Friday, March 1, 2019

Cookie CEO Spotlight: Zoe Mueller

Cookie CEO

Highest Girl Scout level reached:
Senior (so far!)

How many years have you participated in the Girl Scout Cookie Program?

If you could describe yourself in three words, what words would you choose?

Optimistic, perfectionist, adventurous

Tell us about a time you faced your fears and tried something new.
I was very nervous to speak in front of my town’s City Council to present the idea for my Silver Award. It was a very full meeting because there was a controversial topic on the agenda about a house that had been painted to look like Van Gogh’s Starry Night. There were news crews there and the room was packed. Now I realize it was a great opportunity for me to get my idea heard.

Tell us: What's something you've done that you're REALLY proud of?
My Silver Award is the thing I am most proud of. It was a lot of work, but was definitely worth it. It made me realize how much I can do if I just take a chance.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would tell myself to not be afraid to take a chance. You have nothing to lose and EVERYTHING to gain!

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is about SO much more than cookies. What's an experience you had during Cookie Season that helped shape who you are today? 
Knocking on doors to sell cookies taught me to take chances and not be afraid of rejection. Even when I felt uncomfortable, I kept my goal in mind. I think it really gave me the guts to do what I had to do to earn my Silver Award.

People skills are important in every aspect of our lives. What's the biggest lesson you've learned about building relationships with others?

The more you talk to people about your ideas, the more people become involved in whatever your project is. Most people are enthusiastic to help and offer advice and connections that I wouldn’t have otherwise. The great thing is that they build upon themselves, too. I was lucky enough to have Waste Management at my presentation to city council, and they ended up paying to print all my materials. Similar things happened with the media.

I'm not afraid to use my voice and speak up about:
The environment.