The Bennett Scholars Breakfast





Please join us 
Thursday, March 18, 2021
8:30 - 9:30 am
for a free zoom webinar


Join us for a morning of personal and poignant stories of determination, struggle, joy and triumph. 

We are proud to present Sylvia Acevedo, author, former GirlScouts CEO, and former NASA rocket-scientist, as she shares her inspiring story with The Girls’ Middle School community at this year’s virtual Bennett Scholars Breakfast. Register for free today to support and celebrate girls' and women's leadership!

In the absence of selling tickets and tables to the Breakfast, your support is critical for us to meet our goal to enroll ten new Bennett Scholars in the GMS Class of 2024. Please consider making a contribution to the Bennett Scholars Program today.

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Keynote Speaker: Sylvia Acevedo

Entrepreneur, business leader, rocket-scientist, and author, Sylvia Acevedo served as Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of the USA from 2016 to 2020. Her memoir for young readers, Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist, details her personal journey from growing up in Las Cruces, New Mexico, to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the top executive tiers of Apple, Dell, and other tech companies.

Chair of President Obama’s White House initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics in early childhood leadership, and a driver of that administration’s Early Childhood Dual Language Education policy, Ms. Acevedo is a passionate national leader and speaker on education, STEM, cybersecurity, and women leadership. 

Alumna Speaker: Tania Montoya-Block

After graduating from The Girls’ Middle School in 2002 and then Castilleja Upper School, Tania Montoya-Block attended the University of California, Merced. There she founded the UC Merced Law Clinic before graduating in the top 4% of her class with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Ms. Montoya-Block is now a Juris Doctor Candidate in her third year at UC Davis School of Law, King Hall.

Passionate about the intersection of law and healthcare, she is the President of the King Hall Health Law Association. Ms. Montoya-Block is also an editor of the Business Law Journal, and a recipient of the Outstanding Oral Argument Award in Legal Research and Writing at UC Davis School of Law, King Hall. In the fall of 2021, Tania will join the team at Foley & Lardner as an Associate in their healthcare law practice group.


Become A Bennett Scholars Program Sponsor


Pioneer,   $120,000*  •  Partner,  $40,000 •  Principal, $20,000   •  Founder,  $10,000  •  Leadership,  $5,000
 Entrepreneur,  $2,500  •  Associate,  $1,000  •  Analyst,  $500  •  Supporter, up to $200

*Supports a scholar for her full three years  # Supports a scholar for one year


The Bennett Scholars Program

GMS is committed to offering substantial financial assistance and comprehensive support to motivated girls who show academic promise and whose families cannot afford the cost of tuition. The Bennett Scholars Program provides girls from under-resourced schools the opportunity for an academically challenging education in a supportive environment. Learn more about the Bennett Scholars Program and how you can support these extraordinary girls. 

Breakfast Keynote Speakers

Recent keynote speakers at the Bennett Scholars Breakfast include US Senator Barbara BoxerPersis S. Drell, provost at Stanford University and professor of engineering, materials science, and physics; Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood from 2006-2018; Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO and president of New America and author; Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times best-selling author; Condoleezza Rice, Stanford professor and former Secretary of State; Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author; Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States; Diane Greene, CEO of VMware; and Carol Dweck, Stanford professor and author.

Please contact Kimberly Megna Yarnall if you are interested in being a part of this distinguished list of inspiring women leaders.