Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council 9th 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) ninth annual Women of Distinction Luncheon presented by Signature Sponsor Wells Fargo. 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 Mary Lou Babb, a community leader deeply involved in educational, cultural and social service organizations. She has dedicated her time to making a difference in the lives of young people as her roles and positions have allowed her to reach a multitude of individuals, including Girl Scouts in her troop. The Young Woman of Distinction was awarded to Abigail Bucher Ness, a lifelong Girl Scout and an intern on the Collaborative Planning and Design Team at Skeo Solutions. Abigail also serves as a Mozambique Agroforestry Village Project Research Assistant for Dobbin International Inc. In addition, Significant Achievement Awards, which represent GSHNC's four main program focus areas, were awarded to Dr. Maha Gingrich, the Assistant Public Information Officer for Central Piedmont Community College (Community Building Award), Regina Guyer, an Associate Director at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's Infrastructure, Design, Environment and Sustainability Center (Environmental Leadership Award), Sharon Jones, Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology (STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Award) and Dr. Preeti Matkins, the Medical Director of Pat's Place Child Advocacy Center and Teen Health Connection (Healthy Living).

GSHNC selected the 2014 honorees from an application process which can be found on our website ( are women whose professional and personal accomplishments make them positive role models who inspire girls to achieve their own goals. These women exemplify the Girl Scout Promise and Law through ethical leadership and a commitment to making a difference in the lives of their fellow citizens in their communities. 

This event was made possible by supporters of GSHNC including our Signature Sponsor, Wells Fargo and the Award Sponsors: Time Warner Cable (STEM), Snyder's- Lance (Healthy Living) Gold Sponsors: Duke Energy, Little Brownie Bakers, The Charlotte Observer, Networking Sponsors: Bradley Construction, Carolina Health Care Systems, Charlotte Business Journal, Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, Metrographics, UTC Aerospace Systems, Verbatim, 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.

Colleen Young

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