They are noted for their leadership in business, education and athletics as well as their contributions to the community and the development of young women.
Four Columbia-area women are being honored as this year’s Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands council – Sarena Burch, Elizabeth A. (Beth) Dinndorf, Dawn Staley and Ann Marie Stieritz.
The distinction recognizes women for excellence in service, leadership, community and professionalism. The four women will be honored during the 21th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Dinner April 10 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
“Our honorees are women whose professional and community accomplishments make them outstanding role models who inspire girls to always persevere to achieve their own goals and dreams,” said Kim Hutzell, president/chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands. “They exemplify the Girl Scout promise and law through ethical leadership and a commitment to making a difference in the lives of their community members through generous volunteerism.”
A look at this year’s honorees:
Staley directs a bulk of her community service commitments through The Dawn Staley Foundation, which seeks to give inner-city children positive input through an after-school program. Staley also formed the charity Innersole to collect new sneakers for deserving youngsters.
Stieritz serves on the United Way of the Midlands board, the executive committee of Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce board, American Red Cross–Central SC Region board. She led the 2012 American Heart Association’s Midlands Go Red for Women Movement and previously served two terms on the board of the Columbia Rotary Club. She also previously served as the vice president for economic development and workforce competitiveness for the state’s technical college system and was the system’s first associate vice president for strategic priorities and planning. She was the founding director of Apprenticeship Carolina.