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Thank you to our attendees for making the 2022 Women of Distinction a success! Girl Scouts of West Central Florida’s Women of Distinction ceremony honors and celebrates extraordinary local women whose professional accomplishments make them positive role models for the leaders of tomorrow. Our 2022 Honorees exemplify the Girl Scout Promise and Law through ethical leadership and a commitment to making a difference in the lives of their fellow citizens.

We look forward to culminating our year-long 30th Anniversary Celebration of Women of Distinction with the return of our in-person annual luncheon. Over the past few months, our virtual celebrations included highlights of our incredible Women of Distinction Alum and hosting the “Trefoil Talks” series featuring inspirational conversations connecting extraordinary women with our Girl Scout network.

To become a sponsor of this event, please contact Clara Moll. For additional details for this event, please contact Denise Pare. For press inquiries regarding this event, please contact Stephanie Adamo.

Meet the Honorees

Felecia Gilmore-Long, Woman of Distinction
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Felecia Gilmore-Long - A financial leader who has served in numerous roles for the GSWCF Board of Directors, including four years Gilmore-Long spent as Board President. Currently, Gilmore-Long is a member of the National Board Development Committee for Girl Scouts USA.

Elizabeth Gutierrez, Woman of Distinction
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Elizabeth Gutierrez - The CEO of Enterprising Latinas, Inc. (ELI), founded in 2009 and launched as a nonprofit in 2014 to create pathways of opportunity for Latinas in Tampa Bay and address social inequities driving the gap in wages and wealth for women. In 2019, Gutierrez was appointed a Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women by Commissioner Kimberly Overman. Additionally, she was appointed to serve in the Hillsborough County Commission on Human Trafficking. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Career Source Tampa Bay and Florida Alliance for Community Solutions previously known as the Florida Alliance of Community Development Corporations. 

Judge Irene Sullivan (ret.), Woman of Distinction
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Judge Irene Sullivan (ret.) – A nationally recognized expert in juvenile justice, Sullivan is a retired juvenile and family court judge in St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Before serving on the bench, she was a general partner at Harris, Barrett, Mann & Dew, LLP, where she had a civil trial practice for 22 years and became an AV-rated trial lawyer. She is currently an adjunct professor of juvenile justice at Stetson University College of Law. Sullivan authored: Raised by the Courts: One Judge’s Insight Into Juvenile Justice. 

India Witte, Woman of Distinction
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India Witte – An expert in philanthropy, Witte currently leads the Principal Giving enterprise for the University of South Florida Foundation and serves on the Board of the Glazer Children’s Museum and St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School. Witte is Immediate Past Chair and current member of the Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women.

Vanessa Maternowski, Woman of Promise
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Vanessa Maternowski – Small Business Market Manager Vice President for Bank of America who volunteers for numerous organizations, including GSWCF, Feeding America, and The Spring of Tampa Bay.

Julianne M. Holt, Hall of Fame Inductee
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Julianne M. Holt has continuously served as Hillsborough County’s Public Defender since first elected to office in 1993. Ms. Holt is not only an advocate in the courtroom, she is also an adjunct Professor at the University of South Florida and mother of 2 college age children. Ms. Holt actively serves on several community and leadership boards. Her dedication to our community expands beyond the role of Public Defender; Ms. Holt is a founding member of PACE The Center for Girls and has received both local and national recognition as a role model, mentor, and advocate for young women.  

Keynote Speaker


A lifetime member of Girl Scouts, Dr. Mae Jemison, served six years as a NASA astronaut and was the first woman of color in the world to go into space. She developed a love of science as a young girl by tapping into the curiosity she honed through Girl Scouts. Her achievements span beyond her historic time as part of NASA’s space program, including founding two technology companies and the nonprofit Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence, which designs and implements STEM education experiences. As our Keynote speaker, Dr. Jemison will share inspiration from her years as a trailblazing engineer, astronaut, and STEM educator.

2022 Women of Distinction Sponsors


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  • Marion R. Rich

  • Publix Super Markets Charities


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  • Raymond James
  • Tampa General Hospital
  • Cigna


  • Cindy Kane
  • Caspers Company
  • Mr. & Mrs. William Johnson
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