Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council 7th Annual Women of Distinction

Today's girls, tomorrow's leaders


Charlotte, N.C.- Today over 600 community leaders gathered at the Westin to recognize six exceptional women as part of Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council's (GSHNC) seventh annual Women of Distinction Luncheon. This event honors and celebrates local women who have distinguished themselves as outstanding members of their community through individual excellence and high levels of professional achievement.

The highest honor is that of Lifetime Achievement given to Peggy Culbertson, a community leader deeply involved in civic, education, arts and philanthropy endeavors in the Charlotte region for numerous years.The Young Woman of Distinction was awarded to Lucia Leahy, a lifelong Girl Scout and honor student at Presbyterian College who has gained accolades in academics, athletics and in the arts.Significant Achievement Awards, which represent GSHNC?s four main program focus areas, were awarded to Stephanie Ansaldo, President and Founder of The Echo Foundation (Community Building & Social Capital Award), Emily Scofield, Executive Director of US Green Building Council Charlotte Region (Environmental Leadership Award), Dr. Teresa Dahlberg, UNC-Charlotte (STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Award, sponsored by Goodrich), Dr. Paulette Bryant, Lead Physician, Presbyterian Blume Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Clinic (Healthy Living, sponsored by Snyder's-Lance).

GSHNC selected the 2012 honorees from nominations received earlier in the year.  Honorees are women whose professional and personal accomplishments make them positive role models who inspire girls to achieve their own goals. 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 and in their community.  Nominations for 2013 consideration will be open early this fall.

This event was made possible by supporters of GSHNC including the Award Sponsors: Goodrich and Snyder's-Lance, Reception Sponsor: Duke Energy, Gold Sponsors: Bradley Construction, The Charlotte Observer and Little Brownie Bakers, Networking Sponsors: Carolinas HealthCare System, Edifice, Metrographics, Piedmont Natural Gas, Verbatim and WTVI and numerous table sponsors. Proceeds from the Women of Distinction events directly support the Girl Scouts' mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.


Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts, Hornets? Nest Council serves over 15,000 girls and 6,000 volunteers in eight counties of North and South Carolina.  These counties are the following: Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly, Union and York (S.C.) For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, visit

Katherine Lambert


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