Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast
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Girl Scouts Honor Local Women Leaders at Celebrate the Promise Event

Fourth annual award and fundraising event will celebrate the power of female leadership

By - Aug 31st, 2020 02:46 pm
Kamilah Williams. Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast.

Kamilah Williams.

Milwaukee – (August 31, 2020) – Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast (GSWISE) will host the fourth annual Celebrate the Promise signature event virtually on Monday, September 14, beginning at 10 a.m., with additional showings at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., on and all GSWISE social media channels. Attendees will hear from Girl Scouts of all ages on how the Girl Scout Leadership Experience has impacted their lives and how they are giving back to their community. It will also feature the G.I.R.L. (Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ award recipients who will be recognized for strengthening and building communities through their philanthropic and corporate leadership, and for serving as role models for girls. The 2020 G.I.R.L. honorees include ‘Go-Getter’ Kamilah Williams, vice president at Northwestern Mutual; ‘Innovator’ Dr. Aoy Tomita-Mitchell, professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Surgery; ‘Risk-Taker’ Elizabeth Rees, founder of Chasing Paper; and ‘Leader’ Gail Hanson, retired chief financial officer for Aurora Health Care, Inc. and Independent Board Member.

Aoy Tomita-Mitchell. Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast.

Dr. Aoy Tomita-Mitchell.

Reflecting on her leadership journey, Hanson says, “Girl Scouting provided me with life skills and leadership opportunities at an early age, which served as building blocks for the future.”

“Being a Go-Getter means being driven to succeed despite the obstacles, knowing that blazing a new trail makes way for many other women to achieve their dreams,” explains Williams.

“We are excited to feature distinguished women leaders as well as celebrate our mission and the impact Girl Scouting has on our communities to make the world a better place,” stated Christy Brown, chief executive officer, GSWISE. “During these unprecedented times, we remain committed as ever to helping all girls reach their full potential with our proven leadership development experience for girls – one that is designed with, by, and for girls.”

Elizabeth Rees. Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast.

Elizabeth Rees.

This fresh, interview-style event is co-chaired by Cecelia Gore, executive director of Brewers Community Foundation and Marc McAllister; CEO of Tucker Powersports and formerly of Harley-Davidson Motor Company. It will be hosted by Alex Wehrley; local Girl Scout alum, American actress/TV personality, and founder of EMPOWERISTA.

Funds raised from Celebrate the Promise will help ensure every girl in southeast Wisconsin, regardless of her family’s financial situation, has the chance to participate in the life-changing Girl Scout Leadership Experience. For more information about becoming a Girl Scout, please visit

Gail Hanson. Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast.

Gail Hanson.

The virtual doors will be open to the public, and will welcome more than 25,000 members, families and volunteers, donors, Girl Scout alumnae, and corporate and community leaders to view the celebration. While tickets are not required to attend, donations are encouraged. To support Celebrate the Promise or for more information about the event including our outstanding sponsors, please visit

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