Friday, May 4, 2012

CEO Spotlight: Anna Maria Chávez

Since stepping into her role as Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA late last year, Anna Maria Chávez has enjoyed a monumental amount of success. Below is an exciting announcement and highlights from 2012, so far!

On Monday, May 7th, 2012, set your dials to the Hallmark channel to see an all Girl Scout Episode of the Martha Stewart Show. See Martha chat it up with Anna Maria Chávez, and girls from many councils including Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Girl Scouts of Central New Jersey and more. Please check for local listings, or enter your address here and be directed to the Hallmark channel in your area.

Now a look back.

President Barack Obama took to YouTube to discuss the importance of Hispanic business for renewing the American economy and also congratulated Anna Maria Chávez for receiving the 2012 Chairman's Award from the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.


Anna was on hand at The White House Cinco De Mayo party. Later this month, Anna will be on hand as President Obama will be posthumously awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States.

Yahoo reported that Anna Maria Chávez was present as President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union Address, in the chamber of the United States House of Representatives.

Chávez was an honored speaker at Fast Company's InnovationUncensored event in New York City on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. The event embodies the ethos of brands that are at the forefront of innovation. Fast Company delves into the new ideas and radical creativity that are ripplingacross every industry, measuring their impact to determine how and why they matter.

Katie Couric and Robin Roberts delivered a segment on Good Morning America celebrating the rich 100-year history of Girl Scouting while praising Girl Scouts of the USA's declaration of 2012 as Year of the Girl. "Girl Scouts isn’t unique in undertaking this endeavor," writes Couric on her blog. "But the new CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Anna Maria Chávez, who is the first Latina to head the organization, told me that Girl Scouts are uniquely positioned for this goal. After all, most women business leaders and 11 of the 17 women in the U.S. Senate were Girl Scouts."

Fast Company reported that since taking the reins as CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Anna Maria Chávez has been trying to put a new spark into her organization, which officially celebrates its centenary this year. "We have to be where girls are," says Chávez . "Girl Scouts was founded 100 years ago. We need to update the organization and our model, or else we're going to lose people."

The Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida's Blog reported that the council was honored to have Anna Maria Chávez visit Miami in honor of Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary.

Chávez began her Miami visit by attending the 9th Annual Girls’ Night Out on Fisher Island on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. The next morning, Chávez honored Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida’s supporters by holding a Stewardship Breakfast sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida. During this breakfast, the Mayor of Miami, Tomás Regalado and the Mayor of Coral Gables, Jim Cason both made proclamations honoring Girl Scouts’ Centennial.

The Phoenix College Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives Media featured Anna in the the fourth volume in the Arizona Latina Trailblazers
series.

Arizona's Eloy Enterprise reported that Anna Maria Chávez’s recent homecoming trip was her first time back in Arizona since becoming CEO. After attending Yale for her undergraduate degree, she went on to earn her law degree from the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law and was the deputy chief of staff for urban relations and community redevelopment for former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano.

The Yale alumni magazine chose Anna as its Yalie of the Week.

In a call to action, Anna Maria Chávez took to the Huffington Post and stated that "this year, we're taking our victory lap, but we're also doing something else. We're taking up the leadership mantle by declaring 2012 the Year of the Girl -- the year the country turns its attention to the great talent and hope for the future that girls represent."

iVillage named CEO Anna Maria Chávez Woman of the Week!

Forbes reported that the new CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Anna Maria Chávez, has a bold goal. She wants to close the leadership gap between men and women within one generation. To accomplish this goal, Girl Scouts is initiating a multi-year campaign called ToGetHerThere. Anna also took to Forbes to discuss opportunities and leadership gaps.

CNN caught up with Anna Maria Chávez and Girl Scouts of Nassau County to discuss a new curriculum of badges designed to teach Girl Scouts everything from good credit to budgeting to the ins-and-outs of saving and investing. In all, there are 13 Girl Scout badges and awards related to financial literacy.

For more amazing stories on Anna and Girl Scouting, keep reading the Girl Scout Blog!

To keep up with Anna Maria Chávez, follow her on Twitter at @GirlScoutEagle1.