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Exciting announcement from GSUSA

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

We are excited to inform you that Sylvia Acevedo, interim CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA since June 2016, has been appointed permanent CEO of the organization, effective immediately. The appointment comes after an extensive nationwide search. 

As a lifelong Girl Scout who has served the organization with distinction for many years, Ms. Acevedo brings to the role a deep understanding of the mission of Girl Scouts and the needs of today’s girls. Indeed, her tenure as interim CEO has been marked by a renewed emphasis on Mission + Movement and the implications for girls. She is a true visionary with a strong desire to lead the Girl Scout Movement into the future, and with her passion for everything we stand for, we know she will continue to bring new and innovative ideas, as well as new members, to Girl Scouts. 

Also advantageous is Ms. Acevedo’s background as an engineer, which will help Girl Scouts raise its profile among Silicon Valley companies and expand external support of STEM activities-a key component of our organization’s programming. Throughout her professional life, she has advocated for Hispanic, Asian, and other minority populations in the U.S., as well as girls’ and women’s causes. Ms. Acevedo recently received a Distinguished Service Award from ALPHA in recognition of her lifelong participation in Girl Scouts and work as an entrepreneur, author, engineer, and, yes, a rocket scientist. 

Thank you for supporting Girl Scouts and girls’ incredible leadership capacity.

Learn more: http://blog.girlscouts.org/2017/05/sylvia-acevedo-named-permanent-chief.html

A message from Sylvia Acevedo: A commitment to inclusivity is part of our DNA

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From Sylvia Acevedo, Interim CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA

At Girl Scouts of the USA, a commitment to inclusivity is part of our DNA. Founded by a daring and courageous woman who wasn’t afraid to break the mold, Juliette Gordon Low plainly stated that Girl Scouts was to be a Movement “for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world.”

For more than 100 years, we have lived up to these words and carried forward the legacy of openness, inclusion, and unity that Juliette Low handed down to us. We have actively embraced all girls and are reflective of American society. Through turbulent and troubled times, through wars and economic depressions, and through periods of peace and prosperity, we have always served girls in every walk of life, without regard to their race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, economic standing, orientation, country of birth, or family history.

Girl Scouts has truly been, and will always be, a Movement for ALL girls—a place where girls can, must, and will feel safe to explore their potential, learn new skills, make lifelong friends, and tap into their potential for the leadership that our world so desperately needs. In today’s environment, some of our girls may be experiencing certain pressures and anxieties; they may feel unsure, confused, or even threatened.

So let me be perfectly clear: Girl Scouts of the USA is here for them. Our role is to support and encourage every girl, not insert ourselves into her spirituality, question her birthplace or family’s country of origin, or concern ourselves with her economic status. We’re not interested in her family’s political beliefs. No matter who she is, she has a home and a safe place at Girl Scouts. What matters is that she is a girl living in our community; a girl with hopes and dreams, ideals, and ambitions that we seek to nurture. Girl Scouts is about the girl she is and the woman and leader she has the potential to become. In today’s hyper-partisan, super-charged world, it’s easy to lose sight of what we stand for as Girl Scouts and what we exist to do.

We stand for inclusivity. We stand for unity, patriotism, and a commitment to the country we all share. We stand for the skills and resources that girls need to discover their talents and gain the courage, confidence, and character they need to be leaders. We stand for being honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, and courageous and strong. We stand for sisterhood. And we stand for making the world a better place, one girl at a time.

Girl Scouts continues to be a home for girls from all walks of life. The world can be frightening and confusing. We continually rededicate ourselves to the values of our promise and law and work day in and day out to make sure every girl feels included and welcome. We are aligned to make our world a reflection of Juliette Gordon Low’s dream from so long ago—one where we come together, celebrate our common bonds, champion our unique heritage and shared history, and make the world a better place.

Meet Sylvia Acevedo, Interim CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA

From Girl Scouts of the USA

“Who am I? I am Sylvia Acevedo-a lifelong Girl Scout who ‘bleeds green.'”

A proud Girl Scout, engineer and rocket scientist, and passionate advocate for both girls and Girl Scouts, Sylvia Acevedo credits her Girl Scout experience with propelling her to success in the corporate and philanthropic sectors.

Acevedo grew up near Las Cruces, New Mexico. When she joined a Brownie troop there, she knew she had found her home. That troop ultimately expanded not only her future, but also that of her family-for one, Acevedo’s mother got to practice her English with the troop leaders, who helped her pass her U.S. citizenship test.

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“I understand the power of Girl Scouting. I understand how it changes destinies because it changed mine,” said Acevedo. “Through Girl Scouts, I launched a rocket into the clear, blue, New Mexico sky to earn my Science badge. Girl Scouts gave me the courage, the confidence, and the character to enter the engineering field at a time when girls didn’t do that, when people of my background didn’t do that.”

She discovered other passions through Girl Scouts as well.

“My favorite badge was my Bicycling badge. I absolutely loved getting outside with my troop,” said Acevedo, whose love of both the outdoors and science came together naturally at Girl Scouts.

“Science is all around you in the outdoors, and it’s been a part of our Girl Scout DNA from the very beginning. Whether you’re studying leaves and flowers on a hike, calculating distances on map, or using a compass, you’re using science, you’re using math-and you’re having fun doing it.”Acevedo took the tools and experiences Girl Scouts gave her to Stanford, where she earned a master’s degree in engineering, and eventually on to Silicon Valley.

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“At my first engineering job, there wasn’t even a bathroom for women because there were virtually no women working in the field,” she recalled.

Speaking of STEM, Acevedo is a national advocate for STEM education who serves as a strategic consultant to companies that wish to use technology to capitalize on demographic trends-and she previously served as president and CEO of CommuniCard LLC, a firm that used innovative technology to harness market trends. A talented executive who has held positions with some of the world’s most respected companies, Acevedo is also a fervent supporter of Hispanic, girls’, and women’s causes, and a White House commissioner on the Presidential Initiative for Hispanic Educational Excellence.

Acevedo’s love of Girl Scouts and the mission eventually led her to the GSUSA Board of Directors, where she served as secretary and Executive Committee member. And now, as interim CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Acevedo wants to continue to give back to a movement that has given her so much.

“Here’s what I’m about: I want to get more girls, more families into the Girl Scout Movement so that we can change their lives-their destinies-forever. Let’s start now! Go to girlscouts.org to learn how you can get involved-we’re waiting for you.”

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