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Girl Scout USA chief visits area

Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo signed her name to wooden blocks on April 12 to be displayed in Girl Scout Resource Centers in Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois' region. Acevedo met with GSNI officers April 12 in Elgin. Photo submitted by Lynda Fillipp.
Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo signed her name to wooden blocks on April 12 to be displayed in Girl Scout Resource Centers in Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois' region. Acevedo met with GSNI officers April 12 in Elgin. Photo submitted by Lynda Fillipp.

ELGIN – Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois’ service unit managers and volunteer board of directors met with Sylvia Acevedo, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the USA, April 12 at the Girl Scouts’ Elgin Service Center.

In a news release, Lynda Fillipp, marketing manager with GSNI, said Acevedo’s visit marks the first time a GSUSA CEO has visited the group since GSNI was started in 2010.

Acevedo discussed plans for more than 20 new science, technology, engineering, and math badges for girls, as well as the first-ever National Cybersecurity Badges in partnership with Palo Alto Networks. Acevedo has worked with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories, IBM, and Dell.

“it is our patriotic duty to equip strong female leaders of tomorrow with STEM skills and the understanding of how technology impacts the lives and the lives of our children. Female leadership provides a unique perspective and innovation on how our information and the information of our loved ones is both used and protected,” Acevedo said.

Also introduced was a new multiyear partnership with The North Face outdoor product company for 12 new Outdoor Adventure badges, to become available for earning during the next 2 years.

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