Women of Distinction is the Girl Scouts of Western New York's signature fundraising event where we honor women throughout Western New York for their strength in character, dedication to community service, and commitment to mentoring and encouraging girls and young women.


2014 Women of Distinction

Join us as we showcase the Girl Scout mission and as we continue to build courage, confidence, and character to the next generation of Girl Scouts.


Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Buffalo Marriott Niagara, 1340 Millersport Highway in Amherst

6:30 p.m. Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Purchase your tickets or secure your sponsorship here.


Leadership Breakfast Series

Friday, September 19, 2014

Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 East Main Street in Rochester

8:00 a.m. Leadership Breakfast

Keynote Address: “The Future Needs Girls in Science”

In this talk, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez will describe the little-known history that girls used to dominate science classes and will showcase some of the women science mavericks in history. She will share her own path for how she became a scientist and will send an inspirational message for why we need more girls in science and how our future depends on it.

About the Speaker

Ainissa Ramirez

Dr. Ainissa Ramirez is a former Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Yale University. She's passionate about demonstrating that "science is fun" and serves as a science adviser to NOVA, Dragonfly TV, and the Exploratorium. Learn more about Dr. Ramirez here.

Purchase your tickets or secure your sponsorship here.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Information about 2014 Women of Distinction sponsorship opportunities can be found in the documents below. For questions or more information, email wod@gswny.org

Thank you to the 2014 Women of Distinction sponsors!


Congratulations to the 2014 Women of Distinction Honorees!

Daisy Algarin

Senior Marketing Specialist

City of Rochester Business Development

Kimberly Beaty

Deputy Commissioner of Operations

City of Buffalo

Ann Evanko


Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.

Uma Gupta, Ph.D.

Executive Director, President CEO

STEM-Smart, Planet GPA.us

Marcia A. Merrins

Former President of the League of Women Voters for New York State and

Owner of Kniti Griti Works

Jennifer Walter

Corporate Controller

Moog Inc.

Lillian Williams, Ph.D.

Professor of African-American Studies

University at Buffalo SUNY