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Camp CEO: Leadership in Action! 33 girls make new friends and connections with state’s female leaders


July 8, 2013

At Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Camp CEO, 33 young women had the experience of a lifetime participating in fun camping activities and leadership experiences with some of Connecticut’s top female executives. Held at Camp Laurel in Lebanon from June 30 – July 3, these young women between the ages of 14-17, alongside female executives, learned about leadership, character, and taking action to make the world a better place.

Girls and executives participated in a wide variety of workshops, such as learning about branding, building a business, and money management skills, while also boating, making s’mores and other foods, and singing songs by the campfire. It was an unforgettable experience for those girls who attended, including Girl Scouts of Connecticut Girl Board Member Sasha Yazdzik. Yazdzik, a Rocky Hill native, encouraged girls to come out next year for the weekend.

“It was great to meet the CEOs and what they had to go through to get where they are today,” she said. “You learn a lot more than you think you would learn. You make new connections with people.”

Executives who participated agreed.

“I really enjoyed the experience,” said Dr. Cynthia Barnett, Life Coach and Founder of Saturday Academy. “I am interested in how we help girls become leaders. I don’t think it just happens. We have to train them.”

“It’s been an absolute thrill,” said Sheryl Sleeva, Senior Vice President, Cardholder Solutions MasterCard Worldwide. “You come here ready to give back, and you wind up taking away more than you give out. Understanding this next generation, how they think, and what’s important to them is so critical.”

Both returning and new executives were of this year’s Camp CEO. They included:

• Denise B. Hall, Senior Vice President and Treasury Sales Manager, Webster Bank
• Sheryl Sleeva, Senior Vice President, Cardholder Solutions MasterCard Worldwide
• Stephanie “Morning Fire” Fielding, Elder, Mohegan Tribe
• Stacy Tisdale, Financial Correspondent for PBS’ national newsmagazine show, “Need to Know”
• Fran Pastore, CEO, Women’s Business Development Council
• Valarie Gelb, President, Connecticut Chapter of the International Women’s Forum
• Shalu Arora, President, Skylightsys
• Michelle Etzl, CFO, National Graphics
• Tracy Knofla, Co-Owner, High Impact Training
• Maureen Gorman, President, Connecticut Women’s Forum
• Elizabeth Herlihy, Business Development Executive, New Haven Chamber of Commerce
• Claire Criscuolo, Chef, Claire’s Corner Copia, and 2012 Woman of Achievement honoree
• Deirdre Houlihan DiCara, Executive Director of Southbury-Middlebury Youth and Family Services
• Dr. Cynthia Barnett, Life Coach, Founder of Saturday Academy
• Rosa Gatti, Former Senior Vice President, ESPN
• Teresa C. Younger, Executive Director, Permanent Commission on the Status of Women
• Mary Barneby, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut

“Camp CEO was an incredible experience for myself, the girls, and my fellow executives,” said Barneby. “To have the opportunity to camp alongside our future leaders was an unforgettable experience. The valuable leadership lessons learned on both sides made this an incredible weekend. I’m looking forward to another exciting and enriching experience next year!”
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