Level the Leadership Landscape

“I have never been treated more maturely and taken so seriously—it was great to establish real business connections and learn how to network from these accomplished women.”

At our annual ToGetHerThere Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 30, we will bring together top business and community leaders from across Greater LA, as well as our 80 Emerging Leader Girl Scouts. The experience provides our attendees with the opportunity to meet these up-and-coming leaders, and reflect on the importance of our campaign. Plus, our Girl Scouts meet inspiring role models and network with professionals who can provide them with college and career advice.

Will you join us or support us? Our past supporters and Emerging Leader Girl Scouts tell us why the annual ToGetHerThere Luncheon has been an important, meaningful experience for them.


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Frances Moreno (center)

“Local and national business and civic community leaders who attend the annual ToGetHerThere Luncheon to support programs for girls in Greater LA help support GSGLA in building a new generation with confidence and character. We leave feeling incredibly inspired ourselves that our future is in good hands. It’s a must!”

— Frances Moreno
Co-Founder and Partner, Vaco
GSGLA Board Member


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Elizabeth Bock

“When I first came to the ToGetHerThere Luncheon, I was completely shocked by the number of people who came out to support Girl Scouts. I had such an amazing mentoring session with some of the nicest, most friendly, and passionate women I have ever met. I have never been treated more maturely and taken so seriously—it was great to establish real business connections and learn how to network from these accomplished women. I was thrilled to be an Emerging Leader last year, and I’m even more excited and prepared this year to return.”

— Elizabeth Bock
Emerging Leader Girl Scout 2016, 2017

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Kally Mozell

“I have been a Girl Scout since the first grade and keeping up with Girl Scouts has been the best decision I have ever made. Girl Scouting has offered me so many wonderful opportunities, like the ToGetHerThere Luncheon. I have become a strong leader because of Girl Scouts. I remember back when I was a freshman in high school, my troop organized a workshop to empower the younger Girl Scouts in our service unit. At the end of the day, we taught them a dance to document all that they had learned that day. It was amazing to see all the Girl Scouts come together and perform the dance for their leaders. Girl Scouts is not just an organization, it is a movement that empowers girls worldwide and gives them the tools to become confident G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders).”

— Kally Mozell
Emerging Leader Girl Scout 2016, 2017


It’s not too late to support the future of our Girl Scouts, and all girls and women. Secure your spot and invite your friends to join us at our ToGetHerThere Luncheon, and also learn how you can support the campaign.

G.I.R.L. 2017 Memories

The National Council Session and Convention in Columbus, Ohio were epic, bringing together hundreds of council delegates plus thousands more Girl Scouts and supporters. Among those who spoke at the Convention—G.I.R.L. 2017—were Barbara Bush and Chelsea Clinton, who co-presented with the 2017 National Young Women of Distinction (including GSGLA alumna Yue “Cherry” Ying!).

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2017 National Young Women of Distinction (Cherry: top right)

Our girl delegates played a significant part of the process at the National Council Session, helping decide on proposals related to the Girl Scout Movement. They then experienced G.I.R.L. 2017—the amazing and inspiring Girl Scout convention! Below, some of our delegates share their perspectives on the girl-powered, girl-led event—and what the whole experience that week meant to them.


hanalei alohaHanalei Emnace: Being a National Delegate representing GSGLA was truly an amazing experience—despite the lack of sleep and very long days, I had so much fun. From watching democracy in action during the National Council Session to performing in Girls Got Talent [see left] to walking around the city and seeing the multitude of Girl Scouts everywhere, it was apparent that Columbus was bleeding green that week. Furthermore, spending time getting to know my fellow girl delegates and making friendships with girls from all over the nation was so awesome, especially being able to trade SWAPS with Girl Scouts young and old; I even got to meet some cute little Daisies from Ohio! IMG_3166But one of the most memorable things that happened for me was meeting a female Lieutenant of the U.S. Navy, who was a Naval Academy graduate [see right]. She gave a talk on managing different aspects of life and her life experience in doing so; since I am looking to attend a military academy, it was such an inspiring meeting and it helped me realize all the opportunities that Girl Scouts has to offer. Throughout my week in Columbus I was able to immerse myself in parliamentary procedure, which coincides with my interest in political science, meet people from all over the country, and appreciate all the hard work that everyone put into putting on the week.

