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Three Distinguished Women Honored at Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council's Women of Distinction Event

21 Sept 2017

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 21, 2017) – As the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, the Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council also strives to honor exemplary women in the community at its Women of Distinction event held Tuesday.

Since the inaugural Women of Distinction event in 2006, the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council has recognized nearly 60 women with a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, environmental leadership, healthy living and community building.  

This year’s roster of honorees and its featured speaker lived up to the ambitious standards set by the century-old leadership development organization.

Debra Plousha Moore, the system chief of staff and executive vice president at Carolinas HealthCare System, received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement award for her commitment to others and making a difference in the community.

A former Girl Scout and  an active community member, Moore served on the 2016 Executive Committee of the  Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and is a board member with Fifth Third Bank, Duke Mansion, North Carolinas Military Business and Education, Charlotte Trees, and Bennett College for Women.

“Girl Scouts taught me how to have a mission. But it’s not about doing the work but how you do the work,” said Moore. “This Lifetime Achievement Award touches my heart, because I am a lifelong Girl Scout, will continue to serve God and country, and you. My heart is full.”

In addition, third-generation Girl Scout Jordan Garrick was honored as the Young Woman of Distinction presented by Carolinas HealthCare System.

Throughout her 13 years with the nonprofit, she participated in countless programs including as a camp instructor at the Girl Scouts’ Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs, a Girl Scout Bronze and Silver recipient, and most recently, a Gold Award honoree.

For her Gold Award project, Garrick co-founded a Toastmasters Gavel Club at Weddington High School to cultivate public speaking skills for high school students. Through her efforts at Weddington High School, a website and outreach to other schools, Garrick accumulated more than 80 hours on the community service project.

Taking the podium as the event’s featured speaker was Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to go into space.

Jemison’s career started as an Area Peace Corps Medical Officer in Sierra Leone and Liberia overseeing the health care system for the Peace Corps and State Department. 

As a NASA astronaut from 1987 to 1993, Jemison made history as the first African American female astronaut on the STS-47 Spacelab J(apan) mission and was NASA’s first science mission specialist performing experiments in material science, life science and human adaptation to weightlessness.

Since then, Jemison founded  the international science camp, The Earth We Share™ (TEWS), chairs the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence, and is a business owner and inspirational speaker. 

In addressing the Girl Scouts and guests in attendance, Dr. Jemison discussed the issue of empowerment. She said we must “believe you have the right to be involved, believe you have something to contribute and risk making that contribution.”

This mindset is in accordance with the Girl Scouts’ mission of building courage, confidence and character in girls today.

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Image 1: Lifetime Achievement honoree Debra Plousha Moore, Young Woman of Distinction Jordan Garrick, and Hornets’ Nest Council CEO Angela Woods are joined by Girl Scouts at Tuesday’s Women of Distinction event.  (Photo Credit: Jon Strayhorn)

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Image 2: Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to go into space, encouraged guests and Girl Scouts to have “an incredible impact on this world.” (Photo Credit: Jon Strayhorn)

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Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 2.3 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development and building courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place. Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council serves 16,000 girls and adults in eight North Carolina and South Carolina counties including Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly, Union and York. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, visit and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.