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Girl Scouts of Connecticut's Camp CEO is a Huge Success!

July 14, 2009

Girl Scouts of Connecticut's Camp CEO is a Huge Success!

Professional Women go to Summer Camp and Share Leadership Skills


July 14, 2009 - This summer, Girl Scouts from across the state who attended Camp CEO were granted remarkable access to a number of successful, high-powered professional women. In addition to hiking, swimming and eating campfire s'mores, the girls participated in small group activities and workshops where the women executives shared their leadership journeys, offered career advice, and demonstrated team building skills.


 "Camp CEO is an innovative way for female executives to share their journey of success with the next generation of women leaders," said Jennifer Smith Turner, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. "It is part of The Girl Scout Leadership Experience which offers girls the lifetime skills they need to discover their personal best; connect with others; and take action in their communities to make the world a better place."


The female executives who attended Camp CEO include, Jill Adams, Principal, Adams & Knight Advertising & Public Relations, Kate Bolduc, CEO, Greater Hartford Arts Council, Mary Fitzgerald, President of Acme Wire Products, Marion Griffin, Vice President, Investment Strategy, Retirement Plan Strategies Prudential Retirement, Kathy Luria, Vice President Community Affairs for Webster Bank, Denise Nappier, State Treasurer, Lynn Pasquerella, Provost, University of Hartford, Dr. Pamela Trotman Reid, President, St. Joseph College, and Teresa Younger, Executive Director, Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. Additionally, radio and television personality, Mary Jones, gave a keynote address on self esteem.


"Camp CEO is such an extraordinary experience," said Lynn Pasquerella, Provost, University of Hartford. "The CEOs are excellent models of leadership for both the girls and their fellow CEOs. The girls are equally valuable in providing insight, enthusiasm and community. By working together there is no doubt that we can achieve our common goals."


Held at Girl Scout's Laurel Resident Camp in Lebanon Ct. from June 28- July 1, 2009, the variety of activities and programs at Camp CEO encouraged high school aged girls to explore different pathways to leadership.


"Although their stories are all different," said one of the girl participants, "they are very inspiring and interesting. They are also really brave because they came out and went camping with a bunch of teenage girls!"


The executives slept in tents, took swimming tests, ate in the Dining Hall and helped out with the camp chores right alongside the girls. However, in addition to the traditional camp activities, Camp CEO also encouraged the girls to discover their individual leadership qualities, set new goals for themselves, and help them develop their potential.


"Many times girls only see a handful of women leaders in prominent positions and they don't realize that women can lead in less well-known organizations but still have a powerful impact and a fulfilling career," said Mary Fitzgerald, President, Acme Wire Products.


"This inaugural year of Camp CEO was so successful that we already have girls and executives signed up for next summer's session," said Jennifer Smith Turner, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. Dates for next year's Camp CEO have not been finalized but if any girls between the ages of 14-17 are interested in attending, please e

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