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Women of Distinction, Presenting Sponsor: Publix Super Markets Charities
2022 WOD Stage Pic with awards

Picture from the 2022 Women of Distinction

Save the Date:  

Friday, March 10, 2023 at Noon — Armature Works

For 30+ years, Girl Scouts of West Central Florida has convened hundreds of leaders throughout Tampa Bay for the Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon where we celebrate extraordinary women who exemplify the Girl Scout Promise and Law as business, community and philanthropic leaders. Our Women of Distinction Past Honorees are role models for Girl Scouts and all women because they use their courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place. 

Debuting this year immediately before the luncheon is an Executive Forum focused on fueling the next generation of women leaders. This will be an interactive panel discussion featuring keynote speaker Telva McGruder and the honorees. The exclusive event will be open to approximately 100 sponsors, policymakers and other community leaders.

Explore the benefits of sponsorship, reserve your place at the Executive Forum or email Clara Moll, Chief Development Officer, to begin a conversation about the benefits that mean the most to you. 

Read the press release.

Meet the Honorees

  • Rhea Law
    Rhea Law

    Woman of Distinction

    Law became the University of South Florida’s eighth president, in March 2022. Over the course of her 35-year-plus career, she has held top leadership positions with several Florida-based organizations. She is the first USF graduate to serve as president. As one of the founding members of the USF Board of Trustees, she spent five years as vice chair and four years as the first (and only) female chair. Previously, Law was chief executive officer and chair of the board of Fowler White Boggs, a Florida-based law firm. Currently, Law serves on the Board of Directors of Tampa Electric Company and Peoples Gas. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council, the Tampa Bay Chamber, the Council of Governors for the Tampa Bay Partnership and on the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center Board of Directors and National Board of Advisors.

  • Trimeka Benjamin
    Trimeka Benjamin

    Woman of Distinction

    Benjamin is the president and CEO of Swim Digital Group, a higher education consulting firm operating on the principle of changing generational poverty by increasing access to education. She has served as the chair of the board of The Spring of Tampa Bay, worked with Girl Scouts of West Central Florida and co-founded the Women’s Exchange.  She is a sustainer of the Junior League, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Women in Leadership and Philanthropy and International Women’s Forum.

  • Kathalin Carvalho
    Kathalin Carvalho

    Woman of Distinction

    Carvalho is the global director of regulatory compliance at Sitel Group. She has more than 15 years of experience working in the areas of financial crimes, risk management, corporate compliance and criminal investigations for domestic and international institutions. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and a Certified Compliance Corporate and Ethics Professional. She has served as the president of the Sheriff’s Hispanic Advisory Council for two consecutive years and received the 2018 Leadership Class Award from the Tampa Hispanic Heritage. She is a mentor for USF’s MUMA College of Business Corporate Mentor program as well as the Hispanic Professional Women Association mentorship programs.

  • Mallory Lykes Dimmitt
    Mallory Lykes Dimmitt

    Woman of Distinction

    Dimmitt is the inaugural CEO of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation and former vice president of strategic development for Lykes Bros., a fifth-generation, family-owned, agribusiness based in Florida. Previously, she led The Nature Conservancy’s Colorado Plateau Initiative from Telluride, Colorado, assessing large-scale conservation opportunities in a four-state region of the West, and prior to that directed the Southwest Colorado Project for the Conservancy’s Colorado Chapter. She has served as a member of Telluride’s Town Council and has worked with local, regional, state and federal agencies and organizations on natural resource issues.

  • Veronica Cintron
    Veronica Cintron

    Woman of Promise

    Veronica Cintron joined the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority in April 2020. As Vice President of Communications, she oversees all internal and external messaging for America’s Favorite Airport. Before joining Tampa International Airport’s award-winning Communications team, she anchored Spectrum Bay News 9’s weekday evening newscasts for 10 years. During her journalism career, Veronica covered major domestic and international stories including Pope Francis’ first-ever visit to Cuba, the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal, and the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Her work earned six Suncoast Chapter Emmy awards, Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists awards and Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine State awards. 

    Veronica serves on The Florida Aquarium Board and is a member of the University of South Florida’s Advancing Latino Access and Success Task Force, the University of South Florida Zimmerman School of Advertising and Communications Advisory Council, and the Athena Society. She is a 2022 Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 honoree and lives with her husband and 7-year-old daughter in Tampa.

  • Dr. Sylvia Campbell
    Dr. Sylvia Campbell

    Hall of Fame Inductee

    A renowned surgeon with a focus on breast cancer surgeries, Campbell is currently the medical director and president of the Board of Directors of the Judeo-Christian Clinic, Tampa’s largest free clinic. She is also president of the board of directors of Village Partners International, a non-profit focused on medical work in Haiti, Uganda and outreach to the homeless on the streets of Tampa. Sylvia was first honored as a Woman of Distinction in 2001.

Telva McGruder WOD 2023 Keynote Speaker

2023 Keynote Speaker

Telva McGruder

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at General Motors

A lifetime member of Girl Scouts, Telva is currently the chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at General Motors where she leads the development and execution of strategies that will ensure positive change toward a high performing, inclusive culture.

She serves as the chair of the board of the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) and was a Girl Scout through Cadette. Girl Scouting exposed her to challenges and adventures that first encouraged her thirst to reach past her limits. Learn more about Telva's accomplishments and history with Girl Scouts.

Meet Our 2023 Women of Distinction Honorary Chairs

Girl Scouts of West Central Florida is grateful to our 2023 Women of Distinction Honorary Chairs who have all been honored in the past as Women of Distinction and Hall of Fame Inductees. Thank you to Dr. Liana Fernandez Fox, Senator Arthenia Joyner, and Pinellas County Commissioner Karen Williams Seel, for continuing to be champions for Girl Scouts and all women leaders.

Dr. Liana Fernandez Fox 

Senator Arthenia Joyner

Pinellas County Commissioner Karen Williams Seel

Explore the Benefits of Sponsoring Women of Distinction

Begin to imagine the possibilities of sponsorship when viewing our 2022 Women of Distinction Program and Photo Gallery.

Explore the Sponsor Prospectus and email Clara Moll, Chief Development Officer, to begin a conversation about the sponsorship benefits that mean the most to you. Reserve your sponsorship now!

For additional details for this event, please contact Denise Pare, Special Events Manager. For press inquiries regarding this event, please contact Mary Pat King, CEO.

Thank You to Our
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