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  • Long-Time Girl Scout Volunteers to Be Recognized at OneOC’s Spirit of Volunteerism Awards


    Girl Scouts of Orange County would like to congratulate Sloane Petrillo and Siobhan Hickey on receiving the Spirit of Volunteerism Award from OneOC. These incredible Girl Scout volunteers will be honored at OneOC’s annual award luncheon on April 24th at the Disneyland Hotel.

    Sloane has provided over a decade of service to Girl Scouts of Orange County, volunteering for numerous positions including troop leader, Gold Award Committee member, Adult Recognitions Committee chair and Day Camp director. Sloan took the lead like a Girl Scout to start the popular Irvine Day Camp several years ago, which provides innovative girl-led opportunities for the girls to plan and execute day camp. Thank you Sloane for your dedication and support of Girl Scouts.

    Siobhan is an advocate for girl-led travel opportunities for all Girl Scouts of Orange County girls. She was the lead chaperone for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration trip where 19 girls and 8 chaperones visited Washington D.C. to experience the Inaugural festivities. Siobhan is also a member of the Global Action Group and mentors and trains for travelling with Girl Scouts. Thank you Siobhan for your commitment and devotion to Girl Scouts!

    Congratulations Sloan and Siobhan on this extraordinary and well-deserved recognition! 

    You can learn more about OneOC and the Spirit of Volunteerism Award here.

  • Girl Scouts of Orange County Announces $2.5M Gift from Ambassador and Mrs. George L. Argyros for Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center under Construction in Newport Beach


    OC’s new hub for Girl Scout STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs and activities will broaden girls’ horizons through program experiences they won’t find anywhere else.

    IRVINE, Calif. (March 28, 2017) – Girl Scouts of Orange County announced today it has received a historic $2.5M presenting donor gift from the Argyros family. Girl Scouts’ 6,000 sq. ft. Leadership Center is under construction in Newport Beach’s Marina Park and will be named after philanthropist and community leader, Julia Argyros.

    The Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center will open later this year for Orange County’s nearly 21,000 Girl Scouts and 13,000 adult members who support them. It will serve as Orange County’s hub for Girl Scout STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs and provide girls from all cultures and backgrounds extraordinary opportunities to explore careers and learn how they can take action to make the world a better place-- all while creating lifelong memories and enjoying the waterfront surroundings.

    “An investment in Girl Scouts is an investment in our future,” commented Julia Argyros. “Girls and young women visiting this first-of-its-kind Leadership Center will quickly learn that there are no boundaries for what they can do. This is a safe environment where girls from all cultures and backgrounds can apply their talents and passions to creating powerful and lasting change in our communities and around the w...



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  • Muslim Girl Scouts Extend Friendship and Fun Across Cultures


  • Three Girl Scouts Featured in OC Family's Whiz Kids 2017 Line-Up


  • Girl Scouts, Disneyland VoluntEARS, City of Anaheim, & KaBOOM! Build a Playground in Anaheim Hills!


  • Girl Scouts rally as they prepare for 100th year of cookie sales


    The 2017 cookie season marks the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts and introduces Orange County to a brand new cookie - Girl Scout S'mores. An anticipated 1,000 Girl Scouts kicked off the rally with cookie cheers, performances and Orange County’s debut of the national Girl Scout anthem.

  • National Girl Innovators: Congratulations to Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Anushka Bhaskar!


    Girl Scouts of the USA recently announced (GSUSA) the 2017 National Girl Innovators - among them Girl Scout's of Orange County's Girl Scout Ambassador Anushka Bhaskar!

    The group of 12 girls from across the country (listed below) has been selected to serve as advisors and innovators to the national girl experience. They will be advising on topics big and small, from reviewing surveys to co-designing experiences for older girls and testing new program material with younger girls. They are the front line of girl input. Throughout the year, they will receive training on focus group facilitation, the best marketing strategies for naming products, and how to prototype and test designs. GSUSA looks forward to working with the girls this year; if you are interested in nominating a girl for next year’s group, please watch for more information in early summer 2017.

