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Women of Distinction
10th Annual
Women of Distinction Awards
Friday, May 7, 2021

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About the Women of Distinction Awards

The annual Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) Women of Distinction Luncheon was established in 2012 to celebrate and recognize women in northeast Ohio who go above and beyond to make our communities better places to live, work, and raise a family. GSNEO’s Women of Distinction embody the core values of Girl Scouts and provide girls with positive role models.

In 2014, the Advancing Women Award was added to honor organizations demonstrating strong commitment to advancing women in the workplace. In 2015, three annual Leaders of Tomorrow scholarships were added to recognize GSNEO Girl Scouts who display exceptional promise to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Funds raised by the Women of Distinction Awards Event benefit Girl Scouts of North East Ohio scholarships and financial aid for girls in need. These funds are designated for programs, uniforms, books, camp, and membership fees for girls throughout our 18-county footprint.


2021 Honorees

Congratulations to the 2021 Women of Distinction, Advancing Women organization, and Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship recipients!

Women of Distinction:
M. Ruth Coleman
, Principal – ValTrans Health; Founder – Health Design Plus
Marianne Crosley, President and CEO – Cleveland Leadership Center
Elizabeth Engels, President – Acer Consulting
Jan Morrison, Founder and CEO – TIES
Tania Nemer, Community Outreach Prosecutor – Summit County Prosecutor’s Office
QuynhGiao Nguyen, Ph.D., Program Element Manager and NASA’s Game Changing Development Program – NASA
Tracy A. Oliver, Director Media and Local Affairs – Dominion Energy Ohio
Sandy Rapp, SVP and CIO – Travel Centers America
Vivian von Gruenigen, M.D., M.S., Prof., Gynecologic Oncologist – Northeast Ohio Medical University
Lorna Wisham, VP, Corporate Affairs & Community Involvement and President, FirstEnergy Foundation – FirstEnergy

Advancing Women Award:
Nestlé USA

Leaders of Tomorrow:
Hailey Edie – Carrollton High School
Nia Guess – Cornerstone Christian Academy
Halle Preneta – Kenston High School

Visit the nomination page to view past honorees, submit your candidates, and learn about the application process.

Thank you to our 2021 Event Chair!

Thank you to Sandra L. Reid, Vice President, Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning of The Davey Tree Expert Company and 2020 Woman of Distinction honoree, for serving as the 2021 Event Chair.

Thank You to our 2021 Sponsors!

Bronze Sponsors



Silver Sponsors
Andy and Kathy Moock

Confidence Sponsors
Medical Mutual
Cuyahoga County Community College
Dominion Energy
Sherwin Williams

Character Sponsors
Sandra and Robert Reid
Judith E. Matsko
Mutual of America
TravelCenters of America
Ilene Shapiro County Executive, Department of Job and Family Services
State & Federal Communications
Akron Children's Hospital

Courage Sponsor
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

 Contact Laura Mottor at 330.983.0368 or with
         event questions and to learn more about event sponsorships.

 Click here to watch the 2020 event recording or click here to visit
         the event microsite!

 View photos from past events on our Facebook Page!