On this page, you'll find the steps of my Girl Scout Gold Award Project. If you scroll to the bottom, I've listed some of the key statistics and pieces of research that prove why this project is so necessary and why I am so passionate about this issue. There are also some helpful resources for your research! Happy reading!
The First Step
In the Gold Award Process, the first step is to decide on your target issue. I knew that female leadership was a pressing issue that affected me as well as my community, so I began to brainstorm sustainable ways to combat it. I finally decided to host a conference (that would become annual) for girls my age about the societal barriers that women face in leadership positions.
Me with my approved paperwork after completing my interview.
Paperwork + Interview
When you decide on your issue, you then need to plan a project to fight that issue. There is a packet of paperwork that you must complete, outlining your plan, costs, time frame, advisors, and tools. It is imperative that you are as detailed as possible, because once you submit the paperwork, you have to complete an interview with your local Highest Awards council outlining your plan and fixing any flaws in it. I ensured that my paperwork was specific and well thought out, and I rehearsed many times for my interview, so it went smoothly and my project was officially approved in May of 2019.
Now, I've expanded my network to create a network of girls leading conferences and educating each other across the world! Due to the current pandemic, we've had to cancel 4 conferences, but I've compiled online resources and coordinated many online events. We've held virtual conferences using Zoom, launched virtual projects, a podcast, and a video series, and so much more! Check out the Resources Page for a sampling of the educational materials, and check out our social media for weekly read/watch/listen recommendations related to female leadership in this country! Now that you're here, I hope you'll reach out and get involved!
For Your Information
Lean In Education
“The Totally Destructive yet Oddly Instructive Speech Patterns of Young Women”
“Women and Leadership 2018”
The AAUW Implicit Bias Test
The Women’s Leadership Gap: Women’s Leadership by the Numbers
McKinsey & Company: Women in the Workplace 2019
Harvard Business Review Study