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Take the Lead

Take the Lead  

TAKE THE LEAD supports the phenomenal work that Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP) is doing to give every girl the opportunity be a part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) throughout our nine-county footprint.  As GSEP’s signature fundraising event, Take the Lead is an event for the girls, by the girls.

Our 2021 Take the Lead honored incredible women leaders from our community who are the positive role models our girls need today. They inspire girls everywhere and provide them with the courage, confidence, and character necessary to make the world a better place. Check out our Press Release Announcement here!

Take the Lead 2022 Nominations

Take the Lead honors women who exemplify the mission of Girl Scouting and celebrate them for their leadership and achievements. Do you have a woman leader in your community who you would like to nominate for Take the Lead 2022? All nominations are due August 11, 2021. More details can be found on the nomination form. To see a full list of past honorees please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Click here to Nominate a Woman Leader Today!

2021 Greater Philadelphia

Watch the Recorded Event

You can skip the event pre-show by jumping to Minute 15.  

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Dona File

Corporate Safety Director
L.F. Driscoll
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Nicole Marquis

Founder & CEO
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Charmaine Spence Rochester DHA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA

Chief Financial Officer
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health
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Leslie Stiles

Board President
Pennsylvania Conference for Women

Here is a list of our 2021 Sponsors!


Philadelphia Committee

Jackie Cuddeback
Philadelphia Phillies

Hilary Hannan Saylor
Stradley Ronon

Vice Chairs:
Deborah Hassan
Deloitte, Ret.
Chair, Board of Directors

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

Terri Boyer
Villanova University

Rev. Bonnie Camarda
The Salvation Army

Clare Freimuth

Irene Horstmann Hannan
Faith in the Future

Rosella Harvey
NorthStar Owners Representation

Kathy Killian
Philadelphia Phillies

Charisse R. Lillie
CRL Consulting LLC

Rev. Dr. Lorina L. Marshall-Blake
Independence Blue Cross

Cindy Matje
Citizens Commercial Bank

Cathy Engel Menendez, APR
Community Volunteer

Hon. Diane M. Welsh (Ret.)

Dalila Wilson-Scott

Alex Wysocki
Blank Rome, LLP

Digital Program Booklet

2021 Berks County

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You can skip the event pre-show by jumping to Minute 15.  

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Kristin Boyd Edwards

Director of Communications
Reading School District
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Susan Denaro

Georgeadis Setley
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Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D.

’82 President of Albright College
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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Debra Powell, MD, MS

Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases & Medical Director of Infection Prevention
Tower Health Reading Hospital

Here is a list of our 2021 Sponsors!


Berks Committee

Karen Marsdale
Greater Reading Chamber Alliance, Ret.

Michele L. Richards
Fulton Bank

Vice Chairs:
Carey Babczak

Paula Barrett

Linda Bloom
Tower Health

Jodi Corbett
Reading Area Community College

Mike Duff
Penske Truck Leasing

Loni Francis
Tower Health

Kristi Gage
Gage Personnel

Pat Giles
Community Volunteer

Crystal Gilmore Harris
Reading School District

Mary Lou Kline
Security First

Jerry Marcus
Community Volunteer

Mary Ann Moffitt
First National Bank

Jennie Rodriguez Priest
Stevens & Lee

Trish Shermot
Visions Federal Credit Union

Alison Snyder
East Penn Manufacturing 

Digital Program Booklet

2021 Lehigh Valley

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You can skip the event pre-show by jumping to Minute 15.  

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Senator Lisa Boscola

State Senator
18th District
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Victoria Brifo

Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer
Air Products
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Fusun Bubernack

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Lin Erickson

Executive Director & CEO
Da Vinci Science Center
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Deborah Sundlof, DO

Cardiologist, Lehigh Valley Heart Institute, Co-Director of the Women’s Heart Program & Cardio-Oncology Programs and Physician Medical Director Regional Heart, LVH-Muhlenberg

Here is a list of our 2021 Sponsors!


Lehigh Valley Committee

Stephanie Sherry

Vice Chairs:
Anne Baum
Capital BlueCross

Amy Beck
Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living

Marlene Beers

Marilee Falco

Deborah Fries-Jackson
Boys & Girls Club of Allentown

Pam Lott
Past GSEP Board Member

Krista Ortwein

Beverly Pesaresi
Fulton Bank

Ashley Russo
ASR Media

Laurene Ryan
Community Volunteer

Bev Saunders
LV Phantoms

Michelle Sorgi
GSEP Troop Leader & Service Unit Registrar

Ron Ticho
Advance MarCom Strategies

Digital Program Booklet


Take the Lead 2020 Events

Take the Lead 2020 was a unique year, with the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Only Take the Lead Philadelphia was able to take place, while the Take the Lead Berks and Lehigh Valley were canceled.  Though these events were canceled, the spirit of these events was not lost.  Our incredible sponsors stepped up their support and reaffirmed their commitment to our girls.  All of our honorees had the opportunity to mentor a high school Girl Scout, one of the unique leadership programs Take the Lead offers.  Explore below our 2020 events and learn what our girls have to say about their Take the Lead experience.

2020 Greater Philadelphia

Mary Stengel Austen

Mary Stengel Austen

President & CEO
Save the Date

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 – Virtual Gala

Sponsorships & Tickets

Stay tuned for our 2021 honorees!


Stay tuned for our 2021 sponsors!

Dr. Brandi Baldwin

Dr. Brandi Baldwin

Founder & CEO
Millennial Ventures Holdings
Sophia Lee

Sophia Lee

Partner & Chief Diversity Inclusion Officer
Blank Rome
Eileen McDonnell

Eileen McDonnell

Chairman & CEO
The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company
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2020 Berks County

Honoree Video

Carolyn M. Bazik, MBA

Executive Director
Co County Wellness Services

Susan Fromm

Community Advocate

Dr. Susan D. Looney

Reading Are Community College

Dr. Vinti Shah

Chief, Palliative Medicine and Chair, Ethic Committee
Tower Health
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2020 Lehigh Valley

Honoree Video

Judge Kelly Banach

Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas

Carol Obando-Derstine

Regional Affairs Director
PPL Electric Utilities

Marilee Falco, CFP, CHFC

Principal and Financial Strategist

Dr. Teri Haddad, Ed.D

CEO/Owner, eMedia Works, and VP Community Early Learning Intiatives
Community Services for Children
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Past Honorees 

For any questions please contact:              Nina Harmon
Signature Events & Development Manager