Thursday, March 8, 2012

Forbes: Anna Maria Chávez Aims to Close the Leadership Gap

Forbes reports 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.

Chávez has her work cut out for her. A research study, ToGetHerThere: Girls’ Insights on Leadership, reveals that while girls are generally optimistic about their futures, they still see glass ceilings in today’s society that will prevent them from achieving their leadership potential. “It is abundantly clear that our girls have a vision of their leadership potential that is incompatible with what we know they can achieve,” says Chávez.

Girl Scouts marks its 100th anniversary on March 12, 2012. It is as vital and vibrant as the girls it serves. The Girl Scouts have declared 2012 the Year of the Girl: a celebration of girls, recognition of their leadership potential, and a commitment to creating a coalition of like-minded organizations and individuals in support of balanced leadership in the workplace and in communities across the country.

Chávez actions are getting noticed. She’s being honored by United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Many of its women business-owner members credit their success to having been a Girl Scout.

More than two thirds of U.S. Congress women and an incredible 80% of women business owners were Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.