Friday, April 15, 2011

Girl Scouts Highlight Girls’ Financial Empowerment With NYSE Closing Bell

Timothy Higdon, Chief of External Affairs of the Girl Scouts of the USA and Patricia Stensrud, Board President of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, along with Judy Vredenburgh, President and CEO of Girls Inc. will ring The Closing Bell® at the New York Stock Exchange in honor of Financial Literacy Month, underscoring the importance of financial empowerment and financial capability for girls. They will be joined on the bell podium by several Girl Scouts and girls participating in the ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge.

Tune in today to CNBC for the Closing Bell between 3pm and 5pm, Eastern Time. The program is dual-anchored by Maria Bartiromo and Bill Griffeth at the New York Stock Exchange between 3-4pm.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the premier leadership organization for girls. The $715 million dollar Girl Scout Cookie Program is far and away the most successful entrepreneurship program for girls—and only girls—in the world. Many female business leaders got their start selling cookies. In fact, some 80 percent of American, female executives and business owners are former Girl Scouts. Girls set cookie goals to support their chosen activities for the year, to fund community service and leadership projects, to attend summer camp, to travel to destinations near and far and to provide events for girls in their community. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program girls develop five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, business ethics.