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 by women. That is a powerful demonstration of female empowerment we’re sending to the next generation of female leaders.

At Girl Scouts, we’re building the pipeline of the next generation of female leaders with programming focused on our four key pillars:

  1. STEAM education
  2. The outdoors
  3. Life skills
  4. Entrepreneurship

We’re more than cookies and crafts. Girl Scouts introduces girls to high adventure, provides a community uniquely focused on girl development, and lays the foundation for a lifetime of leadership supported by a powerful network of women.

As a society, women today are still not treated or valued equally to men. In 2017, on average, a woman earns 79 cents for every dollar a man earns. Women are also largely underrepresented among CEOs and CFOs with just 6.4% of the 2017 Fortune 500 list run by female CEOs.

Now more than ever, please join me in supporting Girl Scouts and the all-girl movement.

Renew her membership today and help prepare her for a lifetime of leadership.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

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  

Kimberly Trueba, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada CEO

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 girl!”

A Wichita, Kansas native, Trueba received her degree in Interior Architecture from Kansas State University where she was honored with the Honoree Alumni Award in 2001 for her continued support of the college and its graduates. A Girl Scout alumna, Trueba spent her youth as a member of the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois (formerly Land of Lincoln Girl Scouts Council) and the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland (formerly Golden Plains Council) where her mother was an active Troop Leader.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and the 5,500 local girl and adult members, I’m thrilled to welcome Kimberly to the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada,” said Patty Lee, President of GSSNV’s Board of Directors. “Whether as a Girl Scout camping with her troop, being a creative force behind some of Disney’s most recognized developments, or leading successful teams, Kimberly is the very essence of a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader). There has never been a more vital time to empower young women in our community to lead lives of courage, confidence, and character. Under Kimberly’s leadership, we look forward to welcoming more female leaders into the premier girl-led and girl-focused organization in Southern Nevada.”

 

About Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada

Founded on April 14, 1932 in Boulder City, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada (GSSNV) is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. GSSNV focuses on four key pillars: STEAM, Outdoor, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship.

 

 

Important Message from Helen Wronski

Good afternoon, my Girl Scout family. As a result of Friday’s ACH error, my heart is breaking because I know of the disruption, disappointment, and failure of trust that you must feel towards the Council staff and towards me, your Interim CEO. I am saddened to tell you that this was indeed a human error on our part and be assured that this aspect will be addressed in the days to come. As a representative of GSUSA in Southern Nevada for the past 18 months, words cannot express my deep apologies for this egregious error.    

What happened:

The first ACH on March 2, 2018 went through successfully. The second ACH on March 16th went through successfully, however the results were not accurately loaded into eBudde. As a consequence, twice the amount was swept from accounts in error. 

When we became aware of this early Friday morning, we immediately reversed the ACH. All funds from the third ACH will be returned to your account on Monday, March 26th. Any fees incurred to your Troop as a result of our mistake will be fully reimbursed.

Next steps:

We will be reinstating the corrected sweep on Wednesday, March 28th.

If you’ve incurred any overdraft fees, please complete this form no later than Thursday, April 5th at noon.

We will credit back fees on Friday, April 6th.

Looking forward:

As I prepare to onboard a new CEO, have confidence that the lessons learned during this cookie season are well documented and will be reviewed in detail with our new CEO. And I further commit to you that we will have a plan in place to assure that you, our volunteers, will have a voice in planning and executing the 2019 cookie program. Look for a cookie survey in your email this week and the formation of the 2019 Cookie Committee to come. 

For now, on this Saturday, my focus is on you our volunteers, leaders, and parents. I know that we are blessed to have your time and talents to assist us in carrying out our Girl Scout movement. 

Once again, I offer my sincerest apologies and can only hope that you accept my apology in the spirit of Girl Scout sisterhood. I would welcome hearing from you directly.  

Always your sister in Girl Scouts,

Helen Wronski

Interim CEO

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada

702-385-3677

hwronski@girlscoutsnv.org

www.girlscoutsnv.org