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Adwoa Aidoo is the Sr. Director of Global Girl Scouting at Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) where she is responsible for developing and implementing the organization's global strategy. In this role, she supports the integration of global resources throughout the Girl Scout program, manages GSUSA’s global partnerships and serves as GSUSA’s primary representative to the United Nations. As the GSUSA United Nations representative, Adwoa has worked on advocating for girls’ rights by elevating the presence and participation of girls at the UN. Adwoa has co- chaired the Working Group on Girls, served as a member of UN Women’s Youth Journey organizing group for Generation Equality Forum and represents GSUSA on the EQUALs Coalition to end the Digital Gender Divide.
Prior to GSUSA, Adwoa spent time in Washington DC with a Non-Governmental Organization that focused on Health Care Delivery Services in Developing Countries, where she was Program Coordinator for the Nigeria and Rwanda Country Teams. Adwoa’s other international experiences have taken her to France, Poland and Turkey. She has also worked with youth and community-based organizations such as Ashoka’s Youth Venture and Educational Praxis in New York, and Vermont. Adwoa earned her B.B.A in Management & International Relations from Emory University and her Masters in Intercultural Relations from the School for International Training.
Kayce Freed Jennings is one of the founders of Girl Rising (GR), a global non-profit that uses powerful storytelling to change the way the world values girls. She now leads GR’s US Educator program, which brings the GR message of global connection, resilience, voice and agency to young people across the country. Previously, Kayce had a long career in journalism, most recently as co-founder of The Documentary Group; before that as an ABC News producer based in London, Atlanta and New York. Kayce serves on the board of Win, New York City’s largest provider of shelter to homeless families, and the advisory board of School of Leadership Afghanistan, the country’s first boarding school for girls.
Lynn has 25+ years' experience in the nonprofit sector as staff, a consultant, a trainer, and a volunteer. As a consultant, Lynn has worked with more than 50 community-based nonprofit organizations to initiate strategic planning; fundraising and grant writing; and board and organizational development initiatives. She has served 19 years as an executive director at Computer CORE and the Physician Assistant Foundation. She holds an M.A. from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in Philanthropy. While working on her degree, she focused on giving circles and collective giving networks. Today, she is a member of several organizations including Together Women Rise where she is national board chair. Before entering the nonprofit sector, Lynn was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer for 12 years. She is a Fulbright Scholar. Her volunteer time is spent on her passions: the performing arts, and international issues.