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Meet an Expert Special Edition: Girl Scout Alum and Former Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a special, one-hour webinar to meet Girl Scout alum and former Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, Donna Lynne on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at  4 p.m.

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/meet_an_expert_speci.html

Girls will learn how the governor’s office functions, what the day-to-day looks like in the office, and about the former Lieutenant Governor’s background and education. Following the former Lt. Governor’s presentation, girls will participate in a live Q&A session moderated by Girl Scout staff.

Participating in this webinar will fulfill Step Two of the NEW democracy badges for all levels, find out about state government (https://www.girlscoutshop.com/BADGES-PROGRAM/NEW-FEATURED-ITEMS4/new-civics-badges).

We will use Zoom to host this webinar. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the webinar. Each individual participant should be registered so we can track participation. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered. The webinar will be recorded and posted to GSCO’s YouTube channel for girls to access in the future.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

Learn more about Donna Lynne

Donna Lynne, DrPH, is the Chief Operating Officer of Columbia University Medical Center and the CEO of Columbia Doctors, an 1800 member faculty practice organization. Until early 2019, she was Colorado’s 49th Lieutenant Governor and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to assuming her roles in Colorado state government, Dr. Lynne served as the executive vice president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and as group president responsible for its Colorado, Pacific Northwest and Hawaii regions – overseeing an $8 billion budget, 1.4 million members and 16,000 employees. She participated in numerous boards and commissions during her time at Kaiser Permanente, including the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Public Schools Foundation Board, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and many others.

She has been recognized as one of the top women business leaders in Denver and one of the top 25 Women in Healthcare in the nation. Dr. Lynne also spent 20 years working in various positions in New York City government including First Deputy Commissioner at the Office of Labor Relations, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations, and Senior Vice President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from University of New Hampshire, a Masters of Public Administration from George Washington University, and a Doctor of Public Health from Columbia University. In 2014, Dr. Lynne received an honorary doctorate of public service from the University of Denver, and in 2017 an honorary bachelor of science degree in nursing from Colorado Mountain College. She has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University since 2005. She resides in New York and Colorado with her husband and enjoys activities such as climbing all of Colorado’s fourteeners, participating in Ride the Rockies and going on ski challenges around the world. Dr. Lynne has three children and two stepchildren.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Colorado Girl Scouts earn Climate Change patch

Submitted by Colorado Moms Know Best

Metro Denver


On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, as part of their campaign to promote clean energy and protect clean air, Colorado Moms Know Best joined forces with Girl Scouts of Colorado to roll out the newly-created “Climate Change” patch. More than 20 Girl Scouts discussed the problem of climate change – and solutions – with legislators and Lt. Governor Donna Lynne, while bringing a gift and a request to the Governor.

As the generation that will bear the greatest burden of climate change to date – and has the most to gain by preventing its impacts – these Girl Scouts earned the brand-new Climate Change patch by finishing activities like researching clean energy jobs, examining climate change mitigation in their towns, and talking with decision makers.

“Moms are concerned about polluted air and other effects of fossil fuel burning utilities, especially given Colorado’s high childhood asthma rates,” said Jen Clanahan, Colorado Moms Know Best head mom. “We’re delighted the Girl Scouts are stepping up to help girls learn more about not only climate change, but how everyday citizens can make a difference with their elected officials. After all, it’s up to all of us – young and old – to find ways to slow climate change.”

After being introduced on the House floor and visiting the Senate floor, girls and their parents talked one-on-one with legislators, including Rep. Faith Winter, about the need for smart climate and clean energy policies. Afterwards, the Girl Scouts and Colorado Moms Know Best members draped a sash with a Climate Change patch over the life-sized plastic horse in Governor Hickenlooper’s office as a way to ask for his leadership on clean energy and addressing climate change. At the end of their morning of learning  and interaction, Lt. Governor Donna Lynne presented the Girl Scouts with their newly earned Climate Change patches. In addition to being a Girl Scout herself, Lt. Gov. Lynne is also a Girl Scouts of Colorado Woman of Distinction.

“In Colorado, Governor Hickenlooper is using programs to prevent climate change like wind energy,” said Cara Sullivan-Driver, a Littleton fourth grader in Troop 60375. “At my school they put signs up that  say ‘turn off your engine’ to reduce climate change. There are many things that we can do today because what we do now will change our future.”

“It’s foundational for Girl Scouts to spend time in the fresh air, learning skills in the great outdoors,” said Michelle Benko of Highlands Ranch. “If the climate continues to change, who knows how many generations of Girl Scouts will be able to continue that tradition? We worry it’s not very many. Our clean air is worth fighting for.”