    Congratulations Anushka and all 2017 National Girl Innovators!                

    District Girl Name Council 1 Teevyah Heart of Central California  2 Anushka...


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  • Girl Scouts of Orange County Launches Pilot Robotics Program in Partnership with FIRST


    See more photos here.

    IRVINE, Calif. (December 14, 2016) – While many Orange County kids are ramping up for the holiday festivities, local Girl Scouts have been gearing up to be future scientists, engineers, and innovators as they participate in robotics tournaments across the county. This fall Girl Scouts of Orange County launched a pilot robotics program, made possible in part through funding secured by non-profit FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

    With plans to expand next year, four pilot robotics teams were initially launched for Girl Scouts in 4th through 10th grades to participate in FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge teams (according to their grade level). The goal – to engage girls with fun, hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math skills while using their imaginations and having fun. Each season FIRST LEGO League teams (4-8th grades) research real-world problems, such as food safety, recycling, energy, and are challenged to develop a solution. Students then design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS ® and compete on a table-top playing field. With the guidance of professional mentors, FIRST Tech Challenge teams designe...



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  • Girl Scouts of the USA Smashes Leadership Stereotypes with New PSA, Anthem, and Data Showing Impact Girl Scouts Have On the World this Giving Tuesday


    Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), today on Giving Tuesday, is dispelling stereotypes about female leadership and demonstrating the importance of investing in girls who make a difference in the world. A newly unveiled Girl Scout PSA and anthem bring to life the unique Girl Scout programming that enables girls—from kindergarten through high school—to practice leadership. This new campaign effort is revealed alongside preliminary data that, for the first time, articulates what girls are doing on a daily basis to take the lead and make the world a better place.

  • Girl Scouts Recognizes Seven OC Trailblazers, Nets Over $225,000 to Fund Vital Programs for Local Girls


    IRVINE, Calif. (November 7, 2016) –More than 260 community and business leaders came together on Friday, November 4th to recognize seven outstanding local female leaders, all Girl Scout alumnae and champions of Girl Scouting, and raised over $225,000 (net) for Girl Scouts of Orange County at its Seventh Annual Celebrate Leadership event. Held at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, each honoree was paired with a current Orange County Girl Scout, providing an opportunity for girls who are just beginning their leadership journeys to interact with women who have achieved excellence in their lives.

    The Girl Scouts each created and presented a unique art piece, a symbolic Girl Scout badge, to her honoree, illustrating the woman’s leadership characteristics. The Girl Scouts, ranging in age from seven to 16, also shared how these leaders inspire them to accomplish their goals and strive for greatness. Because Girl Scouts is Girl-Led, the evening program was emceed by Girl Scout Senior Khira Mistry (age 15) from Placentia and Girl Scout Junior Gracie Finley (age 10) from Mission Viejo. The evening’s entertainment opened with a rousing performance by Girl Scout alumnae representing UCI’s Jodiako Drumming Ensemble, followed by performances by pianist and Girl Scout Ambassador Isabel Nguyen and violinist and Girl Scout Senior Kimi Konishi.

    Guests enjoyed Lemonade Martinis inspired by one of Girl Scouts’ favorite cookies while they browsed more than 90 silent auc...



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  • OC Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts commit to month of kindness for One Billion Acts of Kindness initiative


    The Girl Scouts of Orange County and the Boy Scouts of America’s Orange County Council are joining forces with OCDE in the month of November — and beyond — to make progress toward one billion acts of kindness. Aligning with the One Billion Acts of Kindness initiative and its goal to make kindness a lifelong habit, the scouts’ collective campaign, “A Scout is Kind,” will be asking its members and volunteers to commit at least one act of kindness per day in November.

