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Camp CEO Combines Leadership Lessons with Fun Camp Activities

July 1, 2010

This summer, 24 Girl Scouts from across the state joined top female executives at Girl Scouts of Connecticut's Camp CEO to learn life lessons in a relaxed and fun camp environment. Over the course of the four-day camp, the girls and executives enjoyed traditional camp activities such as hiking, swimming, boating and horseback riding, while also participating in a variety of leadership workshops and team building exercises. 

"Camp CEO is an innovative way for young girls to engage with some of the state's top female executives," said Jennifer Smith Turner, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. "Today's women leaders have some important life lessons and skills to share with young girls and Camp CEO offers the perfect casual environment for this type of exchange."

Held at Girl Scout of Connecticut's Laurel Resident Camp in Lebanon from June 27- June 30, Camp CEO is designed to provide high school aged girls with the unique opportunity to meet with, and be inspired by, high powered female executives.

The camp began this year with some words of wisdom from State Comptroller, Nancy Wyman, who urged the girls not to let stereotypes stop them from pursuing their dream jobs and encouraged them to follow their passion.

Other female executives who attended Camp CEO include, Jill Adams, Principal, Adams & Knight Advertising & Public Relations, Kathleen Bolduc, CEO, Greater Hartford Arts Council, Katherine Conway, Sr. VP & CFO of Personal Insurance, Travelers Insurance, Deirdre Houlihan DiCara, Executive Director, Southbury-Middlebury Youth and Family Services, Susan Dunn, President and CEO, United Way of Central and Northeastern CT, Mary Fitzgerald, President of Acme Wire Products, Mary Jones, radio and television personality, Marion Griffin, Vice President, Investment Strategy, Retirement Plan Strategies Prudential Retirement, Susan Lennon, President, Women's College Coalition, Kim Pita, Managing Principal, The Pita Group, Susan Pearlman, Assistant Attorney General, Nancy Schumann, Program Manager, Diversity and Inclusive Leadership, GE Corporate, Jennifer Smith Turner, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Lisa Wilson-Foley, owner of Allstar Therapy and Blue Fox Enterprises, and Teresa Younger, Executive Director, Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.

The women executives led a variety of hands-on workshops covering topics such as Financial Literacy, Project Plan It, Time Management, The Wonder of Words, and Leadership Lessons I Have Learned. The girls learned the qualities of leadership, the value of goal setting, the spirit of teamwork, and much more.

 "I never really thought of myself as a leader," said Girl Scout Imani Dial-James from New Haven. "But I learned here that it is not as hard as I thought to prioritize and plan, and I learned that I can be a leader and make things happen."

"I hope these girls come away with more confidence and the knowledge that they can achieve greatness by believing in themselves," said Kim Pita, Managing Principal, The Pita Group. "We have a dynamic, intelligent, and diverse group of girls here and we hope to be able to instill in them an understanding of giving something your best and being confident in who you are."

Dates for next year's Camp CEO have not been finalized but the program is open to all girls between the ages of 15-17. Please email for more information.

Click here for pictures from Camp CEO on our Facebook page.

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