CHARLOTTE COMMUNITY GATHERS TO HONOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE AND YOUNG WOMAN OF DISTINCTION
Sep 09, 2015

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CHARLOTTE COMMUNITY GATHERS TO HONOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE AND YOUNG WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 9, 2015) – Charlotte’s distinguished leaders gathered Wednesday at the Girl Scout Hornets’ Nest Councils’ 10th annual Women of Distinction luncheon to salute two individuals - Cathy Bessant and Morgan Ferone - who exemplify the nonprofit’s mission of courage, confidence and character.

Presented by Novant Health, the Women of Distinction luncheon recognized outstanding women with a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), environmental leadership, healthy living and community building. Since the inaugural event in 2006, nearly 60 exemplary women have been honored. 

“Each of these distinguished honorees has made remarkable contributions to our community, and we’re proud to join the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council in recognizing their achievements,” said Kim Henderson, senior vice president of Novant Health Foundation and community relations. “On behalf of Novant Health, thank you for inspiring the next generation of women leaders to follow their dreams.”

Recipient of one of the leadership organization’s highest honors – a Lifetime Achievement Award – was Bank of America Chief Operations and Technology Officer Cathy Bessant. The former Girl Scout was celebrated as a role model for girls; for her balance with family, work and community involvement; and her commitment to make the world a better place through advocacy, leadership and personal and professional contributions.

In recalling her time as a Girl Scout, Bessant shared with the more than 600 attendees that she “believes very strongly in the all-girl experience and the value of building courage, confidence and character.” She added that “Girl Scouts is all about optimism. It’s about facing the world with all its obstacles with an optimistic outlook.” Bessant concluded her remarks with “My commitment to you is I’ll re-earn it (this recognition) every single day.”

Community leaders including Governor Pat McCrory, Mayor Dan Clodfelter, Bank of America Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan, former Bank of America Chairman and CEO Hugh McColl, Novant Health EVP and Chief Consumer Officer Jesse Cureton, and Foundation For The Carolinas President and CEO Michael Marsicano participated in congratulating the highly-successful Girl Scout.

In addition, Morgan Ferone, a Myers Park High School graduate and sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earned the coveted Young Woman of Distinction award presented by TIAA-CREF.

As a Girl Scout for 13 years, Ferone is passionate about making the world a better place and has made significant achievements in STEM and community service.
In her remarks, the 19 year old shared that “the confidence I gained through Girl Scouts has propelled me to seek further challenges and never settle. The leadership skills I also acquired are ones I still use today.”

“What an honor we have to showcase a decade of exemplary female leaders who have made an impact on Charlotte,” said Angela Woods, CEO of the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council. “It inspires me to hear a current leader like Cathy Bessant and a future leader like Morgan Ferone’s perspectives on the significant role Girl Scouting played in their lives and will play in future female leaders’ lives.”

For more information, please visit http://www.hngirlscouts.org/

Photo Captions:
Image 1: Morgan Ferone (left) accepts the Young Woman of Distinction award from TIAA-CREF Senior Vice President Kathryn Karlic (right). (Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council/Brian Treffeisen)

Image 2: Bank of America Chief Operations and Technology Officer Cathy Bessant celebrates her Lifetime Achievement Award with members of the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council. (Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council/Brian Treffeisen)

About Girl Scouts:
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 2.8 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development and build courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place. Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council serves more than 22,000 girls and adults in eight North Carolina and South Carolina counties including Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly, Union and York. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, visit www.hngirlscouts.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter @GSHNC and Pinterest.

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