Inspiring locals girls by identifying Toledo’s role models

. July 28, 2016.

The power of a role model is unimaginable— they help us see what’s possible and discover what we’re capable of. The Girl Scouts know young girls need good women to look up to, so every year, they recognize community leaders with the Women of Distinction Program.

Here are 2016’s Toledo Women of Distinction award recipients:

Holly Bristoll​
president of ProMedica Bay Park Hospital and chief integration officer for academic affiliations
for Healthy Living

Suzette Cowell
CEO of the Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union
for Financial Empowerment

Lori Hauser
CEO of the Imagination Station
for S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and/or math)

Karen Marquardt
Assistant Chief of the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department
for Leadership

Mary Arquette
Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Lourdes University
for Community Responsibility

This annual program invites members of the community to nominate women who have made significant contributions to their career field, which provides a positive example of success for young girls. The program’s award categories were identified by The Girl Scouts Research Institute as key areas that influence girls toward leadership roles.

“It's such a pleasure to celebrate these local leaders who are champions for community service, sustainable change, and supporting opportunities for girls,” said Angela Tennaro, director of regional services for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. “These women are inspiring role models, dedicated to making our community a better place and demonstrating Girl Scout values in all they do.”

The award recipients and the community’s nominees will be celebrated during the annual Women of Distinction event on October 6 at the Toledo Museum of Art. RSVP for the free event online at