Homeless-to-Harvard Speaker Coming to Tulsa
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Girl Scouts Luncheon to Raise Money for Leadership Programs
Okla.—(February 3, 2014) — Best-selling author Liz Murray is coming
to Tulsa April 9 to tell her inspirational story about her path from being
homeless at 15 to graduating from Harvard.
Murray is the keynote speaker for this year’s
Juliette Low Leadership Society luncheon. The event raises funds for more than
10,000 young women who participate in Girl Scouts in eastern Oklahoma. In
addition, eleven Juliette Low Leadership Society scholarship recipients will be
"Girl Scouts provides young women with more
ways to learn and lead than any other organization,” says Honorary Chair Marcia
MacLeod. "From my own experience as a Girl Scout, it taught me self-reliance
and how to work as part of a team.”
MacLeod, senior vice president of human
resources and administration at WPX Energy, has challenged local companies, foundations
and individuals to help sponsor the event.
"We need sponsors to help make a difference
in the lives of these girls and to build a strong base of women leaders in our
state,” MacLeod said.
Proceeds from the event will fund traditional
Girl Scouting, community outreach efforts, and higher education scholarships –
all proven programs for developing leadership skills in girls.
Liz Murray will share her journey of being
homeless at 15 and propelling herself to earn a degree from Harvard in 2009. As
the child of cocaine-addicted parents in the Bronx, Murray’s mom died and she was homeless — living on the streets, riding
the subway all night and eating from dumpsters. Amidst this pain, Murray always
imagined her life could be much better than it was.
"I started to grasp the value of the lessons
learned while living on the streets,” Murray said. "I knew, after overcoming
those daily obstacles that next to nothing could hold me down.”
Determined to take charge of her life, Murray
finished high school in just two years while camping out in New York City parks
and subway stations.
is the recipient of Oprah Winfrey’s first-ever Chutzpah Award. Her story was
made into a Lifetime Television movie in 2003 and her memoir, "Breaking
Night,” landed on The New York Times best-seller list the same week
it was released in September 2010.
make reservations to hear this exhilarating story and to support the important
work of Girl Scouts, visit www.gseok.org/JLLS, or call 918-745-5202.
Individual tickets are $150 and sponsorships range from $250 - $25,000.
Scouts: Founded in 1912, Girl
Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for
girls, with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the
leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage,
confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of
Eastern Oklahoma serves approximately 13,000 girls and volunteers in 30 eastern
Oklahoma counties and is a United Way agency. For more information on how to
join, volunteer or reconnect with, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 800-707-9914
or visit www.gseok.org. Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma is a proud 2013
recipient of the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium’s Community Impact Award
and Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Social Justice and Human Rights Award.
Image Cutline: Liz Murray, Best-Selling Author, Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard