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A Spotlight On Local Leaders Who Are Girl Scout Alumnae

Following a year where over half of the women elected to Congress are Girl Scout alumnae, it seems like an opportune time to reflect on our own Girl Scout alumnae currently involved in Nevada’s political system. Whether they’re involved in local or state government, these women are making a difference and showcasing the power of girls. Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske is a fixture within the Nevadan government, boasting thirty-three years of public service. In 1996, she was elected to serve in the Nevada Assembly representing Clark County District 5 and in 2004, she won a state Senate seat for Clark County District 8. She assumed the role of Nevada Secretary of State in 2014 and has remained there ever since. Although born in Minnesota, Cegavske has made a lasting impression on the Las Vegas community through her tireless work ethic and her many service projects. Cegavske has also served as a member of the Clark High School Area Neighborhood Improvement Program, as secretary and treasurer to Women in Government, a co-chair to the Least Restrictive Environment Committee, and as a Child Advocate to the Nevada State Legislature. Cegavske was a Girl Scout for a short time in her youth, and became a board member to the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada later in life. As a Brownie, Cegavske says that her troop would often take time to learn about each other’s heritages through baking, an opportunity that she would share with my own troop as we learned to bake lefsa—a Norwegian bread—with her. Girl Scouts also gave her valuable social skills, and through her position as a board... read more

GSSNV #1 After Early Bird

Fellow Girl Scouts, It is with great excitement that I share the news that of the 111 Girl Scout councils, GSSNV was #1 in Girl Retention, #1 in Adult Retention, and #1 in Overall Retention for Early Bird (April 1, 2019 – May 31, 2019). This is something to be excited about and proud of and we couldn’t have done it with out YOU, our wonderful members! When we welcome more girls into our great Girl Scout movement, we build upon Juliette Gordon Low’s vision of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make our world a better place. Thank you for making my first year as your CEO so special and so very rewarding. Yours in Girl Scouting, Kimberly Trueba,... read more

Leadership from a Cookie Box

When I started selling cookies as a Girl Scout, I truly thought it was just a simple fundraiser activity to benefit our troop. Goodness, was I wrong. I entered Girl Scouts as an introvert. My troop leader said I had to approach people with a genuine smile, an order form in hand, and ask them to buy cookies. This completely terrified me. I was so scared of approaching others that I cried and begged my parents to forbid me to sell cookies. My parents had originally put me in Girl Scouts because I was an English Language Learner (ELL) student who refused to talk after being harshly criticized by adults and bullied by my peers at school because of my foreign accent. My social skills, as well as my confidence, were extremely low. Thinking that this would be a good opportunity for me to learn, my parents “forced” me to ask the troop leader if I could be part of a selling booth.  During my first booth experience, I was so nervous and scared that I was shaking. Aware of my fear of talking, my troop leader told me that her goal for me was to ask one person if they wanted to buy cookies and if they criticized me she would have a serious talk with them. While working the cookie booth, I nervously stood in one spot, holding a box of Thin Mints in one hand and Caramel Delites/Samoas in the other. With my troop leader encouraging me, with a quiet and heavy accent, I finally asked one person who was entering the store, and to my surprise,... read more

We Are Not “Scouting”, We Are Girl Scouts

When I accepted the position as your CEO, I brought with me memories of my years as a Girl Scout in Central Illinois and the Kansas Heartland. The Girl Scouts organization has impacted many women’s lives and careers, including mine. As we continue to follow the development of the Boy Scouts decision to rename their older youth program “Scouting BSA” and their decision to allow girls as young as six years old to join Boy Scouts, I’m hearing stories about confusion in our schools, places of worship, and among our own Girl Scout Troop Leaders, parents and families. We’re hearing questions such as: “Are Girl Scouts and Boys Scouts merging?” “Can boys join Girl Scouts?” “Why don’t you just go co-ed?” I’d like to address where we stand as a movement: Are Girl Scouts and Boys Scouts merging and becoming one organization? Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are not merging. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are two separate and very different organizations. Girl Scouts is a girl-focused, girl-only organization. We’ve been that way for 106 years and we will not change. Will Girl Scouts allow boys to join? Girl Scouts will remain committed to an all-girl environment. Why should I keep my girl in Girl Scouts? It’s clear, and research states, that a girl excels in an all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment. With her Girl Scout sisters, she can practice different skills; explore her potential; take on leadership positions; and even feel allowed to fail, dust herself off, get up, and try again. Girl Scouts was founded by a woman and our top national and local leadership remain led... read more

Kimberly Trueba appointed as new CEO of Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada

Girl Scout alumna to oversee 4,100 girls and 1,400 volunteers in 6 counties   LAS VEGAS – Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada (GSSNV) announced today that Kimberly Trueba has been named Chief Executive Officer after a nationwide search. Trueba, a Las Vegas resident, is an experienced executive with twenty-five years of design and business strategy, organizational development, and operations expertise. She replaces Helen Wronski, who took over as interim CEO in November 2016. Trueba, who assumes the position on April 30, most recently served in an executive leadership role with Forté Specialty Contractors, a construction firm specializing in building experiential environments in the hospitality, restaurant, and entertainment industries. A second-generation design professional, Trueba has directed many of the nation’s premier design firms on highly notable hospitality and entertainment projects. A service-oriented leader, Trueba has collaborated with clients around the world including Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Auberge Resorts, Mandarin Oriental, Walt Disney Company, and Wynn Resorts. Trueba began her career as a Design and Development Manager with Walt Disney Imagineering for projects such as World of Disney, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, among many others. One of Trueba’s greatest rewards has been contributing to the career growth of young professionals. “The Girl Scouts organization has impacted many women’s lives and careers, including mine,” said Trueba. “I look forward to celebrating girl stories and advocating for future female leaders in our community. All-girl environments, like Girl Scouts, allow girls to be themselves and feel safe to engage and share ideas on their journey to becoming empowered women. I believe Girl Scouts teaches girls that there’s enormous potential and power in being a... read more