February 6, 2013
More than 150 middle and high school girls attended this year’s Girl Scout Leadership Conference at Simmons College Sunday, Jan. 27, and heard keynote addresses by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and other influential women leaders.
Ortiz is the first Hispanic and the first woman to represent Massachusetts as United States Attorney. She was joined by afternoon keynote speaker Marcela Aldaz-Matos, executive vice president for the Boston Chapter of ALPFA, a leading non-profit Latino professional association. Aldaz-Matos is a graduate of the Simmons School of Management.Throughout the day, the girls attended workshops on various topics including robots, yoga, self-defense, nutrition, and travel. Lauren Kovarik from the Simmons Admissions Department also hosted a workshop on How to Choose a College.
The day ended with a showing of the film Shooting Beauty, a documentary that tells the story of a photography program for people with disabilities. The filmmaker and two people featured in the film were present for a live discussion following the screening.
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is an important community partner for Simmons College and the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change. In fall 2012, the two organizations collaborated on a special research project and conference “Dreaming Big: What’s Gender Got to Do With It?” to discuss the career choices for middle school girls.
Pictured above: Simmons student Elizabeth Melo ’14, Carmen Ortiz, and Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts CEO Ruth Bramson.