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100 Years of Leadership for Girls

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InspIrIng unlImIted Cricket Wireless salutes the girl scouts on 100 years of service in helping shape America’s future female leaders.

In continuing our support of giving girls hope, confidence, and positive values, Cricket Wireless will be equipping some denver-area troops with smartphones to process credit card payments during this year’s cookie drive. © 2012 Cricket Communications, Inc. 10179-2/12

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Letter from the Chair of the Board of Directors Dear business community,

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Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors Linda Arneson

As the fourth graders file out of their classroom on the way to recess, one girl hangs back. She is new to the school, new to this class and she is reluctant because she doesn’t know the others and remembers the taunts she suffered on the playground in her last class. Suddenly, a student in a Girl Scout shirt catches up to the new girl and offers to walk around the playground with her.

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When recess ends, the playground monitor tells the Girl Scout how thoughtful it was for her to befriend the new girl. The Girl Scout smiles and says, “Making friends is what we do. I’m a Girl Scout.”

Associate Professor, Management Department, Colorado Technical University

A young African American woman grows up in an impoverished community and becomes a systems engineer who works with United Launch Alliance in Denver that launched a rocket at Cape Canaveral in Florida in January. She credits her leadership skills to her experiences with the Girl Scouts she learned in Alabama more than 25 years ago. After a fire tragically took the life of her mother, this young woman became a foster child. A Girl Scout troop leader took a personal interest in mentoring her and giving her a new sense of what her future could be – and that’s how Girl Scouts made a difference in her life.

Community Volunteer

These true stories have been told in the hallways at Girl Scout offices and at board meetings. They say so much about why I am a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Colorado. Girl Scouts has declared 2012 the Year of the Girl as we celebrate 100 years of building the leaders of tomorrow through Girl Scouting in our nation. Now, as always, Girl Scouts of Colorado needs the support of the community, particularly the business community. With the backing of leaders in the community at large, Girl Scouts of Colorado can expand its work of developing leadership, building character, and offering opportunities for girls to learn skills that will stay with them throughout their lives. We hope you will join us!

Dolores Atencio

Community Volunteer

Susan Baker

Stephanie Foote

President & CEO, Laval Strategic Resources LLC

Inga Henderson

SofTA Corporation

Katrina Jameson

Solutions Architect, Agilent Technologies

Community Volunteer

Jennifer Barber

Senior Operations Director for Medical Sub-Specialties, Kaiser Permanente

Michelle Bellows

Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Michael Cafasso

Consultant, Senior Manager, Hitachi Consulting

Connie Campbell

Senior Vice President, First Bank Holding Co.

VP-Operations, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center Community Volunteer

Alison Clark-Hardesty

Margo Jamieson

Laurie Jones

Brad Karabensh

Tammy Keffeler

Bonnie Ledet

SVP-Regional CFO, UMB Bank Colorado n.a.

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Jennifer Colosimo

Chief Operating Officer, Colorado Oil & Gas Association

VP of Wisdom Group, DaVita

Brenda Davis

Jill McClure

Cora Ohlgren

Global Chief Information & Change Initiatives Officer, Molson Coors Brewing Co

Vice President & Manager, Wells Fargo at Work

Robin Deighan

Attorney, Tuthill & Hughes LLP

Debra DeMuth

Executive Director, Colorado Health Partnerships, LLC


CEO, College Invest

Nicki Elsberry

Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Caroline Fisher

President and Consultant, Fisher Consulting Group

Michelle Rose-Hughes Arnold Salazar

Valerie Schmalz Schmaltz Construction, Ltd.

