Celebrate Leadership Event

SAVE THE DATE for Celebrate Leadership 2014:  November 7, 2014

For more information about sponsorship, underwriting or tribute opportunities, contact Vikki Shepp at 949-461-8817 or vshepp@GirlScoutsOC.org.



Nominate a Girl Scout for Celebrate Leadership 2014

Selected Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to share their Girl Scout story with 400+ community leaders, receive professional speaking training and coaching, participate in a professional photo shoot with an OC community leader and more!  Nominate a girl today using the online Nomination Form (for the nominator), Nominee Form (for the parent/girl) and Reference Form (for two references).  Learn more…



Celebrate Leadership Recognizes Six OC Leaders and Nets Over $271,000

Nearly 400 guests came together to recognize six extraordinary local female leaders, all Girl Scout Alumnae, and raise over $271,000 for Girl Scouts of Orange County at its Fourth Annual Celebrate Leadership event on November 1, 2013, at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.  Each honoree was matched with a current Orange County Girl Scout through a shared leadership key, linking these leaders of tomorrow with leaders of today.  Each guest went home with a beautiful 2014 Keepsake Calendar, featuring stunning photographs of the honorees with their partner Girl Scouts. 

Funds raised will support Girl Scouts of Orange County’s high quality leadership development programs for more than 22,000 Girl Scouts and to recruit, train, and support the more than 14,000 adult members and volunteers who guide and support them.  In addition, funds will be used to develop new Girl Scout programs focusing on career exploration and changing the world, while emphasizing the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills. 

Congratulations to Our 2013 Celebrate Leadership Honorees:

  • Ashleigh Aitken, Of Counsel at Aitken*Aitken *Cohn
  • Shannon Eusey, Co-founder and President of Beacon Pointe Advisors
  • Donna Giordano, President of Ralphs Grocery Company
  • Ingrid Otero-Smart, President of Casanova Pendrill
  • Joan Patronite Kelly, Managing Principal and co-founder of BonTerra Consulting
  • Laila Pence, Owner and President of Pence Wealth Management


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An outstanding event committee, chaired by Nella Webster O’Grady of Palo Capital, helped make the event a tremendous success.  The event would not have been possible without the support of generous sponsors, including:

Silver Sponsors:  Applied Medical, Kaiser Permanente Orange County, Wells Fargo

Bronze Sponsors:  John & Dana Myerson Agamalian and Lee Ann Canaday, Canaday Group, RE/MAX Fine Homes; Bette & Wylie Aitken; The Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University; Becky Bailey-Findley and Gary Findley; Beacon Pointe Advisors; Cedarlane Natural Foods; Coca-Cola Refreshments; DPI Specialty Foods; Ingram Micro; The Inouye Family Trust; Joan and Eamon Kelly/BonTerra Consulting; Irene Kinoshita/Ascolta and Betty Mower Potalivo/Northern Trust; KPMG LLP; Lesley, Thomas, Schwarz & Postma, Inc.; Andy and Lindsey Marrone; Pence Wealth Management; PepsiCo; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Ralphs; Southern Wine & Spirits; Union Bank; Young’s Market

Leaders of Tomorrow Underwriter:  Jane Buchan

Photography Underwriter: Linda Lyons-Justus and Allan Justus, Lyons and Justus Company

Valet Parking Underwriter: Donna Karan New York

Wine & Spirits Underwriter: Wine Warehouse & Blue Ice Vodka

        Event Sponsors:

  • Michele D. Johnson, Latham & Watkins, LLP
  • La Brea Bakery
  • LPL Financial


        Event Patrons:

  • AT&T
  • Sherri Bovino, Owner, Global, A 1st Flagship Company
  • Victoria & David Collins
  • First American Trust
  • Sandi Jackson
  • Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
  • Nancy & Scott Nygren
  • Gina & Clif Magee
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Kim Neuhauser, Chair, Friends of Girl Scout Trust (FOGST)
  • Shirley and Steve Quackenbush
  • RBF Consulting
  • Vikki Shepp
  • Christine Shingleton, Owner, Community Strategic Advisors
  • Elizabeth & John Stahr
  • Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Company
  • Stacey Von Berg


For more information about sponsorship, underwriting or tribute opportunities contact Vikki Shepp at 949-461-8817 or vshepp@GirlScoutsOC.org.

Charitable support is critical. Celebrate Leadership raises vitally important philanthropic funding to support more than 22,000 Orange County Girl Scouts, and nearly 15,000 dedicated volunteers and adult members who guide and support them. It also provides the necessary resources to serve more of our community’s girls.