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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.

We hope you can join us for the 19th annual Juliette Low Leadership Society Luncheon on February 16, 2023, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. This year’s luncheon, chaired by Kathy Frankenfield and Brooke Haneborg, focuses on Building Brighter Futures for our girls. We look forward to gathering in February, and we thank you for your support of our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

2023 Event Information

Date: February 16, 2023

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM (doors open at 11)

Location: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. 1700 NE 63rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111.

Questions? Please call 405-528-4475 or email ehennessy@gswestok.org

2023 Luncheon Speaker – Debbie Sterling

 

Debra “Debbie” Sterling
Founder and CEO of GoldieBlox

Debbie Sterling is the Founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, the award-winning children's multimedia company known for disrupting the pink aisle in toy stores globally and challenging gender stereotypes with the world's first girl engineer character. GoldieBlox's Kickstarter campaign led to $1 million in sales, was sold in Toys "R" Us, and was a best-seller on Amazon. The app now has over 1 million downloads and over 1 million toys sold across more than 6,000 major worldwide retailers. GoldieBlox was named one of the World's Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company in 2014 and was awarded the 2014 Educational Toy of the Year by The Toy Industry Association.

Debbie is an engineer, entrepreneur, spokesperson, and one of the leaders in the movement toward getting girls interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). She was named TIME's "Person of the Moment," InStyle's 50 Most Badass Women, LinkedIn's "Top Voice, "Fortune's "40 Under 40," and she was honored by the National Retail Federation as one of 25 "People Shaping Retail's Future." In 2015, Debbie was inducted as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship under the Obama administration and honored by the National Women's History Museum with a "Living Legacy" Award for her work to empower girls around the world.  Debbie received her degree in Engineering at Stanford University in 2005.

2023 Honorary Chair – Nedra Funk

 

Nedra Funk

We are thrilled that Nedra Funk has accepted the role as this year’s Juliette Low Leadership Society Honorary Chair! 

The two things most important to Nedra are her faith and her family. She believes in a God who loves each of us and has given each of us talents for which we are responsible. This includes using these talents for the good of our families and society at large. 

Nedra has always had a passion for art and beauty. The business success of which she is most proud is her founding of Arden (Nedra spelled backwards) and Associates. Arden was a very successful manufacturer of decorative and fine art, specializing in the hospitality and health care fields. 

Nedra was instrumental in the formation of Express Personnel Services and Oklahoma Temporary Services. She is currently an owner of Express Employment Professionals. 

Above all, Nedra considers raising her children, Julie Bridges and Robert A. Funk, Jr., to be her greatest success. She is blessed with four beautiful grandchildren, whom she enjoys spoiling on a regular basis. 

She has helped numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and employees’ children with their advanced education. She has also provided employment for many of them. 

The villages of South Africa have captured her heart and her passion. She has made numerous trips there and supplied the resources for clean water wells to be operational and electricity to be brought to village schools. Most recently a bakery has been built and equipped, and personal hygiene facilities provided. 

Nedra has given to many worthwhile organizations, but most often does so anonymously. A strong but silent giver, Nedra has been with the Juliette Low Leadership Society since its founding days. She is someone who always answers the call to help - never expecting anything in return. She has supported many Girl Scout campaigns over the years and strongly believes in our girls. 

Her advice to Girl Scouts would include: 

  1. If you have a dream and work hard, you can accomplish it. Do not let anyone disqualify you because of your gender, race, family standing, or education. If you work hard, you can do great things!

  2. Honor and respect your parents and your troop and organizational leaders. They give so much of their time to you and really care about you. 

  3. Enjoy your great Girl Scout cookies. Cookies, muffins, and ice cream are Nedra’s three favorite food groups! 

Sponsors

Thank you to our amazing sponsors!

Leadership Sponsors

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Believe Sponsors

  • Nedra Funk
  • Kirkpatrick Bank
  • Polly Nichols
  • Catherine and Andrew Oster
  • The Chickasaw Nation
  • Inasmuch Foundation

Become Sponsors

  • Corner Energy
  • OG&E
  • Nancy Coats-Ashley
  • Presbyterian Health Foundation
  • Jean and David McLaughlin

Belong Sponsors

  • Bank of Oklahoma
  • Annie Bohanon
  • First Fidelity Bank
  • Joan S. Maguire
  • Linda Slawson