Seeing is Believing: Girl Scouts Helps Girls Envision Their Future Careers


Girl Scouts of Central Maryland (GSCM) has begun a 3-part series entitled, Leadership Series with the CEO, to introduce older Girl Scouts (8th grade and above) to future careers and the women in those fields. The first series, Building the Next Generation of STEM Leaders, focused on debunking many of the myths associated with STEM. Cardiologist, Dr. Barbara Hutchinson; Cyber Security expert, Barrie Drum, CFE; Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Julie Lenzer and John’s Hopkins School of Medicine student, Kiley Hunkler were panelists for the event. The panelists shared information, gave advice and answered questions for the girls in attendance. Sheela Murthy’s, Murthy-Nyak Foundation, is the sponsor for the leadership series events.

A staunch supporter of Girl Scouts of Central Maryland for over 10 years, Murthy believes that girls in the United States have opportunities to succeed and to choose careers that girls in other countries are not always afforded. Murthy has been a supporter of many GSCM initiatives and programs for girls, including the Distinguished Women’s Award Celebration.

“Girl Scouts of Central Maryland is ready to support and encourage every girl with hopes and dreams, ideals and ambitions,” stated Violet M. Apple, CEO, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. With help from the community and sponsors like Sheela Murthy, our organization can do more to prepare our girls for the future, Apple added. The 2017 State of the Girl report indicates that as a nation, we still have work to do to ensure that girls live healthy and productive lives now and as women. Historically, Girl Scouting has had a positive impact on girls; an impact that has helped them be successful adults. “We are here to nurture the girl she is now and the woman and leader she has the potential to become,” Apple stated.

The next Leadership Series with the CEO, Leading in Tough Times, takes place April 1st from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at Girl Scouts headquarters in Baltimore City. Sheela Murthy will serve as moderator for the panel which includes: Chineta Davis, retired Vice President and General Manager, Northrop Grumman Corporation; Aileen Eskildsen, CPA and Director, Ellin and Tucker; Jania Stoudt, Co-Founder, Fiduciary Plan Advisors and Carla McCoy, Director of Professional Development, Baltimore Teachers Union. The third series event, scheduled for June 14th is: Fcous on the Future: Fears and Opportunities. For more information about either event or to attend, contact Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, 410.358.9711 or visit

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