Ryan Sells

Ehrhardt, Keefe, Steiner & Hottmann, PC

Keep up with Girl Scouts of Colorado

Stephanie Foote Board Chair Interim President and CEO

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Episodic Volunteering is Rewarding, Flexible Your corporation is committed to making communities throughout Colorado a better place. Your employees help by sharing their passion and skills with people in need. Having the time to volunteer is often the challenge. Girl Scouts of Colorado has a program for corporate employees enabling them to make a valuable difference in the lives of girls in grades K-12 within a brief, manageable time-frame. Your employees can lead a workshop or series of workshops on a topic chosen from a list of program

options. Girl Scouts will work with you to design a workshop that reflects your corporate priorities and interests. Girl Scouts will provide your employees with a workshop template and make the experience easy and rewarding for them, as well as meaningful for the girls who attend. For more information, contact: Greg Movesian, Executive Vice President for Resource Development greg.movesian@gscolorado. org or 303.607.4854

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Girls need leadership development skills, training and encouragement from people who will inspire them to broaden their horizons.

Program areas include:

My Self

My World Lead girls in exploring the challenges of civic engagement and helping others.

Lead a self-esteem, nutrition or abuse prevention workshop.

My Future My Planet Engage girls in an environmental project or lesson and inspire girls to care for the Earth in a responsible and thoughtful manner.

Conduct a financial literacy or career oriented workshop; encourage girls to explore one of the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math). Help girls learn the basics of financial independence — money management and goal-oriented planning.

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Aerospace Engineer Learned Leadership in Girl Scouts “As kids we’re not responsible for our environment or the choices our parents make,” Tinesha Ross tells Girl Scouts today when she volunteers. “You can be anything you want to be. If you have the will and determination, and let people know you have the desire to be something, they will help you.” Ross believes this from the depth of her being. A systems engineer with the United Launch Alliance (ULA) in Denver, Ross grew up in Fairfield, Ala., where 90 percent of the residents were on welfare. “We lived in public housing and were on every public assistance program possible,” says Ross, 35. She lived with her mother and three siblings in a home with no phone. There were also times where there was not electricity or running water, and very little food. “We would borrow water from neighbors to bathe and later use that water to flush the toilets. I looked forward to going to school because I knew I would have breakfast and lunch to eat.” The family had no car and, as most people in the neighborhood, they had never traveled outside their community. “We didn’t know how other people lived.” Girl Scouts changed Tinesha’s life. She remembers the day she was riding her bike around the park and noticed a group of little girls dressed in brown and green uniforms,

Girl Scouts on a membership drive. Though she was wearing a T-shirt and jeans, she wanted to see what was going on. She tucked in her shirt and went to the table where membership forms were being handed out. They let her stay and play games. Tinesha took the form home knowing full well her mother wouldn’t be able to pay the membership fee, which she says was about $20. She turned Ross has worked for Colorado-based ULA since it began operations. ULA the form in without the $20. is the nation’s rocket company – designing, building and launching rockA couple of weeks later, she ets carrying satellites into orbit for NASA, the Department of Defense and commercial customers. recalls, someone knocked on her door and invited her to her first Girl Scout to be turned around at the doctor’s office meeting at a church. This was the beginning of a because you do not have the right type of long journey where Tinesha developed charac- insurance,” she adds. ter and leadership skills through Girl Scouting. “Most cannot seem to figure out why I am At the age of 9, Tinesha’s mother died so determined, driven, and why I would rather when their house caught fire; she was only spend my free time volunteering and speak29 years old. ing to kids in inner city schools. I was the kid going to food banks for meals, receiving doTinesha ended up in foster care, but Girl nated school supplies, having strangers place Scouts remained a constant for her. “I know presents under our Christmas tree. I had no what it is like growing up in the system; and what it is like not to have; what it is like to have control over my circumstances growing up, the desire to do something but can’t because but now I am in full control of my future.” you do not have the means; I also know what “The Girl Scouts taught me that if you it is like to have dreams but to be told that have the desire, set goals, plan and commit your dreams won’t come true because your to working hard/making sacrifices, there are family doesn’t live in the right neighborhood; no limits!”

Alums are Re-engaging with Girl Scouts It is said, “Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout.” And during the 100th anniversary Year of the Girl, we invite you to reconnect and learn how you can make a difference for Colorado girls.

