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SCO Celebrates Women’s Empowerment Night with the Long Island Nets

March 19, 2019 / SCO News

In celebration of Women’s History Month, SCO Family of Services teamed up with the Long Island Nets for Women’s Empowerment Night, a panel discussion at Nassau Coliseum that delved into the importance of engaging and inspiring young women to become future leaders.

SCO leaders Jennifer Outlaw, Chief Program Officer; and Connie Cerrato, Assistant Executive Director were joined on the panel by Marsha Guerrier, Founder of Women on the Rise NY; Melanie Littlejohn, Upstate NY Regional Executive Director of National Grid; Barbara McFadden, President of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Long Island Chapter; Erin Elko, Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Hicksville; and Randell Bynum, CEO of Girl Scouts of Nassau County. The hour-long discussion was moderated by Ally Melendez, LI Nets In-Arena Host, to a standing-room audience comprised of women, men, and young girls.

“SCO Family of Services is in the business of helping women and girls build resiliency, confidence, and independence,” said Keith Little, SCO Executive Director. “We are grateful to the LI Nets for hosting this important forum to empower and inspire the next generation of leaders, and thank all of the panelists for their willingness to share their expertise and experience.”

Immediately following the panel discussion, hundreds of SCO Family of Services clients, volunteers, and staff got up close and personal with the Long Island Nets, cheering them to victory against the Erie BayHawks. SCO Executive Director Keith Little delivered the game ball; students from SCO’s Madonna Heights School and Westbrook Preparatory School greeted the players on court; Michael Chambers from Central Business Systems was recognized as the Community Hero of the Game for his support of SCO; and staff and clients enjoyed free-throws after the game.

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