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-- -- of cookies but did the Girl Scouts produce some of the most successful women in the country chew on this.
8% of women business owners.
Our former Girl Scouts or two thirds of female senators and congresswoman plots almost every female astronaut was flown in spat heats.
-- -- -- Are many power panel an -- of influential former Girl -- Laurel Richie is president of the women's National Basketball Association Ilene Gordon.
Is CEO -- greedy on one of 21 women running a fortune 500 company we also have congresswoman Susan Brooks of Indiana welcome all of you to the show.
-- -- -- -- It was a brownie I was a girl scout -- was long time ago though for me do you still remember those lessons -- mean what do you think people really take with them specifically.
Absolutely you know I I think for me the best part of being a girl scout was.
Learning to get back to my community Canada and the community service projects that we did I can also remember the first time I sold Girl Scout Cookies yeah father.
Brought me a little metal box -- -- hold the money in and I learned how to count money I learned how to set goals -- -- so I think you learn life skills as a girl scout.
Eileen it's interesting to me how the Girl Scouts have evolved.
To be even more -- in front of me I have a money manager badge I also have a business owner badge.
These specific that I don't believe were around in my day the business on our badges so -- states is when you -- -- -- -- -- the basic steps of planning creative business.
A business that you might want to start what day do you think it's important to a ball like this and teach girls about money.
I guess I do you know I've always been goal oriented and -- Girl Scouts was a great way to set goals.
And -- in specific badges and then achieve those results.
And so today I think it's important.
That the Girl Scouts have evolved what the specific badges are yeah every app for its very apropos to today's business world.
Some -- I mean that's one of the things that I remember the most that seems like lessons that can be carried over today is this idea of you wanna -- a badge I mean you have to do you really specific things in order to get that you feel bad about yourself.
When you only have one or two in your friends have a time I mean it's a it's a competitive type thing.
There's a lot of responsibility you've got to have -- -- -- -- bring everything with you pay your dues.
Are these important lessons to be too strict.
No I actually think that the Girl Scouts mission is about courage competence and character.
And so all of the things that come together with earning badges.
Really encourage people to have that courage to try new things.
That confidence to show girls that they can do more that they can't learn new things and I particularly love the team work.
That goes in the Girl Scouts being together -- a true working on gadgets together it really -- actually build character as well it doesn't seem like.
There are as many Girl Scouts out there as there were in my today you don't even just looking at that was my instinct you're looking at the numbers -- -- compared to 2003 you know there were about three point eight million Girl Scouts now set to about three point one.
Why do you think that number is dropping.
Well I certainly I think that congress on top 1020 up.
Sorry I actually think it probably has become a little bit harder -- out of moms to be troop leaders.
And in because it takes a lot of time to be a leader and that so many women -- game.
Mom and dad outside the harmful I think it's a bit harder and my mom didn't work -- -- the home at the time and says she was the leader.
I wasn't able to be a leader -- the -- -- that my daughter was in Girl Scouts.
But I very much with so appreciative of those moms who did have the flexibility and did.
Become -- so I think that actually could be part of it yeah that's the only problem.
People and -- you know it seems like moms can't necessarily be leaders people less trusting.
And -- did they feel differently about sending their girls over to someone's house to be part of a group.
Around you know I can't quite speak to.
Each individual household but I think the really important thing is you don't have to be a mom to be a girl scout leader.
You know one of the things that I love about being part of the -- the MDA is Sarah 132 players here these fabulous role models for young girls.
Are you sound -- any event in the well and many of.
Our players were -- scouts and so I think.
There's an opportunity to give back.
And to give to the next generation of young girls.
-- why it might -- god had.
Was gonna say that I think that also that girls have a lot of choices today.
In spending their time in sports.
I and I know in Chicago is an example my company in greedy on supports -- girls for science program.
And so girls are getting that exposure in other ways.
But I think the Girl Scouts is a very important organization.
And that they are really encouraging.
Teamwork and having results.
And getting developed to be the leaders of the future.
So while there are many competing priorities I think it's important that we continue to support the -- -- Eileen why does it feel like.
You know there people have a different set of it about Girl Scouts -- Boy Scouts why is that what's different about it.
Other than the -- I don't I don't have a different sentiment I think both organizations.
Build character and leadership.
And teamwork as we've said before.
And maybe perhaps boys had many choices years ago.
In terms of CNN and other activities and girls didn't but today I think Girl Scouts is something that's very important for the future.
-- women in leadership positions and we need to build on that and I just love the idea.
About financial bad -- in getting financial acumen as a young woman and learning about financing and I've managing her money.
No and it's so true and one of the biggest lessons is out in that is that selling of the Girl Scout Cookies which are so iconic I was so interested to read that.
Oreo -- of the biggest selling cookie in the country then Girl Scouts -- chips ahoy.
I mean it's amazing that it would be the second biggest selling cookie in the country ladies thank you so much for coming -- we appreciate your time.
What we'll send you all America pageant at this meeting and give -- -- that might be more appropriate I come -- up.
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