict
Senior Manager, Infection Prevention, Olympus
Career Field: STEM

Rep. Morgan Cephas
Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 192nd District
Career Field: Government
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