  • Girl Scouts of the USA and Netflix Come Together to Empower Girls to Explore STEM Subjects


    October 5, 2016NEW YORK and LOS GATOS, CA—Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Netflix are joining forces to empower young girls to envision their futures in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Centered around Project Mc2, a Netflix original series from MGA Entertainment Inc., the collaboration takes STEM beyond the small screen with hands-on experiences for Girl Scout troops at Netflix headquarters and the debut of a STEM Superstars Guide (PDF), an online resource that encourages Girl Scouts across the country to discover just how exciting, fun and rewarding STEM can be. 

     

  • Leading OC Companies and Girl Scouts of Orange County Renew Commitment to Grow Number of Girls in STEM Education


    Girl Scouts of Orange County STEM Consortium Launches Council’s Own STEMsational ME! Badge for 4th & 5th Grade Girls

    IRVINE, Calif. (October 3, 2016) – Although Orange County’s STEM workforce is an estimated 21 percent of the total economy and growing, the OC faces a pervasive and increasing shortfall of STEM-educated workers. In fact, 40 percent of OC job vacancies were STEM related in 2014. This is more worrisome given that women make up half the workforce in the US, but only 25 percent of STEM professions.

    To address the STEM gender gap, Girl Scouts of Orange County and the Girl Scouts of Orange County STEM Consortium, a group of leading OC STEM companies, announced the launch of STEMsational ME!, a Council’s Own badge for Girl Scout Juniors. Designed with the interests of 4th and 5th grade girls in mind, STEMsational ME! offers exciting, hands-on activities for girls to explore science, technology, engineering, and math in the OC and see how they use STEM every day to be themselves – from catching a wave at the beach, to using their imagination to paint and play with fashion, to enjoying a favorite frozen treat at one of Orange County’s many frozen desert sho...



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  • Girl Scouts of Orange County Announces 2016 Celebrate Leadership Honorees


    Seven Orange County Women Recognized by the Nation’s Preeminent Leadership Development Organization for Girls

    IRVINE, Calif. (June 28, 2016) – Girl Scouts of Orange County has announced its roster of 2016 Celebrate Leadership honorees, seven extraordinary local female leaders who are Girl Scout alumnae and champions of Girl Scouting. The women will be recognized at the organization’s Seventh Annual Celebrate Leadership event on November 4, 2016 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.  Each Celebrate Leadership Honoree will be paired with a current Girl Scout, ranging from Daisy (kindergarten) to Ambassador (grades 11-12), providing the leaders of tomorrow with an opportunity to connect with leaders of today.

    2016 Celebrate Leadership Honorees

    Ellen S. Bancroft of Coto de Caza and Office Managing Partner of the Orange County office of  global law firm, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, has more than 25 years’ experience in corporate transactions, including venture capital and private equity financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. Bancroft is a leading Southern California corporate attorney, having closed more than 70 public and private acquisitions and advised clients in more than 50 registered public offerings.  She is an active member of the UCI CEO Roundtable, serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and has received numerous awards, including the Corporate America<...



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  • Local Girls Celebrate Centennial of Girl Scout Gold Award at State Capitol


    Honoring a Century of Girls and Women Making the World a Better Place

    Photos here (Photo Credit: Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images for Girl Scouts)

    IRVINE, Calif. (June 27, 2016) – Girl Scouts from all over the state gathered at the State Capitol last week for an empowering celebration of the organization’s highest award, the Girl Scout Gold Award.

    Three Orange County girls were among a select group of Girl Scouts invited to participate in the national celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award. Representing Girl Scouts of Orange County were Fountain Valley resident Heather Carr of Troop 1061, Orange resident Chloe Healy of Troop 915, and Anaheim resident Crystal Pham of Troop 1447 – all Gold Award recipients. For her Gold Award Project, “The Greenprint Project,” Carr created a garden on her school campus and a video to address the important issue of reducing our carbon footprint through sustainable habits. Chloe wrote and published her book “Champ the Service Dog,” sharing the importance of service dogs and how her service dog has impacted her life.  For her project “Food for Thought,” Crystal engineered a food product to combat malnutrition and collaborated with several human rights organizations to devise strategies to target malnutrition in local communities.

