Simmons Honored by Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

June 16, 2016

Silc award

Institute for Leadership and Change earns 2016 Keystone Partnership Award

The Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change (SILC) has been awarded the 2016 Keystone Partnership Award by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEM). In notifying SILC of the award, GSEM’s Chief Program Officer Melanie Wills-Tavares wrote of SILC Director Diane Hammer, “Your dedication and generous support of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts through Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change has provided girls with countless opportunities to learn, grow, and strengthen their leadership skills.”

SILC has collaborated with GSEM for more than 25 years, hosting the annual Girl Scout Leadership Conference, “Lead Your Way.” SILC has also played a key role in jointly conducting a research project with GSEM and five other girl-serving organizations, “Dreaming Big: What’s Gender Got to Do With It?” The project culminated in a conference, which engaged 150 participants representing schools, funders, political leaders, and other girl-serving organizations. The subsequent release of the research findings report, titled “Dreaming Big: Making the Case for Girls,” highlighted the importance of girl-focused youth-serving organizations sharing research findings and fostering conversation.

SILC has forged a strong partnership with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, enriching both organizations in the process. The Keystone Partnership Award confirms that Simmons College, through SILC, has truly impacted GSEM and its participants for more than 25 years.

Congratulations!

(From left: Lynn Saunders Cutter, Board Member, GSEM; Diane Hammer, Director, Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change; Patricia A. Parcellin, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. Photo credit: Randy H. Goodman.)