Girl Scouts of Connecticut host New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Palmieri at fundraising event
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Girl Scouts of Connecticut host New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Palmieri at fundraising event

Women supporting women. That was the main message at Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s "A Conversation with Jennifer Palmieri” on Tuesday, April 9.

Jennifer Palmieri is the author of the New York Times best-selling book: Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World. In her book, Palmieri writes about her experiences working in the White House as well as her experience in running communications for the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. 

The conversation focused on female empowerment and the importance for women to lift each other up. The event was led by Sheryl Sleeva, board president of Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Board of Directors. Palmieri was interviewed by Patti Russo, Executive Director at the Women’s Campaign School at Yale.

"I made a decision a few years ago that I would always support other women, and once you make that decision, you never look back," Palmieri said. 

Guests were greeted by the Honorable Toni N. Harp, Mayor of New Haven, and a Girl Scout alum. Mayor Harp was the event's hosting chairperson. She spoke of the value behind Girl Scouts and how the organization helps build female leaders. 

"We are half of the population, we are entirely capable, completely talented, and exceptionally hard-working," she said. 

Jennifer gave the crowd at Race Brook Country Club key advice when it comes to growing in confidence in whatever field you are in. She said that women are talented, dedicated, and filled with so much purpose.

"Your perspective matters and you are good enough," she said. "When women speak up they really change the world."

Guests also heard from Girl Scouts Alexia and Charlotte from Ridgefield who spoke about their experiences in Girl Scouts.  Alexia has earned two of the highest awards in Girl Scouting, the Bronze and Silver Award.

"Girl Scouts has allowed me to participate in so many activities that build courage, confidence, and character," Alexia said, like climbing the rigging of a whaling ship at Mystic Seaport, or meeting local legislators at Girl Scouts' Girl Scout Day at the Capitol event in March. 

Charlotte shared her experiences as a Girl Scout, like earning the Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.

"Through Girl Scouts, I have made friends, zip-lined across the lakes at Camp Jewell, learned about business by selling cookies, mentored younger Girl Scouts, and helped the community through countless service projects," she said. "This past March, I officially earned my Gold Award, the highest leadership award possible for a Girl Scout – with fewer than 6% of eligible Girl Scouts earning Gold. I am honored."

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