Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cynthia Harnisch Steps Up as CEO for Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio

After a nationwide search, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio, which serves 10,000 girls in Riverside and San Bernardino counties in California, chose Cynthia Harnisch Breunig as its new chief executive officer.

The Press Enterprise reports that for the past 13 years, Harnisch Breunig has been president and CEO of Inner-City Arts, a nonprofit center providing art instruction to 10,000 children in the heart of Skid Row. During her administration, Harnisch Breunig guided Inner-City Arts through a period of rapid growth and national recognition, including completion of its award-winning campus.

An artist herself, Harnisch Breunig has dedicated her life to making the arts accessible to all children across all cultural and economic divides. Growing up, Harnisch Breunig was a Girl Scout for 10 years. She said she is proud to be joining the ranks of Girl Scout CEOs, a position that has interested her since her early college days.

"Girl Scouts is considered to be the gold standard in business management," she said. "I find it interesting how many of my women friends can trace the roots of their career success back to their scouting experience. It's had such a profound impact on our lives. In fact, I list my Girl Scout background on my résumé and encourage other women to do the same."

She attended Stanford University's Graduate School of Business Executive Education Program and the Getty's Museum Leadership Institute. She holds advanced degrees in Museum Studies and Education Administration and an undergraduate degree in Art History.