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Meet The 2020 Women of Distinction


Girl Scouts of West Central Florida is gearing up for its 29th Annual Women of Distinction Luncheon on March 19, 2020 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. This event honors and celebrates local women, linking leaders of today with future women leaders we are developing through Girl Scouting.

Our honorees are women whose professional accomplishments make them positive role models who inspire girls to achieve their own goals and dreams. They exemplify the Girl Scout Promise and Law through ethical leadership and a commitment to making a difference in the lives of their fellow citizens through community service.

The 2020 Women of Distinction are:

Colleen Chappell, APR (Tampa)

With nearly three decades of experience in the marketing industry, Colleen Chappell is President and CEO of one of the region’s most sought-after branding agencies. With a roster of prominent regional, national and global brands, Colleen leverages past high-level Corporate America experience where top-tier national agencies once called her the client. Learn more.

Commissioner Kathleen Peters (Treasure Island)

Commissioner Kathleen Peters continues to create positive change in her community through her political career. Currently, she serves as the Pinellas County Commissioner for District 6. Commissioner Peters received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Human Development from Eckerd College and her Associate of Arts degree from St. Petersburg College. Learn more.

Dr. Lauren Weiner (Odessa)

Dr. Lauren Weiner’s extensive knowledge of the federal government is allowing her to impact the lives of hardworking Americans. Dr. Weiner is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of WWC – a federally-focused management consulting firm that recently won the largest award to a woman-owned small business in the history of US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), making WWC one of the largest government contracting firms in the Tampa Bay region. Learn more.

Dr. Tonjua Williams (St. Petersburg)

Dr. Tonjua Williams has dedicated her life to enhancing students’ access to a quality education and ensuring their learning experiences are rewarding and successful. In 2017, she became the seventh president of St. Petersburg College. Learn more.

The 2020 Woman of Promise is Jessica Rivelli.

Jessica Rivelli is supporting female entrepreneurs pursuing their dreams of owning their own business through Working Women of Tampa Bay (WWOTB). Jessica launched WWOTB in 2009 after leaving her 10-year career as a local television news producer. Recently celebrating its 10th anniversary, WWOTB has more than 750 members and nearly 20 events every month. In 2016, Jessica founded the Working Women Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing small seed funding investments to help get female-owned businesses off the ground. Over the past four years, the organization has awarded more than $35,000 in seed money to more than 50 Tampa Bay women start-ups. Learn more.

And the 2020 Women of Distinction Hall of Fame Inductee is Alex Sink. 

The Honorable Adelaide “Alex” Sink is using her knowledge and experience to inspire the next generation of leaders. She’s also focusing her energy on the startup technology incubator Tampa Bay Wave. Alex’s local and statewide recognitions include induction into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame, honorary member of Florida Blue Key, Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award, Associated Industries of Florida Champion of Business Award, Florida Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year, Junior Achievement Tampa Bay Hall of Fame Laureate Award, and Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero Award. Learn More.