Girl Scouts of Connecticut to host 23rd annual Woman of Merit Dinner

Girl Scouts of Connecticut will host the 2016 Woman of Merit Dinner on Thursday, June 2, from 5:30-9 p.m., at the Italian Center of Stamford. The Woman of Merit Award recognizes leaders who demonstrate the Girl Scout values of leadership, personal achievement, and service to the community.

The award is given in honor of Alice Pattison Merritt, an extraordinary public leader who became the first woman elected to the Connecticut Senate and who was instrumental in bringing Girl Scouting to girls in Connecticut. This year’s honorees feature two exceptional women, Director at Deloitte & Touche LLP Mary Galligan and Commanding General, 98th Training Division (IET) Brigadier General Tammy Smith.

Mary Galligan serves as a Director in Deloitte & Touche’s Cyber Risk Services practice. Mary advises senior executives on the crisis management challenges they face, in particular cyber risks. She helps clients develop and execute security programs to prevent and minimize the business impact of cyber threats. Mary joined Deloitte after retiring in 2013 from a distinguished 25 year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Her most recent position was with the New York Office as the Special Agent in Charge of Cyber and Special Operations, where she oversaw all FBI investigations into national security and criminal cyber intrusions in New York City.

Brigadier General Tammy Smith is a career Army Officer with 30 years of military experience. She is currently the Commanding General of the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training). In this role, she is responsible for the oversight and direction of four brigades totaling 2,503 Soldiers throughout the East Coast and Puerto Rico. The primary mission of the 98th TD is to provide Drill Sergeants to Army Training Centers.

Her significant senior leader assignments include Director, Army Reserve Human Capital Enterprise; Director, Senior Leader Development Office; Chief, General Officer Management Office; and Director, Army Reserve Affairs, US Forces-Afghanistan. Brigadier General Smith serves on the Deloitte External Inclusion Advisory Council on the Out and Equal Workplace Advocates Board of Directors.

“This year we are recognizing two extraordinary women, Mary Galligan and Brigadier General Tammy Smith, who represent the best of our Girl Scout values,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “These women are exceptional, strong role models for our girls who lead in male-dominated fields, and we are looking forward to hearing their story on June 2. We hope many will join us for an inspiring evening listening to both women while learning more about the power and value of Girl Scouting in Connecticut.”

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