Friday, July 22, 2011

Maria Wynne is a Woman Making a Difference

Today's Chicago Woman reports that Maria Wynne, CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is among the “100 Women Making a Difference”. Wynne leads the largest council in the country, following the merger of seven independent Girl Scout corporations in 2008. She ensures that innovative leadership opportunities are available to 86,000 girls and 23,000 volunteers. Within two years under Ms. Wynne's direction, the organization was awarded ATHENA International's Organizational Leadership Award and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago's Highly Innovative Project Award. The Public Relations Society of America recognized Ms. Wynne as the 2011 Chicago Executive of the Year.

In June, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that The Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana offer workshops at their interactive space, called Journey World, to teach girls about science, math, engineering, the environment and nature.

Journey World offers 45 workshops, camps and overnight programs for young people including the Eco-Lab, where a mock cave, campground, prairie and lake ecosystem teach kids to figure out the consequences of a fire, a flood, an algae bloom and other simulated surprises. Students at all-day events explore 30 types of scientific careers and work in teams on projects such as creating animal habitats that use solar and wind technologies.