genetha 3Genetha Cleveland: My experience at the National Convention in Columbus, Ohio was fantastic! I Iearned many parliamentary legislation rules, met many other Girl Scouts, and much more. On Oct. 4, we started with voting on the proposals. Watching other Girl Scouts and delegates going to the panel to speak was interesting and a learning experience. My other Girl Scouts brought up great questions and concerns to the National Board. But my favorite part of our trip were the SWAPS. One time I wanted to trade SWAPS with another Girl Scout from California, and we ended up having a 15-minute conversation about how Girl Scouts has many benefits and give you many learning experiences. genetha 2Asking other people if they wanted to SWAP or if they wanted one of mine was fun. The Hall of Experiences was amazing too. I collected so many free things that I have already started using at school and for DIY crafts. By having three other delegates on my side, I was able to enjoy the experience even more. We all had an instant bond and enjoyed each other’s company. We’ve had so many memories together and I won’t be able to forget them. We all hope to attend the next convention in 2020 in Orlando, Florida. At the end of each event or lecture from other G.I.R.L.s, we talked about how we can relate to them and reflect upon ourselves.

hana 1Hana Meroth:
I never realized the global impact of Girl Scouts on girls around the world. It was truly amazing to be able to meet girls from across the nation and have an instant connection with them. Everyone we met was so incredibly amicable and welcoming. I had been looking forward to the incredible lineup of speakers, and they all exceeded my expectations. hana 3After listening to all the National Young Women of Distinction, I was so inspired to grow the impact of my own Girl Scout Gold Award project, and now I want to be a National Young Woman of Distinction! All the speakers had such inspiring stories of how they overcame adversities in their own lives and it really empowered me to approach situations in a new light and taught me how to be a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader in my everyday life. I’m already counting down the days until the 2020 Convention in Orlando!


We’re so proud of our G.I.R.L.s for representing Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, and having an amazing experience themselves! Stay tuned for more information on the 2020 National Council Session and Convention in Orlando, Florida.

A Place for Girls to Be Girls: A Time-tested Leadership Model

Dear Girl Scouts, Friends, and Supporters:

On the day we celebrate girls all around the world, International Day of the Girl, we’re reminded of how proud we are to champion the cause of girls—and how vital it is to provide girls with a safe space of their own to learn and grow.

Built on a mission to inspire girls to empower themselves and the idea that girls are the experts on issues that affect girls, Girl Scouts has been the authority on and an incubator of girls’ leadership and healthy development for more than 100 years.

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a one-of-a-kind development program for girls with proven results. It is based on tested methods and programming that help girls take the lead—in their own lives and in the world. Our curriculum and programs are developed specifically with and for girls. From coding to camping, everything we do in Girl Scouts is girl-led and girl-focused, in girl-only spaces that offer a necessary safe environment, which, as research shows, is exactly how girls thrive and learn best.

Girl Scouts provides specific, research-backed, girl-centered programs for each and every grade level and stage in a girl’s life. It is a holistic all-girl program that builds as girls progress through each grade level, culminating with the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award. (Psst, check out this Gold Award video from some amazing GSGLA Gold Award recipients).

In Girl Scouts, girls don’t just learn a skill—our curriculum is focused on developing healthy risk-taking, empathy, goal-setting, and confidence so that girls are prepared to overcome obstacles they might face as leaders in their careers and lives.

Most of a girl’s life is co-ed, we provide a Girl Scout Difference to give girls a safe space with positive role models. The emotional, girl-inclusive space offered by Girl Scouts fosters collaboration instead of competition, promotes support among girls, and a place where they are free to be themselves without the pressures and social anxiety that can result from a mixed-gender environment.

Furthermore, Girl Scouts offers parents and care-givers expert, time-tested guidance on raising girls today, including easy everyday ways they can help their girls build the leadership, values, and skills promoted through Girl Scouts. Countless parents have shared that through Girl Scouts, their daughters have tested the waters with voicing their opinions and taking action, and that it has given them the confidence and resilience to pursue those challenges out in the world.

Girl Scouts understands this and offers programming specifically designed with girls in mind, not with girls as an afterthought. Now, more than ever, we must make sure today’s girls are acquiring the courage, confidence, character, and the skills they need to take the reins of leadership in the 21st century.

We look forward to working together to assure we continue to uplift and inspire girls.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

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Lise L. Luttgens
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

For more information download the Girl Scout Impact Study or find more research data here.

