Girl Scout Troops to Sell Cookies to Support Entrepreneurship Training
COLUMBIA, Md. (August 28, 2019)—TEDCO, Maryland’s economic engine for technology companies, announces Violet Apple, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland CEO to speak at the Entrepreneur Expo. Girl Scouts focuses on empowering girls to become leaders in their community and develop skills in entrepreneurship. Also exhibiting at TEDCO’s Entrepreneur Expo will be a Girl Scouts troop selling cookies to showcase the skills learned in the program. These cookie entrepreneurs are gaining essential skills through teamwork, problem solving, and building the confidence needed to become innovative and thriving future leaders.
For years the Girl Scouts have encouraged the entrepreneurial spirit, but it is now offering more badges to focus on Cybersecurity and Space Science (https://www.girlscouts.org/en/press-room/press-room/news-releases/2019/girl-scouts-launches-42-new-badges.html). The cybersecurity badges, funded by Palo Alto Networks, were developed to encourage girls to understand the importance of cybersecurity, computer technology and to teach concepts of safety and protection of the technology used every day. The space science badges, funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute, allows girls to learn more about the universe and the career opportunities in space science.
One of TEDCO’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Task Force members, Julie Lenzer will facilitate the fireside chat with Apple. Lenzer is a major supporter of the Maryland entrepreneurial ecosystem and the Girl Scouts’ mission. The discussion will be centered on how the Girl Scouts programs have found success in encouraging young women to become successful entrepreneurs and plans for the organizations new initiatives in creating the cybersecurity and space science badges.
“Empowering girls in STEM and business leadership is not just a nice thing to do, it’s an imperative,” said Julie Lenzer, chief innovation officer at the University of Maryland and treasurer of the board of the Girl Scouts. “As we work to increase diversity and inclusion in our companies and ecosystems, we can learn a lot from the evolution of this organization.”
Learn more about TEDCO's 2019 Entrepreneur Expo at https://www.tedcomd.com/tedcoexpo.
TEDCO provides resources and connections that early stage technology and life sciences companies need to thrive in Maryland. TEDCO’s mission is to discover, invest in, and help build great Maryland-based companies. Learn more at www.tedcomd.com.
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
We're 2.5 million strong—more than 1.7 million girls and 750,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscouts.org.