Liz Kaplow, President and CEO Kaplow Communications, received a 2009 Women of Distinction award from the Girl Scouts of America this week. The Girl Scout Council of Greater New York hosted the 17th Annual Women of Distinction breakfast where they honored several remarkable women and gathered to celebrate Girl Scouting. At the awards ceremony, Liz Kaplow announced that Kaplow will host an exciting summer internship program entitled “Lessons BY Living.” The program will give qualified Girl Scouts opportunity to experience Public Relations and Communications first-hand and will offer life lessons on how changing conversations can often mean changing lives.
The Woman of Distinction title was bestowed upon eight distinguished women who have made outstanding accomplishments to their fields and exemplify the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. A Future Woman of Distinction award was given to an outstanding Girl Scout from Troop 2665 in Brooklyn, New York. Ambassador Girl Scout Nitiya Walker was honored at the event and named a Future Woman of Distinction for her contributions to her community through the Girl Scouting program. Nitiya, a senior at Edward R. Murrow High School, earned a Girl Scout Gold Award – the highest honor in Girl Scouting achieved by only 6% of girl Scouts nationwide. She arranged an empowerment weekend, entitled “One Star Lets Another Shine,” where 23 adolescent girls aged 13 to 18 gathered together to discuss self-esteem, personal care, teen dating and lifestyle decisions. After completing the project, she remarked: “I feel truly humbled because I went into the project trying to help others, but I learned the greatest lessons of all.”
Several of the Women of Distinction shared the great lessons they learned through the Girl Scouting program. Liz was honored along side other remarkable women including: Kathy Brand, Community Leader; Vita M. Harris, Chief Strategy Officer, Draftfcb; Nancy Hill, President 4A’s; Meredith Moore, Directo of Global Diversity Weil, Gotshal 7 Manges LLP; Myrtle Potter, President and CEO Myrtle Potter and Company, LLC and Myrtle Potter Media; Valerie Salembier, Senior VP/Publisher, Harper’s Bazaar Magazine and Susan M. Schor, Ph.D, Facilitating Leader and Chief Culture Officer, Eileen Fisher. Each of these women approaches their careers and lives with a confidence, gumption and gusto instilled in them through their years in the Girl Scouts.
When accepting her award, Liz shared some words of wisdom with the amazing women present, “Just do the best you can – but be present. Be 100 percent present, for the people in your life. And most importantly, like the values of the Girl Scouts, approach life with courage, confidence and character.”
We applaud you, Liz.