15 Days and counting: A New CEO’s First Reflections

By: Lisa M. K. Jones, Chief Executive Officer

My years as a Brownie and Girl Guide allowed me to experience firsthand some of the many benefits of Girl Scouting.  Before my first day as the new Chief Executive Officer with Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, I knew Girl Scouts was making a meaningful impact on the lives of girls and young women.  I did not know, however, that in only a matter of days – 15 to be exact – that impact would be so visible across our council.  It has clearly showed itself amongst the staff, countless volunteers, girls, members, and community partners who are all working together to build a brighter future for every girl.

It has truly been an amazing three weeks on board.  I have had the pleasure of meeting council staff, numerous board members and even lead my first board of directors’ meeting. What a great team we have helping guide the work of our mission!  Not only are we helping build the leaders of tomorrow, we have them amongst us today.  I attended an Enterprising Women event where our Board of Directors Member, Darleen Johns, was honored with the N.C. Governor’s The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award.  Several of our local Girl Scouts also attended the event and were presented with leadership mentor certificates.

Additionally, I have met with a number of our corporate partners and signed contracts for two important capital projects that will be completed this fiscal year.  What exciting opportunities lie ahead for growth and development as a leading organization for girls!  I also secured Janet Cowell, the Treasurer for the State of North Carolina, as our keynote speaker for this year’s annual meeting on March 2nd. Ms. Cowell was also as a Brownie during her childhood – Yes, Girl Scouts are leaders in our state!

As I toured the impressive 262 wooded acres of Camp Mary Atkinson in Johnston County which includes hiking trails, a challenge-by-choice Alpine Tower and the Leadership Center, I could practically hear girls’ laughter and excitement.  It is easy to envision the camp full of girls developing a strong sense of self and creating lifelong summer memories. I also participated in a meeting which unveiled the preliminary designs for our new tree house project at Camp Graham in Vance County. Next on the agenda – touring our other camps and visiting the Goldsboro and Fayetteville Service Centers. And of course, there is also the kickoff of the Cookie Program sale! J

I am honored to be leading such a strong organization committed to building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

What a way to start off, I’ll say.  Just amazing!

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