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Girl Scouts of Connecticut honors “Women Who Innovate” at 22nd Annual Breakfast Badge


On Friday, December 7, Girl Scouts of Connecticut honored three women at its annual Breakfast Badge Award at the Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford. Honorees included Kate Emery, CEO and founder, The Walker Group; founder, reSET; Jackie Mandyck, managing director, iQuilt Partnership; Cristina Guzman-Toro, senior engineer and president of the Hispanic Leadership Forum, Pratt & Whitney. The women were honored for their successes in innovation, problem solving, and making sustainable changes in our community.

Kate Emery is the founder of the Walker Group, a technology services firm she started 30 years ago. Kate is also the founder of reSET, whose mission is to advance the social enterprise sector. Kate believes business can be a tremendous force for good—helping solve local and global problems to create a better world for us all.

Jackie Mandyck the managing director of the iQuilt Partnership, an urban design plan for the city of Hartford. Jackie works to link Hartford’s cultural and physical assets to make the city more walkable, engaging, and vibrant. Jackie also serves on the board of the Connecticut Women’s Council, and the Betty Knox Foundation. She formerly served on Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Board of Directors.

Cristina Guzman-Toro has worked with Pratt & Whitney for 10 years, joining the company as a structures engineer, and has held roles of increasing responsibility. She recently transitioned to Hot Section Engineering where she works for the F135 group. She is has been the lead ambassador for the Pratt & Whitney Hispanic Leadership Forum (HLF) for the past two years.

“At Girl Scouts, every girl is a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ™, and we were very excited to focus on the “I” in our program and celebrate three women who are innovators and make our world a better place,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

This year’s emcee was Tara N. Spain, vice president, Travelers Foundation and second vice president, Travelers, community relations. Guests also heard from local Girl Scouts who shared their community service projects and other successes.

For more information about Girl Scouts of Connecticut, ways to join, how to volunteer, or donate, visit gsofct.org. To see a photo gallery of the event, click here