Girl Scout Alumnae
Learn about Girl Scout alumnae from near and far
This Alumna's friends all shared great memories from Girl Scout camp, so she threw a scouting themed bridal shower. Super cute!
2013 Woman of Distinction, Cindy Kent, is Vice President and General Manager, Gastro/Urology Therapies at Medtronic. Having benefited from mentoring herself, Kent became a Girl Scout in her early twenties in order to guide girls who were interested in technical career fields.
2013 Woman of Distinction Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas is the Manager for Social Responsibility at the Mosaic Company and Manager of the Mosaic Company Foundation. She joined Girl Scouts as a Brownie and earned her Girl Scout Gold Award with a project focused on global hunger.
2013 Woman of Distinction, the Honorable Jacqueline Regis, feels responsible to support and enhance families in her position as a judge in Family Court. Growing up in a small Haitian town, she was proud to wear her uniform and participate in important activities that taught her about integrity and compassion, which she now shares with her two Girl Scout daughters.
2013 Woman of Distinction, Lee Roper-Bakter, is the President and CEO of the Women's Foundation of Minnesota. She first experienced the support of a strong sisterhood in her Girl Scout troop, and the sense of empowerment they felt led them to take action on a local environmental concern. Now, Roper-Batker believes any girl has the capacity to make change in the world, and Girl Scouts helps girls do this by creating a sense of agency and activism.
2013 Woman of Distinction Sabra Otteson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of J-C Press, a commercial printing company founded in 1859 in Owatonna, MN. Otteson grew up as a Girl Scout, was active for 10 years of her childhood and even led a troop of junior high girls before she had children.
2013 Woman of Distinction Sharonne Hayes, M.D. founded the Women's Heart Clinic at the Mayo Clinic and is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Mayo. Dr. Hayes has been a Girl Scout for as long as she can remember and credits her mother for her positive experience in scouting. She believes in the power of the Girl Scout sisterhood and knows all girls have the potential to be leaders who can make the world a better place through service.
2013 Woman of Distinction Susan Grafton is the Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer at Best Buy. Grafton’s experience in Girl Scouts was particularly meaningful, as her mother was a Girl Scout troop leader who balanced volunteer commitments with a career. Girl Scouting taught her many life skills and instilled the belief she has carried on throughout her career—have the confidence in yourself to achieve your dreams and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.
"My time as a Girl Scout in Virginia in the 1950s taught me lessons in teamwork, collaboration, and resourcefulness. I saw firsthand-for the first time-what a group of strong and determined girls could accomplish." Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard's first female president
"As an astronaut, I saw the Earth from space and realized we all share the same water and air. Space travel really impressed upon me the importance of taking care of our planet, something I first learned as a Girl Scout." Eileen Collins, NASA's first female space shuttle commander