WASHINGTON—On Saturday, November 16, nearly 10,000 Girl Scouts converged on the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA to celebrate all things Girl Scouts. They were greeted by a 26-foot climbing walls, one in the parking lot and another 20’ inside the hall, which did not intimidate these Go-getter, Innovators, Risk-takers and Leaders (G.I.R.L.). Girls eagerly participated in a virtual spacewalk, balanced on the monkey bridge, tried their aim at archery, played a cybersecurity game, tied knots, made sit-upons and met the Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low’s great niece, Margaret Seiler.
Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital said, “With over 87,000 members spread-out over the Greater Washington Region, it was awesome to bring our girls together at G.I.R.L. Expo and show them the amazing program opportunities and power of the Girl Scout sisterhood. She met enthusiastically with Girl Scouts and shared her “Selfie with the CEO” Patch. She said, “Girls can’t be what they don’t see, so it is important to their leadership development that they know a CEO.” Many of the sponsors’ top female executives were also on hand to inspire girls to pursue careers in STEM.
CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Sylvia Acevedo shared her remarkable Girl Scout experience which lead her to become a rocket scientist and signed her book, Path to the Stars, for eager girls. Melinda Caroll, renowned Girl Scout songwriter and performer, released her new song Speak Up, Speak Out along with dance moves. Girls had a private tasting of a new and embargoed Girl Scout Cookie (coming January 7)—based on the repeat visitors, the cookie has the potential to be a sweet success.
Teen Girl Scouts ran the ‘GEM,’ Girl Entrepreneurial Market, selling hand-made items to finance their Girl Scout dreams. Girl Scout Alice Tapper, author and creator of the Raise Your Hand movement encouraged girls to be bold and brave as she autographed her book. Girl Scout Ambassador and G.I.R.L. Squad journalist, Autumn Ballard said, “I had so much fun. I was not only inspired by the beautiful booths, but the people I met.” In true Girl Scout tradition there was singing all day and a fashion show featuring vintage Girl Scout uniforms.
The event was sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Booz Allen Hamilton, truth, EY, MYEYEDR, Deloitte, Nauticon, the STARR Foundation, Pepco Holdings Inc., and more. Visit our website for a complete list of sponsors.