General Motors has picked a woman as its next CEO, naming product development chief Mary Barra as the first female head of a major U.S. car company.
Mary Barra’s promotion will help shatter pernicious auto-industry stereotypes about gender while putting the company in the hands of someone who cares deeply about cars.
1. She is the first female CEO in the automotive industry
This is such an amazing step for women in the workforce and especially for women in STEM with C-suite aspirations. As stated by Girl Scout of Citrus “the glass ceiling just got a little thinner!”
2. She began at General Motors when she was 18 as a student co-op
Barra studied electrical engineering at General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and sought out the co-op to help pay her tuition. She went on to receive her Bachelors of Science, at Kettering University and Masters of Business Administration at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
3. She keeps an Albert Einstein bobble-head on her desk
This is a fun one. According to a BusinessWeek article, Barra won the bobble-head in a competition with coworkers at GM.
4. She is a CEO and is also married with two children
We often hear that to be a career woman you will have to choose between your family or your career; Barra shows that is is possible to have and be successful in both!
5. She was listed as #35 in the The Forbes list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women
After being named number 41 in 2012, Barra moved up in rank this past May. The list is comprised of ”women that go beyond the traditional taxonomy of the power elite. These change-agents are actually shifting our very idea of clout and authority and, in the process, transforming the world in fresh and exhilarating ways.” – Forbes.com
6. She likes motivating young girls to go into math and science
This past april, Barra visited an elementary school in Detroit where third-graders were working on a science project demonstrating wind power. While there, Barra gave a talk about the importance of studying and then joined in on the fun of paper sailboats powered by electric fans.
7. She’s not afraid to challenge tradition
This is evident from the fact that she decided to go into the car world – a man’s world – as a woman, but on a sillier note, earlier in her career, Barra was in Human Resources for GM. While in this position she made the decision to allow employees to wear jeans to work. This decision drew a lot of complaints but Barra stood by her decision and said that she trusted the employees to dress appropriately.
Congratulations and thanks to you, Mary Barra for paving the way for women in your field, and in others. We wish you the best of luck in your position!
Keep up with Mary Barra on Twitter! twitter.com/mtbarra
- Greet customers with a smile! Pull your customers in with a great display and a big smile that says “I’m here to help!” This sets the stage for a pleasant interaction between you and your customers!
- Let them know what they are getting! With the switch to the new bakery, some customers may be confused about the new names of the cookies. Let them know that there is a new bakery and maybe even let them taste the cookies so that they know they are still getting the delicious Girl Scout cookies that they love!
- Say thank you! This is a simple but important step in business. Let your customers know that you appreciate them and that they are helping you achieve your goals.
- Ask for feed back! Customers love to be asked about their experiences. This will give them the opportunity to express themselves and will also give you the opportunity to grow and develop stronger business and people skills!
- Utilize the element of surprise! Consider handing out thank you notes or recipe cards with your cookies. Some people may not realize the extent of your business skills; let them know that you care about their business and are serious about cookie sales. Customers will be pleasantly surprised when they see that you have gone the extra mile.
Do you have any other tips to share with your fellow Girl Scouts? Leave them in the comments!
So you want to buy some Girl Scout Cookies. Seems pretty simple right? You see a booth, buy some cookies and move on through out the rest of your day. Did you know that there are things that you as a customer can do to help the Girl Scouts that are selling you the cookies? Here’s a list of things that you can do to become a top notch cookie customer!
- Say Hello! Get things off on the right foot with a simple smile and a “hello.” Besides being the best conversation starter ever, this will help build the girls’ confidence in making the sale.
- Look her in the eye! The girls behind the booth are learning how to interact and build trust with customers; look them in the eye to say “hey, we see each other, we respect each other – and we’re ready to do business.”
- Let her know if you’re a Girl Scout! Girl Scouts are everywhere! Let them know that you were a Girl Scout and how it helped you to become who you are today.
- Don’t call them cute! They know they’re cute but selling cookies is serious business and these girls want to be taken seriously. They are running the largest girl-led business in the world. That’s not cute. That’s incredible.
- Ask about inventory! They have something for everyone – and since this year they have a new bakery, they are armed with the knowledge to answer all of your cookie questions!
