Organization honors Madonna Badger, CCO/Founder of Badger & Winters and Susan Lasota, Senior Managing Director of State Street Global Advisors, and Girl Scout Danielle Wildman from Bethel, CT with the Courage, Confidence, and Character Award.
GREENWICH, CONN. (June 14, 2018) – On Wednesday, June 13, Girl Scouts of Connecticut hosted its 25th annual Woman of Merit dinner at Hyatt Regency Greenwich and honored three “Fearless Women”: Madonna Badger, CCO/Founder of Badger & Winters and Susan Lasota, Senior Managing Director of State Street Global Advisors, and Girl Scout Danielle Wildman from Bethel, CT with the Courage, Confidence, and Character Award.
The Woman of Merit Award 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. The Courage, Confidence, and Character Award is awarded to a person who has overcome unique challenges in their life to make outstanding contributions to their community or achieve extraordinary success.
Girl Scouts of Connecticut welcomed over 170 guests and enjoyed a cocktail hour and silent auction, dinner, live auction, and program that emphasized the importance of supporting girls in Connecticut. Girl Scouts of Connecticut serves nearly 30,000 girls in Connecticut and wishes to expand its membership and serve all girls who want to be Girl Scouts in underserved areas across the state.
“Girl Scouts are champions for girls; our one and only mission is to build courage, confidence, and character in girls and to be a girl scout you have to have a sense of leadership and give service to this community,” Madonna Badger said. “In order to do these things, we have to do all of those things from a place of love. This is our strength, and this is how great leaders are created.”
Guests we also able to meet local Girl Scouts who shared their projects that led them to earn the highest awards in Girl Scouting, including the Silver and Gold Award. Gold Award Girl Scout Olivia Wong shared her Girl Scout experience and earning the highest award in Girl Scouting.
“I’ve learned most of my unique value in Girl Scouts. Through the years, Girl Scouts expanded my interests and developed my people skills and creativity while serving the needs of my community,” Olivia said. “My experience as a Girl Scout Daisy may have involved a lot of arts and crafts, but it was much more complex. Now, I know that I was building leadership skills and expressing my creativity with my friends in a space we could just be ourselves…I am so proud to be a Girl Scout.”