Thursday, February 2, 2012

Daisy Alford-Smith, CEO of the Girl Scout Council of North East Ohio, one of 2012's Most Interesting People

Congratulations to Daisy Alford-Smith, CEO of the Girl Scout Council of North East Ohio, for being named one of 2012's Most Interesting People by Cleveland Magazine!

Alford-Smith is the ultimate Girl Scout leader — CEO of this 100-year-old organization’s Northeast Ohio council, one of the largest of 112 affiliates nationwide. During her five years in the top spot, Alford-Smith has overseen a time of change that has included the merger of five councils and budgetary cutbacks that will merge 14 local camps down to just three. She’s ushered in a new era for the region’s 40,000 local Girl Scouts, one that’s just as focused on girl empowerment as it is on cookies, camping and crafts.

Not only does Alford-Smith work full time at the Girl Scouts, she’s also a full-time grandma to a 15-year-old, lifts weights and walks two to three miles almost every day, and golfs nearly every week in the summer.

The license plate of her GMC Envoy reads GSNEO, which gets her noticed by many a sharp Girl Scout. “I’ve actually been in the store and had people waiting for me by my car when I came out," states Alford-Smith.