Last night I attended the Cookie Gala event of the Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan. It is an annual event that highlights accomplished women for their community and leadership contributions. One of the award categories is the “One Tough Cookie” award. As a Board Member at Large of the Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan, I had the honor of nominating Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper.
When I asked her permission, she confirmed just what I suspected: she was a Girl Scout once upon a time. She even provided me with some pictures as proof (see below – 1st row, 3rd from left)! Many women leaders have Girl Scouting in their past because it gave them opportunities to develop leadership skills. Looking around at the reception last night, my observation was confirmed when I saw women leaders from all around the metro area in a variety of disciplines.
I was proud to nominate Prosecutor Cooper. We have worked together on a number of cases and I am always impressed by her focus on the details of the cases and her command of the law. She has committed the resources of her office in service to the victims of crime. She also told me (with a hint of pride) that some people still call her a Girl Scout — because she still believes in the values expressed in Girl Scouting: courage, confidence, character, integrity, service. She is still trying to make the world a better place-just as she learned as a Girl Scout.
Joining us at the event was Chief Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton. He was very good and didn’t touch one of the delicious desserts made with Girl Scout cookies — I admired his restraint.
Congratulations to the Honorable Jessica Cooper who is truly “One Tough Cookie” on behalf of our Oakland County communities.