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Girl Scouts Louisiana East to Hold 5th Annual Juliette Gordon Low Leadership Luncheon, Presented by the Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation, on October 21, 2021

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(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Girl Scouts Louisiana East will hold the 5th annual Juliette Gordon Low Leadership Luncheon, presented by the Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation, on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans. This event recognizes leaders who have made a positive impact on girls and women in the community. The luncheon features Keynote Speaker, Gayle Benson, Owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans; Emcee Christina Watkins, WDSU Anchor; and honors the following community leaders:

Outstanding Woman: Charlotte A. Bollinger, Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Bollinger Shipyards

Outstanding Man: Arthur A. Morrell, Clerk of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court

Outstanding Organization: United Way of St. Charles

Four Pillars Award: Kim Hunter Reed, Ph.D., Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education

Nearly 110 years ago, trailblazer Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts to establish an organization dedicated to empowering young women as they embark on a journey filled with self-discovery, skill building, and friendship. Girl Scouts Louisiana East continues Juliette’s legacy today by providing innovative programming opportunities designed to support girls as they develop into responsible and caring citizens. 

Each year, Girl Scouts Louisiana East, holds the Juliette Gordon Low Leadership Luncheon to honor community leaders, organizations, and businesses—who, like Juliette—strive to make a lasting impact and inspire others to do the same. 

“The 2021 Juliette Gordon Low Leadership Luncheon honorees play a vital role in our region by serving as exemplary leaders and fostering a healthy and inclusive environment for girls and women to grow as leaders themselves, take on challenges, and make a difference in their respective communities,” says Dr. Rebecca Pennington, Chief Executive Office of Girl Scouts Louisiana East. “We are tremendously grateful for the participation of our Keynote Speaker, Gayle Benson, an experienced leader, champion for New Orleans and Louisiana, and a true role model for the girls and women of our state.”

Gayle Benson, Owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, shares, “It is my great privilege to serve as the Keynote Speaker for the Girl Scouts Louisiana East Juliette Gordon Low Leadership Luncheon. As a past Woman of Distinction honoree, the Girl Scouts organization has been near and dear to my heart for many years, and I am honored to continue to support their mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make our community a better place. Girl Scouts are big thinkers, groundbreakers, and role models. They are accomplished women of determination, purpose, and compassion—traits I greatly admire. It's organizations like the Girl Scouts that enable girls to find—and become—leaders in their communities, and I am humbled to join them at this important event."

The 2021 honorees join past award recipients: Dr. Jennifer Avegno, Kenneth P. Carter, Dr. L’Issa L. Gates, Marlin Gusman, Helena Moreno, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Dr. Cynthia Thomas, and Artis Williams. Past organizations and businesses include: 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans, Girls in STEM at Tulane, Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans, New Orleans City Park, Professional Women in Building, and SHELL Global.

Also participating in the event are Dr. Rebecca Pennington, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts Louisiana East, and the Rev. Liz Embler-Beazley, Associate for Congregational Development at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church New Orleans.

The Juliette Gordon Low Leadership Luncheon is supported by the Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation, Ochsner Health, Richard CPAs, Charlotte A. Bollinger, Entergy, Brett Bonin and Elizabeth Stoner, Jacquelyn Daniels, Phelps Dunbar LLP, United Way of St. Charles, 89.9 WWNO, The Advocate/Times Picayune, iHeart Media, Baton Rouge Printing, Audubon Tea Room, Kappa Designs LLC, and Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board.

Committee members for this event include Toya Brown-Robertson, Jacquelyn Daniels, Keisha Green, Patti Lee, and Elizabeth Stoner. 

Tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and the online silent auction are available at

With the health and safety of guests in mind, and in accordance with regulations set by the city of New Orleans, guests 12 years of age and older must provide proof of at least one dose of an approved COVID vaccine or negative PCR test within 72 hours. Mask wearing is required except while actively eating and drinking.

All media inquiries can be sent to Melissa Kenyon, Marketing and Communications Manager for Girl Scouts Louisiana East, at