Local agencies recognizing Girl Scouts as experts on girl leadership development

6/28/2011
Janet Boyd

When members of the 100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges came to Louisville on March 17 to learn about leadership programs for girls and women, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana was at the table. Program Department Director Deborah Barnes-Byers spoke along with other local women leaders in a panel discussion organized by the International Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana at the University of Louisville College of Business.

Eighteen women from 17 countries in Europe and Eurasia attended the event, learning about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and other leadership development programs in the Kentuckiana region for girls, female college students and women.

The 100 Women initiative was launched by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the eve of the 100th anniversary of International Womens Day, which marks the economic, political and social achievements of women.  Altogether 100 women from 92 countries are participating in the year-long series of events. Louisville was chosen as the only city of its size to host a group of the women on their three-week tour of the U.S.

After the panel discussion, Dr. Sita Mazumder, a professor of banking and finance in Switzerland, commented on Girl Scouting by saying, "Your work is highly important. Thank you for making a change."

Photos provided by: Inga Beridze, Leaders for Democracy Association, Tbilisi, Georgia

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