Girl Scout CEO Named 2012 Woman of the Year

Girl Scout CEO named 2012 Woman of the Year

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Raleigh, N.C. — Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines chief executive officer Rusine Mitchell Sinclair has been named the 2012 Woman of the Year by United Way of the Greater Triangle’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC).

Each year, the WLC selects a woman from the Triangle who has shown outstanding leadership by giving back to her community. Past winners include Anne Burke, Executive Director of Urban Ministries of Wake County; and Martha A. Webb, board chair of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines for 37 years of adult service to the organization.

Sinclair has been chief executive officer of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines since August 2007. Prior to joining Girl Scouts, Sinclair spent 25 years with IBM as a vice president and officer of the IBM Corporation. She made IBM company history in 2005 when she became the first female senior state executive.

A long-time mentor to young professionals at IBM and through Girl Scouts, Sinclair is passionate about community service. Throughout her life, she has given her time and expertise to a variety of community activities.

Sinclair was the chair of the Wake Education Partnership Board of Trustees, a member of the WakeMed Foundation Board of Trustees, and on the executive committee for North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry. She has also served on the Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council Board of Directors, NC Special Transit Advisory Commission, North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, North Carolina School of Math and Science Foundation Board, and Meredith College Business Advisory Board. She is the past chair of the Regional Transportation Alliance and the North Carolina Technology Association, to name a few.

Her community honors include Triangle Business Journal’s Women in Business award and 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, Business Leader’s Woman Extraordinaire, and Woman’s Club of North Carolina Woman of Achievement award. She has also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the State of North Carolina. She plans to retire from Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines in January 2013.

About Girl Scouts

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls living overseas in 90 countries.

About Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines

In partnership with more than 10,000 adult volunteers, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines serves more than 35,000 girls in 41 central and eastern North Carolina counties. (Counties are: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pender, Person, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne, and Wilson.) The council's administrative headquarters is located in Raleigh, with additional program and service centers located in Fayetteville and Goldsboro. For more information on membership or volunteer opportunities, call 800-284-4475 or visit

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