Girl Scouts of Maine proudly announces that Meredith Strang Burgess, President and CEO of Burgess Advertising & Marketing, will be honored at the17th Annual Women of Distinction Gala on December 5th, 2013, at the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland.
The annual event celebrates women whose individual excellence and high levels of achievement distinguish them as outstanding members of their communities and exemplary role models for today’s girls.
“Women of Distinction are determined and courageous leaders who impact the way we live today and who nurture and inspire the young women who will shape our tomorrow,” said Joan McDonald, CEO, Girl Scouts of Maine. “We are proud to honor Meredith for her success in business, her civic leadership, and for her perseverance in the face of a significant personal challenge. Not only is she able to navigate difficult corners, she also possesses the wisdom to turn adversity into a benefit for all. Meredith is a woman of courage, confidence, and character; these are the very characteristics Girl Scouting strives to instill in every girl, every day.”
Since 1986, Meredith Strang Burgess has strategically directed the company she founded; Burgess Advertising & Marketing is a full service communications company located in Portland, Maine. The company has received many accolades over the years including the Governor's Award for Business Excellence and was named one of the Best Places to Work in Maine in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2012, one of her three sons, Matthew, joined the company marking the beginning of second generation participation in the agency.
Strang Burgess is very active in the community and is a past laureate in the Maine Business Hall of Fame; a Jefferson Award recipient; and was honored with the Mary Rines Thompson Award from WCSH 6 Who Care Awards.
A breast cancer survivor, Strang Burgess is an active and outspoken advocate for cancer awareness and prevention. She is the past president of the Board of Directors at the Portland Ronald McDonald House and served as president of the Board of Directors at the Maine Cancer Foundation from 2002 – 2007. Strang Burgess launched the campaign to create the successful pink ribbon Maine specialty license plate program in 2008. With more than 19,000 pink ribbon license plates on the road, the initiative has raised over $542,000 for Maine-based breast cancer organizations.
Strang Burgess was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2006 and served with distinction for three terms, making her the third generation in her family to serve in the Maine Legislature. During her tenure, she worked on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, the Health and Human Services Committee, and served as House Chair in her final term.
Active in education, Meredith is the past president of the University of Maine Board of Visitors and is currently a trustee at Hebron Academy. She was a member of the commission to create the Maine Children's Growth Council, served four years on the Council, and is now a board member of Maine Early Learning Investment Group which raises funds to support Elevate Maine, an organization dedicated to improving student achievement and the quality of Maine’s workforce. She is also a board member of the Maine Cancer Consortium, the Maine Public Health Association and Maine Historical Society.
A native of Camden and a former Girl Scout herself, Strang Burgess now resides in Cumberland. The University of Maine graduate enjoys skiing, boating, and has completed nine triathlons including Tri for a Cure.
One of the most highly anticipated events of the season, the Women of Distinction Gala, which includes an auction and dinner, supports leadership programs for girls statewide. Past Women of Distinction honorees include Melissa Smith, Pamela Hurley-Moser, Betsey Timm, Brenda Garrand, Senator Olympia Snowe, Erin Hoeflinger, Dr. Sandra Featherman, Meg Baxter, Beth Newlands Campbell, Judith Magyar Isaacson, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Sara Burns, Carol Mitchell, Maddy Corson, Eleanor Baker, and Jana Lapoint.