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.
2017 EMPOWER A GIRL — CHANGE THE WORLD GUEST SPEAKERS
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 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.
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 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