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150423_GRJ7549The Distinguished Women’s Award Celebration, which began in 1980, is Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s only annual fundraiser. The evening honors five women in our community who lead amazing lives guided by the values of Girl Scouting and showcases an exciting mentoring opportunity for five selected high school Girl Scouts.

In addition to honoring five successful women in central Maryland, the Distinguished Women program provides five Girl Scout Seniors or Ambassadors an opportunity to spend a day in the life with our Honorees discovering new fields, learning corporate responsibility and gaining insight as they make strides in their own career paths. Guests are given a brief glimpse of the Shadow Girl and Honoree’s rewarding experiences at the Distinguished Women’s Award Celebration during the award presentation. Proceeds from this event are designated for quality mentoring experiences and programming in career exploration opportunities for girls in our community, particularly the 9,000 at-risk girls served by our Council.

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The 36th Annual Distinguished Women’s Award Celebration will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Baltimore Country Club in Roland Park, Maryland.  4712 Club Rd., Baltimore, Maryland 21210.

Registration for this event is $100; the value of services that you are entitled with registration is $60.


2016 Honorees:


Jody Berg

2014-11-04 19.39.08-2Jody Berg is CEO of Media Works, Ltd., a leading MBE marketing communications firm in the Mid-Atlantic region. Media Works specializes in research, planning and buying all facets of media. Ms. Berg is a board member of Northwest Hospital, as well as The Associated Jewish Federation, where she also served as marketing director. The Baltimore Business Journal honored Jody as one of the “Top 40 under 40” in 2000. And in 2014 she was named one of Maryland’s most admired CEO’s by The Daily Record.Through her leadership, Media Works and its employees donate time and money to a wide range of charities/events throughout the Baltimore area focusing on children’s and women’s issues such as Kennedy Krieger, House of Ruth (clothing drives and “One Great Thing”), Books for Kids day through Baltimore Reads, the Ronald McDonald House and the Hackerman Patz House.

Delegate Adrienne A. Jones


Delegate Adrienne A. Jones has been a member of the Maryland General Assembly since 1997, representing the 10th Legislative District of Baltimore County. On January 7, 2015, she was once again unanimously elected by the full House of Delegates to serve as Speaker Pro Tem. This is the twelfth time she has been selected to serve in this position. She also serves as a member of several business and civic organizations, including the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Public Policy External Advisory Board,The Maryland Food Bank, and the Southern Regional Education Board, among others. During her civil service career, she has worked with the diverse population of the County with dedication and sensitivity, making her presence felt by individual citizens, business owners, religious leaders, and elected officials.

Dr. Helen Rodriguez McConnell

Dr. Helene Rodriquez McConnell, a resident of Annapolis, is President of SCIMEDO, Inc. (dba SMC Business Group), which is a consulting business offering solutions in strategic communication, organizational development, and program management. Helene earned her B.A. in pre-med from Fordham University, her M.P.A. in healthcare administration from New York University, and her ED.D. in Organization Development from NOVA Southeastern University. She is actively involved on the Boards of the Elite Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Network- Maryland Chapter and Morgan State University. She has held various leadership positions within her community of Arundel-on-the Bay. Helene enjoys tennis, reading, and fundraising.

Michele Moore

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Michele Moore, a native of Maryland, serves as Area President of Wells Fargo for the Inland Maryland market. Wells Fargo is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Moore joined First Union Bank (now Wells Fargo) in 1998 as a Financial Center Manager and has held many positions with the bank throughout her tenured career. In her current role as Area President, she is responsible for over 550 employees in 5 districts and the daily operation of 48 retail banking stores that provide consumer and business banking services including mortgage loans, investment products and insurance services. Michele is a graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership Class of 2012 and sits on the Maryland Banker’s Association Women’s Advisory Board – the Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance. Michele is the Senior Advisor to the newly formed Wells Fargo Women’s Team Member Network.

Sheela Murthy

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Attorney Sheela Murthy began her career in corporate and real estate law, working twelve- to eighteen-hour days, often seven day weeks, at a large and prestigious firm in New York City. She spent her formative years moving all over India with her family, since her father was in the Armed Forces. This gave her an appreciation and understanding of the subtle differences of the varied cultures within India. She learned to adapt quickly and make friends easily. She moved to Baltimore, working for well-known firms before opening The Law Office of Sheela Murthy in May 1994. Today, Ms. Murthy makes an excellent ideal for those wishing to realize the great American dream. While cherishing her roots, which taught her to make the most rewarding use of each and every blessed opportunity, she also feels deeply attached to her adopted country, which respects perseverance over inheritance and limits an individual only by her dreams. In an act of giving back, Sheela Murthy and her husband, Vasant Nayak, dedicate themselves to community service efforts in the United States and in India through the MurthyNAYAK Foundation.

