Save the Date: Our next Legacy of Leadership will be on Wednesday, May 8, 2024!
We have two exciting events in the
Learn more about them below!
All proceeds stay local to privide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience Program (GSLE)
to members of Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.
Thank you for reinforcing and honoring Girl Scouts’ legacy and mission by supporting Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia’s Legacy of Leadership Luncheon on April 19th! Event proceeds allow Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia to provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience program, teaching lessons in STEM, Outdoors, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship, to Girl Scouts in the Savannah Region. With your support, GSHG is building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
During the luncheon, Ambassador Girl Scout, Breanna Harris, shared information on her Gold Award project, keynote speaker and Girl Scout alum, Dr. Kristen Lear, shared how Girl Scouts shaped her life and career as a bat conservationist, and Jenny Gentry, a longtime banking executive, community leader, and Girl Scout alum and supporter, was presented with the 2023 Legacy of Leadership Award. All three are excellent examples of women leaders shaped by the Girl Scout program.
Thank you for making the event a success. We appreciate your support of Girl Scouts!
Dr. Kristen Lear is a bat conservationist with over 15 years of experience protecting bats and sharing her passion with the public. She got her start in bat conservation at age 12, when she built and installed bat houses for her Girl Scout Silver Award.
Since then, she has led bat conservation, research, and outreach projects in the US, Australia, and Mexico, coordinating international teams and guiding conservation policy for endangered species. Kristen is an award-winning public speaker and science communicator and has shared her story on platforms ranging from podcasts, radio shows, the National Geographic stage, and CBS’s “Mission Unstoppable”. She regularly leads public bat walks, bat house building workshops, and bat educational kids’ activities at community events, and she enjoys connecting with audiences of all ages.
Kristen holds a BA in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University and a PhD in Integrative Conservation from the University of Georgia. Kristen currently leads Bat Conservation International’s Agave Restoration Initiative, a bi-national initiative to support threatened pollinating bat species and community livelihoods in the US and Mexico.
She is also a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts, a 2018 National Geographic Explorer, and an IF/THEN Ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science working to encourage girls and young women in STEM fields.
Jenny Gentry grew up in Atlanta but made Savannah her home after graduating from college. She joined JP Morgan Chase in May, 2019 on the Commercial Banking Team covering the Savannah area and surrounding communities.
Jenny has spent over 40 years in banking. Prior to joining JPMC Jenny served as the Market President for Ameris Bank and 36 years with Wells Fargo. The last 10 years with Wells Fargo Jenny lead the Savannah Region as the Market President. During her tenure at Wells Fargo, she also spent time as a Commercial Relationship Manager, Dealer Finance Relationship Manager, Small Business Banking Manager and various other roles. Jenny graduated from Georgia Southern University with a B.A. in Business Administration. She had the pleasure of serving on the Georgia Southern University Foundation Board from 2008 – 2018 and was the Commencement Speaker for the winter graduating class in 2008.
Jenny is a graduate of Leadership Savannah and Leadership Southeast Georgia. Jenny is active in the community serving on a number of civic and non-profit boards. She is currently the Board Chair for Goodwill Southeast Georgia and has previously served as the Board Chair of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, YMCA of the Coastal Empire and United Way. Jenny also serves on the Savannah Community Foundation Board as well as the Chatham Savannah Homeless Authority. Jenny was honored to be a recipient of the United Way “Woman Who Rule” award in 2017 as well as having been selected as a Savannah Tech “Community Star” in 2012.
While not in the office, Jenny spends her time traveling, jogging, and enjoying family and friends. She has completed a number of races to include 3 half marathons and a number of 10K’s.
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Palmer and Cay
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Georgia Southern University - COSM
Great Dane Trailers
Step One Automotive Group
The Pirates' House Restaurant
The Vogel Legacy Wealth Management Group/Stifel
United Community Bank
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia invited Girl Scouts from all over joined us on June 10, 2023 to a special bridging ceremony in Savannah, Georgia - home of the Girl Scouts.
Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life. It’s a defining moment when a Girl Scout becomes aware of her achievements and is ready for new adventures and responsibilities. Bridging ceremonies often utilize a bridge as girls take literal steps toward the future.
For Girl Scouts, the act of crossing the bridge is both a physical and symbolic step, as they have the opportunity to bridge six times - Daisy to Brownie, Brownie to Junior, Junior to Cadette, Cadette to Senior, Senior to Ambassador, and Ambassador to Adult.
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia’s “Bridging Savannah’s Bridge” took the traditional bridging ceremony that ends a Girl Scout year and SUPERsized it! Girl Scouts, past and present, from across Georgia and around the nation came to Savannah, the historic home of Juliette Gordon Low and the Girl Scouts, to participate in this special and unique opportunity: to celebrate themselves; reflect on their contributions to their community; connect with their Girl Scout sisters and our history; and experience a Girl Scout Ceremony as they never have before!
Special thanks to our sponsors! A celebration this large would not be possible without the help from our presenting sponsor, Publix Super Market Charities! ❧
View some of the photos from the event shot by our GSHG MarComm Department below, or view them all here!
Special thanks to Bunny Ware for shooting our Bridging Savannah's Bridge event!
Follow this link to see more photos!