Girl Scouts of America “Women of Distinction”

An annual luncheon of the Girl Scouts of America to Award Women in the Northern Texas Area who contribute and empower girls in leadership.  Presented at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, TX.
The recipients of this years Awards in 2017 are as follows:


Sara Martineau

Sara Martineau is a servant leader, consummate volunteer and model citizen in a class all her own. She has given decades of service in Dallas beginning with her involvement in the Junior League of Dallas and The Crystal Charity Ball where she has supported missions of many organizations throughout the city. Sara’s love of the arts is exemplified through her involvement on the Dallas Summer Musicals Board, SMU Meadows School of Arts Executive Board and The Dallas Opera’s Women’s Board.

She is the founding member of the March of Dimes, Texas Society-Dallas Division. She also serves on UT Southwestern Medical Center’s President Research Council. At The University of Texas Dallas, Sara is a member of the University Campaign Council and a Life Member of the Development Board.

Nina Vaca

Nina Vaca is Pinnacle Group’s Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer. Her dynamic leadership over the past 20 years has propelled the company from a niche IT services firm to the workforce solutions powerhouse it is today, with a suite of business lines to address the range of IT human capital challenges companies in the Fortune 500 face. Pinnacle’s evolution and astronomical growth is the result of Vaca’s fearless approach to overcoming challenges and her intense focus on two core values: delivering impeccable service to clients and putting people at the heart of everything Pinnacle does. Pinnacle has been named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing companies for over a decade and in 2015 was named the Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Company in the U.S. by the Women Presidents’ Organization.


Shelly Goel

Shelly has been a Girl Scout for five years and is currently a junior at the Science and Engineering Magnet at Townview High School in Dallas. Goel often spends her time giving back to the community. Based her Gold Award project, titled “Foster Interest in STEM for Girls,” Goel aims to introduce girls to various STEM fields and spark an interest in studying their passions in STEM further. Through her project, Goel ran courses for middle school students about basic science and engineering concepts, and designed a website complete with self-made materials for the program to be replicated for years to come. She will graduate from Science and Engineering Magnet at Townview High School in 2019.

Emma Rose Shore

Emma is a senior at The Hockaday School where she is president of the JETS, a competitive robotics engineering team, Model UN, Science Olympiad and Latin Club. A lover of the sciences, Emma centered her Gold Award project around robotics where she founded the Cabell Elementary Robotics Club. Designed to address gender inequality and economic disparity in STEM, the club introduces girls to STEM at an early age where they learn to code basic robot movements, understand the engineering process, and solve problems as a team. Shore is also the recipient of the US Presidential Volunteer Service Award and Visionary Award, given by Girl Scouts, for her work in advancing women’s equality. She will graduate from The Hockaday School in 2018.

Man Enough to be a Girl Scout:

Todd Williams

Highly committed to public education, Todd is the founding Chairman and Executive Director of The Commit! Partnership, the nation’s largest collective impact organization with over 190 institutions (including 15 school districts and eight higher education institutions educating over 790,000 students) focused together on meaningfully improving post-secondary completion levels across the DFW area. He also serves as the Education Policy Advisor to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.

Todd is a current trustee and former board chair for Austin College, one of the region’s leading liberal arts institutions located in Sherman, Texas. With his wife Abby, Todd also serves on the board and was the founding chair of the regional advisory board for Teach for America in DFW, and  helped establish in 2007 the Williams Preparatory School, a K-12 free tuition public charter school operated by Uplift Education that educates over 1,500 primarily low-income children in northwest Dallas. 100% of its graduates since its first senior class in 2011 have been accepted to a four-year college or university.

The Keynote Speaker is:

Dr. Mae C. Jemison

Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first woman of color in the world to go into space, served six years as a NASA astronaut. She flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-47 Spacelab J(apan) mission in September 1992 and was NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist performing experiments in material science, life science and human adaptation to weightlessness.

Dr. Jemison is currently leading 100 Year Starship (100YSS) an initiative seed funded by DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency ( DARPA) to assure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star is possible within the next 100 years. She also is founder of the technology consulting firm, The Jemison Group, Inc. that integrates the critical impact of socio-cultural issues when designing and implementing technologies, such as their projects on using satellite technology for health care delivery in West Africa and solar dish Stirling engines for electricity generation in developing countries.



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