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Anna Maria Chávez

CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

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CEO of Girl Scouts USA Anna Maria Chávez talks about what sparked her ambition to change the world, the impact of being the first Latina to lead the organization, and her goal to make more girls into leaders.
Anna Maria Chávez is the Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA, and a lifetime member of the group dedicated to building up girls as strong, confident leaders. Chávez is the first Latina to head the historic organization.   Prior to her work with Girls Scouts, Chávez was deputy of chief of staff for Urban Relations and Community Development under former Governor of Arizona and current U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. Chávez was also a crucial force behind the creation of the Raul H. Castro Institute, a "do tank" focused on issues affecting the Latino community in Arizona with emphasis on education, health, and human services, as well as leadership and civic participation.   Chávez's leadership has been recognized by The NonProfit Times' Power & Influence Top 50, STEMconnector's 100 Women Leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math, and has also been the recipient of the 2012 Chairman's Award from the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Women of Excellence Award from the Women of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting.

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Grandma's Best Advice
Chávez shares the sweet advice her grandma gave with her when she was a young girl. 

Empowering Girls Doesn't Dis-empower Boys
Chávez talks about how Girl Scouts empowering girls doesn't mean they aim to take something away from the opposite sex. 

Paint Your Own Picture
Chávez on the ridicule girls often face when making strong choices for themselves, and how it's important not to shy away from who they want to be.

One in Five Girls
Chávez talks about the gap between girls and leadership and what  research has shown about how girls view leadership.

Supportive Husband and Demanding Job
Chávez on how her family provides her the balance she needs from her often chaotic and demanding career.

Tradition of Giving Back
Chávez talks about  growing up and learning from her family the importance of giving back and educating the community around you.