National Council Session

Our GSGLA girl delegates have been hard at work in Columbus, participating in the National Council Session and debating initiatives related to our Girl Scout Movement. The girls detail this important part of the governance process in their latest blog post. 


We started Thursday with another early morning and headed to the Convention Center while it was still dark out. None of us really knew what to expect, but we were ready for a long day inside the National Council Session, where delegates—who make up the governing body of Girl Scouts—discuss proposals related to the Movement. The National Council kicked off the morning with the stewardship report from Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo and National Board President Kathy Hannan, then we launched into the proposals.

Since we had our parliamentary procedure training with GSGLA Service Unit Manager Lynn Mack-Costello, we were all prepared to understand the debates and found them all extremely interesting. First, we discussed a proposal to establish the National Board Development Committee as a committee of the National Board. While we anticipated a lot of controversy with the proposal, it turned out to be the fastest discussion. In the end, this proposal did not pass, despite a close margin. 

Moving on to the next proposal, which would reduce the size of the National Board, there was an unexpected amount of controversy from the crowd. There were a couple of amendments proposed—although one was initially passed, it was later reconsidered and the original proposal was back on the table. Eventually, this proposal did not pass either.

After lunch, we started on the last proposal, which would set lifetime membership dues at a certain rate. There were concerns regarding the National Board’s power in changing lifetime membership costs in future years. This turned out to be the only proposal that passed.

Although it was a long day, we found the whole process of discussion and voting very interesting, and overall an amazing experience. We end the National Council Session Friday morning, then the National Convention fun begins! Make sure you are following us on Twitter, @GSgirlsleading, and watching our Instagram Story, @GirlScoutsLA 

Yours Truly,

The Girl Scout Delegates  


While the week’s activities are wrapping up, the Convention this weekend (AKA G.I.R.L. 2017) is sure to be a blast—filled with amazing speakers, educational workshops and presentations, and even performances from Girl Scouts like our very own delegate, Hanalei Emnace (second from left in the above picture).

The celebration will also continue for the 2017 National Young Women of Distinction, including GSGLA alumna Yue “Cherry” Ying, who received recognition at the National Council Session. You can read more about her innovative Gold Award project here 

Don’t forget, you can follow the follow the fun on our council Twitter account, @GirlScoutsLA, as well as GSGLA CEO Lise Luttgens’ account, @GSGLA_CEO.

Delegate Dispatch from Columbus

Our girl delegates’ adventures continue in Columbus, where the National Council Session is underway. Read on to learn about their first full day in Ohio as representatives of GSGLA.


delegates 2Our day started with some slight bumps. But we made up for it with other plans, and headed to the North Market for lunch. While there, we were able to indulge in a variety of foods. One of our chaperones, Melissa Pepe, even bought us a pound of focaccia to share. We ended our meal with some delicious ice cream then headed to the Convention Center to await a Girl Scouting group chat.

We sat for two hours in order to be the first ones in line, while Melissa met with some friends at GSUSA—and we got to participate in a cool opportunity (details to be announced later). It was all very exciting.

delegates 1Next, we headed over to a reception to mingle with the other delegates. Afterward, we received GSGLA trefoil headbands as gifts, for which we’ve gotten a lot of attention. ☺

Then it was time for the opening ceremony, where the convention speakers gave us great insight into what it truly means to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader). Our favorite speaker was Dr. JoAnn Deak, who talked about the differences between the female and male brain, which was very interesting. Her work focuses on helping parents raise confident and courageous daughters—and she’s even written books to empower kids to exercise their brains! Thursday will be another busy day with the beginning of the National Council Session.

Don’t miss out on the fun! Remember to follow us on Twitter @GSgirlsleading and our Instagram Story on @GirlScoutsLA.

Yours Truly,

The Girl Scout Delegates


Our convention coverage continues! Stay tuned for more testimonials from our girl delegates.

Plus, be sure to follow GSGLA CEO Lise Luttgens, @GSGLA_CEO, and our council Twitter account, @GirlScoutsLA, for more perspectives from Columbus.

A Troop Leader’s Best Friend

At Girl Scouts, we’ve invested in shared tools and technology aimed at improving the volunteer and girl experience, including the Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit (VTK): Now, troop leaders have an easy way to organize activities, plan meetings, and put girls’ ideas into action!

But don’t just take our word for it—hear from troop leaders who’ve been using VTK to jump-start their Girl Scout year!


