side menu icon

Leadership Luncheon

The Leadership Luncheon is one of Girl Scouts of Western New York’s signature fundraising events. It brings the community together to discuss and address essential leadership topics. The 2017 theme is “Empower a girl — Change the world” with an exciting guest speaker panel of ALL FEMALE Olympians! Do you want to know what it takes to win the GOLD on the world’s largest competitive sports stage and in life?

Be inspired, and get a power-packed boost when you hear the amazing stories of Olympian guest speakers, Iris Zimmermann, Anja Pierce, Meghan Musnicki, and Miranda Melville. You don’t want to miss this - it’s all happening on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. 

Contact: Eileen Hettich via email or call 716-935-6030 to ask questions or request more information.




Iris Zimmermann

Rush, NY, native, Iris Zimmermann earned the distinction of being the first US fencer, man or woman, to win a World Championship in any weapon or age category in 1995 at the age of 14. She went on to win the Cadet World Championship again in 1997, was the Junior World Champion, a bronze medalist at the Senior Worlds in 1999, and a member of the US foil team for the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She was inducted into the US Fencing Hall of Fame in 2013. Iris is a graduate of Stanford University and Simon Business School at the University of Rochester. She and her sister, Felicia Zimmermann (1996 and 2000 Olympian), currently own and operate the Rochester Fencing Club in Rochester, NY, where they are training the next generation of American fencers. She is also a mother to two young girls.



Anja Pierce

Anja Pierce of Pittsford, NY, switched from gymnastics to adaptive skiing after she lost her right leg to bone cancer at the age of 12. She competed for the German National Adaptive Skiing team until she immigrated to the US, after being told that she could not pursue her dream career as an amputee in her home country. A graduate of both Brown University and the University of Washington in Seattle, she has worked in her desired job as a pediatric physical therapist ever since. She is also a mother of two. As a fan of recreational canoeing and kayaking, she has been able to pursue both sports competitively. After competing for four years on the US National Paracanoe team all throughout Europe, she succeeded in her quest to win gold as a Paracanoe sprinter at the ICF World Championships in Milan, Italy in 2015.



Meghan Musnicki

American rowing competitor Meghan Musnicki, a Naples, NY, native, began rowing as a freshman at Ithaca College where she was also an NCAA Champion in her junior and senior years of college. In 2005, she earned her B.S. in Psychology and was named First Team Pocock All American. She earned the title of World Champion in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015 in the Women’s Eight category. She also earned gold in the Summer Olympics in 2012 in London and 2016 in Rio in the Women’s Eight. She has been a member of the US Rowing National Team since 2010. Currently, she is a personal trainer and motivational speaker.



Miranda Melville

Miranda Melville of Rush, NY, holds the American record in the 5000-meter and 10,000-meter indoor race walk along with 11 national championship titles. She is currently the 2nd fastest American ever with a time of 1:31:42 at the Asian Championships in Japan in March and was the top American finisher in Rome, Italy, in May at the IAAF World Team Championships of Race Walking. She has represented the United States on 11 international teams including the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada, and World Games in Beijing, China. During a 12k race, Miranda can walk a mile in about 6:35 using a near flawless technique that propels her over 227 steps/minute. She is also a 2011 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Parkside.

2017 Leadership Luncheon Sponsors