Girl Scouts of Connecticut to host ‘The State of Girls’ speaker series

girl-scouts-300x180Girl Scouts of Connecticut is hosting The State of Girls Speaker Series at Fairfield University on Wednesday, Sept. 10, featuring moderated conversations among local experts on the state of girls today. This is the fourth panel in a series of five, sponsored by First Niagara Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable foundation funded by First Niagara Bank.

The panel discussion will focus on a groundbreaking report recently released by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) entitled “The State of Girls: Unfinished Business.” While overall, there is good news for girls, about 30% of girls reported some sort of bullying or aggression from their peers.

A panel of experts will discuss this research as well as community solutions that can be implemented to help move the needle and finish the job for girls’ empowerment everywhere. In addition, for the first time, the panel will discuss data specific to the state of Connecticut’s girls.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Teresa C. Younger, president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, will act as emcee for the event. Panelists include: Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Ph.D., chief girl expert, Girl Scouts of the USA; Jennifer Casceillo, dean of student development, Lauralton Hall; Eloisa Melendez, councilwoman, City of Norwalk; Suzanne Brown Peters, vice president, The Fund for Women and Girls, Fairfield County Community Foundation.

“We are pleased to introduce our outstanding panelists for our upcoming event,” said Mary Barneby, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “These experts will present compelling information about the state of girls today, and how everyone can be a part of our mission — to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”

The public is welcome to attend, but must register in advance. For more information about The State of Girls Speaker Series, to submit questions for panelists, or to register, visit For more information about Girl Scouts of Connecticut, visit

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