Portraits in Leadership

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the world’s preeminent girl leadership development organization, today announced the release of an inspiring new video series called Portraits in Leadership.  In an intimate and candid series of profiles, Girl Scouts across the country conducted interviews about leadership and life lessons with their female representatives in the United States Congress, asking them about their own unique leadership journey, and talking about the skills girls and women will need in order to succeed in the twenty-first century.

Portraits in Leadership is about bringing tomorrow’s female leaders together with those of today, passing on lessons about what it takes to succeed as women leaders in Congress and in life,” said Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of GSUSA. “The future of our nation will require the leadership skills of both men and women for America to retain our competitive advantage and ensure that the American century extends for another 100 years. I believe you can’t be what you can’t see, and offering girls the opportunity to learn directly from today’s female leaders is such an important part of the Girl Scout experience. Portraits in Leadership marks an historic meeting of the minds—it’s one generation of female leaders engaging with and advising the next.”

In the 113th Congress, 70 percent of the women in the U.S. Senate and 57 percent of the women in the House of Representatives are Girl Scout alumnae; but regardless of whether or not they were Girl Scouts, each Congresswoman spoke of the value of having an organization such as Girl Scouts to help girls develop leadership skills.

Girl Scouts from more than 20 congressional districts met with their female representatives, both Republicans and Democrats. Each profile offers a fascinating glimpse into the hard work, courage, and conviction it takes to be a female leader, and how society can come together to support and encourage today’s girls to take up the leadership mantle in America. Existing profiles can be viewed here, with more to be added as girls complete their interviews.

Portraits in Leadership is a one-of-a-kind experience for Girl Scouts, and an opportunity for women in Congress to share their stories with the world’s girls.

To learn more, please visit: http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/advocacy/portraits_in_leadership.asp.

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