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The Girl Scouts Announce Debra Plousha Moore as the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 18, 2017) – On Monday, executives from Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council announced that Carolinas HealthCare System’s Debra Plousha Moore will receive the 2017 Lifetime Achievement award at the Sept. 19 Women of Distinction event.

With a focus on women who are go-getters, innovators, risk takers and leaders, the Girl Scouts selected Debra Plousha Moore for its most distinguished honor based on her commitment to others and making a difference in the community.

Despite a demanding schedule as the system chief of staff and executive vice president at Carolinas HealthCare System, Moore is an active community member. In addition to serving on the 2016 Executive Committee of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, she is a board member with Fifth Third Bank, Duke Mansion, North Carolinas Military Business and Education, Charlotte Trees and Bennett College for Women.

“I am committed to making the world a better place, committed to women and committed to inspiring people to be their best,” said Moore.

She joined the Girl Scouts as a Brownie and participated in the leadership development organization through high school. While in college, her work with the Girl Scouts continued as an adult member, leading the first of three troops.

As one of the nation’s foremost authorities in the fields of leadership development, human resources, diversity and inclusion and organizational development, Moore attributes much of her success to three fundamentals taught by the Girl Scouts.

  • As a young Girl Scout, one was taught to leave the campsite better than you found it. For Moore, that now translates to leaving the community and the families she serves better off.
  • In learning many of the transferrable skills of selling cookies, she mastered the art of a cold call, selling 300 boxes in four to five square blocks. To this day, she can still make a cold call.
  • As a troop leader and a Girl Scout, the importance of leadership, relationships, accountability and humility were ingrained into the woman she is today.

“The Girl Scouts strive to teach girls how to live life to the fullest and positively impact the world,” said Angela Woods, CEO of the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council. “When we look to female leaders who are doing that, Debra is a perfect example of perseverance, hard work, kindness and respect. Her critical work in the community and passion for helping others made this honor an easy decision. We are privileged to recognize such a deserving woman.”   

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

The luncheon will take place Tuesday, Sept. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET at The Westin Charlotte. For more information, please visit


About Girl Scouts:

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.