This week marks the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Founder Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout Troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia. The group was chartered by the U.S. Congress on March 16, 1950 and today, there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts—2.3 million girl members and 880,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers. According to Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Kathy Cloninger, 70% of women in executive leadership roles got their start with the Girl Scouts. In Congress, of the 17% elected officials that are women, 70% of those women are former girl scouts. For the past 100 years, Girl Scouts has been training girls of ”courage, confidence, and character,” to “discover, connect, and take action to make the world a better place.” Obviously these women are doing something right besides wearing kelly green well and providing us with delicious cookies. Let’s see what lessons we can take from the Girl Scouts of the USA.
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