Distinguished Women Honorees Inspire Girl Scout Mentees’ Path To Leadership

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A Pasadena teen and five other high school Girl Scouts recently observed women’s leadership up close as mentees to the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland 2019 Distinguished Women Honorees.

The six Girl Scouts submitted applications and were interviewed before being selected as mentees to the distinguished women honorees. Milena Clark of Pasadena was paired with Regina Curry, chief diversity officer at Legg Mason. Clark said she appreciated the knowledge she gained from her day with Curry.

“When I asked her if she had any advice for African-American girls,” Clark said, “her response are words that I will carry with me throughout my schooling and career: ‘Know your value and worth; we are led to believe we are the problem, but we are the strength. Ms. Curry is truly an inspiring individual — she is intelligent and wise.”

Each of the distinguished women honorees are accomplished professionals who also demonstrate a commitment to their community. “This is the kind of success we hope for each of our Girl Scouts,” stated Violet M. Apple, CEO of Girl Scouts. “We want our girls to be successful professionals who have a positive impact on their communities.”

According to Girl Scouts’ impact study, Girl Scouts are more likely than non-Girl Scouts to exhibit community problem-solving skills (57% versus 28%) and positive values (75% versus 59%); have a strong sense of self (80% versus 68%); graduate from college (70% versus 60%); and expect to have a great future (73% versus 64%). Girl Scouts achieves these results by offering a leadership development program that is based on time-tested methods and research-backed programming in an all-girl environment that helps girls take the lead in their own lives and in the world. Offering the opportunity for girls to meet and work alongside accomplished women adds to the power of the Girl Scout experience.

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