Girl Scout Cookie Pro Contest 2018

This summer, six lucky winners will travel to New York City for an all-expenses-paid Cookie Entrepreneur Experience, which will include a photo shoot to get featured on a future Girl Scout Cookie package—SWEET!


Cookie pros have been selected! 
In our first exciting year, we received close to 25,000 personalized Cookie Pro Résumés from Girl Scouts of all grade levels across the country—what a great turnout! That’s a whole lot of lead-takin’, goal-crushin’ cookie entrepreneurs who, by participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, brought positive change to their communities and learned a ton in the process.

A loud, proud CONGRATULATIONS goes out to our top Cookie Pros!
  • Hailey, Daisy, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles
  • Jocelid, Daisy, Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains
  • ★ Kaydence, Daisy, Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast
  • Mckenzie, Daisy, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta 
  • Melina, Daisy, Girl Scouts of Orange County
  • Neena Bella, Daisy, Girl Scouts of San Diego
  • Addison, Brownie, Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains
  • ★ Anneliese, Brownie, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio
  • Elaina, Brownie, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
  • Grace, Brownie, Girl Scouts of Colorado
  • Julia, Brownie, Girl Scouts of Gateway
  • JzNair, Brownie, Girl Scouts of Chesapeake Bay
  • Alyssa, Junior, Girl Scouts of Central Texas
  • Grace, Junior, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
  • Hailey, Junior, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
  • Marley, Junior, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia
  • ★ Olivia, Junior, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida 
  • Senaia, Junior, Girl Scouts of Citrus
  • Brianna, Cadette, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia
  • ★ Katelyn, Cadette, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles
  • Liz, Cadette, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
  • Mari, Cadette, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California
  • Niya, Cadette, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland
  • Sophia, Cadette, Girl Scouts of Arizona Cactus-Pine
  • Alyssa, Senior, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois
  • BreAunna, Senior, Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina
  • Hermione, Senior, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
  • Kimberly-Anne, Senior, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California
  • Marillah, Senior, Girl Scouts of Central Texas
  • ★ Trinity, Senior, Girl Scouts of Orange County
  • Alexandria, Ambassador, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio
  • Hannah, Ambassador, Girl Scouts of Orange County
  • Katherine, Ambassador, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
  • Leesa, Ambassador, Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey
  • Lexi, Ambassador, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois
  • ★ Serena, Ambassador, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania

★ = grand-prize winner


The six lucky grand-prize winners will travel to New York City (July 25–30, 2018) for an all-expenses-paid Cookie Entrepreneur Experience of a lifetime—including behind-the-scenes adventures, on-campus activities, a special recognition event, and a fun photo shoot to get their smiling faces on the iconic Girl Scout Cookie package!

We’re proud of all the girls from different backgrounds and experiences who participate in Girl Scouting nationwide. The top cookie pros for 2018 were selected by a computerized scoring system (in accordance with the official rules) from close to 25,000 Cookie Pro Résumé entries from Girl Scouts of all grade levels across the country. Each résumé was evaluated based on girls’ unique cookie program experiences, including:

  • The skills they learned
  • The customer interactions they had
  • The selling techniques they used to rock their sale, and how they performed
  • How they invested their cookie earnings  
  • The cookie petals or badges they earned

That’s a huge challenge designed especially for our go-gettin’ Girl Scouts!

Based on their responses to how they manage their cookie sale like a PRO, 36 finalists moved on to another round of evaluations where our panel of judges reviewed the Cookie Pro Résumés and made their decisions based on our cookie pros’ unique cookie program experiences. This second round was judged by a panel of expert Girl Scout alums and influencers who excel at entrepreneurship in their own lives.

And if you weren’t selected for the grand prize, don’t worry—you’re still an unstoppable cookie pro! Thank you so much for all the hard work and dedication you put into mastering the best and largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world—not to mention powering unique and amazing girl experiences. You’re all rock stars!


Thank you, Supporters!

Girl Scouts of the USA thanks the following organizations and individuals for their support of the Cookie Pro contest’s winners and for making the Cookie Entrepreneur Experience possible.

JOANN
congratulates all of the amazing cookie pros and is proud to provide a special gift for the six cookie pro winners for 2018. Learn more about this exciting collaboration.

