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The Numbers Don’t Lie: Most Female Business Leaders Were Girl Scouts

Local teen creating prosthetics with 3D printers joins big names in business community as Girl Scouts of Western Washington’s Luncheon keynote speakers.

SEATTLE, May 8, 2018– At a time when the national conversation about women in the workplace is louder than ever before, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington is proud to present some of the brightest leaders in Puget Sound for a critical and inspiring discussion on growing young girls into empowered women.

Girl Scouts of Western Washington’s Seattle Luncheon on May 22 could not be more timely or relevant: Did you know that only six percent of our country’s biggest companies are run by female CEOs? Yet, 80 percent of all women business owners were Girl Scouts in their youth. Another astonishing fact: Only 21 percent of U.S. Senators are women, but 71 percent of them were Girl Scouts. And every woman Secretary of State was also a Girl Scout. There’s no question: We need more women leaders across all industries and Girl Scouts is making a huge impact.

Bellingham teen Cora Lyon is one of these amazing young leaders of tomorrow. Lyon, a senior at St. Paul’s Academy and Running Start student at Whatcom Community College, is bringing her passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to her newest project: creating prosthetic hands with 3D printers.

“My interest in prosthetic hands was spurred from my interest in 3D printing and global health,” says Lyon, the current vice president of the Engineering Club at WCC. “Girl Scouts has helped to prepare me by giving me the leadership tools, and by helping me connect to the world around me.”

When Lyon leaves for college in the fall, the WCC Engineering Club will continue the prosthetics program thanks in part to Lyon’s initiative and leadership.

Lyon joins three of Puget Sound’s most impressive and accomplished business executives as keynote speakers at this year’s luncheon:

Adriane Brown has over 30 years of leadership experience, as Senior Advisor and past President and COO of Intellectual Ventures, a Seattle based invention capital company. She also holds Board positions with Raytheon, eBay and Allergan.

Barbara Ford Grant produces industry-leading content as the Senior Vice President of Digital Production at HBO.  She is also a talented screenwriter and director.

Sarah Bird is CEO of Moz, a software company that helps online marketers measure and improve search, social, and content marketing. She also holds Board positions with Moz, Sitrion, and Copper Canyon.

“Adriane, Barbara and Sarah are among the most impressive and accomplished business leaders in our region,” says Girl Scouts of Western Washington CEO Megan Ferland. “They are incredible role models and fierce champions for empowering girls to find and amplify their voices. We are honored and proud to have them join us at this year’s luncheon.”

Each year, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington Luncheon brings together 600 women leaders and entrepreneurs from throughout the Seattle Metro area. Emceed by KOMO News Meteorologist Shannon O’Donnell, this year’s luncheon will celebrate the power of Girl Scouts to build the next generation of G.I.R.L.: Go-Getters, Innovators, Risk-Takers, and Leaders. Funds raised will benefit thousands of girls, giving them access to supportive, nurturing and challenging Girl Scout experiences, putting them one step closer to a life-changing path of success and leadership.

The Girl Scouts of Western Washington G.I.R.L. Luncheon is May 22 at noon at the Westin in Seattle. To learn more or register to attend, visit