Thursday, April 25, 2019

Building Girl Leaders: Workplace Visit at Lord + Taylor Offices in NYC!

Courage. Confidence. Character. These are the qualities of great leaders. Because of Girl Scouts, girls learn from a young age the importance of taking action, persisting through challenges, and trying new things to build their leadership skills.

Girls want to be engaged and involved. They want to have opportunities to lead and explore different career paths. Which is precisely the mission of the Leadership Institute created by Girl Scouts of Greater New York. The institute is a talent incubator that develops 21st century skills, such as innovation, resilience, and collaboration, as well as in-demand, subject-specific skills, through real-world projects. Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors take a hands-on approach by attending college exposure events, expert-led workshops, workplace visits, and so much more—way to go, Girl Scouts!

A huge part of creating a sustainable pipeline of G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ trailblazers is working with entrepreneurs and businesswomen in girls’ communities. Because when girls connect with accomplished women, they find mentors, get inspired, and network. Our partnership with Lord + Taylor helps us achieve that.

On Wednesday, April 24th, a group of Girl Scouts attended a workplace event at Lord + Taylor’s corporate offices in New York City. Leslie Field, the Leadership Institute’s director, says, “Workplace visits, such as the one to Lord + Taylor, expose girls to the professional world. Girls learn about the personal journeys and professional experiences of female leaders that they met during their workplace visit.”

During the event, girls met Vanessa LeFebvre, Lord + Taylor’s president and connected with female department leads who work in marketing strategy, production, merchandise, and human resources—we were so excited to meet them! And it shows—check out how focused the girls were throughout the event.

Amy Avitable, senior vice president of marketing at Lord + Taylor, summarized her goal for the event: "I want these girls to experience what is possible with female leadership. To be inspired, to be strong, and to be compassionate; to be driven, kind, smart, and fun. To understand, and hopefully aspire to be, well-rounded and inspirational leaders."

Every girl learned something new and was inspired by the insights, stories, and advice from the business leaders at Lord + Taylor. See this short video recap from three of the Girl Scout attendees:

Be sure to follow us on Instagram, where we’ll bring you more inspiring G.I.R.L. stories and event highlights!

About Lord + Taylor

Founded in 1826, Lord + Taylor is one of America’s first department stores. It has built its reputation on offering premium fashion apparel and accessories, exciting store environments, and seamless service. Since 2018, Lord + Taylor has offered cookie booth space for girls across its stores nationwide. In 2018, Lord + Taylor provided National Gold Award Girl Scouts with their first official adult Girl Scout uniform as part of a celebration of the young women’s achievements. In April 2019, GSUSA will be the charity of choice for Lord + Taylor’s annual Charity Days event. One hundred percent of the purchase price of Charity Days coupon books will be donated to GSUSA, with a guaranteed $150,000 minimum donation.