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Leaders of Today and Tomorrow

May 22, 2017

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By Kathy Higgins, President, BCBSNC Foundation and VP Corporate Affairs, BlueCross Blue Shield North Carolina

For more than 80 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has recognized the power of girls through our sponsorship of the Girl Scout Gold Awards, the highest honor in Girl Scouting. This year, our organization was proud to take that a step further as the presenting sponsor of the Leaders of Today and Tomorrow Luncheon.

This signature event provided an opportunity for young women and community leaders to share their knowledge and be inspired by their collective experiences. Girl Scouts in attendance had either completed the work toward their Girl Scout Gold Award or were in the process of earning it. For participating community leaders, it was an informal mentoring opportunity to support and guide girls as they develop the skills and confidence they’ll need on their lifelong leadership journey.

My life has been shaped by inspiring mentors who have instilled in me the values that continue to guide me. These mentors are a thread that runs through all of my accomplishments and even my disappointments. My mentors include relatives, teachers, sports coaches, supervisors and friends who have shared lessons they’ve learned from their own mentors and life experiences.

One of the most important lessons passed on to me is the opportunity we have to nurture those who can learn from us. Whether we achieve a success or experience a failure, we owe a debt to those who taught us to win and lose with dignity and grace.

As we gain experience and knowledge, we can help others to become fuller versions of themselves and to support their development of the courage, confidence and character that will launch them into a lifetime of leadership. Mentoring is an experience that will expand their viewpoints as well as our own. To help girls meet their fullest potential, more young women need to be exposed to mentors who can understand and appreciate their challenges.

It’s important to remember that we have so much to learn from each other. Mentoring is rewarding for everyone involved. Whether formally or informally, I hope you’ll engage with the upcoming generation of girl leaders as we did at the Leaders of Today and Tomorrow Luncheon and as we will continue to do to help Girl Scouts unleash their power to take charge and change the world.

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Thanks for sharing Kathy! To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award and our council partnerships visit our website!

 

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Awesome Women in Girl Scouts

March 3, 2017

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By: Ga Ming West, Marketing Coordinator

Happy National Women’s History Month! To celebrate, we’re recognizing some of our awesome women in Girl Scouts who have shown that they are true go-getters, risk-takers, innovators, and leaders.

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Juliette Gordon Low
First up, we’d like to pay a special tribute to the woman who started it all: Juliette Gordon Low. At the age of 51 in 1912, she sparked a worldwide Movement that would inspire all girls to be forward thinkers and make the world a better place. Juliette Gordon Low started a troop of 18 girls in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia to share what she learned abroad and provide a leadership program for girls and the Girl Scout Movement was born. Today, our organization has grown to nearly 3 million members worldwide who carry the mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character.

 

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Venus and Serena Williams
These tennis stars have both been ranked by the Women’s Tennis Association at number one in both singles and doubles. They’ve also won gold medals at the Summer Olympic games showing that hard work and effort can take you anywhere you want to go!

 

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Susan Wojcicki
Susan Wojcicki is the definition of a Girl Boss! This Girl Scout alumna is not only the CEO of YouTube, but she’s also a mother of five. As one of Google’s original employees, she played a key role in acquiring YouTube and helped pave the way to providing an stronger and more supportive working environment for working parents. How cool is that?

 

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Dakota Fanning
This Girl Scout is not afraid to pursue her dreams! Dakota started acting as a child, and earned a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award at age seven for the movie I Am Sam. She’s acted in over 40 films and has even voice acted in several animated films. Way to be a go-getter!

 

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Lisa Ling
Girl Scout alumna Lisa Ling aspired to become a journalist and that’s exactly what she did! She is an award-winning journalist covering many issues throughout the world, and she’s also hosted several television shows.

 

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Admiral Michelle J. Howard
This Girl Scout is the prime example of a leader! She has served in the US Navy since 1982 and is the highest ranking woman in American naval history.

 

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Mary Jackson
You may know of Mary Jackson’s story in the movie Hidden Figures. She was a mathematician and aerospace engineer for NASA, but did you also know she was a Girl Scout troop leader for over 30 years? We’re so grateful for awesome women like Mary who wasn’t afraid to pursue her dreams in science and dedicated her time to showing girls they could achieve their goals!

Wow, there’s so many amazing Girl Scout alumnae that inspire us! They are the perfect examples of courage, confidence, and character. How are you taking the lead like a G.I.R.L.? We want to share your story too! Submit your story on our website and we’ll share it on our social media.

 

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