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The military classroom: Learning from women of courage, confidence, and character


HARRISBURG, PA – Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) invites you to a free virtual career chat discussion where we will delve into the challenges and rewards of military careers and the pivot into other leadership roles.

This GSHPA December Career Chat will be held 7 to 8 p.m., Dec.14, and will highlight the leadership skills and experiences of three prominent women with varied military and professional backgrounds. The panel will feature:

·       Janet Donovan, GSHPA CEO and retired Navy Rear Admiral and Attorney (pictured center)

·       Linda Wackerman, American Airlines Pilot and retired Navy Rear Admiral (pictured left)

·       Ilana Golan, first female commander of F-16 pilots in Israel turned entrepreneur and tech investor (pictured right)

 “We are so excited and honored to have GSHPA host this online panel. COVID has taught us that we need to find online opportunities to share information and learn from each other’s challenges and experiences,” said Janet Donovan. “The successful women joining me on this panel exemplify the Girl Scout Leadership Experience where girls develop a strong sense of self, display positive values, and seek challenges at every turn.   We invite you to join us for this important online discussion as these leaders share their courageous journeys with all of us.”

About the panel

Janet Donovan joined Girls Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania last year as President and CEO.  Prior to that she served 31 years in the U. S. Navy and is a retired Rear Admiral and former Deputy Commander in the Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the Navy. She has more than 20 years of executive experience in strategy development, talent management and collaboration. Janet received her law degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.

Linda Wackerman is a decorated Navy Rear Admiral who graduated from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado with a B.S. in Aerospace Science, M.A. with Pennsylvania State University in Homeland Security, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI alumni. She has been on several active duty tours, and has held countless leadership roles throughout her career. Her flag assignments include Reserve Deputy Director, Assessment Division, OPNAV N81 and Deputy, Naval Inspector General, and Deputy Commander USNAVSO and FOURTH Fleet. She is a 757/767 International Pilot with American Airlines where she has accumulated over 5,400 military and 9,000 civilian flight hours.

Ilana Golan started her career as an F-16 flight simulator instructor and became the first woman to become a commander and in-charge of training of all F-16 pilots in Israel in the simulator. Ilana studied Hardware and Software Engineering at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. She was selected Top 40 Women to Watch in 2016, Business Insider Silicon Valley Women of Influence in 2017 and CEO World Award 2020. Entrepreneur-turned-tech investor, Forbes Contributor and Public Speaker. Ilana is also the inventor of CareerLeap, the program and network helping professionals reinvent and leap their careers.

Cathy Hirko, GSHPA Director of Marketing and Communications, will moderate the virtual discussion.

To register, please click here.

Please contact Member Services at 800-692-7816 or with questions about the December Career Chat or if you are interested in more information on Girl Scouts.