Mentoring Gold Award Girl Scouts in D.C.

by CEO Lidia Soto-Harmon

At Girl Scouts we are committed to developing girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. We create an environment for girls to sharpen and utilize their leadership skills.


By partnering with the Biz-women at the Washington Business Journal on Mentoring Monday, young women throughout this region had the opportunity to experience “speed-coaching” from a diverse pool of women, in a cross-section of professions.

This year, we invited our Gold Award Girl Scouts to network with these influential female business leaders.

IMG-3177These Girl Scouts represent our highest achievement in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award. Gold Award Girl Scouts have collectively spent nearly half a million hours each year engaged in sustainable projects that solve society’s grand challenges and enhance the lives of people in their communities and beyond.

Our highest award has been known by different names over the years—the Golden Eaglet, the Curve Bar and First Class.  However, all of our highest Awardees are part of the Gold Award family.

The benefits of the Gold Award are insurmountable. Gold Award Girl Scouts do well in life, they report greater success in reaching their goals, distinguish themselves in the college application process and service in the military. They are distinguished leaders in their communities, and fearlessly tackle issues that they are passionate about.

Not only do I recommend to all Girl Scouts and women to include the Gold Award on IMG-3163your resume, but I urge you to keep it there for life.  And, I encourage those in positions of hiring to look for the Gold Award on a woman’s resume. She has a lot to offer.

Events like Biz Women Mentoring Monday is vital to providing Girl Scouts with the opportunity to connect with influential business leaders in our region.  To ensure that the Greater Washington Region continues to be innovative, strong and competitive –we need a commitment from the business community.

So if you have time, volunteer with Girl Scouts. If you have the resources, donate and invest in girl leadership. And, if you’re hiring, look for the Gold Award on a woman’s resume.

The future of leadership in America is in capable hands with Girl Scouts, the largest leadership pipeline for girls.