- Ask where the money goes! What many people may not know is that the girls decide where the money goes. Some troops use it to go on an adventure, some use it to donate to a charity, and others use it to do a service project. But whatever the case, the choice lies with the girls!
- Talk Money! Running a booth is about more than making change. These girls set up and track a budget and learn about all of the good that can be done with their cookie money.
- Ask why they are Girl Scouts! In Girl Scouts, girls learn many things and encounter opportunities not available through any other organizations. Every girl has a story and every Girl Scout knows that she can do anything.
- Check out the new packages! This year there are three cookies that come in more eco-friendly packaging! Girl Scouts want to tell you all about the impact that these have on the environment and about how delicious the cookies inside of them are!
- Give them feedback! Cookie business is hard work and for many of the girls it’s a whole new world. Giving them feedback helps them grow as Girl Scouts and as leaders.
Well – there you go! You must be ready to buy cookies now! To make sure you get your cookies we have a few options available to make locating a cookie booth simple!
Online Booth Locator
- This link will take you to the GSUSA cookie booth locator. Finding the list of cookie booths can be confusing at first so we have provided instructional images! Click to enlarge!
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By Krista Park, Communications & Marketing Director
Today more girls are showing interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields and STEM-based activities. But despite this growing curiosity, girls still are not choosing medicine, science, technology and engineering as their number one career path.
Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines has prioritized STEM in an effort to help girls bridge the existing gender gap that within these male-dominant career fields and provides opportunities for girls to enhance their exposure to and deepen their engagement in STEM.
1. She promotes equality of girls and women in the media
As Girl Scouts we know that ordinary girls can do extraordinary things and a world of good. Unfortunately girls are not usually represented this way in popular TV shows and movies that many of our girls watch. Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis – who has starred in roles that break down gender boundaries – is aiming at changing the face of girls in media by bringing awareness to the lack of female protagonists in TV and movies as well show the lack of diversity in the female roles that do exist.
According to Biography.com:
“In 2004, Davis founded what is now known as the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (GDIGM). The institute has done extensive research into the portrayal of women in family films, discovering that there is, on average, only one female character for every three male characters. Davis and the rest of organization work to influence those who create content for children to correcting that imbalance.”
According to Davis, their message is getting across to the entertainment industry. In a survey of people in the entertainment business 68% revealed that the message of the GDIGM has influenced more than 2 of their projects; 41% reported that more than 4 of their projects have been effected by the message of the GDIGM. While we certainly wish these numbers were at 100%, this is still great news for the future of the portrayal of girls and women in the media.
2. She Co-Chairs Girl Scouts’ Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls
To further her mission, Geena Davis partnered up with Girl Scouts in 2011 to create the Healthy MEdia Commission.
Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls will bring together media leaders and subject related experts to create a blueprint of recommendations for promoting positive media images. The Commission brings together media leaders and subject related experts to create a blueprint of recommendations for promoting positive media images.
3. She was a Girl Scout
It is no surprise that Davis supported Girl Scouts in this effort because as a girl, she herself was a Girl Scout and is still extremely dedicated to our mission. Recently some of the GSCM Staff had the opportunity to hear Davis speak at the Network 2000′s 20th Annual Women of Excellence Luncheon. During her speech, Davis pointed out that Girl Scouts has already “written the book” so to speak, on how to create women of courage, character and confidence. After she had left the podium one of our staff members was was able to speak with her (and her body guard, who by the way was also a Girl Scout!) and get an autograph which she gladly provided.
4. The GDIGM supports women in STEM
Also in alignment with Girl Scout principles, Davis recently helped unveil a new STEM scholarship. Accordint to the latest GDIGM e-newsletter the “scholarship is designed for women looking to enroll in New Engineering University’s newly created one-year Master of Engineering degree in Big Data. ‘One of the goals of the program is to enroll a class with a diverse student body where at least half of the students will be women, challenging the current environment in which just 11% of practicing engineers are female,’ NEU said. As part of the effort, NEU has awarded the Geena Davis Institute five full-tuition scholarships, which will be given to aspiring female engineers.”
5. She is an AWESOME archer
Just when you thought she couldn’t get any cooler!
We would like to say thank you to Geena Davis for all that she is doing to inspire and ensure opportunity for girls now and as they become women. You rock!
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