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Celebrate the Promise 2017 was a historical success in commemorating 100 years of Girl Scouting in Southeastern Wisconsin and guests enjoyed Summerfest’s Big Bang fireworks to cap off an inspirational evening! GSWISE expresses sincere appreciation for the generosity of our sponsors and supporters who helped us raise more than $300,000 during the event on June 29 at Discovery World. Funds raised will help support leadership experiences and adventures for all girls in southeastern Wisconsin to build courage, confidence, and character, to make the world a better place.

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In 2017, Celebrate the Promise honored four inspiring women leaders who are engaged in strengthening and building our communities through their philanthropic and corporate leadership, and who serve as role models for girls. Each exemplifies Girl Scout leadership as a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ™.

Meet our 2017 Girl Scout Leadership Award G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) Honorees:


Go-getter: Anne Zizzo
Anne Zizzo is Founder & CEO of  Zizzo Group – An Engagement Agency. One of the biggest firms in Milwaukee, premier clients include the Milwaukee Brewers, NBC NY, “Dancing with the Stars Celebrity” Peta Murgatroyd, Mercury Marine, Tribune Media, ManpowerGroup, MIAD, and Northwestern Mutual.
She is also heavily involved in the community, serving on the boards of Marquette University, Froedert Hospital, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, and Green Bay Packer Haha Clinton Dix’s “Hero Foundation."

To Anne, being a go-getter means, "seeing no boundaries, no walls. Look at the world as an endless opportunity." 


Innovator: Shontra Powell 
Shontra has crafted leadership and general management skills throughout her 26-year career in business. She has made her mark at world-class companies, including GE and JCI, and complements her corporate resume with experience as an entrepreneur, co-creating and leading a strategic growth consulting business – MingoPowell LLC. Shontra further diversified her offering in governance leadership serving as the Chief Operating Officer for ASQ, the global quality association, at a pivotal point in the association’s 70-year history. Shontra brought leadership vision and delivered a more sustainable operational foundation.

Shontra explains, "An innovator blazes the trail and sees past the situation as it is, looks at possibilities, and is driven to create, fix, build, and problem-solve."


Risk-taker: Griselda Aldrete
Griselda Aldrete is the President & CEO of Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM) and prior to that, she served as the Executive Director at the Cream City Foundation. Griselda served as the Director of Corporate Events at UMOS, a former criminal justice instructor at Bryant and Stratton College and Concordia University, and an investigative reporter and photographer for ¡Aquí! Milwaukee magazine. She serves on the board of directors for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, The Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Pivot Milwaukee, and Building Brave.

Griselda says, "Being a risk-taker means having a vision and being relentless about it in a positive way. Girls need to take chances and be willing to fail and learn from those failures to help build their character."


Leader: Joan Shafer
Joan Shafer was named executive vice president – human resources and organizational effectiveness for WEC Energy Group in June 2015, and compliance officer in April 2016. Shafer has responsibility for human resources and organizational effectiveness, administrative services, ethics and compliance and business continuity. She previously served for three years as senior vice president – customer services for We Energies, the principal utility subsidiary of Wisconsin Energy Corp. Joan is a trustee for Mount Mary University and a member of the Alverno College School of Business advisory board. She is secretary and member of the board of directors of Seton Catholic Schools, and vice chair and member of the board of directors of PAVE (Partners Advancing Values in Education). 

Joan's advice to girls is, "the first rule is to show up and try it, put yourself in that environment, and dismiss the phrase 'I can’t do that'."