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Girl Scouts of Connecticut to Honor IBM’s Chief Information Officer Jeanette Horan


July 9, 2013

Girl Scouts of Connecticut is pleased to announce that IBM’s Chief Information Officer Jeanette Horan will be the honoree at the 2013 Woman of Merit dinner on Thursday, September 12, from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Stamford Hilton in Stamford.

Jeanette Horan was appointed Chief Information Officer of IBM in May of 2011. Ms. Horan’s organization supports operational excellence and drives IBM’s transformation agenda – focusing on business transformation, workforce transformation, and IT transformation. Her organization is responsible for equipping IBMers with the technology and tools they need to better support clients and achieve IBM’s objectives.

As part of her business and personal involvement in the advancement of technology and service to the community, Ms. Horan serves on the board of Microvision Inc., an innovative display and imaging solutions company. She also serves as a director on the board of Jane Do No More Inc., an organization committed to improving the way society responds to victims of sexual assault. A native of the United Kingdom, Ms. Horan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of London and an MBA from Boston University.

The Woman of Merit award recognizes leaders who demonstrate the Girl Scout values of leadership, personal achievement, and service to the community. It is given in honor of Alice Pattison Merritt, an extraordinary public leader who became the first woman elected to the Connecticut Senate and who was instrumental in bringing Girl Scouting to girls in Connecticut. This year, Girl Scouts of Connecticut is pleased to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Woman of Merit dinner.

“We are honored to award this year’s Woman of Merit to Jeanette Horan,” said Mary Barneby, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut.  “Jeanette Horan represents the leadership and civic responsibility that Alice Pattison Merritt exhibited so many years ago. We are thrilled to recognize Jeanette’s outstanding achievements in technology, as she is a wonderful role model and shining example of courage, confidence, and character.”

Friends, business partners and supporters are invited to the Woman of Merit dinner for an evening of fun while supporting Girl Scouting’s leadership development programs for young women. Net proceeds from the dinner will support programming that help girls in grades K - 12 bring out the best in themselves and their communities. Approximately 30% of Girl Scouts in Connecticut live in Fairfield County. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience offers girls the lifetime skills they need to discover their personal best; connect with others to build healthy relationships; and take action in their communities to make the world a better place.

Woman of Merit is generously sponsored by Webster Bank, an organization committed to Girl Scouts, the empowerment and education of youth, and our local Connecticut community.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the event webpage.


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