2016 Event Sponsors

Gold Sponsor: $25,000

Gold Sponsor: $25,000


Ambassador Sponsor: $15,000

Ambassador Sponsor: $15,000

Cadette Sponsors: $10,000

Cadette Sponsors: $10,000
Jean Gilmore-Holder
Lion Brothers
Media Works, Jody Berg
Murthy Law Firm, Sheela Murthy, Esq.
SCM Business Group, Dr. Helene Rodriquez McConnell


Junior Sponsors: $5,000

Junior Sponsors: $5,000
Baltimore City Foundation, Inc.
DF Dent
Centric Business Systems
Corporate Office Properties Trust
Georgette Kiser
RealStreet Staffing
Willis Towers Watson PLC
W. R. Grace

Brownie Sponsors: $2,500

Brownie Sponsors: $2,500
Abramoff Neuberger LLP
Anchor Title
Benjamin F. Edwards & Co.
Comcast Spotlight
Daft McCune Walker
Howard Bank
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Lois M. Shofer, Ph.D.
Mary Kraft Staffing and HR Solutions
Maryland Chemical (Jeanette Partlow)
Miles & Stockbridge
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Orange Element
Saul Ewing LLP
The Classic Catering People
University of Maryland Medical System
We Care Private Duty Services
Whiteford Taylor Preston

Daisy Sponsors: $1,000

Daisy Sponsors: $1,000
Associated Administrators
Baltimore Magazine – Joel Hammerschalg
Becker, Jill
Beran, Stephanie
Bonnie Heneson Communication
Booker, Ava Lias
Business Concierge Services
Charm City Concierge
Clear Channel Outdoor
Correct RX
Durbin, Lynne M.
Ellen & Larry Macks
FBB Capitol Partners
Financial Fitness
G. Louise Green
General Donations
Graphic Forms & Printing
Green, G. Louise
Harriet Berg
Landolf, Nancy E.
Massage Envy
Mutual of America
Phipps, Bonnie
Sanderson, Loralea
Shawe & Rosenthal
Shore Bank
Skillern, Gwen
Stevenson University
Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Inc.
The Berg Corporation
Yankellow, Ellen

Media Sponsors

AHA Business Radio
Baltimore Fishbowl
Baltimore Sun Media Group
Biz Monthly Magazine
Daily Record
Smart CEO

2016 Auction Sponsors


For information about sponsorship levels and how you can become a sponsor, download the sponsorship opportunities brochure and the sponsorship letter.

To make a donation, click here

Each year five Girl Scouts are chosen to be a Shadow Girl to one of the five Distinguished Women’s Award Celebration honorees.

Shadow Girls spend a day with an honoree for an up-close look at how she manages her time, staff and family/community responsibilities. It’s a unique one-on-one, hands-on experience from which you can learn from women who are some of the best of their chosen professions.

For more information about the DW Shadow program, contact Katrina Straker at kstraker@gscm.org.

To apply for the Distinguished Women’s Shadow Girl Program download the application form here. Send your completed application form, essay, and photo to kstraker@gscm.org or mail it to:

Katrina Straker
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
4806 Seton Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215

Applications must be postmarked or e-mailed no later than January 6, 2016. Interviews will be held January 23, 2016 at GSCM’s Urban Program & STEM Center.


Support the silent auction at the Distinguished Women’s Award Celebration

Volunteers needed:

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland is looking for volunteers to join the Distinguished Women’s Award Celebration auction committee. As a committee member, you will be collecting items for both our live and silent auctions.

The committee will meet once a month. Meeting time and locations are flexible.

This will be the 36th Anniversary of the Distinguished Women’s Award Celebration and it will be more spectacular than ever! Thank you in advance for your consideration.

If interested, please contact Katrina Straker at kstraker@gscm.org or 410.358.9711 ext. 232.

Support the Distinguished Women’s Award Celebration by donating to our auction. Complete the auction donation form and send it to:

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
Attention: Katrina Straker, Chief Development Officer
4806 Seton Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215

Interested in being a sponsor for the Distinguished Women’s Award Celebration?  Please contact Katrina Straker at kstraker@gscm.org or 410.358.9711 ext. 232.

Would you like to nominate someone for the 2017 Distinguished Women Award? Click here!

Click here to to see Honorees and Sponsors for the 2015 Distinguished Women’s Award Celebration.


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