RSM US LLP is proud to be the official air travel sponsor for the 2018 Cookie Entrepreneurship Experience.

S’well is proud to be working with the 2018 cookie pro winners to help them stretch and grow their entrepreneurship skills through a hands-on workshop at S’well headquarters. Read more about the S’well story.  

Arthel Neville, journalist, television personality, and weekend anchor for Fox News Channel, is proud to support girls’ success and has provided special wristlets for the six 2018 cookie pro winners.


Thank you, Judges!

We're so grateful for our incredible panel of Cookie Pro Contest 2018 judges for helping us select the top cookie pros for 2018!

Dara F. Castle
Dara F. Castle
Managing Partner, Washington Metro Offices, RSM US LLP
Girl Scout Alum

Dara is the Washington Metro managing partner as well as the partner-in-charge of our private equity practice in the Mid-Atlantic region and the firm’s government contracting practice. These practices include working with closely-held and private equity backed entities in government contracting, technology, software sales and development, manufacturing, engineering and a variety of other service based industries. She has over 20 years of experience, specializing in serving private equity groups and government contractors in a variety of industries and customer bases. Dara has extensive experience with complex, fast growing companies that require immediate results and multiple disciplines, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, accounting systems and internal control, and transaction support services for acquisition-oriented companies and private equity groups. Dara participates on the firm’s transaction advisory services engagements where the acquisition target is a government contractor lending her expertise and oversight on industry specific aspects that affect revenue, related receivables, and quality of earnings. In her role as the client service coordinator, Dara works to integrate audit, tax and consulting services to provide clients with a full-service approach. Her goal is to assemble the best possible expertise to address the challenges and opportunities of growing businesses. Her proactive approach toward client service is the foundation of the strong client relationships that she maintains.

 

Tina R. Davis
Tina R. Davis
Managing Director, Global Sponsorships and Marketing
Citi
Girl Scout Alum

With over 20 years of marketing, advertising and sponsorship industry experience, Tina Davis is an innovative and forward thinking executive who has worked across major industries including: Banking, Tourism, Sports, Retail and Packaged Goods. Tina has led award-winning brand programs for Fortune 500 firms and organizations such as: Nike, Citi, Pepsi, Las Vegas Tourism, California Anti-Smoking and U.S. Army. Since joining Citi, Tina has developed and spearheaded numerous breakthrough programs, including the Summer and Winter Olympic and Paralympic campaigns, Citi Bike/NYC, award-winning Consumer campaigns and the launch of Citi’s first interactive blog site.  Most notably, in 2011 Tina proposed and instituted the function of global sponsorships at Citi. Today as Managing Director, Tina leads the oversight of Citi's global sponsorship strategy and its delivery. As a key function of this role, she has increased the effectiveness of spend globally by building and implementing a global approach to sponsorships, made possible through the development of  the Sponsorship Advisory Committee, comprised of key senior Citi stakeholders. Tina has been instrumental in championing global integration across the enterprise, contributing to business growth and a significant increase in the brand saliency. Additionally, Tina oversees the management of several of Citi’s high-profile sponsorships including: Team USA, Citi Field, PGA Tour Presidents Cup, Citi Open, Citi Bike, Harlem EatUp! and cultural properties such as the National Museum of African American History & Culture and the New York Philharmonic.

Prior to joining Citi, Tina built brands and drove creative marketing initiatives. She worked for the award winning advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy as an Account Director. In this role, she led the launch of the Nike Jordan Brand and for five years created and executed a clear brand positioning, connecting emotionally with consumers that drove sales for a range of Jordan products. Before Wieden+Kennedy, Tina worked for several advertising agencies in account management leading the teams in the strategic planning, creative development, media planning and experiential activations for major national and international brands. Tina is a UCLA graduate with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. She supports several charitable organizations including Habitat for Humanity, GreenPeace, Water.ORG, served on the board of The ADVERTISING Club/NY and currently sits on the Apollo Theatre and Figure Skating in Harlem Boards. Tina is the proud daughter of a retired United States Air Force Major and had the great privilege of living abroad much of her childhood. Travel remains in Tina’s blood having been to or lived in five of the seven continents. She will make it to the remaining two in the near future. Tina currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Wendy Diamond
Wendy Diamond
Founder and CEO
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO)/#ChooseWOMEN

