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Girl Scouts Honor 2019 Women of Distinction


2019 CIN Women of Distinction Honorees
From left to right: Kim Foss, Denise Driehaus, Katherine Jordan, Sue Gantz Matz, Claudia Abercrumbie

CINCINNATI, OH —On Tuesday, March 12, five local community leaders were recognized as 2019 Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.

This year's honorees are women who have made significant contributions in one or more key focus areas for success:

Claudia Abercrumbie |  President and CEO, The Abercrumbie Group
Financial Empowerment Honoree

Denise Driehaus |  County Commissioner, Hamilton County Board of Commissioners
Community Responsibility Honoree

Kim Foss |  Biomechanist/Athletic Trainer, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Healthy Living Honoree

Katherine Jordan |  Funeral Director, Thompson, Hall and Jordan Funeral Home
Leadership Honoree

Sue Gantz Matz |  Analytical & Polymer Science Research Manager, LyondellBasell (Retired)
STEM Honoree

The Women of Distinction award was established to honor the many exceptional women in our community who are paving the way for girls. These local women give hope and inspiration to girls through their achievements and passion for our communities.

"Recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of women is important for every community," said Roni Luckenbill, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. "For Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, honoring women in leadership–these women–is a critical part of our mission and our commitment to girls."

The awards program was emceed by Lisa Smith, a reporter with WCPO's 9 On Your Side. Olivia Core, a senior at Ursuline Academy and a 13-year Girl Scout from Troop 47700 who has earned all three of Girl Scouts' highest awards, gave the keynote speech. View photos from the event!

The event, made possible by generous individuals and event sponsors, generated more than $60,000 to support Girl Scouts' Camp for Every Girl initiative. Sponsors included Betsy and John LaMacchia (founding sponsors of the event); Dawes Direct; Fifth Third Bank; US Bank; The Luther Foundation; Duke Energy; BRBS World; Mutual of America; Bartlett Wealth Management; Toyota; AT&T; the Cincinnati Financial Corporation; Key Bank; Ohio National Financial Services; 4bis.com; Macy’s; Landrum and Brown; Riverpoint Capital Management; Planes Moving and Storage; USI; Skystone Partners; ComDoc; TQL Foundation; McHouse and Home; and the Maguire Agency.

We're Girl Scouts of Western Ohio—more than 39,000 girl members and nearly 10,000+ adults in 32 counties throughout western Ohio and southeastern Indiana who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA, we’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And as a United Way-funded agency, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit gswo.org, or follow Girl Scouts of Western Ohio on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.