by Shelly Prichard, CEO, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland
The business of Girl Scouting takes on many forms, and I was fortunate to participate in a multi-layered experience in Washington, D. C. in June. Every three years, Girl Scouts of the USA hosts the National Corporate Leadership Meeting, bringing together Girl Scout representatives from the Board of Directors and CEOs from councils across the country. Arnold Hudspeth, Board member from Wichita, and Chairman of the GSKH Property Committee, joined me at this meeting.
The meeting’s theme was What Must We Do ToGetHerThere? Conversations focused on our national goal of affecting women’s role in leadership in a generation. In addition to extensive interaction with national Board members and staff, we also participated in panel discussions involving national leaders in the media, business, and non-profit sectors. For example, the media panel included Greta Van Susteren, Fox News, Jake Tapper, ABC, Lori Monenegro, Telemundo, and Claire Shipman, Good Morning America.
Being in DC, we were also in the prime location to hear from several political representatives. The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, shared her Girl Scout experiences as a child, and talked about how it shaped her life as a political leader. Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, joined us for an evening reception, and even sported a vintage Girl Scout uniform.
We capped off the week in great Girl Scout style by attending Rock the Mall, the sing-along and 100th anniversary celebration, with more than 200,000 Girl Scouts.
If you haven’t already investigated www.togetherthere.org, please do! At the national, state, and local levels, our great Movement is impacting girls and women every day. Thank you for the part you play in developing these future leaders.