    In addition to witnessing a proclam...



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  • Girl Scouts of Orange County Welcomes Four New Board Members


    IRVINE, Calif. (June 13, 2016) – Delegates from across the council recently elected four new members to Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Board of Directors. These talented leaders join Girl Scouts of Orange County’s existing board members in governing the council through functions that include strategic planning, policy development, and fiduciary oversight.    

    Jacqueline Akerblom, of Newport Beach, is managing partner of Grant Thornton LLP’s West region, which comprises 14 offices in the western U.S. Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax, and advisory firms. She has served in multiple leadership roles within Grant Thornton, including managing partner of the firm’s Southern California practice and national managing partner of Women’s Initiatives and Programs. A past member of the firm’s Partnership Board, she spent four years in Grant Thornton International Ltd.’s London office serving as an advisor to U.S. and European companies on cross-border transactions. Akerblom is a certified public accountant in California, member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and a former executive committee member of the AICPA Women’s Initiative. She also serves on the University of San Diego School of Business dean’s advisory board and CEO Roundtable at the University of C...



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  • Girl Scouts Build Bridge Across Four Generations to Welcome Next Generation of Female Leaders at Voice for Girls 2016


    Community and Business Leaders Rallied Around Orange County Girl Scouts for a Forum on Relationship & Engagement Strategies Across Generations

    IRVINE, Calif. (May 11, 2016) - It’s no secret that the generational gaps in today’s workforce are growing. Professionals are finding themselves managing teams from four different generations - each with unique strengths, weaknesses, needs, and attitudes – and the gaps are only growing in size as more baby boomers work past retirement and more tech-native millennials graduate. So how do we bridge the gaps between our generations and pave the way for young women entering the workforce to thrive?

    A packed room of 180 Orange County business and community leaders rallied together with local Girl Scouts at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach on Friday, May 6th for a much-needed conversation on this critical issue. The 5th Annual Voice for Girls event provided attendees with a foundation for understanding and navigating multi-generational work relationships and also inspired participants to prepare their own organizations and the communities they lead to welcome and embrace the contributions of the next generation entering the workforce.

    Voice for Girls 2016 featured a keynote address by acclaimed psychologist, author, and generational speaker Dr. Rita M. Murray, an interactive table exercise, and a panel of Girl Scouts ages 15 - 18. Dr. Murray kicked off the morning by shar...



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  • Incredible Girl Scouts of Orange County Volunteers Recognized at OneOC's Spirit of Volunteerism Awards


    Notorious Girl Scouts of Orange County volunteers, Susan Berkel and Marti O’Neill were recently honored with the Spirit of Volunteerism Award presented by OneOC. OneOC’s Spirit of Volunteerism Award is Orange County’s largest and longest running volunteer recognition event.

    The award was presented during the 40th Annual OneOC’s Spirit of Volunteerism Award Luncheon at the Disneyland Hotel on April 28th. The Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon provides an annual forum and non-competitive opportunity to recognize individual, group, and corporate team volunteers for their dedicated service to Orange County. 

    Girl Scouts of Orange County congratulates them on this extraordinary and well-deserved recognition.  You can learn more about OneOC and the Spirit of Volunteerism Award here.

    Visit Sue’s and Marti’s Spirit of Volunteerism pages to leave them a note of congratulations. #SOV2016

  • Girl Scouts to Code Girls: Learning About STEM


    Content originally published on CSUF News Center

    Recently 40 Orange County Girl Scouts in grades four through eight participated in “Creative Coding,” a program put on by Cal State Fullerton’s Association for Computing Machinery-Women (ACM-W) student club. ACM-W president and computer science major Natalie Alexandra Ang says the goal of the program is to increase the number of girls in computer science by exposing them to programming at a young age.

