What must it be like to be the first man saluted at a Woman of Distinction event?
Austin billionaire and philanthropist John Paul DeJoria found out earlier this week when Girls Scouts Central Texas surprised him with the honor.
To more precise, the founder of the Patron and Paul Mitchell brands is the first recipient of the area’s Man Enough to be a Girl Scout award, which will be presented to him at the annual Women of Distinction luncheon in May 2019.
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According to the Scouts, the winner of this new distinction must be “a man who is a champion for girls and women, who supports the mission of Girl Scouts and who has shown through his work and community involvement, that he believes in and supports female leadership and empowerment.”
Olga Campos Benz, a former TV news anchor and longtime friend of Jean Paul and wife, Eloise DeJoria, nominated him.
“From the beginning of his quest to establish a hair products empire, JP always took into consideration the needs of women and girls,” Campos Benz said, “not only in the development of his extensive line of products, but more importantly in leadership positions within his corporation, in the formation of his Paul Mitchell Schools, and in the area of philanthropy headed by the JP Peace Love Happiness Foundation. When I first met JP and Eloise they were holding infants who had been turned over to the state’s custody because of abuse and neglect. The compassion displayed for the children was impactful and revealed their compassion and willingness to generously give of their resources to help others.”