Girl Scouts of Connecticut will host the 20th anniversary Woman of Merit dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Stamford Hilton.
The Woman of Merit award recognizes leaders who demonstrate the Girl Scout values of leadership, personal achievement and service to the community. It is given in honor of Alice Pattison Merritt, an public leader who became the first woman elected to the Connecticut Senate and who was instrumental in bringing scouting to girls in Connecticut.
Friends, business partners and supporters are invited to the Woman of Merit dinner to support Girl Scouting's leadership development programs. This year, Emmy award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author Diane Smith will serve as emcee.
Girl Scouts of Connecticut will be honoring IBM's chief information officer, Jeanette Horan. The company is responsible for equipping IBMers with the technology and tools they need to better support clients and achieve IBM's objectives.
"We are honored to award this year's Woman of Merit to Jeanette Horan," said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut.
"Jeanette Horan represents the leadership and civic responsibility that Alice Pattison Merritt exhibited so many years ago. We are thrilled to recognize Jeanette's outstanding achievements, as she will serve as an inspiration to our girls who aspire to reach this level of success in the science and technology fields."
Tickets are $200 per person, $150 for Girl Scouts of Connecticut's adult volunteers. For tickets or information, visit www.gsofct.org or call 860-522-0163, ext. 3230.