Wendy Diamond is the CEO and Founder of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO)/#ChooseWOMEN, a non-governmental organization with a mission and movement to empower women in business to alleviate poverty. She is an Advisor/Investor in several social impact disruptive technologies and women led businesses in Health Sciences, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and Blockchain Technology, including Alchemist, Producers Market, Altair , Breathometer and Snakt. She founded Animal Fair Media, Inc., the premiere pet lifestyle media platform bridging celebrity and animal rescue, to support animal welfare. Wendy sits on the Advisory Boards of Ellis Island Honors Society, Grey Muzzle Foundation, Humane Society of New York, and Social Innovation Summit. She garnered Three Guinness World records, authored 10 books, and has appeared in mainstream media outlets including Oprah, NBC’s Today Show and Forbes. Her humanitarian inspiring message has led her to speak at the United Nations, Harvard University and Davos.

Sarah Kauss
Sarah Kauss
Founder and CEO, S’well
Girl Scout Alum

Sarah Kauss is the founder and CEO of S’well -- creator of the original fashion hydration accessory. Launched in 2010, she married her passion for fashion, hydration and philanthropy to disrupt the reusable bottle industry and transform the on-the-go, drinking experience. Sarah has been recognized as a Fortune’s “40 Under 40” honoree and EY Entrepreneurial Winning Woman, while S’well has been named #1 Fastest-Growing, Women-Led Company by The Women Presidents’ Organization and honored with the Brand Design award by Inc. magazine.

As an entrepreneur and advocate, Sarah is building a global lifestyle brand that gives back. She currently sits on the UNICEF USA New York Regional Board and is a member of the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.

Prior to starting S'well, Sarah was an international real estate developer and CPA. She earned a degree in accounting from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

Brit Morin
Brit Morin
Founder and CEO, Brit + Co
Girl Scout Alum

Brit Morin is the founder & CEO of Brit + Co, a media company that inspires, educates and entertains real women with a creative spirit. Brit + Co connects a community of over 175M women online and across platforms every month with the mission of inspiring and enabling them to use creativity to shape their lives. Prior to founding Brit + Co in late 2011, Brit worked for Google and Apple. Brit has been granted numerous awards and accolades, including Forbes’ 30 Under 30, Marie Claire’s The New Guard, Glamour's Female Entrepreneur Innovator, and Fortune’s 10 Most Promising Entrepreneurs, among others.

JJ Ramberg
JJ Ramberg
Host, Your Business with JJ Ramberg, MSNBC
Founder, Goodshop
Girl Scout Alum

JJ Ramberg is the host of MSNBC’s “Your Business,” which focuses on business and entrepreneurship and is the founder of Goodshop.com. Now in its tenth season, Your Business focuses on giving advice and inspiration to America’s small business owners and entrepreneurs.  Guests have included thousands of small business owners as well as members of the government, investors and business journalists.  Ramberg has been honored for her work with MSNBC as well as Goodshop by organizations including the American Women’s Business Association, Self Magazine, The Association of Women Entrepreneurs and Executives, Small Business Influencers and the New York Enterprise Report. In addition, as an entrepreneur herself as well as a journalist who covers small business, she is often called to speak to organizations including the Small Business Administration, National Women Business Owners Corporation, National Association of Women Business Owners, American Express CEO Bootcamp, and many others. Ramberg is also author of the best-selling book It’s Your Business – 183 Tips That Will Transform Your Small Business.  She holds her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three children.

Gadi Schwartz
Gadi Schwartz
Co-Host, Stay Tuned
Correspondent, NBC News & MSNBC

Gadi Schwartz is a co-host of Stay Tuned, a new, twice-daily news show on Snapchat’s Discover platform, created by NBC News. Gadi is also a correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC and is based in Los Angeles. He has covered immigration issues along the US-Mexico border through the first hundred days of the Trump Presidency, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, and contributes regularly to NBC’s TODAY Show, NBC Nightly News and MSNBC. Before joining NBC News, Gadi worked for KNBC, an NBC owned-and-operated television station located in Los Angeles. He joined KNBC after spending nearly a decade at KOB-TV, the NBC affiliate in Albuquerque, NM, where he was a weekend co-anchor and managing investigator for the “4 On Your Side” Investigative Unit. Over the course of his career, Schwartz has received multiple industry awards, including five regional Emmy Awards and two Los Angeles Golden Mikes. Gadi was born in Guatemala City and moved with his family to New Mexico as a child. He is fluent in Spanish and holds a degree in Arts and Science from New Mexico State University.

