Angela (Angie) Salinas CHANGING UNIFORMS donors and provide walking tours of our leadership centers. I travel to different cities and give speeches about my career as a Marine and why I chose to serve with the Girl Scouts. The best part of any day is when Girl Scouts come to visit my òĴ¨´ȅáëòĤëĉďÒ´òêêë®bòĉďȅďò earn their CEO patch.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ANGELA SALINAS
INFLUENCE SA: Tell us about your background. Salinas: Born in Alice, Texas, and grew up in Vallejo, California. I have a MA from the Naval War College and BA from Dominican University of San Rafael, California. I moved to San Antonio in 2013 to retire after a thirty-nine-year career as a U.S. Marine. INFLUENCE SA: Describe your current job—a day in the life of a woman of power. Salinas: I am part of the largest girl-serving organization in the United States. I spend each day telling our story to the public. Girl Scouts is about the three Cs—no, not camping, crafts, and cookies, although they’re part of our foundation. Girl Scouts is about courage, ¨òëķ®´ë¨´ȅë®¨Òą¨ď´ąȊ Although there are no typical days, there are typical tasks each day—basics like emails, phone calls, and staff meetings. I tell the Girl Scout story at receptions, breakfasts, and luncheons. 6ÒòĉďäĔë¨Ò´ĉďêĪòĴ¨´ÄòąĂòď´ëďÔä
INFLUENCE SA: What motivated you to pursue your current career? Salinas: I truly intended to do nothing but cut the grass and play golf. But, in the spring of 2015, I was asked if I would consider applying for the CEO of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. I didn’t hesitate because it was such an amazing opportunity! To be part of an organization more than 100 years old with a mission to "build girls of courage, ¨òëķ®´ë¨´ȅë®¨Òą¨ď´ąĤÒòêá´ the world a better place" is exciting and motivating. I feel fortunate to be working with an incredibly dedicated and talented ĉďÄÄë®ĉ´ģ´ąäďÒòĔĉë®Ĕëĉ´äķĉÒ®Ĕäď volunteers. INFLUENCE SA: What are some of your extracurricular activities? Salinas: I play golf. I started as a êÔ®ȜÅą®´òĴ¨´ąĤÒ´ëĤòë®´ąÄĔä LģĪòĴ¨´ąďòä®ê´ÔďĤòĔä®§´ëĉĉ´ď as I moved up the ranks. He was right! Golf provided many opportunities, and 6Òģ´ê´ďĉòê´ď´ąąÔķ¨Ă´òĂä´òëďÒ´ green. I currently serve on the Board of Directors of the First Tee in San Antonio, because the game teaches so much about character. INFLUENCE SA: What are your secrets for success? Salinas: Work hard; treat people with
ķąêë´ĉĉȅÄÔąë´ĉĉȅ®ÔÅëÔďĪȅë®¨òêĂĉsion. Be accountable, set the example, do what you ask others to do, and have a sense of humor. INFLUENCE SA: Who do you consider your mentor? Salinas: My mom. She inspired me with her work ethic, perseverance, and integrity. She had a grade school education but never let that hold her back. Every day I try to be the person she would be proud of. She lived with me for more than thirty years until she passed in June 2013. When I became the Marine Corps' ķąĉďDďÔëÅ´ë´ąäòĴ¨´ąȅĉÒ´ĉêÔä´®ë® said "That's nice, mijita." INFLUENCE SA: What's been your greatest accomplishment? Salinas: I am proud to have earned the title Marine, but none of the success I’ve enjoyed would have happened without my college degree. INFLUENCE SA: What’s next for your career? Salinas: I will challenge people who want the girls they love to grow up to be ä´®´ąĉȚďò§´Ĥòê´ëòÄ¨òĔąÅ´ȅ¨òëķdence, and character—to bring the girls to Girl Scouts for one year. If they don't see their girls grow, make friends, learn, and have fun, they have only invested $25. I also plan to seek more women like Susan Pamerleau and Barbara Greene who support Girl Scouts through their ķëë¨ÔäĉĔĂĂòąďòÄòĔąAĔäÔ´ďď´ȧĉÔą¨ä´Ȋ INFLUENCE SA: What's on your nightstand? Salinas: Start with Why by Simon Sinek and Bob Buford's Finishing Well.
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