August 31, 2015
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Melanie Bonsu

Fund Development Manager, Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts, Worcester

Birthplace: Worcester
Residence: Worcester
High school: Doherty Memorial High School
College and degree earned: Bachelor's degree, Worcester State University

Career highlights: Increased corporate, foundation and individual support of mission since joining Girl Scouts in 2012; increased attendance and money raised for two fundraising events, and was chosen to help plan the donor experience for the Girl Scouts' 53rd national convention.

Community involvement: I have a soft spot for children (especially my two sons), and I love this city and my profession. I try to support all three passions through my work and volunteering. I am part of the PTO, the advisory committee for the Rainbow Child Development Center, and am communications chair for Women in Development of Central Mass.

Ultimate career goal: To lead a nonprofit organization that makes a lasting impact on our city.

Non-relative you admire most: My boss, Pattie Hallberg, CEO of GSCWM. She is one of the strongest women I know and, because she is almost 6 feet tall, she shares my love and appreciation for high heels.

Favorite book: "Great Expectations," by Charles Dickens

Hidden talents: My vast knowledge of everything "Star Wars," and I'm pretty amazing on the grill.

"By the time I turn 50, I'd like to have accomplished … raising two happy, health and successful young men who are proud that I'm their mom."

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