With the country caught up in its yearly "Girl Scout Cookie fever," it's a great time to look at the program, which helps shape young women into the leaders of tomorrow, and the chief executive currently guiding the Girl Scouts of the USA: Anna Maria Chavez.
The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) today announced it would honor Anna Maria Chavez with its 2012 Chairman's Award at an event titled "A Celebration of Women Entrepreneurship in America" during the Chamber's Legislative Summit gala. The Summit will take place in Washington, D.C., on March 21-23, 2012, at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center.
The annual gala honors and recognizes the affect that Hispanic businesswomen have in America.
USHCC Board Chairman Nina Vaca said: "The annual Chairman's Award is presented to an individual who stands out as a leading advocate of Hispanic entrepreneurship in America. Through her work with the Girl Scouts, the nation's largest organization for girls, Anna Maria Chavez is a true inspiration for young women in America and continues to help shape tomorrow's leaders through innovative and supportive programs."
Chavez said that she is "deeply honored to accept the USHCC's 2012 Chairman's Award."
"I am especially honored because entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills are essential components of the Girl Scout experience," she added. "The Girl Scout Cookie Program alone is the largest girl-led business in the country providing immeasurable benefits to girls and their communities. We reach girls from every sector of society and empower them to realize their full potential as leaders—as young women who have the courage and confidence to make our world a better place. I look forward to a future in which our young girls will be standing in my place for their remarkable and meaningful achievements."
According to the organization, The Girl Scout Cookie Program generates more than $750 million in sales. It aims to teach the Girl Scouts five essential business skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. The Girl Scouts organization says that it has nearly 325,000 Hispanic Girl Scouts and adult volunteers, an increase of more than 50% in the past decade.
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