BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Westfield-based Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey recently hosted a Young Women of Vision Leadership Breakfast featuring a panel of successful women discussing female entrepreneurship and how the Girl Scouts shaped their lives and leadership styles.

Panelists included Vonda McPherson,owner of Vonda's Kitchen & Caterer to Super Bowl XLIX; Julie Averbach, GSHNJ Gold Award Recipient, 2016 GSUSA Young Woman of Distinction and author of “Adventures From My World”; Dr. Caryn Cooper, a principal at Cook Elementary School in Plainfield; Christina Riviello, senior consultant, Digital Media for CIO3; Heidi Castrillón, a professional licensed agent at New York Life Insurance Company; Jessica Gaffney, founder and CEO of WAVEWORK; Natasha Davis, founder of Someone’s Daughter, Inc.; and April Eisenhardt, a 2013 Gold Award Recipient who plans to work for the FDIC at the end of the summer.

The panel was moderated by Lili Gil Valletta, co-founder and CEO of CIEN+, a large data analytics and marketing firm in New York City.

"I left the Young Women of Vision energized and inspired to continue to make an investment and impact in the lives of young women,” Valletta said.” The women in the panel were prime examples of the beautiful portrait of a new America full of diversity, tenacity and drive to achieve great success. I commend the great work of the Girl Scouts Heart of NJ as they prepare the next generation of leaders."