    CSUF student mentors – both female and male – are teaching the girls a coding program called “Turtle Graphics” and will be introducing them to “ozobots” – tiny machines that are a fun way to learn about problem-solving and programming through robotics.

    You can read the full press release on this collaboration, including comments from CSUF student and faculty mentors and Girl Scouts Orange County Staff, and see photos of Girl Scouts experiencing STEM on the CSUF News Center.

    Upcoming sessions will be held April 5, April 19 and May 3, and a May 24 showcase, where the Girl Scouts will present their work.

  • TWO SEASONED EXECS JOIN GIRL SCOUTS OF ORANGE COUNTY IN BUILDING THE NEXT GENERATION OF FEMALE LEADERS


    IRVINE, Calif. (March 23, 2016) – Keenly focused on creating the best leadership development experiences for all girls in Orange County, Girl Scouts of Orange County is pleased to welcome two seasoned professionals to its executive team. Mark Belzowski has joined the organization as Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Business Operations and Michelle Dramé has joined as Vice President of Fund Development.

    Irvine resident Mark Belzowski brings over 15 years of senior management experience to Girl Scouts. He has directed numerous financial operations—from start-ups and emerging growth organizations, to larger global public and private companies spanning multiple industries. Prior to joining Girl Scouts of Orange County, Belzowski was Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President at GCube Insurance Services, a provider of renewable energy insurance solutions.

    As Vice President of Business Operations/Chief Financial Officer for Girl Scouts of Orange County, Belzowski manages the organization’s finance and accounting, facility operations, camp partnerships, and information technology. He is currently a board member of the Orange County chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI) and a volunteer coach for Special Olympics. 

    Irvine resident Michelle Dramé joins Girl Scouts of Orange County with 13 years as a senior level development specialist at several universities, including William Paterso...



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  • Girl Scouts of Orange County Starts Construction on New Leadership Center in Newport Beach


    First of its kind facility where Girl Scouts across OC will explore diverse careers,be inspired to embrace STEM education, and learn to take action to change the world—all while enjoying waterfront activities and creating lifelong memories

    IRVINE, Calif. (March 7, 2016) Girl Scouts of Orange County announced that construction has begun on the Girl Scout Leadership Center; a 6,100 sq. ft. facility in Newport Beach’s Marina Park scheduled to open in early 2017. The Leadership Center will boldly address the shortage of female leaders by providing Orange County’s more than 21,000 Girl Scouts and nearly 15,000 volunteers and adult members a state-of-the-art interactive learning environment.  

    Featuring two large program areas separated by a spacious atrium with views to the bay, the Girl Scout Leadership Center will be a destination where girls across Orange County embrace challenges and expand their world by exploring 21st century careers, understanding the role STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) plays in all careers, and learning how to take action that has sustainable impact-- all while having fun and creating lifelong memories.

    The facility will be available to Girl Scouts across Orange County through a reservation system and feature Girl Scouts of Orange County’s signature, multimedia program experience called INSPIRE. Designed by Boston Productions, Inc. in collaboration with Gi...



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  • GIRL SCOUTS RECOGNIZES SIX EXTRAORDINARY OC LEADERS, NETS OVER $243,000 TO BRING VITAL PROGRAMS TO LOCAL GIRLS


    IRVINE, Calif. (November 3, 2015) –More than 300 community and business leaders came together to recognize six extraordinary local female leaders, all Girl Scout Alumnae, and raise over $243,000 for Girl Scouts of Orange County at its Sixth Annual Celebrate Leadership event on October 30 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Each honoree was matched with a current Orange County Girl Scout, pairing the female leaders of tomorrow with current leaders. The Girl Scouts each created and presented a unique art canvas to her honoree, illustrating the woman’s leadership characteristics. The Girl Scouts, ranging in age from six to 16, also shared how these leaders inspire them to achieve greatness.

