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Written by:Jennifer Yepez
8/16/2013 10:16 AM 

DALLAS – June 16, 2013 – Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) will honor two deserving women and exceptional Girl Scouts at the Women of Distinction Luncheon this fall. Lindalyn Adams, a civic volunteer and a founder of the Sixth Floor Museum, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and Nicole Small, Eugene McDermott chief executive officer of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, will be honored with the Woman of Distinction Award. The luncheon is presented by AT&T and will be held on October 24, 2013 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas with keynote speaker Talia Leman, chief executive officer and founder of RandomKid.

The Women of Distinction Luncheon recognizes outstanding women leaders and Girl Scouts for their service to the community. Funds raised during the luncheon support Girl Scout programs for nearly 35,000 girls and 17,000 adult members in North Texas.

"Lindalyn and Nicole have made a tremendous impact on the Dallas community and were chosen for their impressive presence as leaders, their courage to excel and their dedication to empowering girls and young women," said Colleen Walker, chief executive officer for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. "It is important that girls today have strong role models to look to for inspiration. Lindalyn and Nicole are real-world examples of what our girls can accomplish and how they can positively impact their community." 

"AT&T congratulates Lindalyn and Nicole and thanks them for their outstanding contributions to our community," said AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and Global Marketing Officer Cathy Coughlin. "We’re proud to support this event and the Girl Scouts’ ongoing efforts to accelerate girls’ success by teaching them lifelong lessons and encouraging them to pursue their passions in science, technology, engineering and math fields."

The keynote speaker will be 18-year-old former Girl Scout Talia Leman. She serves as CEO and founder of RandomKid, a non-profit organization that leverages the power of youth to solve problems in the world. In 2005, at just 10 years old, Talia was extremely concerned by the devastation following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita so she rallied a national network of children to collect more than $10 million for the victims. 

Since the founding of RandomKid, Leman has authored a book, A Random Book About the Power of Anyone, which illustrates the important contributions young people can make to change the world around them. 

"Youth are more empowered than ever to make a difference in the world around us," said Leman. "Organizations like the Girl Scouts provide the tools for girls to develop ideas and really make a vital impact. Being a Girl Scout gave me the necessary skills to start my own philanthropic company and accomplish my goals." 

Lindalyn is a long-time Dallas resident and known for her passion for history and the impact she has made on the city. One of her great passions has been the Baylor Health Care System’s Celebrating Women Luncheon, which since its inception has raised more than $20 million for research, community outreach and expanded technology for the fight against breast cancer.

Nicole Small was a Girl Scout and is a great example of women’s leadership, perseverance and dedication in serving as the driving force behind the development and creation of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Small directs all aspects of day-to-day operations at the Perot Museum, located in Victory Park, and oversaw the completion of the 180,000 square foot, interactive Museum featuring 11 permanent exhibit halls, a state-of-the-art hall designed to host world-class traveling exhibitions, a 3D digital cinema, an education wing with six Learning Labs, a flexible-space auditorium, Café and Museum Shop. Small and her husband have two daughters, one of whom is a Girl Scout Brownie.

The luncheon is chaired by Angie, Ann, and Kimber Kadesky. For more information about becoming a sponsor, purchasing tickets or a table at the event, please contact Brianna Morris at bmorris@gsnetx.org or 972.349.2438.

 

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