Girl Scouts of Nassau County Announces Speakers for Leadership Conference

The Girl Scouts of Nassau County announced today that three successful women leaders will address attendees during the Golden Flight to Leadership Conference and reception.

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Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., will serve as the event's keynote speaker.

Hicksville, NY - November 1, 2016 - 2016 - The Girl Scouts of Nassau County announced today that three successful women leaders will address attendees during the Golden Flight to Leadership Conference and reception. Shefali Tsabary, a clinical psychologist and acclaimed author, will serve as the event’s keynote, self-made entrepreneur Sara Intonato and Silvia Acevedo, an engineer and the interim Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts USA, will speak to volunteers, both current Girl Scouts and Girl Scout alumni, and parents. The Conference is the culminating event celebrating the centennial of the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor achievable by a Girl Scout.

“We are immensely excited to bring the experiences of these three powerful women to life for the Girl Scouts and young women in the audience of our Conference,” said Girl Scouts of Nassau County Chief Executive Officer Donna Ceravolo.

“We hope to provide positive role models for our attendees while also celebrating the amazaing achievements made by womankind in the reflection of these three speakers.”

Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D.— a clinical psychologist who received her doctorate from Columbia University—specializes in Eastern philosophy and Western psychology. Dr. Tsabary will be the Conference’s keynote speaker; she’ll be discussing daily skills and tools to revolutionize families and parenting. An acclaimed author and international speaker who has presented at conferences and workshops around the world, Dr. Tsabary has also collaborated with Goldie Hawn’s MindUp Foundation, Kids in the House and many educational and transformational centers around the world.

Pictured: Sara Intonato.

Sara Intonato is an entrepreneur, yoga guru and motivational speaker. As the Conference’s lunchtime speaker, she will share her belief that positive change in the world begins on an individual level. Ms. Intonato graduated from Boston University having already completed her 200-hour Hatha Yoga certification; today, she is an authorized Level 2 Ashtanga Yoga Teacher. Conducting workshops across the world, Ms. Intonato spreads a message of living in the moment and finding spiritual peace.

Pictured: Silvia Acevedo.

A proud Girl Scout, engineer, rocket scientist, and advocate for girls and Girl Scouts, Silvia Acevedo, credits her Girl Scout experience with propelling her to success in the corporate and philanthropic sectors. Ms. Acevedo will open the reception portion of the Conference speaking on the courage, confidence and character her Girl Scouts experience gave her, vital attributed as she entered the engineering field at a time when those of her gender and ethnicity didn’t. She earned a master’s degree in engineering from Stanford University before serving as president and CEO of CommuniCard, LLC, a firm that used innovative technology to harness market trends. Ms. Acevedo also serves as a strategic consultant to companies that wish to use technology to capitalize on demographic trends and is a fervent supporter of Hispanic girls’ and women’s causes and female involvement in the sciences.

The Conference will celebrate the 100 th year of the Gold Award. Gold Award projects have positively impacted girls’ lives, their communities, and the world for a century. Approximately 1 million Girl Scout alumni have developed Gold Award projects that addressed local or global issues. After identifying an area of interest, a successful Gold Award recipient performs hours of research and prepares a project proposal to be submitted for feedback and approval to the Girl Scouts Council before embarking on her project. The Girl Scout presents her final conclusions as the last step of the journey.

We’re the Girl Scouts of Nassau County: We’re 23,000 strong – 23,000 girls and adults who believe every girl from Nassau County can change the world. It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every girl. Today, we continue her vision of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place by helping them discover their inner strength, passion and talents. And with programs in Nassau County, across Long Island and throughout the United States, there’s a chance for every girl to do something amazing. We’re the Girl Scouts. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, visit or contact Donna Rivera-Downey at 516 741-2550.