Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey will honor Chester resident Natasha Maximoff Chandler as its annual Women of Achievement event on April 25 at The Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park. Chandler is the executive director of Global Strategy & transformation at Merck.
The Women of Achievement awards dinner honors individuals from local communities who have made outstanding contributions in their careers or personal lives, serve as positive role models, and exemplify the values of
Girl Scouting. This year’s program will be based on national Girl Scout campaign, ToGetHerThere, which strives to create gender-balanced leadership within one generation.
Natasha is a corporate executive, executive coach, expert on transformational change and a champion for non-profit causes for women and children that promote advancement, health and leadership. She has a graduate degree from Columbia University in organizational psychology and change leadership, an MBA in strategic management and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Monmouth University.
“Natasha is a true leader who believes in giving back to the community,” said Betty A. Garger, president and CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey. “As a troop leader for her three daughters, she inspires her girls to live the Girl Scout mission of making the world a better place.”
Chandler participates in several non-profit boards and activities, including The American Heart Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
“Girl Scouts is an organization that is very close to my heart,” Chandler said. “I strongly believe in helping girls develop self-confidence and leadership skills so they can change the world. I am so proud of my troops which have the greatest girls in the world. I am having so much fun as their leader.”
Chandler’s troops recently supported a large effort to help Hurricane Sandy victims. The troops are now focusing on a project to help critically ill children in the community.
Chandler joins honorees Kimberly Burnett, executive vice president of CHRO/Selective Insurance Company of America of Sparta; Linda Spradley Dunn, CEO/publisher of Odyssey Media, of Englewood Cliffs; and Odette D. Valdez, M. Ed, founder of OvKids Multicultural Summer Camp, of Oradell. Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey also will honor Girl Scout volunteer and troop leader Barbara Leobold von dem Hagen, of Elmwood Park, with the Mitzi Golbek Spirit of Girl Scouting Award.
Laurel J. Richie, president of the Women’s National Basketball Association, will give the keynote address.
Camelia M. Valdez, the Passaic County prosecutor, will serve as the mistress of ceremonies.
The fund-raiser features a cocktail reception, elegant dinner, 50/50 raffle and silent auction. Guests from area corporations and the community-at-large are welcome to help honor these women by attending the event. Tickets and advertisements for the tribute journal can be purchased online.