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Gold Ceremony & Gala

The 2019 Gold Ceremony & Gala took place Saturday, June 8. Read about the inspiring event below. And be sure to check back for details on the 2020 Gold Ceremony & Gala.

If there’s one thing Gold Award Girl Scouts show us through their remarkable actions, it’s this: When girls and women lead, we’re golden. That’s why on Saturday, June 8, 2019, we hosted two special events to honor these young change-makers and to elevate the important cause of girl leadership. 

Gold Award Ceremony

Our largest class of Gold Award Girl Scouts were the guests of honor at one of our council’s signature events. Kicking the day off with tradition, Gold Award Girl Scouts and two guests were invited to an exclusive and intimate pinning ceremony where the 2019 Gold Award class was recognized for their amazing achievements. View the 2019 Gold Award Yearbook and celebrate the amazing accomplishments of GSGLA's 326 exceptional Gold Award Girl Scouts.

Gold Award Gala

The Gold Award Gala is a ticketed event and fundraiser to showcase the change Gold Award Girl Scouts are making in the world, and to ensure that even more girls continue to Go Gold. On the evening of June 8, 2019, guests gathered at the open-air Atrium space at Westfield Century City to celebrate the nation's largest Gold Award Girl Scout class alongside our 2019 Women of Distinction: Honorable Sandra R. Klein, Lisa Ling, and Pattie Sellers. This year’s Gold Award Girl Scouts were given the unique opportunity to network with more than 400 business, civic, and community leaders and discover how the skills they’ve gained as Girl Scouts can translate into a professional setting. It was an evening of networking, inspiring, and being inspired. 

2019 Gold Gala Women of Distinction:

Honorable Sandra R. Klein
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Central District of California
Girl Scout Troop Advocate

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sandra R. Klein created the Girl Scouts Justice Patch Program when she discovered that Boy Scouts could earn a badge or patch by meeting judges and learning about the law, but Girl Scouts did not have a comparable opportunity. Besides hosting hundreds of Girl Scouts in her courtroom, Judge Klein also partnered with GSGLA’s community outreach team to establish a troop for girls experiencing homelessness. She and Professor Laurie Levenson currently volunteer as the troop’s co-leaders. Before her appointment to the bench, Judge Klein worked for thirteen years at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), including as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting bankruptcy fraud and other complex white-collar crimes, and as the Acting Chief of the U.S. Trustee Program’s Criminal Enforcement Unit. Judge Klein is Chairperson of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Community Outreach Committee and an active board member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. She has received many awards including the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Distinguished Service Award, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Public Outreach Award, and the GSGLA Honor Pin.


Lisa Ling
Journalist, Producer at Amaze-ling, Inc.
Host of "This is Life with Lisa Ling" on CNN

Girl Scout alumna Lisa Ling is the host of CNN’s This is Life with Lisa Ling and is a contributing editor for USA Today’s USA Weekend magazine. An award-winning journalist, television host, and author, Lisa got her start in journalism as a correspondent for Channel One News where she covered the civil war in Afghanistan at 21 years of age and has continued to report from dozens of countries on issues too often ignored. Throughout her career, she has been a co-host of ABC Daytime’s hit show “The View,” which won its first daytime Emmy during her time at the show. Ling has also served as a special correspondent for CNN’s Planet in Peril series, a field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show, and as a contributor to ABC News’ Nightline and National Geographic’s Explorer. In 2011, her acclaimed documentary journalism series, Our America with Lisa Ling, was created and began airing on OWN. Ling is the co-author of Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood and Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home, which she co-wrote with her sister, Laura.

Pattie Sellers
Co-CEO, SellersEaston Media
Co-Founder, Fortune Most Powerful Women 

SellersEaston Media co-CEO Pattie Sellers is a former assistant managing editor of Fortune and current Chair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. An award-winning journalist, Pattie wrote over 20 cover stories during her three decades at Fortune. Her résumé includes groundbreaking interviews with Warren BuffettRupert Murdoch, and definitive profiles of Melinda GatesOprah Winfrey, and many other leaders. Pattie cofounded  Fortune Most Powerful Women (MPW), which began in 1998 and has grown to be the magazine’s largest and most valuable franchise. Pattie oversees six annual Fortune MPW conferences, and also cofounded and directs various MPW programs, including the  Fortune-U.S. State Department Global Women Mentoring Partnership and the Goldman Sachs-Fortune Global Women Leaders Award. In 2013, Pattie won Time Inc.’s prestigious MVP (Most Valuable Performer) award for her innovative work at Fortune and her broad contributions across its then-parent company. This Washington Post profile of Pattie, “The Rolodex that Redefined Power,” describes her unmatched talent for interviewing and writing about successful people.

Gold Award Gala Host Committee:

  • Sue Callaway KellyCommittee ChairFounder and CEO, Glovebox Media
  • Lynn Mack-Costello , Girl Scout Gold Award Advisor
  • Lagueria DavisWriter/Director, Alliance of Women Directors
  • Anne Gifford EwingSenior Vice President / Senior Trusts and Estates Specialist, Capital Group Private Client Services
  • Stacey Hoppe, Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility, Warner Bros. Entertainment
  • Cheryl M. Hundley,  Senior Director, Tax, Blackline Systems
  • Rachel KartenDirector of Talent, ID PR
  • Gabriel Ornelas,  Managing Partner, dc Media Ventures
  • Carol Spector Riegert,  Vice President Technical Services, ASGN, Inc.  
  • Ligiah VillalobosWriter/Producer, Writers Guild Foundation Board of Directors

Questions? Please contact Randi Helgesen, manager of corporate partnerships, at 626-677-2300 or