The “Women In Leadership Lunch” shines a bright light on the Connecticut Yankee Council-Boy Scouts of America’s mission to bring our premiere youth development program to more girls and young women in our community. The Women In Leadership Award honors women who contribute their time, energy and talents for the betterment of our community, stand out as role models of exemplary leadership and citizenship, and who exemplify the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law.

Register for your seat at the 2nd Annual

Women In Leadership Lunch!

Wednesday, June 15, 2022


The Country Club of New Canaan

95 Country Club Rd, New Canaan


generously sponsored by Jon & Allison Stockel

Allison Stockel:  Executive Director of The Ridgefield Playhouse

After graduating NYU with a BA in Television Production and Music, Allison Stockel went on to produce television specials and shows for the likes of CNN, ABC, The Food Network, MTV Networks, Lifetime Television, and more. Upon moving to Ridgefield, Connecticut in December of 2000, she quickly became involved with The Ridgefield Playhouse, first as a board member and then as the Executive Director in 2004. As Executive Director Allison oversees the day to day running of the nonprofit, and has led the artistic vision of the venue for the past 20 years – with programming that includes a variety of renowned recording artists from all music genres (rock, pop, singer/songwriter, jazz, world beat, folk, country, and more). Allison’s entertainment background has served as the springboard to expand the programming at the Ridgefield Playhouse through arts in education programming, dance, speakers, comedy, film society events, and an HD simulcast series broadcasting the Met Opera from New York, the National Theater from London, a newly formed Diversity Films Series and other special events.

In addition to the Playhouse, Allison is on the Advisory Board of the Women’s Center in Danbury, Ct, is an incorporator at The Lounsbury House in Ridgefield, is on the Board of Directors for The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, and has delivered food and fundraises for Hillside Food Outreach, as well as SPHERE, Ability Beyond Disability, Danbury Music Center, The Ridgefield Chorale, Sandy Hook Promise, and has been a host parent for 3 students from Ridgefield A Better Chance.

Allison Stockel’s philanthropic activities include donating her yearly salary back to the non-profit Ridgefield Playhouse, which presents more than 200 shows a year, generating foot traffic of more than 100,000 people into the local community and through the doors of the venue

Tucker Murphy:  Administrative Office for the Town of New Canaan

A resident of New Canaan for 34 years Tucker is very well known in New Canaan for her years of community service including her current position as Administrative Officer for the Town of New Canaan.  During 2008-2020, Tucker was the Executive Director for the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce and completely rebuilt the organization, which now is a robust and vital partner to the local business community.  Tucker has served as an elected official to the Town Council and is a member of the New Canaan Board of Education.


As well as her term on the Town Council, Tucker is the current Chairperson of the  “Tourism and Economic Development Advisory Committee”, a Board member for the League of Women Voters, a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a past member of the National Charity League – Canaan Parish Chapter, Past President of the Kiwanis Club, inaugural member of the Senior Internship Committee and served on the Board of the YMCA.  She has been actively involved as a Girl Scout leader, a President of the South School PTC, serves as a Justice of the Peace and a member of the First Presbyterian Church.  All of this combined gives her a great foundation from which to serve the Town of New Canaan.  Tucker is married to John Murphy and have two children aged 32 and 29 a daughter in law and one grandchild.

Polly Perkins Johnson:  Founding Partner of the nonprofit, Future 5 in Stamford

Polly Perkins Johnson is a Founding Partner of Future 5 in Stamford, CT, a non-profit that helps motivated, under-resourced high school and college students in Stamford connect to their full potential, leading them to independent living as productive citizens. She is passionate about the mission and the kids and was instrumental in the creation of the organization and Board of Directors. Today she sits on the board and is involved with the expansion of programming from high school to College Success and Alum 5, bringing Future 5 full circle.


Before joining the non-profit world of Future 5, Polly had a successful career in the media/magazine business. She got her start at Fairchild Publications and then moved to Hearst Corporation where she was Ad Director of House Beautiful and then went on to be the launch Publisher for Elle Décor, ran Bon Appetit magazine and was named President of the Sport Magazine Group for Petersen Publishing.


Polly went from New Canaan High School to Denison University and then on to live in New York City until she ran into an old high school friend and settled back in New Canaan. Eads and Polly recently moved from New Canaan to SoNo in Norwalk, CT.

Clara Blackwell:  Eagle Scout

As guest speaker, we’re proud to feature Eagle Scout and founding member of Scouts BSA Troop 306 in Redding, Connecticut, Clara Blackwell