Savannah Sellers
Savannah Sellers
Co-Host, Stay Tuned
Correspondent, NBC News & MSNBC
Girl Scout Alum

Savannah Sellers is a co-host of Stay Tuned, a new, twice-daily news show on Snapchat’s Discover platform, created by NBC News. Savannah is also a correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. Since joining the network, Sellers has covered politics and pop culture news, and most recently spent a month covering the issue of gun violence in America and getting exclusive interviews with several of the students from Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Previously, Savannah was an anchor and senior producer for “The Book Report” on MSNBC’s digital network, shift by MSNBC and assistant to the president. Prior to joining MSNBC, Sellers worked at NBC Nightly News, where she was on the emmy-award winning team for Kate Snow’s series ‘Hooked: America’s Heroin Epidemic’. Sellers began her career in New York with the NBCUniversal Page Program. She’s also been the face of NBCUniversal’s partnership with the charity organization, Global Citizen, where she creates and hosts the ‘Together We Can’ video series that brings important global issues to light with influencers from Jennifer Lopez to Sen. Chuck Schumer. Sellers is originally from San Diego and holds a degree in Broadcast News and International Media from the University of Colorado at Boulder’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Carly and Martina
Carly and Martina
Singers/Songwriters, Carly and Martina
Girl Scout Seniors, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI)

At first glance Carly and Martina might look like your average teenagers, but they're powerhouses making music with a message. Music was ingrained in the 16-year-old twins who were both classically and jazz trained in playing piano since the age of four. Their dad, a music history connoisseur, filled their ears with only the rich sounds of classic pop. Along the way, the Chicago-based musicians found themselves somewhere in the middle, fusing their old-school pop upbringing with Taylor Swift's Red era. But it wasn't until they were 11 that the strong-willed musical duo began songwriting. By sixth grade, the sisters were both experiencing bullying and as a result songwriting became a cathartic outlet. They turned their personal battles into positivity, writing the anti-bullying anthem "Make Me Happy" in 2014. The success of their first single caused a chain reaction for the girls. "Make Me Happy" emotionally resonated with fans, helping the musical duo gain a large, loyal fan base on social media of over 250K fans. It's something that's in part due to their overwhelming sense of positivity and desire to connect with their fan base, but has also grown due to sharing a plethora of acoustic originals and covers during the past eight months.

In 2017, the sister duo got the opportunity to talk about the importance of using their music to instill confidence in others during a during a TEDxTalk. They’ve also continued to make a difference with their music in a recent partnership with United Way of Metro Chicago, helping underprivileged kids through songwriting workshops in the local communities. Now, Carly and Martina aren't trying to make the next big party anthem: they're focused on empowering others and being unapologetically themselves. Carly and Martina have collaborated with an array of songwriters for their next chapter including Victoria Shaw (Garth Brooks, Christina Aguilera), Big Al Anderson (Zac Brown Band, Meghan Trainor) and Marty Dodson (Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney). They're not limited by genres, but inspired by catchy pop hooks and acoustic elements, producing their own work and playing their own instruments live. On June 1, Carly and Martina will release their next single "Block His Number," a feel-good song about leaving boy drama behind, sending the message that you can be your own hero. With their unwavering positivity and high energy, Carly and Martina have built their own sound, and they’re not backing down.


Time is running out to unlock your patch!

Every girl who entered the contest unlocked our awesome, limited-edition Cookie Pro 2018 patch (available for purchase* until June 15, 2018). Participants should have received a confirmation email with a special code for purchase. If you didn’t receive this email, please contact us for help with your order.  

*Optional purchase: $3.95 (shipping and handling already included)


Questions? Check the official contest rules and FAQs, or contact your local Girl Scout council
You can also reach us via email if you have questions about your Cookie Pro 2018 patch purchase. 
 

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