Women of Distinction

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The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas’ 2014 Women of Distinction Luncheon, presented by AT&T, will be held on November 19, 2014 at the Hilton Anatole.

The Women of Distinction Luncheon, recognizes outstanding women leaders and Girl Scouts for their contributions to the community. The award recipients are recognized as Lifetime Achievement, Woman of Distinction, and Young Women of Distinction.

Luncheon proceeds allow GSNETX to provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), enhance our four priority program areas: Financial Literacy, Healthy Living, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and Outdoor Leadership, and support various Girl Scout activities and programs to more than 30,000 girls throughout northeast Texas.

The 2014 Women of Distinction Luncheon is chaired by Elizabeth Gambrell and will honor Gene Jones as the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Honoree and Nancy Ann Hunt as the 2014 Woman of Distinction.

2014 Women of Distinction Luncheon

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Location: Hilton Anatole Hotel, Grand Ballroom
Time: Doors open at 11:00 a.m. Program starts at 11:30 a.m.

For more information please contact Brianna Morris at 972-349-2438 or bmorris@gsnetx.org.

 

2014 Awards Luncheon Chair

Elizabeth Gambrell

Elizabeth Gambrell

Elizabeth Gambrell, a third-generation Girl Scout, volunteers at numerous Highland Park schools, Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, and serves on various boards and committees including Community Partners of Dallas, Senior Source, Cattle Baron’s Ball, Crystal Charity Ball, and Equest. She has extensive experience volunteering at community non-profit agencies through the Junior League of Dallas and National Charity League - Turtle Creek Chapter. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor from the University Of Texas School Of Law. Elizabeth and her husband Eric have three children, two Girl Scouts and one Boy Scout.

 

2014 Honorees

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Gene Jones

Gene Jones

Gene Jones has spent a lifetime in the pursuit of helping others. Under Gene’s enthusiastic direction, the Jones Family has taken a major leadership role in their involvement with The Salvation Army - both at the local and national levels. A dedicated supporter of the arts, Mrs. Jones is a member of the Board of Directors for the AT&T Center for Performing Arts, and the Texas Cultural Trust Board. She was the driving force behind the creation of the Dallas Cowboys Art Collection at AT&T Stadium.

Naming just a few activities from the list of community service and support roles held by Mrs. Jones: Southern Methodist University Board of Trustees; co-chair of the executive board for the Meadows School for the Arts; The Board of Directors for the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU; George W. Bush Institute Woman’s Initiative Advisory Council; Children’s Medical Center of Dallas Board of Trustees; and an involved member of Sweetheart Ball.


Gene is the mother of three successful children – Stephen, Charlotte and Jerry, Jr. – and the proud grandmother of nine. Gene’s husband, Jerry, is the owner of the Dallas Cowboys.


 

Woman of Distinction

Nancy Ann Hunt

Nancy Ann Hunt

Nancy Ann Hunt is dedicated to giving back to her community. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, she attended college at Southern Methodist University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

Hunt taught second and fourth grade science and math at Dallas Country Day School, served as president of three PTA’s in the Richardson Independent School District, and coached girls’ soccer for six seasons. Hunt is an active member of the United Methodist Church, Boy Scouts, and is a current Trustee for the Simmons School of Education at Southern Methodist University.

She’s a proud mother of five and grandmother of nine. Hunt was a Girl Scout, attended Girl Scout camps, and believes scouting had a deep positive impact on her life.


 

Young Women of Distinction

Nancy Ann Hunt

Meredith Burke

Meredith joined Girl Scouts as a Brownie and has earned her Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. For her Gold Award, Meredith spearheaded a two-year project to restore the almost-extinct Blackland Prairie ecosystem by removing invasive grass at the Connemara Conservancy. She received a grant from Disney which enabled her to lead a team in replanting native Texas grasses and wildflowers. Meredith was awarded the President’s Environmental Youth Certificate by President Obama.

She is active in her school orchestra, plays varsity softball, and is a dedicated volunteer with Wreaths Across America, a national organization which honors our veterans for their service and sacrifice. She was the first youth ever asked to speak at the Texas State House Wreaths Across America ceremony in 2013.

Meredith Burke is a Senior at The Hockaday School.

 

Nancy Ann Hunt

Cameron Wicks

Cameron credits her faith and Girl Scouts for the young woman she has become, helping her to understand the value of having courage, confidence and character as the foundation for success. Cameron started her Girl Scout journey as a Daisy and has earned her Bronze, Silver and Gold Award. For her Gold Award project, Most Valuable Patient Program, Cameron developed conversation prompts that the medical staff at Methodist Hospital Dallas use to help them get to know the person behind each patient.

Cameron is passionate about making the world a better place, as evident when she organized an event that collected more than 800 baby blankets that were sent to mothers in Haiti.

Cameron is a senior at The School for the Talented and Gifted at Townview Center.


 

2014 Awards Luncheon Speaker

Alison Levine

Alison Levine

Alison Levine is a history-making polar explorer and mountaineer. She not only served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, but she also climbed the highest peak on each continent and skied to both the North and South Poles—a feat known as the Adventure Grand Slam, which fewer than forty people in the world have achieved. In January 2008, she made history as the first American to complete a 600-mile traverse from west Antarctica to the South Pole.

Levine has also spent more than two decades climbing the corporate ladder. She worked in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, earned an MBA from Duke University, and spent three years working for Goldman Sachs.

In 2005, Levine founded the Climb High Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of jobless women in Africa by training them to be trekking guides and porters in their local mountains so that they would have the skills to earn a sustainable living wage through climbing-related tourism.

Levine currently works as an adjunct instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and is a strategic advisor for the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point, an executive education program that shares West Point leadership best practices with senior level-executives from the public and private sectors.