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Current Honorees

Each year, Girl Scouts River Valleys is proud to honor remarkable women and girls for their leadership, accomplishments, and community contributions. Congratulations to the 2020 honorees for this great achievement!

2020 Women of Distinction

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Amy Kroll

Principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Amy Kroll is a healthcare consultant with over 24 years of healthcare leadership and management consulting experience. She has been a Principal with Deloitte & Touche LLP for 14 years and is currently the Managing Principal US Healthcare Leader within Deloitte’s Risk & Financial Advisory practice.

She started her career at Deloitte in 1996 working in the Computer Assurance Services practice and quickly began to build what would become her specialization and career focus around healthcare. She has worked with many of the firm’s largest clients in the care delivery, financing and med tech sectors. In addition to her healthcare leadership roles, Amy has served as the Central Region leader for Risk and Financial Advisory, developed and implemented a leading-edge career development and transition program and has served in key client leader roles for several large Fortune 50 clients. She is a participant in the Deloitte NextGen Leadership Development Program which is a global program focused on leadership development and succession.

With her US Healthcare Leader role, not only does she oversee operations and drive financial performance, she is a mentor and counsels many of Deloitte’s leaders and professionals. She has spoken in the Twin Cities on topics of mentorship, sponsorship and effective goal development.

Amy was a Girl Scout growing up and continued her leadership development experience with Girl Scouts as a member of the board and several committees, including the executive committee for the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys. She was the President and Board Chair from 2014 to 2016.

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Ashley McCray

Research & Development Engineer, General Mills

Ashley McCray is a Chemical Engineer, non – profit leader, Motivational Speaker, consultant and Public Servant. She is a Research and Development Engineer at General Mills where she is pivotal in launching, innovating and renovating products for multi-million-dollar brands such as, Old El Paso and Cascadian Farm. In 2019, she was awarded as a General Mills Emerging Young Leader, General Mills Volunteer Champion of the Year and named to the 50 Women in Business List of the Twin Cities. She is the Chair of the Midwest Region for the National Society of Black Engineers, a non – profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of minorities in STEM fields. Ms. McCray also sits on the National Board of Directors for the National Society. Ms. McCray is leading the Professional of Color retention strategy for Minneapolis/St. Paul through Be MSP. As a motivational speaker, she has served as the University of Pittsburgh’s Commencement Speaker, Minnesota State University at Mankato’s Keynote for their Diversity Days, Girl Scouts of America (MN/WI) Highest Award ceremonies keynote and held various professional development workshops at conferences all over the country.

As a public servant, Ashley is Co-creator of the STEMulating Young Minds Institute, a training program for educators and community leaders interested in successfully teaching and engaging students in STEM principles, Girl Scout Troop Leader and a Big Sister in Big Brother/Big Sister Twin Cities. With these organizations, she has developed and implemented community – based engineering exposure and outreach programs across the United States of America. Ashley currently serves as on the board for General Mills’ Black Champions Network (BCN). Through Ashley’s content creation and leadership, the BCN supports evidence-based policies and practices to increase retention and job satisfaction of the talent of color in the global corporation.

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Laura Reed

Chief Nursing Executive & Chief Operating Officer,
M Health Fairview

Laura Reed serves as the Chief Nursing Executive and Chief Operating Officer for the M Health Fairview system in Minnesota. This system includes an academic medical center, 11 community based hospitals, primary care, specialty clinics, long term and post-acute care. Previous to this position she served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Executive for ThedaCare. Her responsibilities included clinical operations for the system including ambulatory, post-acute, community and rural hospital settings.

Laura has extensive leadership experience, both in clinical operations and organizational effectiveness. She holds both a Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration degrees, from the University of Iowa and her Doctorate in Nursing from the University Of Minnesota School Of Nursing.

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Jayshree Seth

Corporate Scientist & Chief Science Advocate, 3M

Jayshree Seth is a Corporate Scientist, the highest technical designation at 3M. She started in 1993, working on developing components for disposable soft-goods, such as diapers, in 3M’s Personal Care Business. In the last 26 years at 3M, Jayshree has worked on many different technology/product/business platforms and associated initiatives. She currently leads Applied Technology Development projects for 3M’s Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division. Jayshree is engaged in development and commercialization of sustainable Industrial Products within various markets. She has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University in New York and a Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from India, and, holds 67 patents for a variety of innovations. Jayshree is also a certified Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) Black Belt.

In 2018, Jayshree was appointed as 3M’s first ever Chief Science Advocate and is using her scientific knowledge, technical expertise and professional experience to advance science and communicate its importance and benefits in everyday life. An area of focus is to foster a new generation of scientists and science advocates. Jayshree also uses her personal story and career journey to inspire students to pursue STEM and encourage professionals who aspire to have satisfying STEM-based careers, while staying authentic to their true self.

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2020 Young Women of Distinction

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Huda Abbadi

Huda and her family came to America in late 2003 living first in Chicago before moving to Rochester, Minnesota when she was in 6th grade. Being at a new school and new country, she wanted to find a place that created a sense of community. She found that when she joined the ConnectZ Girl Scouts program in sixth grade.

Last year she was instrumental in forming the Diversity Council in her school, where she served as Vice President. As a leader in the council, she organized a mentorship program between her high school and their sister middle school. Now a senior at John Marshall High School, Huda is currently enrolled as a Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) student at Rochester Community and Technical College and is the Vice President of Student Senate.

Huda’s love for advocating for others was amplified last year when she testified on behalf of Girl Scouts River Valleys when she shared her experience in Girl Scouts and ConnectZ. It was then, when she witnessed how her voice could create a change. Huda continues to advocate for helping others through her role as a student leader in higher education.

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Sahana Vandayar

Sahana is a senior at Maple Grove Senior High and has been a Girl Scout since the second grade. Sahana serves as a member of the Girl Scouts River Valleys Girl Leadership Board and as a unit leader at Lights and Lakes Day Camp. For her Girl Scout Gold Award, she initiated an educational program named Computer Science for Kids. With branches in Singapore and Brooklyn Park, the program provides basic programming and computer training through the guidance of high school mentors for students in first through third grade.

Sahana credits Girl Scouts to for providing a platform to learn and teach science and technology in an all-girl-led environment. Outside of Girl Scouts, Sahana is the Outreach Captain and Drive Coach of her robotics team, Crimson Robotics. As a part of her robotics team, Sahana has helped spread the opportunity of robotics throughout District 279. To spread love for STEM and robotics, she initiated a FIRST LEGO League junior robotics program in Punggol Meadows, Singapore in 2017. She collaborated with robotics team 1156, Under Control, to create a trilingual robotics curriculum for students throughout North and South America. She serves as president for the Girl Up Chapter and is a representative of her school’s student government. This past year, Sahana qualified as a 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition Dean’s List Finalist and a Minnesota Affiliate State Winner by the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

When she’s not immersing herself in robotics, STEM or Girl Scouts, Sahana practices Bharatanatyam, a South Indian classical dance that she has performed for about 12 years as a part of Apsaras LLC.