    Guests sipped on “Orange Juliette” cocktails prepared with vodka, elderflower liqueur, orange juice and grenadine in a martini glass rimmed with raw sugar, named in honor of Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon Low, who was born on October 31. During the reception, guests browsed more than 100 silent auction items, including David Yurman and John Hardy jewelry, St. John’s and Tory Burch handbags, exotic car racing and Angels and Kings sports packages. Bidding was lively during the event’s live auction, which featured a personal golf tournament for 12 at Shady Canyon Golf Club, an Oregon Getaway and Wine Tasting in the Willamette Valley, a Catered Wine Tasting and Party for 20, and more. Guests went home with boxes of Thin Mints and a beautiful 2016 Girl Scouts Keepsake Calend...



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  • DENISE DUNLAP-ALPERT JOINS GIRL SCOUTS OF ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF DIRECTORS


    IRVINE, Calif. (October 20, 2015) – Irvine resident Denise Dunlap-Alpert, Vice President of Global Human Resources and Internal Communications for Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., has joined the Girl Scouts of Orange County Board of Directors. In this role, Dunlap-Alpert will join existing board members in governing Girl Scouts of Orange County through functions that include strategic planning, policy development, and fiduciary oversight. 

    In joining Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Board of Directors, Dunlap-Alpert looks forward to inspiring and supporting girls in developing the courage, confidence, and character to achieve their dreams.

    Dunlap-Alpert’s role at Blizzard Entertainment encompasses recruitment, training, organizational development, policy development, employee communications, compensation and benefits administration, among other areas. She arrived at Blizzard in 2005 following success in positions at Sierra Entertainment and then at Vivendi Universal Games.

    “We are thrilled to welcome Denise to our Board of Directors. The wealth of experience she brings in the human resource arena aligns well with our vision of creating the best leadership development experiences for all girls in Orange County,” said Nancy Nygren, CEO of Girl Scouts of Orange County. 

    Dunlap-Alpert holds a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the University of Washington and an Executive MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at the Universi...



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  • Liza Villanueva Receives Girl Scouts’ Highest Honor for Establishing Mobile Learning Centers for Children in the Philippines


    IRVINE, Calif. (July 20, 2015) – Girl Scouts of Orange County is happy to announce that Liza Villanueva was selected by Girl Scouts of the USA as one of ten 2015 National Young Women of Distinction, the highest honor in Girl Scouting, for her Gold Award project, iDREAM Express.

    This special honor and designation by Girl Scouts of the USA showcases Liza’s extraordinary leadership over a project that had measureable and sustainable impact and addressed a global issue. After visiting the Philippines for the first time at seven years old, Liza saw that found out that many children do not attend school because of their lack of resources, money, or their distance. Nine years later, Liza decided to take action through her Girl Scout Gold Award. Liza established a mobile learning center (a van equipped with tables, chairs, eating utensils, tablets, books, school/art/hygienic supplies, and miscellaneous educational tools). The center currently travels to two locations weekly: Bacolod and Silay. At the centers, children (of all ages—infant to young adult) are bathed, have their wounds and eye/skin infections treated, receive slippers, and are taught reading, writing, and math. They also receive a hot lunch and have the chance to sing, dance, and play games. Liza plans plan to expand her project and create more mobile learning centers in places such as Mexico and India.

    Both the Kappa Delta Foundation and Girl Scouts of the USA each generously provided a $5,000 college...



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  • GIRL SCOUTS ANNOUNCES 2015 CELEBRATE LEADERSHIP HONOREES


    Six Orange County Women Recognized by the Nation’s Preeminent Leadership Development Organization for Girls

    IRVINE, Calif. (August 13, 2015) – Girl Scouts of Orange County has announced six extraordinary local female leaders, all Girl Scout alumnae, who will be recognized at the organization’s Sixth Annual Celebrate Leadership event on October 30, 2015 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.  Each Celebrate Leadership Honoree will be paired with a current Girl Scout at the event, giving the leaders of tomorrow an opportunity to connect with current leaders.

