We are less than 2 weeks away from Girl Scouts of West Central Florida's Twenty-fifth Annual Women of Distinction Luncheon on Tuesday, March 29 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. This year, we're thrilled to have Emmy Award winning talk show host and New York Times bestselling author Leeza Gibbons as our keynote speaker.
Leeza Gibbons, Keynote Speaker
Leeza, who is one of the most well-known on-air pop culture icons with an impressive career in entertainment and news media, over the years, has become known as a trusted girlfriend, valued confidante, and source of inspiration and information. During the luncheon, she will speak to empower women to show up for their lives with confidence and pride. She uplifts, empowers and motivates audiences and viewers to get more out of life and business.
The Women of Distinction Luncheon honors local women who have achieved success in their chosen fields and who serve as role models for girls and young women. This year, Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (GSWCF) will be honoring four Women of Distinction and present the Woman of Promise Award to a young woman under age 35. For the first time, GSWCF will also induct four previous honorees into the new Women of Distinction Hall of Fame.
Pictured left to right: Girl Scouts of West Central Florida’s 2016 Women of Distinction and Woman of Promise honorees: Pam Muma; Altrichia Cook, Yvonne Fry, Melissa Snively, and Anna Rodriguez.
The 2016 Women of Distinction are: Yvonne Fry, owner of Lines of Communication and CEO of Fry Entertainment Inc.; Pam Muma, a lifelong philanthropist who has served in numerous board leadership capacities for Tampa Bay nonprofit organizations dedicated to children’s health and education; Anna Rodriguez, founder and director of the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking; and Melissa Snively, current member of the Hillsborough County School Board representing District 4 and owner of a State Farm Agency. Full Bios
The 2016 Woman of Promise is Altrichia Cook, owner and designer of Allusions by A.Lekay Swimwear, a lifestyle brand that empowers girls and women to live life fierce and fearlessly. Her designs have been showcased in New York Fashion Week, Miami International Fashion Week and featured in an array of media outlets. With a Master of Social Work Degree from Florida State University, Altrichia is also a pillar in Polk County dedicating her time to her community and serving as a motivational speaker for youth. Full Bio
The 2016 Women of Distinction Hall of Fame inductees are: Betty Castor, former President of the University of South Florida, Florida Commissioner of Education, and Florida State Senator; Jan Kaminis Platt, former Tampa City Council member and community leader; Karen Williams Seel, current Pinellas County Commissioner; and Dr. Alma S. Hires, retired Dean of Continued Education and Community Service from Hillsborough Community College. Full Bios
Tickets for the luncheon can be purchased online. General seating tickets are $75 per person; patron preferred seating tickets (which includes program recognition) are $150 per person. Sponsorships are also available; please contact Terri Costello at (813) 262-1688 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.