An Invitation to Help Every Girl, Everywhere Be one in a million! We are introducing the One in a Million Campaign, an ambitious effort to raise funds for our leadership programs to serve 50,000 girls by 2015— especially those who are from disadvantaged, underserved and at-risk backgrounds.

Register online to receive regular news at and join the Girl Scouts of Colorado Alumnae group on LinkedIn. Girl Scouts of Colorado is also on Facebook, Twitter and has a blog you can subscribe to. We’d also like to hear how Girl Scouting helped make you the woman you are today. Please share your story at girlscoutsofcolorado. org/100th-anniversary. Other ways to re-connect Connect with friends both old and new at alumnae events. Highlights of our 100th anniversary celebration activities include: honoring 100 Generation Wow! Girls across Colorado, statewide birthday parties, a sing-a-long at the State Capitol and a Camp S’More singalong weekend at all three Girl Scout overnight camps. There will also be historical museum exhibits around the state, Forever Green and Earth Hour events and even flash mobs. Collectibles include Colorado’s special Girl Scout 100th anniversary license plate, a commemo-

rative coin created by the U.S. Mint and a Girl Scout book called Tough Cookies. Volunteer your time: we have so many flexible ways for you to participate and make a difference for the leaders of tomorrow: host a career exploration or cookies and milk event at your workplace, coach a one-day sports clinic, help girls build homes for the homeless or lead a week’s journey abroad. Donate an hour, a day, or more time – whatever fits your schedule. To get started, fill out the online volunteer application on our website at For more information on these and other anniversary activities, go to our alumnae website at

We need your help! In honor of our 100th anniversary, please consider a generous gift to Girl Scouts of Colorado. Your gift of $25, $50, $100, or even $384 — covering the annual cost of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience—will change lives by supporting leadership opportunities for future Women of Distinction. For more information contact Kim Lewis at 303-607-4869 or 1-877-404-5708


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Daniels Fund Grant to Provide Leadership Programs A $75,000 grant from the Daniels Fund will enable Girl Scouts of Colorado to bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to even more girls throughout Colorado and support programming and volunteer recruitment initiatives. “The grant will enable Girl Scouts of Colorado to expand its ability to provide consistent enrichment programs to all Girl Scouts across the state, as well as assist us in recruiting a new type of Girl Scout volunteer to deliver them,” said Jacky Noden, Vice President, Program Services for Girl Scouts of Colorado. “Our focus will be on recruiting short-term, or ‘episodic’ volunteers, from corporations, colleges, universities and community groups to help deliver our new, innovative programming initiatives.” “The Girl Scouts of Colorado offers programs that develop leadership, active citizenship, love for the outdoors, setting goals, and financial literacy skills,” said Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund. “We believe that support for this outstanding organization is an investment in the lives of young women who will become the future leaders of our state,” she added. Research shows young people need role models from the com-

munity in addition to their parents to cultivate their diverse interests and provide support. Corporate volunteers bring the gift of time, and offer specific functional experiences in IT, finance, communications and other

fields. Providing girls with direct contact with professionals offers them powerful mentors and role models. Girls need leadership development skills, training and encouragement from people who will inspire them to broaden their horizons. Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, established the Daniels fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. For more information, please visit For more information or to volunteer, contact Greg Movesian, Executive Vice President for Resource Development at greg.movesian@ or 303-607-4854.

Women of Distinction Mentor the Leaders of Tomorrow Girl Scouts of Colorado recognizes and honors Women of Distinction for their leadership and accomplishments in a variety of professional and personal capacities. Women of Distinction show Girl Scouts in their communities what they can be when they achieve and succeed. Women of Distinction bring together purpose-driven leaders: women in business, healthcare, government, education and philanthropic communities who are dedicated to service and leadership. These women are nominated by their peers and commit to increasing the impact of Girl Scouting through their volunteer and financial contributions.

