Leadership and Collaboration: A National and Local Perspective Interview
Sylvia Acevedo, CEO for the Girl Scouts of the United States
Kim Fraites-Dow, CEO for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Country Club in Gladwyne
Global organizations can face multiple challenges between the elements of culture, communication, goals, budgeting, unexpected events and more. Listen to an interview with two incredible female leaders of a local and national organization and their perspective on how to work together successfully. 50 percent of female business leaders, 80 percent of female tech leaders, 75 percent of women in the U.S. Senate and EVERY Secretary of State are Girl Scout alumnae. As the world continues to change, Girl Scouts is also shifting its programming to keep up with the times and is readying girls for 21st century careers. Learn what the organization is doing now and how it is evolving.
A lifelong Girl Scout, Sylvia Acevedo was appointed CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA in May 2017, coming full circle from her youth as a Girl Scout in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Through Girl Scouts, Sylvia discovered her passion for space, science, and math. Her interest in STEM subjects would lead her to a career as a rocket scientist, engineer, technology executive, and award-winning STEM entrepreneur. A strong civic and education leader, Sylvia understands the role education plays in creating opportunities for children and developing the workforce of the future. She was one of the first Hispanic students, male or female, to earn a graduate engineering degree from Stanford University—an MS in industrial engineering—and she holds a bachelor of science degree with honors in industrial engineering from New Mexico State University. Sylvia is the author of Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist, a memoir for middle school students that inspires readers to live the lives of their dreams.
Kim E. Fraites-Dow is the CEO for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. Integral to her success has been Kim’s leadership in recruiting key personnel, leading critical change management, building collaboration across diverse teams of people, and developing relationships across GSEP’s 9-county footprint. Together with the Board, staff and volunteers, GSEP earned Top Ten status nationally for girl and adult membership, stabilizing and growing membership locally during a period of national membership decline. Additionally, GSEP’s contributed revenue has increased double digit percentages during her tenure, and the organization has developed more flexibility in dealing with administrative and financial complexities. Growing up in a military family, Kim has had the opportunity to live in East Asia, Europe, and across the United States. She has recently been recognized as one of the Philadelphia Business Journals Most Admired CEOs in 2018 and was previously recognized as a Woman of Distinction in 2015.