On April 9, 2019, Girl Scouts of CT were treated to a “meet the author” event with Jennifer Palmieri whose most recent accomplishment includes penning “Dear Madam President,” a book full of advice for a future female world leader. Jennifer Palmieri has established a career in Washington D.C. She has held the roles of Director of Communications for the 2016 Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign, White House Communications Director for President Obama, President of the Center for American Action Progress Fund, and during the Clinton Administration roles including Deputy White House Press Secretary.
Middle school and high school girls from all over Connecticut attended this event at Case Memorial Library in Orange, CT. Instead of offering a prepared speech, Ms. Palmieri opened up the conversation to direct questions from all the participants. The non-ending questions were moderated by Girl Scout Ambassador, Ephemia Nicolakis, from Troop 61099 and an Amity High School junior. Ms. Palmieri answered fun and probing questions for over an hour (and would have stayed longer, if not for a Girl Scout fundraising event later on that evening at Race Brook Country Club). All the girls agreed that it was an enlightening and inspiring event to hear the frank words of someone who has worked so closely with the first African-American President of the United States and as well as a female Presidential candidate/secretary of state/senator and former First Lady.
Perhaps the best way to sum up the event, was Girl Scout “Reilly”, of Milford, who came up at the end and offered her handshake to Ms. Palmieri to “thank her for inspiring her” and shared with Ms. Palmieri her plans to become the “fifth woman President of the United States”.
Pictured: L to R: Julia Hogan, Kassiani Nicolakis, Jennifer Palmieri, Ephemia Nicolakis [Photo by C. Nicolakis]
Submitted By Clio Nicolakis. GS Troop Leader & Amity Service Unit Team Member