Studies have consistently shown that one of the most effective ways to boost a nation’s economic output, enhance productivity, and improve the overall vibrancy of society is to invest in the leadership capabilities of girls and women. To spur further conversation and dialogues around the importance of women in leadership roles, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal pines hosted its first annual Leadership of Today and Tomorrow event Raleigh. The luncheon brought together current Girl Scouts and prominent business and community leaders to work towards the continued empowerment and leadership of girls and women everywhere.
Luncheon attendees included Girl Scouts currently working towards or have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting, and successful women leaders from across the healthcare, corporate, and non-profit sectors. Seated at various tables, guests interacted and engaged in meaningful and impactful conversations about the ever-evolving role of leadership as well as discussing greatest successes and failures – and how those experiences shaped and influenced their lives and career paths. The intimate setting of the luncheon provided a unique and inclusive experience for the girls and women to listen and learn from each other, as well as participate in a powerful conversation about the need to empower, support, and invest in the future of leadership and in the women holding those roles. The event inspired and prepared attendees to make a greater difference within their local communities and workplaces and to support and advocate for more opportunities and leadership experiences for girls and women.
Girl Scouts offers life-changing leadership opportunities, giving all girls the chance to develop a strong sense of self, engage in innovative problem-solving, show fearlessness in the face of adversity, and demonstrate inclusion and collaboration across all facets of their lives. Events like the Leaders of Today and Tomorrow engage a variety of stakeholders in a meaningful and impactful way, helping unite across generations and industries to continue the investment in girls, and in doing so, providing a lifelong investment and benefit to our society.
Local Girl Scout, Sadhana Anantha, who was recognized as one of the 10 National Young Women of Distinction by Girl Scouts of the USA, was one of the special guests at the event. Anantha shared her Girl Scout journey and discussed her road to success through her Take Action project. Being a Girl Scout was a great starting point for her to further define herself and find her leadership voice.
For more information on leadership opportunities through Girl Scouts, visit www.nccoastalpines.org.