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Anna Maria Chávez ’90: Launching the Girl Scouts’ second century.

This week of St. Patrick’s Day, Irish-Americans aren’t the only ones wearing green. The Girl Scouts celebrated their 100th birthday on March 12 (with Thin Mint cake, presumably), and a Yalie was at the helm.

Anna Maria Chávez ’90—a lawyer, former government official, and lifetime Girl Scout member—became CEO last year of the organization that Juliette Gordon Low founded in 1912, before American women even had the right to vote. Now the Scouts claim more than 3 million members. And like the Scout– and Yale-trained leader she is, Chávez has launched a $1 billion campaign that she calls “the largest, boldest advocacy and fund-raising cause dedicated to girls’ leadership in the nation’s history.”

“In the years ahead our nation will need all of the talent it can muster,” Chávez writes of the campaign, dubbed ToGetHerThere. “This generation of girls must grow up to be at the leadership table, helping find cures for diseases, developing products, raising healthy and happy families, solving social problems, launching industries and creating jobs.”

And, of course, munching Do-Si-Dos.


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