Connie L. Lindsey, National Board President for Girl Scouts of the USA, is set to deliver the keynote address today at the National Association of Women Business Owners in Chicago annual achievement luncheon with leadership and inspiration being the heart of her speech.
As the top volunteer for Girl Scouts of the USA, Connie has been attracting notice as one of the national spokespersons for the Make Your Own Badge program, and will participate in the Camp CEO program in Chicago this June.
Yahoo News reports that with the Make Your Own Badge program, girls select a skill they want to learn then create the badge for that skill themselves. Girls take part in everything from setting requirements for earning the badges to finalizing designs.
"My passion for leadership and service is a direct result of the strong role models I had as a young girl and as a result of my involvement in Girl Scouting," says Connie L. Lindsey, National President, GSUSA. "By letting girls take the lead, the Make Your Own Badge program will encourage them to develop self-confidence and creativity as they seek to define success for themselves."
Education News reports that the creation of the Make Your Own Badge program started with girls. In focus groups, girls exhibited substantial interest in the Make Your Own Badge concept. Based on that interest, GSUSA developed the program and included it in The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, the guide a result of the organization's recent overhaul of its badge programs. Badges now come in categories: Legacy, Financial Literacy, Cookie Business, Skill Building, and Make Your Own. There are also specialty awards such as My Promise, My Faith, which helps a girl understand and celebrate the commonalities between her faith and the Girl Scout Law. The news has also been shared by Good News Planet and girlworks.