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Girl Scouts name 2014 'Cool Women'

Girl Scouts San Diego honored San Diego’s 10 Cool Women of 2014 and named its 2014 Cool Girl during a luncheon and ceremony aboard Holland America Line’s ms Amsterdam.

Proceeds from the 14th annual event will help keep Girl Scouting available and affordable for 30,000 local girls.

“Our Cool Women serve as consummate role models for girls, demonstrating extraordinary leadership, community service, and personal and professional achievements,” said Jo Dee C. Jacob, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts San Diego. “They truly make the world a better place.”

The 2014 Cool Women are celebrity chef and author Melissa D’Arabian; Casa Cornelia Law Center founder Sister Ann Durst, SHCJ, J.D.; writer and artist Zoe Ghahremani; Althea Technologies founder and co-chairman Magda Marquet, Ph.D.; author and environmentalist Patricia McArdle; Presiding Justice Judith McConnell, Fourth District Court of Appeal; Musicmatch co-founder and community volunteer Pamela Mudd; San Diego-Yantai Friendship Society President June Shillman; attorney and community volunteer Nancy Spector; and spa business pioneer and community activist Deborah Szekely.

Eleven-year-old pianist Ursula Hardianto was named Cool Girl of 2014.

During the ceremony, the honorees were introduced by Cool Women from prior years, including Sahra Abdi, Sandra Brue, Barbara Bry, Dr. Joyce Gattas, Jeanne Jones, Karen Keltner, Carol Lam, Carol LeBeau, Fran Styles, Katie Sullivan and Gayle Tauber.

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