Monday, April 1, 2019

GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo Visits the Hill

 Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) listens as Sylvia describes the journey that brought her to CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, illustrated on her patch. Rep. Spanberger is a Girl Scout alum and a Girl Scout troop leader.
Did you know that 60 percent of female lawmakers across the U.S. House and Senate are Girl Scout alums—and that all women in Congress are considered members of Girl Scouts’ honorary Troop Capitol Hill? Last month, GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo traveled to our nation’s capital to meet with the troop.

Sylvia met with Congresswoman Kendra Horn (D-OK), a Gold Award Girl Scout, from a long line of Girl Scouts. Rep. Horn is one of three Gold Award Girl Scouts serving  in the 116th Congress.
Sylvia welcomed the new lawmakers to Capitol Hill and highlighted GSUSA’s priorities for the new Congress, which include promoting economic opportunities for girls and helping build the U.S. workforce of tomorrow, especially in STEM-related fields; increasing girls’ access to the outdoors; combating bullying; and fostering responsible global citizenship worldwide. Sylvia also discussed with the honorary troop members the importance of all-girl spaces, and she shared information about Girl Scouts’ newer programs in computer science, cybersecurity, outdoor adventure, and civics. The new members of Congress were eager to learn how they can engage with their local councils and support Girl Scouts’ efforts to advance policies that foster girls’ leadership development. 

Rep. Carol Miller (R-WV) is a Girl Scout alum with a background in small business. 

Additionally, Sylvia invited the lawmakers to celebrate Girl Scouts’ birthday on March 12, including by supporting a House resolution to recognize the important contributions of Girl Scouts to American life over our 107-year history. Congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA), whose district includes the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, co-sponsored the resolution on March 12 with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), a co-chair of Troop Capitol Hill. 

Sylvia met with Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ), a former Air Force fighter pilot, ongoing champion for Girl Scouts, and proven Trailblazer! 

Want to be part of the team that makes the resolution a reality? Take action! Write your lawmaker through the Girl Scout Advocacy Network and urge them to support the resolution.