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Girl Scout National President Weighs in at National Women’s Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 25, 2010

CONTACT:
Girl Scouts of the USA

Shonda Prince
212-852-8534
sprince@girlscouts.org

Philadelphia, Pa. — GSUSA National President Connie L. Lindsey participated last week in Vision 2020's national conference, An American Conversation About Women and Leadership. The conference, held October 21–22 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, was comprised of nationwide representatives and various experts who discussed, debated, and developed an agenda to accelerate women's leadership and equality in the decade to come.

During a panel discussion entitled “Philanthropy, Faith & Volunteerism,” an audience member asked, “How do you address the growing concern of women who are ‘burning out’ because of their service on boards?” to which Ms. Lindsey responded, “When I joined Girl Scouts’ National Board five years ago, the first question I asked was what is the ask?” She continued, “The size of your love for any organization should be matched with an impactful contribution to that organization. … It’s also important to have the courage, capacity, and the cash when thinking about which board you commit yourself to serve on.”

A gifted orator, Ms. Lindsey responded to a question about how one remains grounded as she/he moves up the ladder of success by asking audience members to raise their hands if they’d ever been a Girl Scout. (Dozens of hands rose.) Ms. Lindsey then smiled and said, “As you can see, one must have a clear foundation and a clear understanding of who one is. … We don’t all have to strive to be CEOs, and we must understand that our self-worth is not based on our net-worth.”

Along with Ms. Lindsey, who represented her hometown in Illinois, Morgan (2009 National Young Woman of Distinction honoree) and Mary Black, Vice President of Girl Pathways at Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, participated in the event as national delegates, representing Georgia and Wisconsin, respectively. The search for delegates focused on finding women who have demonstrated a commitment to helping women and girls. These delegates were willing to mobilize resources to bring about positive change and implement elements of the decade-long Vision 2020 agenda, signing on for a minimum three-year term following the conference.

View the archived Webcast of Vision 2020’s: An American Conversation About Women and Leadership.

About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.4 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls living overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 800-GSUSA 4 U (800-478-7248) or visit www.girlscouts.org.

About Vision 2020  
Vision 2020 is a national initiative of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine, focused on advancing gender equality by energizing the dialogue about women and leadership.

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