Anna Maria Chávez, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), will explore the theme of Leading in a Changing World at theACE2016, ACE’s 98th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Chavez will appear at the meeting’s closing plenary on Tuesday, March 15.
During her keynote address, Chávez will examine how a successful leader in today’s globalized world requires nuanced understanding of complex forces, including shifting demographic and migration patterns, a world-spanning economy, technology-enabled change and managing globally engaged enterprises.
She will present the executive challenges, strategies and lessons learned from leading a national social enterprise charged with preparing girls and young women for successful lives and careers. She will also highlight the importance of personal authenticity, strategic stakeholder engagement, and implementation of mission that spurred Fast Company to name GSUSA one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in the not-for-profit sector.
Chávez began her career journey in the very same movement she now leads: Girl Scouts. A lifetime member of GSUSA and an award-winning community leader, she developed the leadership skills growing up as a Girl Scout in Eloy, AZ, that would propel her to the office of the chief executive of GSUSA.
Chávez’s experiences in Girl Scouting lit a passion for public service and social engagement that have defined her educational and career paths, including the law and a number of posts in the Clinton administration. Chávez returned to the Girl Scout Movement in 2009, looking for opportunities to work with youth, and ultimately was appointed CEO by the GSUSA National Board in 2011.
Journalist Eugene Robinson, who had been scheduled to address the closing plenary, was forced to cancel when a conflict arose.
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