I got to spend Saturday mentoring young Girl Scouts at the “Not Your Mother’s Career Fair” hosted by the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council along with my sister Athenian, Woody Walker.
These young ladies are amazing. While Woody and I shared Athena’s 8 Principles of Leadership and how we apply them to our lives, they shared how they can apply them to their lives. These young ladies are facing real adult problems of bullying, drugs use on their school buses, transgender classmates, teenage pregnancy and HIV.
One young lady shared that her gold badge project focused on raising awareness of human trafficking. She has designed a website that raises money to provide “go kits” for those escaping from their captives. She already has $10,000 committed! As a fundraiser, I was impressed. You go girls!
Athena identifies eight distinct attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: Authentic Self, Relationships, Giving Back, Collaboration, Courageous Acts, Learning, Fierce Advocacy, and Celebration. These personal traits that are more intuitive to women, and combined with the strongest aspects of traditional leadership – taking risks, assertiveness, hard work – prepare women to be successful leaders in the 21st century.
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