    2015 Celebrate Leadership Honorees

    Jacqueline Akerblom, of Newport Beach, is managing partner of Grant Thornton LLP’s West Region, which includes 12 offices in the western United States. Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Akerblom has served in multiple leadership roles within the Grant Thornton, including national managing partner of Women’s Initiatives and Programs for Grant Thornton from 2007 to 2011, during which time the firm saw a 197% increase in female partners. Akerblom is a certified public accountant in California and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and California Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is also a member of the California Chamber of Commerce; member of the Un...



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  • Leading OC Companies and Girl Scouts Join Forces to Grow the Number of Girls in STEM Education


    Newly Formed Consortium to Launch OC’s First STEM Girl Scout Badge

    IRVINE, Calif. (August 5, 2015) Although STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs comprise a growing share of total jobs in Orange County, the region faces a pervasive and increasing shortfall of STEM educated workers. The gender gap in STEM is also increasing at an alarming rate with females filling only 24% of STEM jobs nationally. With male students three times more likely than female students to be interested in pursuing a college major or career in STEM, there is broad interest in changing the stats to ensure a future with the best and brightest from both genders contributing to STEM innovation.

    Together with Girl Scouts of Orange County, eight OC companies have stepped up to form a “STEM Consortium” aimed at inspiring girls to embrace STEM education. Companies comprising this transformational collaboration include:

    ·         Broadcom

    ·         Capital Group

    ·         Cox Communications

    ·         Deloitte

    ·         Ingram Micro

    ·         Kaiser Permanent...



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  • Disneyland Resort Celebrates 60th Anniversary; Announces Million Dollar Philanthropic Program Benefiting Local Nonprofits During Diamond Celebration


    For additional photos from the celebration, visit our album on flickr!

    Disneyland Resort Celebrates 60th Anniversary; Announces Million Dollar Philanthropic Program Benefitting Local Nonprofits During Diamond Celebration

    Mickey Mouse and Friends Mark Anniversary with Guests Dressed ‘50s-Style, Celebration Cupcakes; Diamond Celebration Sparkles All Year with  Dazzling New Nighttime Entertainment

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 17, 2015) – Sixty years ago today, Walt Disney dedicated his dream project: Disneyland – a land beyond the boundaries of the motion pictures with which he’d made his reputation, a park where families and guests of all ages could be immersed in worlds of fantasy and adventure.

    Today, as part of its Diamond Celebration, the Disneyland Resort honored 60 years of that dream by announcing “Million Dollar Dazzle” at a ceremony at Sleeping Beauty Castle. Each month during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the Million Dollar Dazzle Crew will surprise one or more local nonprofits that exemplify Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ Better Together philosophy with a $60,000 gift, totaling more than $1 million. Girl Scouts of Orange County was surprised with the first gift earlier today. The funds will support the organization’s Comadres outreach program that helps the Girl Scout experience transcend language and cultural barriers for girl...



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  • Girl Scouts Rallies Community Around Girls' Fear of Failure at Voice for Girls 2015


    Why do so many girls feel the need to be perfect? What shapes girls’ belief that anything short of perfection is failure? A packed room of 180 Orange County business and community leaders, together with local girls, filled the Pacific Club in Newport Beach on Friday, May 8 for a much needed conversation on this critical issue: girls’ fear of failure and their need for perfectionism as barriers to achieving their dreams.

    Voice for Girls 2015, hosted by Girl Scouts of Orange County and sponsored by The Capital Group, featured a keynote address by acclaimed developmental psychologist and author Dr. JoAnn Deak, who delved into the biological differences between male and female brains. Most females, she noted, are hard wired to feel anxiety when confronted with challenges and uncertainty – whereas most males feel exhilarated by the same challenges. Girls can, however, “stretch” their amygdala – the part of the brain that processes memory, decision making and emotional reactions - by acknowledging their fear and taking on new and difficult tasks anyways. She challenged attendees to ban the term “fearless” from their vocabulary. Instead, girls should be encouraged to “hug the monster” and push through uncomfortable feelings that often accompany difficult situations.

