STAMFORD, Conn. -- Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chávez was in Stamford Tuesday, Jan. 12, to kickstart the Ferguson Library’s "Civility in America" series.
Chávez, who oversees the 2.7 million Girl Scouts and adult volunteers across the globe, talked about the “growing dearth of civility” in our culture and “how it robs us of the ability to connect with one another with compassion.”
“That is why we must exercise the power that we all possess to reject intolerance,” Chávez said. “In its place, we must chart a course that speaks to -- in the concluding words of Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address -- ‘the better angels of our nature.’ "
During the lecture, Chávez discussed the importance of preparing girls for their future leadership roles by laying the foundation early on for later success in life. She focused on the Girl Scout Mission and Girl Scout Law, and how they encourage girls to work on community service projects and make the world a better place.
“The Mission of Girl Scouts is to ‘build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place,’” said Chávez. “The Girl Scout Law requires that they remain ‘responsible for what I say and do.’ And it stipulates that they must always ‘be a sister to every Girl Scout.’ Simple ideas, perhaps, but they are the reason our movement has led the charge for more than a century in championing inclusivity, diversity, empathy and compassion."
Local Girl Scouts and volunteers also had the chance to meet Chávez before she spoke. Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO Mary Barneby joined them.
“It’s always such an incredible opportunity to meet with our national CEO and hear her talk about issues that affect women and girls today,” Barneby said. “Our girls had a wonderful time meeting Anna Maria and having the chance to talk to her about the benefits in Girl Scouting. It was a wonderful experience for us all.”
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