Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the world’s largest leadership development program for girls, today announces a partnership with American City Business Journals (ACBJ), the country’s largest publisher of local business news. The partnership underscores GSUSA’s enduring commitment to mentorship and career development for Girl Scouts nationwide.
The partnership culminates with ACBJ’s annual Bizwomen Mentoring Monday event—which brings together businesswomen from a range of fields who are eager to learn from and support one another—held today in 43 markets across the country in conjunction with participating Girl Scout councils. At the event Gold Award Girl Scouts, young women who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award, will be granted a special opportunity to connect with influential female business leaders via “speed coaching.”
The Gold Award is the most prestigious award a Girl Scout can earn. For more than a century, Gold Award Girl Scouts have taken action to drive sustainable change with regard to a local, national, and/or global issue. Currently, upwards of 6,000 Gold Award Girl Scouts a year roll up their sleeves to tackle society’s biggest challenges one issue at a time.
“At the business journals, we recognize the far-reaching impact of Girl Scouts, an organization that invests in crucial girl-focused leadership development and experiences imperative for girls to evolve into strong, capable leaders of the future,” says Whitney Shaw, president and CEO of American City Business Journals, parent company to 43 local business journals across the country. “It’s clear that Girl Scouts shares our passion and vision for elevating professional mentorship for girls, and the organization’s accomplished Gold Award Girl Scouts represent the tremendous leadership potential poised to impact the national and global business landscape. We’re excited to partner with Girl Scouts to fulfill our shared mission of mentoring girls.”
“Fundamental to the Girl Scout experience is our longstanding commitment to mentorship,” says GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “This commitment reflects our mission to serve girls with the world’s preeminent leadership development programming. We’re creating a sustainable pipeline of female leaders who will leave their mark on our nation—and through their remarkable and innovative projects, our Gold Award Girl Scouts are ushering in a leadership renaissance for girls worldwide, improving our communities in significant ways. Given ACBJ’s impressive reputation for championing professional mentorship for women, we believe our collaboration with them will offer our Gold Award Girl Scouts truly meaningful experiences that will positively influence their early professional growth.”
To learn more about how Girl Scouts transforms today’s girls into tomorrow’s leaders, and to volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscouts.org.