Since 1997, 383 women leaders in their fields of expertise have been selected as Women of Distinction in the Denver area and have raised more than $2 million to support Girl Scout leadership development programs, particularly to support one-third of our members who come from financially disadvantaged, underserved or at-risk backgrounds. Women of Distinction strive to build girls of courage, confidence and character who can become future Women of Distinction in their communities. Women of Distinction guide Girl Scouts in areas such as self-esteem, math and science, entrepreneurship, selfdefense, anti-bullying, environmental stewardship and more.

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Help Girl Scouts End Barriers to Women’s Leadership In Business and Society

Girl Scouts of Colorado challenges corporate leaders to join us during our anniversary year in deepening their resolve to help break down societal barriers that hinder girls from leading and achieving success in everything from technology and science to business and industry. Sixty-one percent of girls are either deeply ambivalent about leadership or say it’s not important to them at all. And while 39 percent of girls do say leadership is important to them, only 21 percent—just one in five girls— believe they have what it takes to lead. Negative influences abound, including peer pressure to not stand out; unhealthy images in the media about beauty; a lack of mentors; little support for girls with an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); and bullying. This cycle of discouragement that begins in grade school goes on to have a far-reaching impact on our society— witness the negative, cumulative effects of unbalanced leadership across the top ranks of business and government, academia, and beyond. If this continues unchecked, millions of our girls may not reach their full potential as leaders in our society.

In Colorado, the list of corporations and organizations stepping up to support girls in science, technology, engineering and math is growing. It includes our corporate partners who provide volunteer and financial support for our STEM programming -Lockheed Martin, Best Buy Children’s Foundation, Xcel Energy Foundation, Williams Companies, Society for Women Engineers, and the University of Colorado-Boulder. We can do better for our girls and for ourselves. We can’t transform American leadership in a year, but we can transform expectations in a year. We can transform awareness in a year. And only Girl Scouts, with its scale and time-honored place in society, can launch this initiative. If not us, who? If not now, when? Girl Scouts helps girls to be strong in body, mind and spirit; finding balance in life through Together, we can get her there. Get nutrition, exercise, study and relaxation. informed. Speak up. And invest in girls. There are immediate steps we all must take with girls today that impact what leadership looks like tomorrow. Join us at ToGetHerThere. org and take the ToGetHerThere Pledge and speak up for supportive environments in your own community, such as advocating for healthy media images; helping to identify effective mentors; increasing girls’ involvement

in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); and joining the fight against bullying. How to Get Involved Today in Colorado For more information visit, contact Kim Lewis, V.P. for Development at Kim.Lewis@

Girl Scouts Encourages Girls to Participate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Colorado Organizations provide support Girl Scouts of Colorado believes every girl should have the opportunity to grow up dreaming big. The organization teaches about careers, vocational and educational opportunities, and leadership skills through the STEM program. Role models and mentors offer inspiration across a variety of fields. Girls can also learn through hands-on programs, camps, robotics teams, in-school and after-school science programs and career exploration days. Girl Scouts is the nation’s leading authority on girls’ growth and development. With

over three million girl and adult members and 100 years of service to girls, Girl Scouting continues to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts has a long history of encouraging girls to participate in STEM. The first STEM badges—the electrician badge and the flyer badge—were introduced in 1913! Our goal is to build and reinforce girls’ interest in STEM, to support their continued involvement as they reach critical decisionmaking points, and to achieve parity in these fields. Three Colorado organizations that are helping to support STEM are the Society for Women Engineers, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Women’s Transportation Seminar. Colorado companies that provide support are Lockheed Martin, Best Buy Children’s Foundation, Xcel Energy Foundation, and Williams Companies.

Top Findings by Girl Scouts Research Institute 1. 74% of teen girls find STEM fields engaging. 2. Girls interested in STEM are high achievers who have supportive adult networks and are exposed to STEM fields. 3. Although interest in STEM is high, few girls consider it their number one career choice, given competing opportunities and interests. 4. African American and Hispanic girls have high interest in STEM, high confidence and work ethic, but have fewer supports, less exposure, and lower academic achievement than Caucasian girls.


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