Save the Date!
2020 Women of Disctinction
Oct. 30, 2020
Omni Dallas Hotel
Invest in Girls. Change the World.
Women of Distinction is our signature fundraising event. It honors
local leaders whose ethical leadership, professional accomplishments,
and community contributions inspire us all to make the world a better place.
The proceeds from this annual event support the Girl Scout
leadership program, ensuring that all girls in our communities
have the support, experiences, and opportunities they need to realize
Our 2019 Women of Distinction luncheon was a huge success! We thank
all of our donors and partners for being a part of this year's event.
It would not have been possible without your support!
Mary Anne Cree
Lifetime Achievement Award
Mary Anne Sammons Cree is the Chairman of the Sammons Center for the
Arts and generous benefactor behind The Rosine Sammons Observation
Deck on the very top of The Moody Foundation Observation Tower at the
Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas STEM Center of Excellence. Mary Anne’s
mother, Rosine Sammons, started the first brownie troop in Dallas in
the late 1930’s, and Mary Anne carried on the tradition as a Girl
Scout leader for her daughters. She has served on the board of both
the AT&T Performing Arts Center as well as the Baylor Healthcare
System Foundation. She is involved with the Texas Discovery Gardens
and funds the Rosine Sammons Lecture Series in Media Ethics at
Sabrina Martinez Harrison
Woman of Distinction
Sabrina Martinez Harrison is wife, mother of two, the co-owner and
interior designer for Mint Dentistry and the founder of Equipped by
Faith Ministries, a women’s organization that seeks to help young
women form closer connections to each other and their faiths.
Sabrina has great passion for giving back through philanthropic
endeavors, always searching for ways to make a positive difference in
the lives of others. Sabrina is on the executive board of Big Brothers
Big Sisters Lone Star. Alongside her husband, Dr. Field Harrison,
Sabrina works to equip leaders and individuals to maximize their
potential and use their business platform to help like-minded
organizations in the community.
Roslyn Dawson Thompson
Woman of Distinction
Roslyn Dawson Thompson is the president and CEO of The Texas Women’s
Foundation, the largest regional women’s fund in the world. During its
three-decade run, the organization has granted more than $42.2 million
to drive meaningful social and economic change for women, girls and
families in Texas.
Roslyn has served extensively throughout the philanthropic community
focusing on economic security for women, and advocating for gender
equality in leadership. She also has held leadership roles in numerous
North Texas groups, including Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas,
Junior League of Dallas, and YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas.
Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout
Jorge Baldor is a leader in Dallas' Latino Community and is being
honored by Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas for his commitment to hiring
and promoting females in the workplace. In 2018, Jorge Baldor was
nominated by the Dallas Morning News as Texan of the Year. In 2016 he
was named by D CEO Magazine as Outstanding Latino Advocate. The Latino
Center for Leadership Development (LCLC), which he founded in 2015, is
a non-partisan educational leadership training program in which 34
females have become LCLD Fellows, 5 ran for and have become elected
officials, 20 have been appointed to boards & commissions, an
additional 4 are receiving doctoral funding, and 9 serve as college ambassadors.
Through his most recent endeavor, Mercado369, Jorge hired a staff
of 5 females in leadership positions to manage and market the two
locations ensuring that 10 Latina artisans and entrepreneurs were showcased.
Mary Katherine Futrell
Young Woman of Distinction
Mary Katherine Futrell is a Gold Award Girl Scout Ambassador, and
has been involved in Girl Scouts since she was in first grade. For her
Gold Award, Mary Katherine, in partnership with NOAA and the National
Park service, created a public awareness campaign called Project
ReefLove, an initiative dedicated to promoting awareness about the
impact of sunscreens on coral reefs and reef friendly alternatives for
sun protection. Through direct outreach via awareness workshops and a
social media campaign, Mary Katherine and her team were able to reach
more than 11,000 people in upwards of 20 different countries.
She is currently a senior at Bishop Lynch High School and is looking
to study Human-Computer Interaction when she is in college.
Young Woman of Distinction
Gauri Nukala is a Gold Award Girl Scout Ambassador, and has been a
Girl Scout for 12 years. For her Gold Award, Gauri shared her passion
for STEM by encouraging girls and minority groups to learn about STEM
in a positive way. By making it appear less intimidating, she hoped
the students might then consider STEM jobs options in the future.
She designed and, with her volunteers, delivered STEM workshops at
five elementary schools and Boys and Girls Clubs. The children learned
STEM concepts in fun and educational ways such as bridge building, car
building, “elephant toothpaste,” and more. The “Girls in STEM”
chapters in Dallas will sustain her project using her instructions
developed for the workshops.
Gauri will graduate from Plano West Senior High School in 2020.
Victoria was 11 years old when she came down with a rare viral
disease, Transverse Myelitis, with which she battled for five years
including four years in a vegetative state. The disease left her
without the use of her legs for nearly a decade.
A lifelong swimmer and athlete, Victoria never gave up her childhood
dream of competing in the Olympics Games. In June of 2010 she returned
to the pool for the first time since her illness and in the spring of
2012 she qualified for the London Paralympic Games in four events.
There she won a Gold Medal, and three Silver Medals.
Despite missing five years of school during her illness, Victoria
graduated on-time with her triplet brothers, from Exeter High School
(New Hampshire) in June of 2013.
Victoria is now an on-air TV personality with ESPN reporting for
numerous programs including X-Games, Invictus Games, The ESPY Awards,
espnW, Frozen Four, Special Olympics World Games and Sportscenter.
In the fall of 2017, Victoria competed on Dancing with the Stars for
nine weeks and was eventually a semi-finalist. She appeared on The
Ellen DeGeneres Show and in People Magazine, along with numerous other