Girl Scout Council
of the Nation’s Capital
4301 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20008
West Virginia Office
From the Desk of Diane Tipton
August 25, 2010
Dear Girl Scout Family:
I am pleased to announce the result of an extensive search for a new CEO to lead our Girl Scout Council. The Board of Directors met at a special session on Tuesday, August 24, and unanimously confirmed the appointment of Lidia Soto-Harmon as the new CEO for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC). We are at an exciting time in our movement, as we draw near to our 100th Anniversary in 2012. We absolutely know that we have selected the right CEO for our Council. Lidia will be a CEO that is passionate about our girls, respectful of our proud traditions and committed to diversity and inclusion for all members. She will help take our beloved organization to new heights with your support--our wonderful volunteers and staff.
Let me share a little of how we reached this decision. Last June, the Board appointed a search committee, appointed a search committee, with former Council Board President Angela Lancaster as the chair, to conduct an extensive national search for this important position. The search committee hired the McCormick Group, an executive search consulting firm to assist in this process. Through the month of June, McCormick Group held thorough interviews with Girl Scout volunteers, staff and community stakeholders to obtain input on the profile used for the CEO search. The McCormick Group received, reviewed and vetted multiple resumes and backgrounds after posting the position at the beginning of July. The search committee and the McCormick Group held weekly meetings to discuss the resumes of the individuals they thought would be possible candidates for first round interviews. The search committee then selected a group of highly skilled candidates for two days of panel interviews. After they interviewed a number of very impressive candidates, the search committee unanimously determined that it would not be necessary to go to a second round of interviews. They agreed overwhelmingly, that the best candidate for the CEO position was--Lidia Soto-Harmon. Her leadership skills, her outstanding work as our Chief Operating Officer, her passion for Girl Scouting and the girls of our Council, make her the perfect Chief Executive Officer to lead the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital into our next 100 years of Girl Scouting.
As we successfully complete this important task and begin our next Girl Scout year, we are excited with the opportunities and adventures that lie ahead for our membership and all girls in our region. We are an exceptional organization, and with the continued partnership of all our members and community supporters, we will continue to build the best Girl Scout council in the nation. Join me in congratulating Lidia as she takes the helm as CEO for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital.
President of the Board of Directors
Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.