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Girl Scouts Announce 2020 Take The Lead Berks County Honorees

Story written by Jenn Glassey

Mar 05, 2020

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP) is hosting its annual Take the Lead Berks County event, where it will recognize four distinguished women and highlight girl leadership. Take the Lead is a girl-led ceremony that highlights GSEP’s mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, while honoring women leaders whose work and achievements exemplify these values.

“We look forward to our Take the Lead program every year,” said Kim E. Fraites-Dow, Chief Executive Officer of GSEP. “This signature fundraising event honors our community’s most distinguished women whose leadership and professional achievements have made a significant impact in our region, and on the lives of our 40,000 girls and 15,000 adult volunteers.”

Unique to GSEP, Take the Lead enables girls and women from the community to forge long-lasting mentoring relationships designed to teach girls the skills they’ll need to become the leaders of tomorrow. Five deserving high school aged Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to shadow an honoree for a day, reflect on the experience, and present her with a Take the Lead award at the event, attended by 500+ community leaders.

This year, GSEP will recognize the following women:

2020 Take the Lead Berks County Honorees
• Carolyn M. Bazik, MBA, Executive Director, Co County Wellness Services
• Susan Fromm, Community Advocate
• Dr. Susan D. Looney, President, Reading Area Community College
• Dr. Vinti Shah, Chief, Palliative Medicine and Chair, Ethics Committee, Tower Health

Co-chairs for the 2020 Take the Lead Berks County event are Greater Reading Chamber Alliance Senior Vice President, Ret. Karen Marsdale and Fulton Bank Commercial Market Executive Michele Richards.

Take the Lead Berks County honorees will be celebrated at a special girl-led ceremony on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading. Guests will have the opportunity to take part in a paddle raise campership auction to help send girls to Girl Scout camp. For more information about Take the Lead sponsorships, advertising and tickets, visit or call 267-332-7039.

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