Girl Scouts Celebrate African American History Month

Venus Williams in Leader Magazine

In the Spring/Summer 2009 issue of Leader magazine, tennis legend, Venus Williams, talks about courage and confidence and how to achieve your own goals.

The reigning and five-time singles champion at Wimbledon, Williams has won every other Grand Slam event at least once as both a singles and doubles player, and holds three Olympic gold medals. She is widely considered to be one of the few players in tennis history to have changed not only the face of tennis but also to have raised the level of play of her generation.

Leader Magazine - Spring/Summer 2009Williams is an athlete and public figure who exemplifies the best of what Girl Scouts teaches: having a strong body and living a healthy life; being a tough yet still gracious competitor; taking action for what is just; being a good sister; having a balanced life that includes interests beyond tennis. Though her schedule only allowed her to be a Girl Scout for a week. She still wore and treasured her Girl Scout sweater for many years.

In an interview with Leader from her home in Florida, Williams talked about being a role model, being on the right side of a big battle, and why it's so important to "know how to stay true to yourself."

"The message I like to convey to women and girls across the globe is that there is no glass ceiling."

"You have to believe in yourself when no one else does—that makes you a winner. Confidence comes with putting the work in and it comes with success, so that when you put the work in, you have the confidence that you can execute and succeed."

For more from Venus about leadership and confidence, read the full article in the Spring/Summer 2009 edition of Leader magazine.

All adult members of Girl Scouts receive a print copy of Leader by mail.

Non-member adults can subscribe for $19.95 a year (four issues). Send a check made out to Cashier, Girl Scouts of the USA, Attention: Leader Magazine, 420 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018-2798.

The New Leadership Landscape: What Girls Say about Election 2008
Conducted by the Girl Scouts Research Institute

Girl Scouts of the USA launched its new Girl Scout Leadership Development Experience during an historic presidential election involving two female candidates and culminating in the election of the first African American president. The campaign generated an unprecedented level of interest and engagement among young Americans, which observers believe heralds a new era of civic participation and activism among youth.