The YWCA Darien/Norwalk has announced the six honorees for the 2018 Women of Distinction Awards and Luncheon on May 10 at Woodway Country Club in Darien. The honorees are Carrie Bernier, Tina Duryea, Scarlett Lewis, Allison Molkenthin and Wendy Ward. Emma Dahlquist will be honored as a Young Woman of Distinction, recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of a woman under 21 years of age. The Darien Times has featured each of the nominees and this week features the last two. 

This event is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at ywcadn.org/wod. For further inquiries about this event or to become a sponsor, contact wod@ywcadn.org.

Scarlett Lewis

Scarlett Lewis founded the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement after her son was murdered during the Sandy Hook tragedy in December 2012. Shortly after his death, Scarlett decided to be part of the solution to the issues that we’re seeing in society—and that also caused the tragedy. She created the Movement and became an advocate for social and emotional learning (SEL) that teaches children how to manage their emotions, feel connected, and have healthy relationships.

Scarlett works to promote the Choose Love Enrichment Program, a free, comprehensive, evidence-based SEL program that empowers educators and their students to choose love for themselves and others. While we can’t always choose what happens to us, we can choose how we respond. This program teaches children how to handle adversity, have courageous conversations, and to respond with love.

Scarlett has been instrumental in changing legislation to incorporate SEL into schools. The Jesse Lewis Empowering Educators Act was introduced by Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal and, in December 2015, Congress approved Every Student Succeeds Act. Scarlett graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in communications in 1990. She has worked in the finance industry as a bond trader, investment banker and real estate. Scarlett is an artist and avid horsewoman; she lives in Connecticut with her son, JT.