Level the Leadership Landscape

“I have never been treated more maturely and taken so seriously—it was great to establish real business connections and learn how to network from these accomplished women.”

At our annual ToGetHerThere Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 30, we will bring together top business and community leaders from across Greater LA, as well as our 80 Emerging Leader Girl Scouts. The experience provides our attendees with the opportunity to meet these up-and-coming leaders, and reflect on the importance of our campaign. Plus, our Girl Scouts meet inspiring role models and network with professionals who can provide them with college and career advice.

Will you join us or support us? Our past supporters and Emerging Leader Girl Scouts tell us why the annual ToGetHerThere Luncheon has been an important, meaningful experience for them.


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Frances Moreno (center)

“Local and national business and civic community leaders who attend the annual ToGetHerThere Luncheon to support programs for girls in Greater LA help support GSGLA in building a new generation with confidence and character. We leave feeling incredibly inspired ourselves that our future is in good hands. It’s a must!”

— Frances Moreno
Co-Founder and Partner, Vaco
GSGLA Board Member


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Elizabeth Bock

“When I first came to the ToGetHerThere Luncheon, I was completely shocked by the number of people who came out to support Girl Scouts. I had such an amazing mentoring session with some of the nicest, most friendly, and passionate women I have ever met. I have never been treated more maturely and taken so seriously—it was great to establish real business connections and learn how to network from these accomplished women. I was thrilled to be an Emerging Leader last year, and I’m even more excited and prepared this year to return.”

— Elizabeth Bock
Emerging Leader Girl Scout 2016, 2017

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Kally Mozell

“I have been a Girl Scout since the first grade and keeping up with Girl Scouts has been the best decision I have ever made. Girl Scouting has offered me so many wonderful opportunities, like the ToGetHerThere Luncheon. I have become a strong leader because of Girl Scouts. I remember back when I was a freshman in high school, my troop organized a workshop to empower the younger Girl Scouts in our service unit. At the end of the day, we taught them a dance to document all that they had learned that day. It was amazing to see all the Girl Scouts come together and perform the dance for their leaders. Girl Scouts is not just an organization, it is a movement that empowers girls worldwide and gives them the tools to become confident G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders).”

— Kally Mozell
Emerging Leader Girl Scout 2016, 2017


It’s not too late to support the future of our Girl Scouts, and all girls and women. Secure your spot and invite your friends to join us at our ToGetHerThere Luncheon, and also learn how you can support the campaign.

A Place for Girls to Be Girls: A Time-tested Leadership Model

Dear Girl Scouts, Friends, and Supporters:

On the day we celebrate girls all around the world, International Day of the Girl, we’re reminded of how proud we are to champion the cause of girls—and how vital it is to provide girls with a safe space of their own to learn and grow.

Built on a mission to inspire girls to empower themselves and the idea that girls are the experts on issues that affect girls, Girl Scouts has been the authority on and an incubator of girls’ leadership and healthy development for more than 100 years.

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a one-of-a-kind development program for girls with proven results. It is based on tested methods and programming that help girls take the lead—in their own lives and in the world. Our curriculum and programs are developed specifically with and for girls. From coding to camping, everything we do in Girl Scouts is girl-led and girl-focused, in girl-only spaces that offer a necessary safe environment, which, as research shows, is exactly how girls thrive and learn best.

Girl Scouts provides specific, research-backed, girl-centered programs for each and every grade level and stage in a girl’s life. It is a holistic all-girl program that builds as girls progress through each grade level, culminating with the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award. (Psst, check out this Gold Award video from some amazing GSGLA Gold Award recipients).

In Girl Scouts, girls don’t just learn a skill—our curriculum is focused on developing healthy risk-taking, empathy, goal-setting, and confidence so that girls are prepared to overcome obstacles they might face as leaders in their careers and lives.

Most of a girl’s life is co-ed, we provide a Girl Scout Difference to give girls a safe space with positive role models. The emotional, girl-inclusive space offered by Girl Scouts fosters collaboration instead of competition, promotes support among girls, and a place where they are free to be themselves without the pressures and social anxiety that can result from a mixed-gender environment.

Furthermore, Girl Scouts offers parents and care-givers expert, time-tested guidance on raising girls today, including easy everyday ways they can help their girls build the leadership, values, and skills promoted through Girl Scouts. Countless parents have shared that through Girl Scouts, their daughters have tested the waters with voicing their opinions and taking action, and that it has given them the confidence and resilience to pursue those challenges out in the world.

Girl Scouts understands this and offers programming specifically designed with girls in mind, not with girls as an afterthought. Now, more than ever, we must make sure today’s girls are acquiring the courage, confidence, character, and the skills they need to take the reins of leadership in the 21st century.

We look forward to working together to assure we continue to uplift and inspire girls.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

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Lise L. Luttgens
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

For more information download the Girl Scout Impact Study or find more research data here.

Fight for Every Girl and Woman

Our 2017 ToGetHerThere Luncheon takes place Monday, Oct. 30. Will you support us in the fight for gender parity in the leadership landscape?

Past supporters and Emerging Leader Girl Scouts—selected each year to attend the luncheon and its accompanying minute-mentoring session—have shared their experiences with us. For many of them, ToGetHerThere has been transformative.


