Notes from a CEO

September 11, 2020

Girl Scouts is a Movement and an organization that prides itself on promoting inclusivity and being a welcoming place for all girls. Within the last few months, the Girl Scout Movement has created a pledge to take action to support the Black community and Girl Scout members and their families in ...

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Labor Day weekend marks the typical sign that vacation is over and it’s time to get back to business. The “lazy” days of summer are over, and school will start again. This year, the return to school is very different and varies from town to town. Even with the challenges we are facing, Labor Day ...

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In the past six months, our world has been impacted more than we could ever have imagined. With all the negative aspects of the pandemic, it may be hard to realize that there have been some positive changes. During the stay at home restrictions, throughout the nation and the world, beaches have ...

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September is right around the corner and families are preparing for the start of another school year. The new school year always comes with some excitement, anxiety, and little bit of stress as families settle back into a new routine. This year brings more pressure as families adjust to hybrid ...

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The lazy days of summer are here, and many people are talking about their latest beach reads. While most people find more time to read in the summer and during vacation, I try to make time for reading throughout the year for many reasons. 1) It’s a good way to relax and escape to a new ...

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I am a big sports enthusiast, especially when it comes to baseball. I also love women’s soccer and am always excited about the Women’s World Cup and the Olympics. As we know, due to COVID-19, the 2020 Olympic Summer Games have been postponed but there has been a reason to cheer for women’s soccer! ...

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When you become a parent, the pressure is on. Everyone has an opinion on parenting dos and don’ts. Even those who have no children. Parent shaming is popular now, but let’s face it, parent shaming has always been popular. As soon as people learn that another bundle of joy is about to enter the ...

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Coronavirus has turned our world upside down. Most businesses are suffering loss of revenue and many families are dealing with reduced or lost income. Day care facilities and camps have closed or are operating at drastically reduced capacities to care for children. Some children and families face ...

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July 4 represents a significant date in American history. After years of tension with Great Britain, the American Revolutionary War began in April 1775. Initially, most American colonists did not want freedom from Britain. Most colonists simply wanted relief from what they believed to be British ...

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For most of the northern New Jersey area, school is over or there are just a few days left in the 2019-20 school year. Families are looking toward a fun-filled summer but it’s still clouded by the uncertainty of COVID-19. Most parents are concerned about next school year, the impact of distance ...

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It takes a village to raise a child. I hear that often and know it is true. In order to develop the next generation of leaders, adults must inspire and motivate our youth to explore, learn, and conquer the world. We hear how important mothers are, and fathers are just as vital to the family ...

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Like most of you, I have been reflecting on events happening in our country. It’s been particularly difficult to witness the intense grief and outrage caused by the tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. Along with other Americans, I watched the subsequent protests that ...

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As the CEO of a non-profit organization, I am often asked what skills young people will need as they head off to college or into the workforce. If this pandemic and quarantine have taught me anything, it is that the best skill anyone can develop is being adaptable. When I was a student, ...

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Memorial Day is usually thought of as a time for family get-togethers and a kickoff to summer festivities. The real purpose behind the holiday is not a three-day weekend, but a tribute to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the U.S. military. Dating back to the Civil War ...

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Mothers make things happen. Whether it is a family get-together or a last-minute school project, mothers everywhere are masters of multi-tasking and getting the job done. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10. Although we might not be able to celebrate these important family figures as we normally do, ...

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With the global pandemic and quarantine continuing, many people are concerned about others’ well-being, not just physically, but also emotionally and mentally. The mental toll of the pandemic is particularly hard on healthcare heroes and essential workers. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, ...

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A few weeks ago, I talked about the importance of volunteerism. As the CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, I had to make the tough decision a few weeks ago to postpone the Adult Recognition part of our Annual Meeting. It pained me because the highlight of the evening is always honoring the ...

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Spring flowers are starting to bloom. Trees are coming back to life. The weather is turning warmer. Soon, we will all be back outside enjoying Mother Nature. Earth Day is coming up as well. April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a special day dedicated to environmental protection.

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As a CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, I know firsthand the value of volunteers. April is National Volunteer Month and I want to salute those individuals who contribute in so many ways to our communities. As an organization that serves youth, we would not be able to deliver our program ...

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As a mother, I amalways very aware of my job as a role model. In these new times of uncertainty, I remind everyone that our children are watchi ng. The most important things they are going to remember about this pandemic is how we made them feel and how we reacted to this crisis. It’s hard to be ...

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It’s hard to believe how much has happened in the past few weeks. But like challenges in the past, Girl Scouts are poised to meet this challenge, adapt as needed, and make a difference in the world. During the Great Depression, Girl Scouts participated in relief efforts by collecting clothing ...

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While we are living in these uncertain times it is easy to forget recent activities that brought us joy. One of these particular activities that I experienced recently was “Voter Girl”, a collaboration of Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey and the League of Women Voters. Holding signs and ...

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I am always amazed by the energy and passion of the young people in our community. I see firsthand the amazing things they are doing, not just for themselves but for others as well. As the CEO of a youth-serving organization, I love to see youth taking action to make a difference in the ...

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was the theme of World Thinking Day 2020, a day celebrated by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across the globe. The inspiration behind this special day is to have girls work globally on an issue to make the world a better place. You don’t have to be a Girl Scout or an ...

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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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