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GIRL SCOUTS ANNOUNCES 2015 CELEBRATE LEADERSHIP HONOREES


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Six Orange County Women Recognized by the Nation’s Preeminent Leadership Development Organization for Girls

IRVINE, Calif. (August 13, 2015) – Girl Scouts of Orange County has announced six extraordinary local female leaders, all Girl Scout alumnae, who will be recognized at the organization’s Sixth Annual Celebrate Leadership event on October 30, 2015 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.  Each Celebrate Leadership Honoree will be paired with a current Girl Scout at the event, giving the leaders of tomorrow an opportunity to connect with current leaders.

2015 Celebrate Leadership Honorees

Jacqueline Akerblom, of Newport Beach, is managing partner of Grant Thornton LLP’s West Region, which includes 12 offices in the western United States. Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Akerblom has served in multiple leadership roles within the Grant Thornton, including national managing partner of Women’s Initiatives and Programs for Grant Thornton from 2007 to 2011, during which time the firm saw a 197% increase in female partners. Akerblom is a certified public accountant in California and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and California Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is also a member of the California Chamber of Commerce; member of the University of San Diego School of Business dean’s advisory board; and member of the CEO Roundtable at the University of California, Irvine. Additionally, Akerblom serves on the board of directors of the Forum for Corporate Directors and Goodwill of Orange County.

Corinne Burton, of Huntington Beach, is president of Teacher Created Materials, Inc., a California-based educational publishing company with resources “created by teachers for teachers and students.” Burton joined the Teacher Created Materials team in the Editorial Department as an author, editor, and publisher, before rising to her current position. An avid elementary school teacher with a love of history, Burton developed the highly successful social studies series of products within Teacher Created Materials. She has won numerous community and industry awards, including the highly prestigious Member of the Year Award from the Association of American Publishers. A mother of three active daughters, Burton volunteers with Girl Scouts of Orange County and has served as a troop leader for many years.

Tanya Domier, of Coto de Caza, is Chief Executive Officer of Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC (ASM), North America’s leading provider of outsourced sales, marketing, and business solutions for a client portfolio that includes many of the most recognized CPG brands and retail banners in the U.S.  Domier has served on the company’s Board of Directors since 2006 and successfully partnered with four private equity firms through three deal periods, securing notable outcomes with each. Her strategies for collaboration, attracting top talent, creating a meritocracy, and accelerating value creation have earned her a reputation as a top tier executive leader. Under her leadership, ASM continues to broaden its reach through expansion into new channels, services and countries and has completed 48 acquisitions over the last four years.  In addition to her duties as Advantage CEO, Domier is a member of the Board of Directors of Nordstrom, Inc. and also of Enactus, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action.

Sue Graham-Sparks, of Laguna Beach, is the Vice President Store Manager (VPSM) of Macy's South Coast Plaza, the retailer’s largest flagship store in the Southwest and one of 775 locations across the United States. Graham-Sparks, who began her career with Macy’s in 1973, previously served the company as a buyer, where she worked closely with Charles Schultz and Sanrio in Japan to introduce the West to Snoopy and Hello Kitty.  She became VPSM of South Coast Plaza in 1983 and led the transformation of Macy’s from a single building to a 500,000 square-foot three-building complex. Graham-Sparks continues to be key leader in Macy’s continual growth and evolution while never losing site of the most important component — the customer.  As a former Girl Scout and record-setting cookie seller, she often attributes her success to the social lessons she learned in scouting. In addition to Girl Scouts, Graham-Sparks also supports the Children's International Institute, a foundation founded by her great grandmother Mini Barton.

Sumiko Katayama, of Long Beach, is vice president and senior relationship manager in the Southern California commercial banking treasury services group of MUFG Union Bank.  She is responsible for providing an array of global treasury and liquidity management services to meet the needs of clients in the bank’s commercial and entertainment industries. Katayama has more than 20 years of financial services industry experience, including treasury management, cash management, and corporate trust and investment services, with an emphasis on relationship management. She was promoted this year and now manages a commercial and entertainment industry portfolio.  She has earned the distinction of top performer for three consecutive years (2014, 2013, and 2012).  Katayama was named the Global Treasury Management Employee of the Year for the Business Banking Division in 2012. Active in the community, Ms. Katayama volunteers with Girl Scouts of Orange County. 

Deborah Proctor, of Newport Coast, is president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph Health, based in Irvine, California. She leads one of the nation’s top Catholic health systems, which serves communities throughout California, Texas and New Mexico. St. Joseph Health is a $5.6 billion not-for-profit health system consisting of 16 hospitals, physician organizations, home health agencies, hospice care, outpatient services, skilled nursing facilities and community outreach services. Proctor has received numerous accolades, including Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare; Becker’s Hospital Review’s Top Women Hospital and Health Care Leaders to Know; Women in Health Administration’s Woman of the Year and the Orange County Business Journal’s Women in Business Award. In addition, Proctor served as the Chair of the Catholic Health Association.

Commenting on this year’s inspiring group of honorees, Nancy Nygren, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Orange County, shared, “The extraordinary women we are honoring come from different industries and followed different paths, but they share one important attribute: they were all Girl Scouts who developed vital leadership skills that contributed to  their success, and they are tremendous role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.”

Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Sixth Annual Celebrate Leadership event is chaired by Donna Giordano, president of Ralphs Grocery Company, and Shannon Kennedy, regional president for BNY Mellon Wealth Management.  This signature event will host over 400 of Orange County’s community and business leaders for a dinner, live and silent auction, and fun surprises, including a signature Girl Scout Cookie cocktail.  Funds raised will support Girl Scouts of Orange County’s leadership development programs for nearly 22,000 Orange County Girl Scouts and more than 10,000 dedicated Girl Scout Volunteers who lead them. 

Gold event sponsors include: BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Kaiser Permanente Orange County, MUFG Union Bank, and Ralphs Grocery Company. Silver event sponsors include: Advantage Sales & Marketing; Lesley, Thomas, Schwarz and Postma; and Teacher Created Materials Publishing.

Support Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Celebrate Leadership event by becoming a sponsor, donating auction items, and/or purchasing tickets.  Click here for more information or to purchase tickets or sponsorships, or contact Vikki Shepp at (949) 461-8817 or vshepp@girlscoutsoc.org

We are the Girl Scouts of Orange County. We’re 37,000 strong—22,000 girls and 15,000 adults who believe every girl can change the world. Girl Scouts began over 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed` in the power of every girl. Today, we continue her vision of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place by helping them discover their inner strength, passions, and talents. And with programs in every zip code in Orange County, there’s a chance for every girl to do something amazing. We’re the Girl Scouts. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit  www.GirlScoutsOC.org .

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