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GSNETX Celebrates Those Leading the Way for Women in Texas


DALLAS Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) will host the annual Women of Distinction Luncheon presented by AT&T, which recognizes outstanding women leaders of all ages for their service to the community, at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

In honor of their commitment to community leadership and service to others, both Arcilia C. Acosta and Linda Perryman Evans will receive the Woman of Distinction Award. For his extraordinary efforts in supporting and empowering girls and women in Northeast Texas, Avi Kahn, president and CEO of Hilti North America will receive the Man Enough to be a Girl Scout Award.

The luncheon’s keynote speaker will be magazine editor and writer, Ann Shoket. A former editor-in-chief of both Seventeen and CosmoGIRL, Shoket is a champion for millennial women. She is the author of The Big Life, a guide for successful millennial women. Lifetime Girl Scout, former board member and FOX 4 news anchor, Clarice Tinsley, will return for her eleventh year as the luncheon emcee. The Women of Distinction luncheon is co-chaired by Dee Brown and Sharon Morrison. The Host Committee is chaired by Venise Stuart and Candace Winslow.

“It is an honor to recognize Arcilia, Linda and Avi for their exemplary leadership and lifelong commitment to serving girls in our Dallas community,” said Jennifer Bartkowski, chief executive officer for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. “Today’s world is changing rapidly, and for girls to succeed, they must find their voice, fortify their confidence and stand rooted in who they are and what they believe in. We are incredibly thankful each honoree recognizes the importance and value of empowering girls.”

Proving that community engagement can start and any age, Timarie Luker and Divya Lal, both local high school Girl Scouts, will receive the Young Woman of Distinction Award. The award is given each year to two Gold Award Girl Scouts – the organization’s highest achievement level, and recognizes exemplary service projects and a commitment to improving their communities, a requirement for Gold Award designation.

Funds raised during the luncheon provide crucial leadership development, socio-emotional skill cultivation, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), entrepreneurship, life skills, and outdoor leadership programs to more than 25,000 girls in Northeast Texas.

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