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Listen now: Meet an Expert – The Energetic Side of Engineering

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks Jill Tietjen for co-hosting our “Meet an Expert – The Energetic Side of Engineering” webinar. More than 20 Girl Scouts from across Colorado participated in this webinar on September 16, 2020. Missed it? Listen to the recording here.

Jill is an engineer, advocate, historian, lifetime Girl Scout, and champion of all women. As a professional engineer, Jill spent more than 40 years in the electric utility industry and was the national president of the Society of Women Engineers and the first woman to serve on the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Electrical League and its first female president. Jill was on the board of Girl Scouts – Mile Hi Council from 1999 – 2007 and was board chair from 2003 – 2007. She is also an inductee of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and the Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame, and a Girl Scouts of Colorado Woman of Distinction. Today, Jill is an advocate for women and girls in STEM fields and the president and CEO of Technically Speaking, Inc.

During this webinar, Jill spoke to girls about her education, career, and what life is like working as a woman in STEM. She also walked girls through a lesson on energy consumption and how the electric utility industry functions. After her presentation, girls had an opportunity to participate in a live Q&A.

Girl Scouts who participated in the live session or listen to the recording can purchase their “Meet an Expert” patch online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html

Questions? aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

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.

Daisy’s Circle supporter spotlight: Tinesha Ross

Tell us about your connection to Girl Scouts.

My connection with Girl Scouts began in Fairfield, Al in the early 80’s. I often tell the story of how I was riding my bike around the local park and stumbled upon a Girl Scout event. I had three other siblings and my mom did not work. I knew that after I stopped to speak with the ladies at the table, I would not be able to join this organization because of financial reasons. Also, we didn’t have a car, so that meant no transportation to meetings and events. Being who I am, I filled out the form anyway :). About two weeks later, two ladies showed up at my door, inviting me to my first Girl Scout meeting at a local church. I was so happy to belong and blessed with the opportunity to “make new friends.”

What is the most valuable thing that Girl Scouts gives girls today?

Girl Scouts build LEADERSHIP SKILLS, people skills, and communication skills- all of what is need for success in life. This organization also teaches TEAMWORK and the value of working together and giving back.

Why did you join Daisy’s Circle?

I was once the kid that needed someone to donate to provide an opportunity for me. I never knew how important that was until I became an adult and realized that I would NOT be the woman I am today without those who gave selflessly and not knowing who they would touch by their donations. I work hard EVERY DAY to show those who have help ME throughout life that I appreciate it and that their good works paid off :). Now, it is MY turn to pay it forward.

What is the best thing about monthly giving?

Monthly donations help lower costs so that more of the donation goes to the girls.

Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?

I am forever grateful to Girl Scouts and I credit this organization for all that I have accomplished in life. I never had an opportunity to dress up much as a child, but when I put on that uniform for meetings, I felt as though I was SOMEBODY! Little things mean a lot. As long as Girl Scouts are around, I will continue to support this organization.

Named after Girl Scout founder, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, Daisy’s Circle is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s monthly giving program. Funds raised through Daisy’s Circle provide financial assistance for girls and volunteers, support Outreach Programs and more.  For more information: https://www.gscodaisyscircle.org/

Woman of Distinction Barbara Winter wins Accolade Award

Barbara Winter, Executive Vice President at Ent Credit Union, won the Outstanding Business Woman in Southern Colorado Award, given by the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, at the annual Accolades Awards Ceremony in Colorado Springs. Barbara Winter is also a GSCO Woman of Distinction for the Pikes Peak region from 2013. Barbara was honored for her business acumen working with community partners, especially with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where Ent Credit Union has contributed to a major arts and entertainment building being erected on the west end of the campus. In addition to her working with the business community, Barbara also serves on the Discover Goodwill Colorado Springs board, serves on the board of the Chancellor’s Leadership Class at UCCS, and Board Member Emeritus with the Pikes Peak Council of Boy Scouts of America, along with numerous past board positions with nonprofits throughout the Pikes Peak Area.