January 3, 2018
Happy holidays, y’all! I am super excited to serve up two weeks of Fan Favorites to keep you inspired throughout this crazy holiday season. We’ve shortened On The Dot to just two minutes, as we know you are extra busy this time of year! Today, you will meet Sylvia Acevedo again. And let me tell you, the next two minutes will definitely get your blood pumping! In fact, she shared an exclusive update with us at the end of this episode.
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WOMAN TO WATCH: Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA
We at On The Dot love the Girl Scouts! There’s simply no other organization that has spent more than a century steadfastly working to develop the next generations of female leaders and empowering girls to become women of courage, confidence and character. From astronauts to public servants, businesswomen and even Hollywood hotshots and star athletes, there are nearly 60 million women in the U.S. today who benefited from the principles they learned as Girl Scouts.
As you can imagine, leading such a first-rate organization is no easy feat, but today’s Woman to Watch is resolutely rising to the challenge. As the newly named CEO of the Girl Scouts of America, Sylvia Acevedo, a lifelong Girl Scout, is an enduring champion of girls’ and women’s causes, and is committed to helping girls cultivate the skills they need to excel in life.
As a longtime champion for underserved communities, Sylvia is working to make the Girl Scouts more progressive than ever by advocating for Hispanic, Asian and other minority populations. And she certainly has the chops to do it. Sylvia has served as the presidential commissioner on the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics for more than six years, representing Latino subgroups and regions to help this population achieve greater access to education, business and philanthropy opportunities.
Sylvia’s dedication to lifting such populations perfectly befits the Girl Scouts. From its beginning, the Girl Scouts identified inclusiveness as a key part of its mission, an attribute that has helped it achieve staying power. In fact, when Juliette Gordon Low started the nonprofit, she invited Jewish girls to participate, girls who had been shunned from other social clubs.
But that’s not all Sylvia brings to the table. With degrees in engineering from New Mexico State University and Stanford University, and a background that includes working for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories, IBM and Dell, this rocket scientist and advocate of STEM education for young women is helping the Girl Scouts expand external support of STEM activities—an important component of the organization’s programming.
Sylvia has definitely found her calling at an organization determined to inspire young female go-getters. Further encouraging Girl Scouts to reach for the stars, she often discusses her special CEO badge, which features a rocket with the initials “CEO” blasting through the universe, noting that it signifies that girls can achieve their dreams—just like she did—thanks to the Girl Scouts. As Sylvia says, “Dreams do come true!”
And Sylvia has been busy since this episode aired, launching a cybersecurity badge for the Girl Scouts and committing to bringing 2.5 million girls into the STEM pipeline by 2025. Go, Sylvia! Let’s all hope we have as much energy and success in 2018!
This is Melinda Garvey signing off until next time. Remember, ladies, empowered women empower other women. Share On the Dot so more women can have a voice. Thanks for getting ready with us.