Thursday, February 21 at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country
Doors open at 11 a.m., the luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m.
Named for the Girl Scouts’ founder, Juliette Gordon Low, JLLS raises funds and awareness to support Girl Scout programming throughout western Oklahoma. With the support of more than 500 community leaders and advocates each year, JLLS has raised more than $3.8 million for Girl Scouts since its beginnings in 2004, providing leadership and life skills for thousands of Oklahoma girls.
CHAIRS: Linda Slawson & Amy Cottrell
HONORARY CHAIR: Jane Harlow
2019 Speakers: Shannon & Sam Presti
Shannon Presti began her career with the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City ten years ago when she was charged with the task of starting their teen department to create programs to help underserved teens go to college. Today, she oversees four distinct programs while leading a team of over 150 volunteers who work with more than 500 students in the Oklahoma Public Schools each year. Shannon has a strong passion for providing experiences, opportunities and empowerment for disadvantaged
teens so they can be exposed to new ideas in a supportive environment. Her work in underserved public schools inspired her to complete her Master’s degree in Urban Education from the University of Southern California. She also holds Bachelor’s degrees in Communication Studies and Spanish from the University of Kansas and a Nonprofit Management Certificate from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Shannon is the proud mother of a very happy three-year old boy, two two-month old twin girls and two high maintenance dogs. Outside of her work with the Y, she is also very involved with the Oklahoma Humane Society, the Make A Wish Foundation, Home Court Support and other philanthropic adventures in the community. She enjoys baking in her free time, but she can most often be found playing outside with her children.
Sam Presti is set to enter his 12th season with the Oklahoma City Thunder after being named the 11th General Manager in club history on June 7, 2007 at 29 years old. A year into his tenure with the Thunder, Presti was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager by Professional Basketball Club Chairman, Clayton I. Bennett.
During his 12-plus seasons with the Thunder, Presti has worked diligently to assemble the building blocks for long term success both on and off the court. Dating back to the Thunder’s first season in Oklahoma City, Presti and his staff have watched the Thunder amass the second-best record in the NBA during this span (behind only San Antonio).
When hired to oversee the Thunder’s basketball operations in 2007, Presti became the second youngest general manager in NBA history. Entering the 2018-19 season, Presti is currently the 4th youngest general manager in the NBA and the 8th longest tenured.
Since moving to Oklahoma City in July of 2008, Presti has stressed the importance of community involvement for both Thunder players and staff. Under his leadership, Thunder players have made more than 2,400 community appearances in and around Oklahoma City. Presti has also made it policy for every new player and staff member to tour the Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum soon after joining the organization.