Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the world's largest leadership development program for girls, collaborated for the second year with American City Business Journals (ACBJ), the country's largest publisher of local business news. The partnership underscores GSUSA's enduring commitment to mentorship and career development for Girl Scouts nationwide.
The partnership culminates with ACBJ's annual one-of-a-kind Bizwomen Mentoring Monday event that brings together women in a casual, fast-paced coaching atmosphere. Thousands of female leaders attended events in 43 markets around the United States, where they had the opportunity to learn and network with other influential women in the business and entrepreneurial sectors. In concurrence with participating Girl Scout councils, Gold Award Girl Scouts, young women who have earned the most prestigious award a Girl Scout can earn, had the unique opportunity to connect with influential female leaders via "speed coaching."
The Triangle Mentoring Monday event hosted by the Triangle Business Journal took place on February 24th in Cary. Mentors included female leaders from companies like BASF, Duke Energy, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, and Fidelity Investments. The Girl Scouts were able to meet with mentors that have similar interests and have broken glass ceilings in their fields, showing the girls that they, too, can accomplish anything that they set their minds to.
“I learned so many amazing things today at Mentoring Monday - namely, how you shouldn’t be afraid to go after what you want and how to find the courage to create your own, unique career path!” said Caraline Malloy, recent Girl Scout alumna and UNC Greensboro freshman. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize how important mentorship is-- it’s instrumental to reaching your goals. The knowledge you get from listening to others about their experiences will help you to reach your destination so much easier.”
Today’s girls are the entrepreneurs and business leaders of tomorrow. A recent study from Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) discovered that 89 percent of girls ages 8 to 17 are already engaging in entrepreneurial activities, and 84 percent aspire to lead a cause or campaign they feel passionate about. Girls who are still developing an entrepreneurial mindset need the most encouragement when it comes to community problem solving, innovative thinking, and challenge seeking. With the support of ACBJ, Gold Award Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to network with like-minded women from the entrepreneurial space, strengthening the community of future female leaders.
“Partnering with Girl Scouts on Mentoring Monday is a great honor for ACBJ,” acknowledged Whitney Shaw, President and CEO of American City Business Journals. “To be able to share the mentoring spotlight with the premier leadership organization for young women reaffirms our belief in the importance of Mentoring Monday. Like Girl Scouts, we believe in the strength of successful women for growing business and growing communities. We especially admire the entrepreneurial spirit of Girl Scouts and can’t wait to learn from them as they learn from the grown-up mentors in 43 cities all over America. That so many of the adult mentors have been Girl Scouts speaks to the importance of this day for both the girls and the women they met on Mentoring Monday.”
“Adult mentors and role models are at the heart of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience,” says GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “We’re fueling the pipeline of female trailblazers who are tomorrow’s business, government, and community leaders. Our Gold Award Girl Scouts are true visionaries who have tackled issues in their communities and driven lasting change as they prepare for a lifetime of leadership. We’re excited to partner once again with ACBJ to offer our girls a truly valuable and educational experience that has an incredible impact on their early professional growth."
To learn more about how Girl Scouts is building the female workforce of the future, and to volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscouts.org.