Celebrities, Change-Makers, and Leaders Join Girl Scouts of the USA for its Mega-Event—G.I.R.L. 2017

Chelsea Clinton and Gabby Douglas are among the influencers who will talk about what leadership means in today’s world



Girl Scouts of the USA Press Room

NEW YORK, NY (September 18, 2017)—Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has announced the celebrities, influencers, and leaders who will headline G.I.R.L. 2017, a mega-event for girls and those who care about the future of girls taking place October 6–8 in Columbus, Ohio. Women leaders with a wide range of expertise will talk about the issues facing girls today and the importance of their leadership development.   

Accomplished public figures—including Chelsea Clinton, Barbara Pierce Bush, Gabby Douglas, Mae Jemison and more—will drive conversations with female leaders from organizations such as Facebook, Instagram, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, NASA, and AT&T. Girl-led and designed for all girls, the event will also feature young stars and entrepreneurs, such as Angelica Hale and Caly Bevier from America’s Got Talent; Gabby Frost, founder of the Buddy Project; and Marley Dias, creator of #1000BlackGirlBooks.

“Girl Scouts is excited to host our signature event, G.I.R.L. 2017, which offers girls attending the opportunity to have new, exciting interactive experiences, representing stimulating career possibilities that await them―such as riding in a space simulator, building their own robot or having a live scuba diving introduction with a professional,” says Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA.  “At a time of heightened awareness surrounding the importance of civic engagement, connecting one of our country’s most valuable resources―girls―with those who can help them achieve their goals and maximize their limitless potential, is central to our mission as an organization.”

G.I.R.L. 2017 is for every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) who wants to stand up, take charge, and change the world. Event speakers will guide discussions on top-of-mind subjects ranging from online safety and security to mental health, STEM careers and environmental issues. Attendees will hear from women such as Karen Kasich; Christine Todd Whitman; Arthel Neville, Fox News Channel; Tiffany Dufu, Levo; Sally Jewell, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior; Carolyn Merrell, Instagram; Jean Sinzdak, Center for American Women and Politics; Anne Chow, AT&T;  Karen Ideno, Toyota Financial Services; Jackie Ostfeld, The Sierra Club; Angela Lee, 37 Angels; Dubis Correal, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Princess Young, Department of Homeland Security; and Shelley Cohen, Alpha Solar, among others.

G.I.R.L. 2017 will also give attendees the chance to experientially engage with ideas through informative, interactive exhibits at the AT&T Hall of Experiences. The event is open to all girls (not just Girl Scouts) in grades K–12 and those who support them. Anticipated to be the largest girl-led event in the world, with an expected 10,000 attendees participating in a wide range of daily activities, the three-day summit will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Registration options include a full weekend pass or entrance solely to the Hall of Experiences. To maximize their time in Columbus, participants can explore options for off-site activities at experiencecolumbus.com.

G.I.R.L. 2017 sponsors include Platinum Sponsor AT&T; Gold Sponsor Big Lots Foundation and Toyota Financial Services; Silver Sponsors Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program and American Electric Power; Bronze Sponsors American Petroleum Institute, JOANN Stores, Little Brownie Bakers, a division of the Kellogg Company, and Thirty-One Gifts; and Pearl Sponsors ABC Bakers, General Mills, Hogan Lovells US LLP, JPMorgan Chase & Co., KPMG LLP, Palmer & Cay, PayPal, Inc., Preemadonna, Macy’s, Mercer, and Visit Orlando. Girl Scouts of the USA thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support and for championing the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.


G.I.R.L. 2017
G.I.R.L. 2017, the largest girl-led event in the world, will be held in Columbus, Ohio, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center from October 6 to 8. More than 10,000 go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders from around the globe, as well as those who support them, will join for a one-of-a-kind event you won’t want to miss. Visit girlscouts.org/girl2017 for the latest updates!

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We're 2.6 million strong—1.8 million girls and 800,000 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