RIVERDALE, August 30, 2020 — Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey will honor of Megan Lunde, of Madison, Customer Success Manager, Amperity, with the Elinor J. Ferdon Young Woman of Promise Award, at its annual Women of Achievement fundraising gala, now a virtual event being held on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.

Lunde joins fellow honorees Charlotte Abella, Vice President of Marketing, If You Care® / Source Atlantique, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs; Nikki Sumpter, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Atlantic Health System, based in Morristown; and BD Women’s Initiative Network, which includes Monica Council-Miles, Manager, Social Investing, Jennifer Singelyn Dietrich, Senior Program Manager, and Luba DeGroat, IP Operations Manager. 

Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey will also honor Jean Myers, of Teaneck, GSNNJ volunteer and leader, with the Mitzi Golbek Spirit of Girl Scouting Award.

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At Amperity, Lunde works with retail clients to help them harness the power of their customer data to build outstanding customer experiences. Before joining Amperity in 2019, Lunde worked at American Express on the team that launched Plenti, the first coalition loyalty program in the U.S., and as a marketing consultant for the Global Merchant Service business. Her contributions at American Express were recognized with the President’s Club Achievement Award in 2016.

Lunde is a lifelong supporter of the Girl Scout movement and an outdoor enthusiast. She first joined as a Girl Scout Daisy in Troop 1221 in Mendham. In subsequent years, she attended Jockey Hollow Day Camp’s Day & Away program, which led her to Camp Hoover, a resident Girl Scout Camp near Newton. Lunde spent 6 years at Hoover as a camper, and worked as a counselor, lifeguard, and unit leader through high school and college.

“I am so proud and honored to be recognized as this year's recipient of the Young Women of Promise,” Lunde said. “As a lifelong Girl Scout, this is a wonderful reminder that Girl Scouts didn't end with childhood, it's being part of an enduring community of strong, accomplished women supporting each other.”

Some favorite memories include leading a five-day overnight hiking trip and field trips to the Farm & Horse Show. Lunde’s biggest Girl Scout regret: never earning her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting!

Lunde credits Girl Scouts for sparking her enthusiasm for outdoor recreation. In the summer of 2019, she led a group of friends in a challenge to hike the length of the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey (75 miles!), which they completed over 10 day-hikes. In 2017, she and her father, longtime GSNNJ board member Harold Lunde, biked the GAP and C&O rail trail from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. During winter months, Lunde enjoys organizing an annual ski trip with friends from many chapters of her life.

Lunde holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Stanford University. She currently lives in Madison. 

Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Women of Achievement online with this professionally produced fundraiser and celebration of female empowerment.  Dollars raised help expand the impact and reach of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in northern New Jersey. The event will also feature a live broadcast component. In addition to honoring the 2020 women for their personal and professional accomplishments, Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey is welcoming back many of the honorees from the previous 40 years. This year’s program theme is “Invest in Girls. Change the World.” 

Girl Scouts will also participate in the event, conducting interviews with the honorees. The event will also feature a silent auction which will be available several days before and a few hours after the event. 

Tickets are $40 per person for Gala Access and $100 for the Gala Experience, which includes Gala Access and a gala goodie bag which will be mailed to the home in advance of the event. VIP tickets, which include a listing in the tribute journal and access to a special VIP Happy Hour, are $250. Guests from area corporations and the community-at-large are welcome to help honor these women by attending the virtual event, becoming a sponsor, placing an ad in the tribute journal, participating in the silent auction or making a donation. Tickets and full details about Women of Achievement can be found at www.gsnnj.org/woa

Major event sponsors to date include Atlantic Health System, BD, If You Care, Inserra Supermarkets, Kearny Bank, Lakeland Bank, UPS, Visions Federal Credit Union, and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts.

Proceeds from Women of Achievement will provide opportunities for girls to participate in girl-led programming such as STEM, outdoors, financial literacy, civic advocacy, and healthy living; recruit volunteers and provide them with training and the tools needed to engage and mentor girls; give access to age-appropriate materials, activities, and resources to inspire girls; and reach more girls by providing scholarships and financial assistance to those in need.

For more information about the event, for sponsorship opportunities, or tickets, contact Sam Varga, Director of Individual Giving and Special Events, at (973) 248-8200, e-mail svarga@gsnnj.org, or visit the Women of Achievement website at www.gsnnj.org/woa. Checks may be sent to Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, 95 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale, NJ.

For more information about Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, call (973) 248-8200 or visit www.gsnnj.org. Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development program for girls. In Girl Scouts, girls discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to create positive change in their own communities.

Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey serves girls ages 5-18 in 160 municipalities in Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Northern Warren counties. Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey serves over 26,000 girls and almost 14,000 adults for a total membership of over 40,000.