Shoshana Stopek, Troop 2916

No more carrying heavy binders! The Volunteer Toolkit will lighten your load. It’s the resource we’ve been waiting for! In the past, we had to rely mainly on Google and Pinterest to search for badge ideas, requirements, and planning guides. The Volunteer Toolkit puts everything in one easy-to-use tool—all in one place.

Here are some of my favorite features:

  • Quickly explore badges available by gradelevel; customize by badge type (e.g., STEM).
  • Customize your year plan right in the tool itself and email it to your troop.
  • The tool is accessible to everyone registered with your troop—super convenient!
  • The Resources tab is my favorite. It features some really great links such as Meeting Aids and Meeting Overviews, as well as Safety guides (e.g., Girl to Adult ratios), and tutorial videos.
  • You can access the toolkit from your phone on the go—it’s mobile-friendly!

This toolkit is useful for any troop. On a personal note, I’m finding the tool especially great because we’re a co-op troop and we share equally in the leadership and planning. The resources within this tool are a big time-saver and empower everyone to plan, organize, and lead a badge or journey. I can definitely see this tool being expanded upon in the future; but for now, having it as a “go-to” resource is fantastic.


Christine and Tomás Romero, Troop 3326

Five tips for using the new Volunteer Toolkit:

  1. Be patient. My husband and I are fairly tech-savvy, but even we get lost in the woods sometimes when using new software programs and apps. But it is actually very easy to use if you are patient, take it slowly, and allow yourself time to explore all of the new features a bit before fully diving in.
  2. Meeting planning made easy. The new Meeting Plan feature is amazing. Not only does it allow you to map out your entire meeting schedule for the Girl Scout year in one, easily shareable place, but it also allows you to actually plan individual meetings down to the minute, from the Pledge of Allegiance to the closing friendship circle. Very cool stuff all around!
  3. One-step emailing. Another one of our favorite features in the new Volunteer Toolkit is the improved email feature. Emailing your entire troop with one email from one, easy-to-navigate home base is amazing and a real time-saver. Especially if you have a hard time keeping track of all of your parents’ email addresses.
  4. Learn together. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your fellow leaders when you need it. We bring a laptop to our meetings sometimes and have huddled around it with our co-leaders several times to make sure we all had a handle on how the Toolkit works. So a team approach to learning the new system has really helped us a lot!
  5. Track attendance. And finally, one small, but not insignificant new feature of the Toolkit is the ability to track our girls’ attendance from week to week. The fact that we can now know for sure which girls attended which meetings is invaluable, and will make it easier for us to advise parents on the badge work their girls will need to catch up. Best feature ever!

Thank you to Shoshana, Christine, and Tomás for your feedback! You can learn more about the Volunteer Tookit here, along with the rest of our new online tools.

Need help getting started? Contact us.

Want to share your Volunteer Toolkit tips and tricks? Leave a comment!

G.I.R.L. Jet Setters

Our girl delegates are in Columbus, Ohio this week, representing GSGLA at the National Council Session and Convention. (From left to right in the above picture: Hanalei Emnace, Genetha Cleveland, Hana Meroth, Julia Medina). They’re sharing their experiences with us, starting with an overview of yesterday’s activities, traveling to Columbus.


An early morning for all of us, we headed to LAX to start our adventure. Luckily, almost all of us got TSA pre-check. After we all made it through security, we stopped for a nice Dunkin’ Donuts breakfast. Soon enough we found ourselves boarding our first flight to Chicago.

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Chicago pizza, yum!

During our layover in Chicago, we had to rush to our next gate, only to find we had plenty of time to get another bite to eat. We stopped for deep dish at Reggio’s Pizza. Our short trip to Chicago wouldn’t have been complete without a souvenir mug for one of our chaperones. Finally we boarded a tiny commercial plane and headed to Columbus, Ohio.

girls laughingWhen we arrived in Ohio, we found ourselves greeted by G.I.R.L. volunteers after meeting some of the adult delegates from New Orleans. After picking up our luggage, we headed outside to catch the bus to our hotel. We finally settled into our rooms. With a shared want for food we all met downstairs at the bistro for anything but wings. Our adventure continues tomorrow as we get to explore the beautiful city of Columbus. Make sure to follow our Twitter account, @GSgirlsleading, and watch our Instagram Story takeover on @GirlScoutsLA.

Yours Truly,

The Girl Scout Delegates


Stay tuned for more blog posts from our girl delegates this week!