“I have had the pleasure of attending each of our past ToGetHerThere events and they have grown and developed into great opportunities for both our girls and members of the community. I have been a mentor twice and am amazed at the levels these young ladies have achieved.

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Betsey L. Brewer (right) with GSGLA CEO Lise Luttgens.

Last year I enjoyed having Cherry Ying—a remarkable Girl Scout [and a 2017 National Young Woman of Distinction]—at my table. Cherry and I emailed a few times after the luncheon. She has since graduated and is taking on actuarial studies and programming at the University of Chicago.

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Betsey L. Brewer at the 2014 ToGetHerThere Luncheon.

Our guests attending the ToGetHerThere event have been quite astounded at where Girl Scouting is today. As with most of us, they think of cookies—but not that it is a financial literacy program; or camping—but not that it is nature, science, skill-building, and more. Today’s girls learn many more new and different things compared to those of us from the 1960s and 1970s. However, the foundation of Girl Scouting remains the same, and this also stands out when you meet the girls who join us at each table.”

— Betsey L. Brewer, CPCU
Principal, Integro Insurance Brokers
Past GSGLA Board Chair
ToGetHerThere Mentor 2014, 2016


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Kaitlyn Tang

“The ToGetHerThere Luncheon is an amazing opportunity for young women to realize they have the love and support of corporations around them. I personally learned so much from the wonderful mentors and businesses about how to succeed professionally. The luncheon encouraged me to dream big for my future and the future of all women in the workforce.”

— Kaitlyn Tang
Emerging Leader Girl Scout 2016, 2017


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Dagny Stahl (also pictured in main image)

“The whole process of becoming an Emerging Leader—the application, the interview, and even the orientation meetings where we learned to present our best selves (and proudly represent Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles)—has helped ready me for college, jobs, and other applications that require a similar effort. I was honored to be chosen to speak at the 2016 ToGetHerThere Luncheon: This alone was a crash-course in media and event production. And of course, meeting and networking with local women business and industry leaders was the highlight!”

— Dagny Stahl
Emerging Leader Girl Scout 2016, 2017


Join us in preparing these rising female leaders for their bright futures—and help secure a better tomorrow for every girl and woman. Learn more about our ToGetHerThere Luncheon and how you can support the cause.

Together, We Can Get Her There 

Our annual ToGetHerThere Luncheon brings together our community’s preeminent leaders fighting to make gains for women and girls in visible, powerful roles. Also attending this event are our Emerging Leader Girl Scouts: girls we honor for their exceptionalism and embodiment of the Girl Scout mission. As a precursor to the luncheon, these Girl Scouts participate in the Leadership Experience, a minute-mentoring session with leaders in various industries. The event, in sum, empowers and motivates participating Girl Scouts while inspiring and impressing our adult attendees, whose commitment to our mission and the aims of the ToGetHerThere campaign are continually reaffirmed.

Leading up to our 2017 ToGetHerThere Luncheon, we’ll bring you testimonials from participants and Girl Scouts impacted by our annual event—and encourage you to consider supporting or joining us on Monday, Oct. 30.


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Ellen E. Swarts as a Brownie.

“I have been a Girl Scout all my life—first as a Brownie to Junior Girl Scout in grade school and then as a leader for my daughter’s troop from Brownies to Seniors. So, when I was invited to become more involved with Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles in 2014, it was an easy decision. As Controller and Senior Director of Finance for Teledyne Controls, an avionics company in El Segundo, I was impressed with the emphasis on STEM programs GSGLA provides to our young women in the community.  Supporting GSGLA in its efforts to introduce the career and leadership possibilities in science and technology industries is a win-win for everyone.

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The Teledyne team at the 2016 ToGetHerThere Luncheon.

I am so proud to see Teledyne’s support of Girl Scouts grow over the last four years, including our support for the ToGetHerThere Luncheon each fall. Each year at the luncheon, my co-workers and I hear the stories of amazing young women—Emerging Leader Girl Scouts who strive for excellence and lead with courage. It is truly an inspirational message and one that we remember throughout the year. The guest speakers at the luncheon also impress with their words of motivation and encouragement. It is a wonderful opportunity to hear such accomplished women, leaders in our community, who know firsthand the challenges and rewards when we lead with confidence, compassion, and conviction. The GSGLA ToGetHerThere luncheon is an event Teledyne Controls will continue to support and attend for many years to come.  It means that much to us, as do the girls and young women Girl Scouts help every day.”

— Ellen E. Swarts
Controller, Teledyne Controls, LLC 
Past GSGLA Board Member
ToGetHerThere Mentor 2016, 2017


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Madison Tody

“At the ToGetHerThere Luncheon, I was presented with knowledge that I never could have received from any other event. The information that I not only gained, but also got to practice in a room with a number of successful women, really pushed me out of my comfort zone to be a leader in the workplace. I believe this event is extremely important, due to the lack of not only equality, but also lack of confidence within girls my age to speak out. This luncheon taught us how to be strong leaders amongst our peers and gave us the confidence boost that we all need to be successful in our futures.”

— Madison Tody
Emerging Leader Girl Scout 2016, 2017


Stay tuned for more testimonials from our ToGetHerThere supporters and participants!

Will you support us in empowering girls to realize their dreams and achieve their full potential? Learn more.