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Moddelmog honored by Girl Scouts
by Nicole Dow
March 05, 2014 06:13 PM | 1340 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Girl Scout Ambassador Jordan Fessehaie smiles at the crowd while telling them about the big role Girl Scouts has played in her life.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Girl Scout Ambassador Jordan Fessehaie smiles at the crowd while telling them about the big role Girl Scouts has played in her life.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Amy Dosik, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, welcomes the crowd to the Second Century Circle breakfast at the Piedmont Driving Club.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Amy Dosik, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, welcomes the crowd to the Second Century Circle breakfast at the Piedmont Driving Club.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, John W. Somerhalder II, president and CEO of AGL Resources, and Amy Dosik, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, present Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of Metro Atlanta Chamber, with the 2014 Changing the World Award.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, John W. Somerhalder II, president and CEO of AGL Resources, and Amy Dosik, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, present Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of Metro Atlanta Chamber, with the 2014 Changing the World Award.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of Metro Atlanta Chamber and 2014 Changing the World Awardee, gives the keynote address to attendees of the Second Century Circle breakfast.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of Metro Atlanta Chamber and 2014 Changing the World Awardee, gives the keynote address to attendees of the Second Century Circle breakfast.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Fredricka Whitfield, CNN anchor and emcee for the Second Century Circle breakfast, shows one of her former Girl Scout uniforms to the crowd.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Fredricka Whitfield, CNN anchor and emcee for the Second Century Circle breakfast, shows one of her former Girl Scout uniforms to the crowd.
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Having courage, confidence and character is important to Girl Scouts nationwide, and Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta CEO Amy Dosik said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, embodies all three qualities.

Moddelmog was honored Tuesday with the Girl Scouts’ 2014 Changing the World Award at the organization’s Second Century Breakfast at the Piedmont Driving Club in Midtown.

“[Moddelmog] is a great example for our young women in our community because she has really demonstrated, I think, that there’s not one model of leadership and leadership isn’t always a straight path,” Dosik said. “She’s been successful both as a business leader as well as a philanthropic leader and has made successful transitions in many industries, which I think  demonstrates that when you’re an authentic leader with strong values you’ll be successful in whatever you choose to do.”

Before working for the chamber, Moddelmog was president of Arby’s Restaurant Group and before that president and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

“I couldn’t be more honored to receive this award and I really love the name of it — Changing the World — because a lot of these Girl Scouts are going to be doing exactly that,” Moddelmog said.

She said she predicts in the future there will be a lot more Girl Scouts working as senior executives and serving on boards of top organizations.

Moddelmog is a member of the Girl Scouts’ Second Century Circle, a philanthropic group that supports Girl Scouts in metro Atlanta with members donating $1,000 or more.

“We couldn’t do the work we do without the support of the community,” Dosik said. “We’ve asked the community to invest along with us in girls because we believe if girls succeed, our community succeeds.”

In addition to the award presentation, the audience at the breakfast meeting got to hear how supporting Girl Scouts directly affects local girls.

Girl Scouts Ambassador Jordan Fessehaie, a 17-year-old senior at North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, reflected on how she met Erika Alexander, regional vice president of Marriott International, during a Girl Scouts Camp CEO event and how that meeting changed her life. As a result, Jordan has interned in the kitchen of the Marriott Renaissance Atlanta hotel for two years.

“Without Girl Scouts this would not have been possible,” she said.

Jordan will be attending Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration in the fall on a full scholarship and hopes to continue working for Marriott.

To learn more about Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta’s Second Century Circle, visit www.gsgatl.org/secondcentury.
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