Girls – A Sound Investment

Girl Scouts Ring Opening Bell at New York Stock Exchange


April 13, 2009

Girl Scouts of the USA
Michelle Tompkins

New York, N.Y. – On Monday, April 13th, 2009 the Girl Scouts will join the ranks of Warren Buffett, Condoleezza Rice, Michael Bloomberg, and other esteemed American leaders by ringing The Opening BellSM at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

At 9:30 a.m., sixteen Girl Scouts ranging from Daisy-level (grades K-1) to Ambassadors (grades 11-12) will participate in The Opening Bell ceremony, joined by Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Kathy Cloninger, Chief Marketing Officer Laurel Richie and Chief Financial Officer Florence Corsello.


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"In these uncertain times, girl leadership and the Girl Scouts make a surefire investment," said Cloninger. "Families need a safe and affordable place for their daughters to learn, grow, and have fun in the midst of a chaotic world. And the world desperately needs more girls and women power solving the complex problems we face."

The nearly 100-year-old Girl Scout movement, now in the midst of a 21st-century transformation, sets the gold standard for leadership training for girls. In the new Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls are taught to lead based on the model of self/others/service. The program encourages Girl Scouts to learn to know and trust themselves, develop healthy relationships with others, and join together to make their world a better place.

"It's particularly appropriate that the girls make this appearance on Wall Street," said Richie, "since a very familiar Girl Scout tradition has much in common with the world of business. The $700 million dollar Girl Scout Cookie Program is far and away the most successful entrepreneurship program for girls—and only girls—in the world. Many female business leaders got their start selling cookies. In fact, some 80 percent of American, female executives and business owners are former Girl Scouts."

Steven Grasso, Managing Director, Stuart Frankel & Co. Inc. and father of one of the Girl Scouts participating in The Opening Bell ceremony, said, "From the time I began my career on Wall Street, I felt that women were underrepresented in the financial sector. As a Girl Scout dad, I am confident my daughter is building a solid foundation to excel in any sector she chooses."

About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.4 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, call (800) GSUSA 4 U (800-478-7248) or visit www.girlscouts.org.