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Girl Scouts Head to G.I.R.L. 2017, the Largest Girl-Led Gathering of Girls and Women in the World

Girl Scouts Head G.I.R.L. 2017, the Largest Girl-Led Gathering of Girls and Women in the World

Girl Scout supporters attend a multi-day conference that encourages girls to take on new leadership opportunities  

As the largest girl-led organization in the world, Girl Scouts has provided transformative leadership opportunities for girls over a century. Whether initiating programs to combat bullying in schools, cleaning up local parks for future generations, using their STEM skills to assist those with disabilities, or using their passions to help them earn the highest-award in Girl Scouting, Girl Scouts helps girls activate their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ™ and make a demonstrable difference in the world.  

Girls from across the country attended the G.I.R.L. 2017 conference in Columbus, Ohio. G.I.R.L. 2017 was the largest one-of-a-kind gathering of girls and influential leaders in the world and offered girls tools to enrich their lives for a lifetime of leadership. This year’s event including a variety of inspiring speakers who have pursued their passions, created innovated solutions to problems, built the courage to navigate through obstacles, and develop the resources to lead their everyday lives. Featured speakers included Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation; Gabby Douglas, Olympic Gold Medalist in gymnastics; Sally Jewel, Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior; Danni Washington, a Marine Biologist and Co-Founder of Big Blue & You; Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Muslim Girl, the most-red platform of Muslim women’s voices in the west; and Barbara Pierce Bush, a Humanitarian and Co-founder and President of Global Healthy Corps. 

This unique girl-led opportunity was also open to the larger community who advocate and champion issues important to girls. Highlights of the multi-day conference included plenary sessions in a talk-show format introducing G.I.R.L. Talk (modeled on the popular idea-spreading TED Talks) and breakout sessions that provided incredible opportunities for girls to build strength, navigate obstacles, and find the courage to face and overcome challenges. Throughout the conference, there was also hands-on activities from 250 exhibitors, which include “expo neighborhoods” focused on STEM education, entrepreneurship, the outdoors, life skills, global interests, and travel. Plus, a huge service project that the left the host community a better place.

G.I.R.L. 2017 was the event of the year for everyone who wants to see girls and women rise and shine! 

The convention hosted more than 10,000 Girl Scouts and Movement supporters and brought girls face-to-face with inspirational women who are changing the world. 

“Girl Scouts believes when girls succeed, so does society,” said Meridith Orr, program executive, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “By providing opportunities to meet with leading girls and women across the county, we are encouraging every girl to set herself up for success and help build herself into a courageous, thoughtful, and empathetic leader who makes the world a better place.” 

Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines serves 41 counties in central and eastern North Carolina and offers girls once-in-a-lifetime experiences all while having fun in a safe, girl-only, and girl-led environment. Visit to learn more and join the largest girl-led Movement in the word. 

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