Notes from a CEO

February 21, 2020

We will soon be singing “Happy Birthday” to Girl Scouts as we celebrate 108 years since our founding. Juliette Gordon Low started the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia in 1912 and reached across class, cultural, and ethnic boundaries to ensure that all girls had a place to grow and ...

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Hope makes the world go ‘round. This was the sentiment of the night at “Painting with a Purpose,” a community event that brought together individuals from across northern New Jersey. The purpose was spreading hope and caring to individuals who have suffered significant tragedies and loss.

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February is all about having heart – a healthy heart that is. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both women and men in the United States. One of every four deaths in the US each year is from heart disease.  Recognized as National Heart Month, February is a good time to continue or ...

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Well, it’s here. Cold, flu, and virus season has arrived. On top of your normal illnesses, coronavirus has started to become a concern across the globe. You can’t stay inside for the next few months, so how do you keep yourself and your family healthy? Wash your hands – a lot. If you shake ...

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The workforce has changed significantly since I was a child. Most married women were stay-at-home moms. Many women who worked outside of the home didn’t always hold full-time positions.  Now dual-working families are common in almost every household, with some parents holding multiple jobs. For ...

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It happens to the best of us. We have a list of things to do. We work hard all day. Then, at the end of the day, many tasks get pushed off onto tomorrow.  How do you make the most out of your day and become more productive? Only check your email at set times of the day. Leaving your email open ...

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Social media is amazing. It can help boost your business, connect you with people near and far, and inform you about what is happening in your community and across the globe. Unfortunately, the power of social media comes with a lot of stress. Studies now show that people get depressed from reading ...

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Social emotional learning is a relatively new trend in education for both children and adults. What does that mean? Social emotional learning is the recognition and management of emotions. This type of learning is essential for both youth and adults to become strong and confident, connected to ...

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New Year, New You?  I know a lot of people hate making New Year’s resolutions and feel that it is silly to make a promise to yourself that probably can’t keep. However, a New Year can bring some new adventures if you make an effort. Here are a few things you might want to resolve to do this ...

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Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or even Festivus for the rest of us. The U.S. is a great melting pot with a whole host of holidays, religious occasions, and events to observe. This time of year reminds me how important it is to just enjoy time and memories with friends and family. So many people ...

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Whew! It’s been a crazy few days and week with a storm that absolutely devasted parts of northern New Jersey, particularly Sussex County where I live. After four days without power, I have grown to appreciate the comforts of home. Like most people, I was welcomed into the homes of friends who ...

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It’s the holiday season when many people hit the stores to buy all their loved ones a special gift. I am often at a loss what to give, especially little ones who are inundated with toys and technology. As a parent of two grown children, I have come to appreciate those gifts that are “experiences” ...

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday. The Thanksgiving holiday kicks off a wonderful Season of Giving. My favorite is Giving Tuesday.  Created in 2012, Giving Tuesday was designed as a day to encourage people to do good, collaborate with others, and contribute to organizations who need ...

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It seems like we just put out Halloween decorations and carved pumpkins. Now stores are jammed with holiday decorations, lights, and gift guides. I personally love the holiday in between – Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because of the sentiment behind it. Thanksgiving ...

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As CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, I meet many people from all walks of life and in all stages of their careers. I am always amazed when people tell me about their career journey as I often discover that most people end up in careers they originally didn’t consider. I also talk to ...

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Crisp cold weather has set in. The fall colors are absolutely breathtaking, yet no one wants to give up that lazy summer vibe. You can relive some of your fun summer memories, or memories from summers long ago, by celebrating International Summer Camp T-Shirt Day on November 12. How can you show ...

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Harassment. Intimidation. Bullying. These are words bandied about at most PTA meetings and school functions. Many districts are attempting to get a handle on the growing problem of bullying and its devastating effects. News stories pops up every week about kids as young as 10 attempting suicide to ...

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All around the world, International Day of the Girl was celebrated on Oct. 11.  This day is observed for the purpose of educating the public about issues that girls face globally, while promoting girl empowerment. This year’s theme was “GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable” and celebrated the ...

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It’s often hard to be kind with people who disagree with us. That’s why I am so inspired by comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and her efforts to “be kind.” Some people were not so kind to Ellen when videos and pictures cropped up on social media that showed her enjoying the Dallas ...

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I was walking around a local fall festival and noticed two teens carrying boxes of chocolates they were selling. Within 15 minutes, they were sold out. I smiled to myself thinking how these teens learned to capitalize on the large crowd of people in a small area.   Many parents and even children ...

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Work, family responsibilities and social obligations take up a ton of time. Yet, somehow, many people find time to volunteer. What motivates people to volunteer? Why should they offer their time and talent to others for free? Volunteering provides many benefits to volunteers that most people ...

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Some people like to sit with a good book. Others like to take a nap. Regardless of what you like to do, you should always take time for self-care. As a working woman, wife and mother, I seldom have free time. I must force myself to schedule some “me” time. Why? Self-care boosts a person’s ...

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I was dismayed by a recent article on another news site comparing Girl Scouts to another scouting organization. Beyond the oversimplification of both programs, the article also failed to capture the benefits of the Girl Scout organization. Girl Scouting is much more than earning badges.    No ...

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Back to school time is always busy. Forms and papers need to be signed. Families are setting new schedules and, of course, parents are flooded with flyers advertising sports team sign-up, and clubs and activities. Many parents grimace when they see flyers and eager children asking about ...

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Labor Day is synonymous with barbecues, parties, and marking the unofficial end of summer. While everyone enjoys the long weekend that comes with the holiday, few Americans know its history. Labor Day 2019 on September 2 marks the 125th anniversary of this national holiday. Celebrated the first ...

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Shopping circulars and television ads are already signaling the end of summer and start of school. For some families and children, a new school year causes more anxiety than excitement.  Ward off those worries by preparing ahead of time. Set a bedtime and wake up time for your child. During ...

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As our children head back to school. We know that homework, family obligations, social activities, and peer pressure can add to the pile of stressful things in a child’s life. While everyone deals with a certain amount of stress in their lives, children need help to recognize and cope with ...

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One of the hardest things to overcome is the fear of failure. Let’s be honest.  Many people play it safe, never moving forward in their personal and professional lives. As the CEO of a youth-serving organization, one of my goals and the goals of our organization is to give youth the confidence ...

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The lazy days of summer are here, but that doesn’t mean children should get too lazy with their academic skills. The “summer slide” is one of the main concerns parents and educators have about the long break from school. Students tend to forget the things they learned during the year and ditch the ...

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Non-profit organizations serve an important role in society, providing essential services in the community. The volunteers who serve on the Boards of Directors for non-profit agencies are critical to the work and health of the organizations they serve. Board members, who often work for local ...

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