Major General Sheryl Gordon

MONGTOMERY, Ala. (April, 2019) – Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) held its 3rd annual Leading Ladies Awards Brunch at Wynlakes Country Club on, Thursday, April 18th. Leading Ladies recognizes outstanding women who are making an impact in their community, as well as organizations that are advancing women in the workforce. Leading Ladies also serves as an important fundraising event for GSSA to continue to offer programming for the next generation of female leaders.

This year GSSA announced Major General Sheryl Gordon as the 2019 Leading Lady. Major General Sheryl Gordon, made history in 2009 when she became the Alabama National Guard’s first female general officer. She was promoted to Major General in 2011 and has become highly decorated during her many years of service. She is also a proponent of young women entering the National Guard.

“One of the things I talk to my soldiers and airman about is serving and leadership; which I think fits in weIl with what the Girl Scouts do,” Major General Sheryl Gordon said. “To be a leader you must first be a servant and I feel like preparing young people for society is a service to the community. I appreciate the honor and privilege of being a part of this.”

Other Leading Ladies nominees were Whitney Califf, Development Officer, Central Alabama Community Foundation; Shawn Cole, Shareholder, Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole and Black, P.C.; Christy Crow, Partner, Jinks, Crow and Dickson, P.C.; Helena Duncan, Regional President, Liberty Bank & Trust; Allison Garrett, Lead Engineer, Project and Development Controls, SABIC; Lora McClendon, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce; Ann Sikes, President, Montgomery Education Foundation; and Julie Wriston, Homeschool Educator, Wiregrass Homeschool Junior Civitan Club.

Sponsors for the Leading Ladies event included: BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama; Publix; Valley Bank; Rhonda Walker, Vice Chairman, Montgomery County Commission; Trustmark Bank; and Baptist Health.

For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has provided life-changing leadership opportunities for every G.I.R.L (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, and Leader.) To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit

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