    Following the keynote, guests heard from panelists who shared their unique perspectives on so-called “failure”: Jerry Dipoto, General Manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; Dr. Michelle Khine, Ass...



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  • Be a Girl Scout Ranger


    Girl Scouts is excited to announce a partnership with the National Park Service to launch the “Girl Scout Ranger Program,” a joint venture connecting girls with National Park Service sites throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites.

    Through the program, girls can participate in a variety of organized educational or outdoor service projects. Additionally, Girl Scouts may design their own project that aligns with their Girl Scout Journey experience, various badge activities, or a Take Action (“highest award”) project. Girls who successfully complete projects will be awarded certificates from the National Park Service and Girl Scout patches.

    “Providing girls with access to the outdoors is one of the cornerstones of the Girl Scout mission,” said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of GSUSA. “Through terrific partnerships and programs like the Girl Scout Ranger Program, we offer girls a chance to engage in outdoor activities that encourage a healthy, active lifestyle and a respect for the environment. We are proud to be teaming up with the National Park Service to help more Girl Scouts in more places experience everything the outdoors has to offer.”

    Girls and troops who wish to participate in the Girl Scout Ranger Program can visit the National Park Service website to locate a park (“Find Your Park”) near their home. There, they can also explore the history of the park and learn about its natural and cultural resources. Troop leader...



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  • Laguna Niguel Girl Scouts Donate More than 750 Packages of Candy and Nuts to Military


    IRVINE, Calif. (December 16, 2014) – Girl Scouts in Laguna Niguel delivered more than 750 packages of nuts and candy to members of the military on Saturday, December 13, as part of the Girl Scouts “Care to Share” program. Care to Share offers the public the opportunity to purchase Girl Scouts candy, nuts and magazines (sold in the fall) to be donated to local food banks and the military. In total, Girl Scouts of Orange County donated 2,701 packages of candy and nuts and 1,035 magazines to military troops, food banks and troop-selected organizations through Care to Share.

    The presentation was part of the City of Laguna Niguel’s Holiday Parade festivities. After marching in the Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade, about 150 members of the military attended a luncheon in their honor at Laguna Niguel Presbyterian Church. They were joined by local Girl Scouts, who presented the donation to the troops.

    For the past several years, the City of Laguna Niguel has adopted 1st Battalion 1/4 Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton and two Navy ships, USS McClusky and USS Stockdale in San Diego. Throughout the year the Laguna Niguel Military Support Committee receive contributions from community members and local Girl Scouts that donate thank you cards, baby clothes, toys, food items and gift cards that are delivered to the Military.

    About the Girl Scout Cookie Program

    People may say it’s just a cookie, but no university...



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  • Girl Scouts Go High Tech with Intellectual Property Patch


    IRVINE, Calif. (December 3, 2014) –In an effort to encourage young girls to pursue their interests in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP of Irvine recently played host to Girl Scout Brownie Troop 3371 from Andersen Elementary in Newport Beach for a special day filled with learning and earning— the newly introduced Intellectual Property Patch, that is. The IP Patch was developed as a joint partnership between the U.S. Patent Office, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC), and the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Education Foundation to educate girls on the tools that allow inventors to benefit from their inventions while also sharing them with others.

    Christy Lea, a litigation partner at Knobbe Martens and mother of Troop member Lydia Lea, hosted the afternoon of intellectual property education geared towards the 23 second grade Brownies at Knobbe Martens’ Orange County offices. A former Brownie and Girl Scout herself, Lea is impressed with the program’s revolutionized focus on encouraging women in the workplace.

    “Girl Scouts is really preparing girls with 21st century skills and the new IP Patch is groundbreaking,” said Lea. “If we can get girls interested in technology at the Brownie age, we can ensure a successful group of new IP and STEM professionals for the future.”

    Special activities included a tour of the offices, a scavenger hunt i...



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