Thursday, October 15, 2015

On the Road with Anna: New Jersey

Welcome to “On the Road with Anna,” in which we continue following Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez as she travels the country meeting the girls, volunteers, and council teams that help make Girl Scouts such a powerful force for change.

I often say that “feedback is a gift” and that, when passionate people come together around something they feel strongly about, anything is possible. Recently, I got a wonderful opportunity to listen to feedback, take questions, and interact with some very dedicated girls, volunteers, and supporters of our Movement at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison.

Nearly 300 attendees from the four councils across the state came together for a town hall–style meeting where we talked about our Movement and how, together, we are working to ensure its future is bright.

I gained valuable insights about where they think Girl Scouts stands today and how we can continue our collaboration in order to ensure that volunteers, council staff, and above all, girls, have a truly unique experience that enables them to grow, learn, and develop as leaders.

I got to meet privately with an amazing group of Gold Award recipients, who showcase the best of what our Movement brings to the world today. I not only heard about how Girl Scouts has shaped them into the accomplished young women they are today—I also got their perspectives on leadership and gained valuable insights about the road they think we should travel going forward.

After that, I got to take questions from the audience and hear about what they think is working, as well as how we here at Girl Scouts of the USA could do better. Watch the video to see more. One thing is for sure—I’ll carry the ideas I heard in New Jersey with me as I travel the country.

See you next time, on the road!