Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Shaping Future Executives at Girl Scout Camp CEO

At Camp CEO, Girl Scouts from the Greater Washington D.C. region are getting the inside scoop on what life after high school could be like. Girl Scout Camp CEO is a unique mentorship program, which matches teen girls with powerful women executives. The women represent a variety of careers from banking and law to real estate, academia and government. All campers participate in traditional camp activities—cooking over campfires, kayaking and swimming, but with a twist. The women share their life’s experiences, education, careers and leadership with the girls each morning. At the end of the week the girls receive business cards from the women with the intention of building lifetime mentors.

In June, sixty miles from the urban sprawl of Chicago, women from various professions spent 24 hours at Camp CEO this past June, mentoring Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, by showing them the leadership skills necessary to build a successful career.

Celebrating its 5-year anniversary in the Chicago area, Camp CEO is a special six-day camp that pairs 25 girls with one of the 25 CEOs over a three-day span, so they can fully connect and learn from one another. Today's Chicago Woman reports that the idea came to Camp CEO Chairman Mary Lee Montague from a similar camp in Washington, D.C.

In 2010, women held 14.4 percent of executive officer positions at Fortune 500 companies, according to Catalyst Research. At the current rate, it will take about 40 years for the number of female corporate officers to match the number of male officers. This statistic illustrates the need for Camp CEO.

“It allows us to have one-on-one time with the girls, to hear their stories,” says Connie Lindsey, executive vice president and head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Northern Trust, and National Board of Directors President of Girl Scouts of the USA . “It allows us to reconnect, to reinforce what we believe is so importantthat girls do matter. A girl can change the world if given the correct skills.”