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Celebrate the Promise 2018

Thank you to the more than 225 corporate and community leaders who joined us for an inspirational journey to celebrate the promise of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place! It was a celebration of girls and women leaders, co-chaired by Joan Shafer and Dr. Veronica Gunn, with emcee Joyce Garbaciak of WISN 12 News at the Milwaukee Public Museum. 

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Meet our 2018 Girl Scout Leadership Award G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ Honorees:

Go-getter: Nancy Hernandez

President & Founder
ABRAZO multicultural marketing & communication

Nancy is President and Founder of ABRAZO multicultural marketing & communication, the region’s premiere agency dedicated to connecting businesses with Hispanic, African American, and Asian audiences.  She is a Milwaukee Business Journal Woman of Influence and United Way Philanthropic Five awardee, among many honors. is founder and past chair for Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee, past chair for TEMPO Milwaukee, and currently serves on the board of trustees for Marquette University, chairs the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, and serves as vice chair and secretary for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.  

Nancy says, "I think teaching young girls resiliency is one of the best things we can do for them. There will be failures and challenges in all our experiences, but if we can teach girls to focus on what they can learn from those experiences, how to make changes moving forward, and how to become a better or smarter person because of it, then these Girl Scouts are going to rule the world."


Innovator: Cynthia LaConte

CEO & Foundation President
Dohmen Company

Cynthia is CEO for Dohmen Company and President of Dohmen Company Foundation where she leads with a vision of creating a more efficient, effective, and easy to use health experience. Since 2009, she has grown the company organically and via acquisition expanding Dohmen’s national footprint. Today she leads healthcare technology through the acquired Red Arrow Labs division, using business as a catalyst for creating healthy communities through its benefit corporation, Dohmen Constellations and advancing preventative health services through its Investment Group. In 2008, she began the Foundation, which has contributed more than $12 million to positively affect over 123 million lives.  Among her many honors, she has been recognized as a Milwaukee Business Journal Woman of Influence, BizTimes Media Woman Executive of the Year, and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® for the Upper Midwest.  

Cynthia states, "The strength of the Girl Scouts organization is in the freedom of allowing girls to imagine what can be."


Risk-taker: Dorothy Walker

Interim Dean
School of Technology and Applied Sciences
Milwaukee Area Technical College

Dorothy is Interim Dean of Milwaukee Area Technical College’s (MATC) School of Technology and Applied Sciences, where she leads students in their pursuit of non-traditional career opportunities. In 1978, she was hired as the first female welding instructor at MATC and in the Wisconsin Technical College System. During her tenure, Dorothy has held leadership and management roles advancing innovation and technology for students through curriculum and apprenticeship programs. She has been appointed to several state committees including Governor Thompson’s State Employment and Training Task Force and Statewide Youth Apprenticeship Task Force. She currently serves on committees and the Task Force for Re-Entry Population. A lifelong learner and leader, Dorothy has served as Chair and Deacon for Educational Ministries at her church.

Dorothy explains, "Girls in Girl Scouts become risk-takers. They learn to look within themselves and realize they can challenge themselves and discover what they are capable of doing."

Leader: Laura H. Gough, CFA®

Managing Director
Private Asset Management
Robert W. Baird & Co.

Laura is a Managing Director in Private Asset Management responsible for business development and relationship management. Since joining Baird in 1991, she has held management roles leading Baird’s Retirement Plan Services and Corporate & Executive Services departments; and served as co-chair of Baird’s Business Diversity Council, founding co-chair of Baird’s Women Associate Resource Group, and is the current co-chair for TEMPO Milwaukee Women’s Affinity Alliance. Laura serves on many non-profit boards including the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Goodwill Industries, WUWM, BizStarts, and Shorewood Education (SEED) Foundation. Laura is a former board member and community engagement committee member for Girl Scouts in southeastern Wisconsin. In 2012, she was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal for her many professional and personal contributions.  

Laura exclaims, "Girl Scouts means power. We need young women who are willing to stand up and believe in themselves. That’s where the real power comes from, your inner person."

2018 Celebrate the Promise Sponsors

Investing in girls who change the world is a big deal! Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast are grateful for the generosity of our partners to support the future generations of girls. 


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