PCI CEO, Chair named Leading Lady by GSSA

Published 2:46 pm Wednesday, June 19, 2024

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Poarch Creek Indian CEO and Tribal Chair Stephanie Bryan was named the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) 2024 Leading Lady during the GSSA’s eighth annual Leading Ladies Awards Brunch June 18.

The brunch was held to recognize outstanding women who are making an impact in their community, as well as organizations that are advancing women in the workforce. 

Associate Justice Sarah H. Stewart, of the Alabama Supreme Court, gave the keynote address, referencing the Girl Scout Law to highlight the values that are central to the Girl Scout Mission. 

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In 2014, Bryan became the first woman elected to serve as the Tribal Chair and CEO of the Poarch Creek Indians. She is committed to providing quality healthcare, education and employment opportunities to Poarch Tribal members, as well as citizens of the larger Atmore community, according to a release.

Bryan issued a donation matching challenge in support of GSSA during her remarks. All donations made to Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama using THIS LINK will be matched up to $25,000. 

Christina D. Crow, partner in JinksCrow Trial Lawyers, was inspired by Chair Bryan’s gift to also match donations – quadrupling the potential impact. Leading Ladies serves as an important fundraising event for GSSA to continue to offer programming for the next generation of female leaders. Individuals are encouraged to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to double your investment in Girl Scouting before it ends at 5 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2024.

Other outstanding women recognized at this year’s awards brunch by GSSA included Lindsay Cline, Gulf Coast Workforce Lead for the United States Navy’s Submarine Industrial Base; Allison Ingram, Of Counsel with Ball, Ball, Matthews & Novak; Marché Johnson, Montgomery City Councilor, District 3; Azzie Oliver, Chief Deputy District Attorney for Montgomery County; Amanda Salazar, Vice President, Communications & Membership for Manufacture Alabama. 

GSSA also named exploreMedia as the Leading Workplace for Women Award recipient for 2024. ExploreMedia is female-owned and boasts a 100-percent female team. Led by Founder Pam Mashburn, these women work together to deliver a comprehensive suite of solutions—including digital marketing, graphic design, website development, social media management, media consulting and more—to meet clients’ diverse needs.

Sponsors for the Leading Ladies event included BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama, Publix, Trustmark Bank, and Bacheler Technologies.  Girl Scout Junior Ruby B. grew all the flowers with the help of her mom and Troop Coordinator Robin Simms of Ruva Roots.


To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutssa.org.