Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO of Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, received the regional Mujer Award at the National Hispana Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday, December 10, 2013. The Mujer Awards pay tribute to the lifetime achievements of Hispanic women who have made significant contributions to the empowerment and well-being of the Hispanic community.
Lidia was recognized for delivering a leadership experience to over 90,000 girls and adult members in the Greater Washington Region. From her tenure as a leader of the President’s Interagency Council of Women at the US Department of State to her current role as the Chief Executive Officer for the second largest Girl Scout Council in the country, Lidia has worked to integrate, inspire and promote young Latinas. She founded an annual leadership conference for young Latinas called “Encuentro de Chicas Latinas de las Girl Scouts” to encourage and inspire girls to stay in school and go to college. Now in its eighth year, the conference has reached more than 2,000 young Latinas. Many have credited their success to attending Encuentro and joining the Girl Scouts.
“Lidia Soto-Harmon is a living symbol of NHLI’s philosophy of creating positive change through personal integrity and ethical leadership,” said Marieli Colon-Padilla, Chair of the Board of Directors.