Hogan, who has been involved with the Girl Scouts for more than 40 years, was named CEO in 2008, joining the nonprofit after a career at MBNA. We caught up with Hogan recently to talk about how the organization is working to develop girls into leaders, and its new national push called Ban Bossy, banbossy.com, The questions and answers have been edited for clarity and space.
Q: When people think of the Girl Scouts, they might think of cookie sales and summer camps, but the program is much more.
Tell us about it.
A: Encouraging girls to consider STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers is a major initiative of Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay. We have a STEM specialist with more than 30 years of experience in science who is responsible for creating programming and coordinating with our corporate and academic partners. One current initiative is the Imagine Your STEM Future program for high school girls presented at Christiana High School. Many STEM programs are hosted at Camp Country Center in Hockessin, where we have opened the Lynn Williams Science and Technology Lodge. Last fall, we opened a Digital Media Center as part of a STEM*Maker Center at the camp. This summer, we will have three weeks of summer camp at Camp Country Center with a STEM focus, including biotechnology and culinary science.
Earlier this month, DuPont hosted the 25th Engineering Your Tomorrow event, featuring many women scientists offering hands-on projects for more than 100 Girl Scouts. Another example was at the 15th Annual Women of Distinction event on March 11, where we honored Terri Kelly, the CEO of Gore, who herself was a Girl Scout. A discussion for 60 Girl Scouts included scientists from DuPont, W.L. Gore, AstraZeneca, Wilmington University, University of Delaware, Delaware State University and a doctor from Nemours. The scientists shared their stepping stones to their careers – girls heard from real-live women scientists and how they achieved their goals in science. The girls were engaged and asked many questions.
Q: The Girl Scouts of the USA partnered recently with the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, on a new initiative called Ban Bossy.
What do you see as valuable in this program?
A: Here’s the problem: in a Girl Scouts study of 8- to 17-year-olds, a third of young women who did not want to be leaders attributed their lack of motivation to a fear of being called “bossy” or disliked by their peers. Girls were twice as likely to cite “bossy” as a barrier. Sixth-grade girls are 33 percent less likely than boys to want to take the lead in group projects. Starting in middle school, more boys than girls aspire to leadership roles in future careers. We need to reach girls early, before middle school. Ban Bossy’s mission is to encourage girls to lead everywhere: at home, in their communities and in the workplace. Whether a girl seeks to be the CEO of the world’s largest company or the CEO of her family at home, we intend to empower her to follow her dreams. The Ban Bossy program is twofold. It is a public awareness campaign, but it is also a specific program to teach girls how to speak up and be leaders.
Q: When you are out working with girls in the region, what kinds of stories inspire you? What do you see for the next generation of future leaders?
It’s gratifying to see individual girls grow and take on leadership roles. One terrific example is this year’s Women of Distinction Mistress of Ceremonies Eryne Jenkins. Many of the girls who audition for this role are in high school, but Eryne is an eighth-grader at Postlethwait Middle School in Camden. She spoke in front of 300 in the Gold Ballroom. She has grown so much as a leader during her time in Girl Scouts. Many of our girls have gone on to major in engineering or other science fields, and they credit Girl Scout programs for getting them interested. These girls serve as role models to our younger Girl Scouts. There’s the shy little girl who sees the success of older Girl Scouts and says, “I can do that, too.” A troop of Girl Scout Brownies recently had a cookie booth at Cokesbury Village. So many of today’s leaders are Girl Scout alumnae. This trend will continue – the girls of today have opportunities that we can only imagine. I fully expect that the first woman President of the United States will be a Girl Scout alum.
Q: What kinds of things can the business community do to help the Girl Scouts?
A: The top of our wish list is volunteers. We always need troop leaders and currently have girls on the waiting list who need to be placed in a troop. We also need short-term volunteers – to come out to help with a series or individual program. One of our most popular programs for teen girls is the Dine Around program, where girls meet women in a particular business or organization. Additionally, our Advancement Committee is trying to connect with many local businesses. We also will be beginning a capital campaign for our new Northern Resource Center, and we will ask the business community as well as individuals to get involved.
January, 2014, The News Journal – For the first time, Girl Scout Cookies will be available on carts at Christiana Mall, Dover Mall and the Centre at Salisbury beginning February 7 through March 9. The carts will be open during mall hours. Additionally, Girl Scout Cookies will be available at several Walmarts on the Delmarva Peninsula during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend. Trucks will begin delivering cases of cookies to Girl Scout troops on Saturday, February 7. The deliveries will run through Thursday, February 13. Girl Scouts will deliver pre-ordered cookies to their customers and prepare for regular cookie booths beginning February 14. For ease of purchase, customers can find their Thin Mints, Samoas, and other favorite Girl Scout Cookies by using the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, available free for iPhone or Android. All GSCB Cookie booths can be located through the Cookie Finder.
11-19-2013 – By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, the girls have become community leaders. Their accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart. Only about 5 percent of Girl Scouts achieve this designation. "Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms," said Anne T. Hogan, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay. "They saw a need in their communities and around the world and took action. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership, is making the world a better place."
11-5-2013, The News Journal – Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay announced today that it will build a new, multi-functional service center near Newark, DE to serve as the organization's Northern Region headquarters. Serving nearly 16,000 girls and adult volunteers, GSCB is the largest girl advocacy organization on the Delmarva Peninsula. GSCB's current headquarters is located in Newark at 501 S. College Avenue on the University of Delaware College of Agriculture campus. The new service center will be constructed on seven acres of land on Old Baltimore Pike, located approximately 2 1/3 miles south on Route 896 and four miles east on Old Baltimore Pike. The wooded tract is north of Smalley's Pond near Route 275 and I-95. "Our new service center will enable us to better serve our volunteers and the growing number of girls on the Delmarva Peninsula by providing needed space and resources," said Anne T. Hogan, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay. GSCB owns its current headquarters building but leases the land from the University of Delaware. The lease is expiring and the university has agreed to purchase the building. Hogan said the new site has excellent access, visibility, parking and open space. It will provide welcome outdoor areas for Girl Scouts and volunteers to enjoy in conjunction with programming in the service center. (Map)
11-29-2013 – Every year, Girl Scouts and adult volunteers from SU 629 are dedicated volunteers for Stockings for Soldiers. Today, Dr. Jill Biden, the Second Lady of the United States, stopped by to help! Image 1 | Image 2
10-12-2013, WMDT – WMDT had some visitors at the station Saturday. Girl Scouts from Troops 38, 634, 710 and 740 came by as part of a media journey. As part of their visit, the girls actually helped write a story to run during a newscast. (Image)
The girls got a tour of the building and got to role-play in jobs like being an anchor. We talked to them about why they joined Girl Scouts and why they have stayed in for so many years. They say it's not just about camping, they learn a lot and have fun doing it.
Here is what a few of them had to say:
Jamiah Weston says, "I'm doing my silver award, that's gonna help me get into college."
Maddison Brown says, "It's really fun, you learn a lot of new skills and you go on a lot of exciting trips and you have more experiences than if you weren't in Girl Scouts."
Shannon Combs says, "I want to become a teacher and I think girl scouts will help me become a teacher."
Emily Harrington says, "The thing I like about girl scouts is that I get to hang out with some of my closest friends and even though most of its not about playing, we get to have some play time and just hang out and chill."
The girls told us they get to go on a lot of trips and the troops have helped them try new things.