Women of Distinction

Invest in girls. Change the world.See the impact that over 100 years of Girl Scouting has made on girls and the community.

The Women of Distinction luncheon embodies the Girl Scout spirit, providing an opportunity to support girl empowering programs and connecting with a network of passionate women leaders.

Proceeds from the Women of Distinction 2016 event directly support Girl Scouts ConnectZ, River Valleys’ program to help girls in diverse and low income communities develop knowledge and skills for a positive future. Join us in creating a bright future for all girls!

2016 Women of Distinction Honorees

2016 Honoree Charlene Altman

Charlene Altman

Managing Director at Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S. Bank

2016 Honoree MayKao Y. Hang

MayKao Y. Hang

President and CEO at Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

2016 Honoree Karen L. Himle

Karen L. Himle

Vice President Corporate Affairs at Thrivent Financial

2016 Honoree Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller

Vice President, Chief Counsel, Employment Law at Medtronic, Inc.

2016 Honoree Kate Mortenson

Kate Mortenson

President and CEO, 2019 Minneapolis Final Four Local Organizing Committee

Save the Date 2016

Thursday April 7, 2016
Minneapolis Convention Center
10:30 am-12:00 pm – Jewelry Silent Auction & Networking Reception
12:00-1:30 pm – Luncheon & Program

2015 Women of Distinction Highlights

Last year, Girl Scouts Rivers Valleys welcomed 725 enthusiastic guests on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 to celebrate seven women for their leadership, professional accomplishments, and community contributions. Guests came together to connect, engage in the jewelry silent auction, and experience inspiring stories of the transforming power of Girl Scouts shared by girls and honorees a like.

The event raised more than $213,000 through gifts and sponsorships with proceeds being used to provide financial assistance to girls who would otherwise be unable to afford Girl Scouts, creating ongoing opportunities for girls to build courage, confidence, and character.

“Invest in Girls. Change the World” was a powerful message as speakers shared inspiring and important information about what Girl Scouts is doing to help girls and women achieve gender equity. Speakers included Susan Adams Loyd, Women of Distinction Chair, Linda B. Keene, CEO, Girl Scouts River Valleys, and Cearah Hamilton, Community Partnership Specialist, Girl Scouts River Valleys.

Girl Scouts River Valleys Thanks Our Partners

Presented By:

Best Buy


3M, Carlson, Cub, United Way, Clear Channel Outdoor


Mayo Clinic, Xcel Energy


Pentair Foundation, Alina Health


Regions Hospital


Deloitte, Minneapolis - St. Paul Magazine, Northwest Area Foundation, Wells Fargo, Thomson Reuters