Thursday, June 29, 2017

G.I.R.L Power Meets the Great Outdoors!!!

Wow! That’s my first reaction to my amazing experience this past week at Camp CEO! From June 21-24, myself and 12 other amazing female leaders across the state (and the country!) gathered at Camp Laurel in Lebanon with a group of incredible Girl Scouts from across the state for a relaxing and rewarding camp experience.

At Camp CEO, girls are able to have fun with traditional camp activities (CEOs, too), but they also take away business lessons, skills, and connections that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. At summer camp, girls have the opportunity to try new things, like stand up paddle boarding, archery, or horseback riding, but they also find their confidence or learn more about a passion or strength particular to themselves. They find out that these passions can be transferable in their future careers and, by the end of the weekend, break out of their shells having connected with wonderful and accomplished women leaders who help them realize their full potential.

Because it’s true—our Girl Scouts are G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, and Leaders). At Girl Scouts, we are all about practicing everyday leadership, preparing girls to empower themselves, and promoting these G.I.R.L. experiences. At Camp CEO, girls and the CEOs learned about what it means to be a G.I.R.L. and how girls take the lead in everything that they do. They practice leadership with grit like a Go-getter, problem-solve and are creative like an Innovator, try new things and embrace new ideas like a Risk-taker, and show empathy like a Leader. 

After learning the true essence of G.I.R.L., our Camp CEO girls also learned the ins and outs of a business from the importance of building and maintaining your brand to finance and production and marketing for your startup business. Girls and CEOs were then separated into teams, and came up with their own unique business plans and strategies. Groups were tasked with creating their own T-shirt designs inspired by the G.I.R.L brand. Each team, in turn, created a comprehensive business plan for how they might market their “G.I.R.L-inspired” T-shirts. It was such an incredible experience to witness and see what all of the teams came up with. And each camper and CEO will receive their own team-inspired T-shirt, while versions of each girl-designed T-shirts will be available in our shops and camp trading posts this summer!

I’ve said it before, but every time I leave Camp CEO I find myself continuously amazed at how remarkable our girls are. They are so full of promise and hope for our futures, and I take more back than I can possibly give.

I hope everyone has a fun, safe, and relaxing summer. See you next year at Camp CEO!

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Camp CEO is tomorrow!

Is it really that time of year again?! It’s summertime, and that means that one of my favorite girl programs is back—Camp CEO! I am so excited to head back to Camp Laurel in Lebanon and meet with our fabulous group of CEOs and our incredible young women for a few days of outdoor adventure and skill-building.

At Camp CEO, girls ages 14-17 from across Connecticut come to Camp Laurel and team up with prominent business women and leaders across the state. This year, with  their “CEO Buddies,” girls will learn more about how Girl Scouts take the lead like a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader), and how these attributes are a part of our DNA! Will girls be go-getters and lead the discussion around the campfire about their passion and goals, or will they be a risk-taker and try something new, like kayaking or archery? The opportunities are endless!

Last year's group at Camp CEO!
Camp CEO is an incredible experience. I discover every year that not only do the girls learn about themselves and find their voice, but I learn more about myself as well. It’s such an amazing opportunity to unplug and embrace the beauty of Mother Nature (although I will miss my hair dryer!) and make memories that will last a lifetime. 

Stay tuned next week for a more detailed account of our experiences at Camp CEO.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Celebrating Amazing Women!

It’s June—and that means it’s a busy and exciting time at Girl Scouts of Connecticut! We recently just held two exceptional events where we recognized amazing women in our state—our 24th Annual Woman of Merit event and our 2017 Gold Award Luncheon.
On June 1, we held our 24th Annual Woman of Merit event at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich where we honored Nancy Di Dia, Executive Director and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Americas of Boehringer Ingelheim, and Juanita T. James, President and CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, with the Woman of Merit Award. These two women were honored specifically for their efforts in diversity and inclusion and for making our world a better place. At Girl Scouts, we have always stood for inclusion, and it was an amazing opportunity to celebrate that and what Girl Scouting does for girls in our state.

We also honored an incredible individual with our first-ever Courage, Confidence, and Character Award: Alison Smith, Global Messenger and Ambassador for Special Olympics Connecticut. This award is presented to a young woman who has overcome unique challenges in her life to make outstanding contributions to her community or achieve extraordinary success. It was great to meet all of our honorees and their families and friends. Congratulations to all, and thank you to those who joined us. Because of you, Girl Scouts in Connecticut will continue to thrive and succeed. Take a look at our photos on Facebook.

Speaking of thriving, this past Sunday on June 4, we honored and recognized the 71 Girl Scouts in Connecticut who earned their Gold Award this year at our Gold Award Luncheon at the Best Western in North Haven. The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, and it is truly remarkable reflecting on all that they have accomplished. From teaching science to younger girls to spark their interest in STEM careers and promoting healthy eating to putting on a fashion show for children of all abilities and teaching younger children empathy and compassion, our Girl Scouts are true go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders. I am beyond proud of all of our Gold Award Recipients and look forward to seeing all of the amazing things that they will accomplish in the future. See our photos of the Gold Award Luncheon on Facebook.

Yours in Girl Scouting,