Letter from Our CEO

Dear Girl Scout Friends and Family:

Part of any organization’s evolving is recognizing the cycle of comings and goings. So it is with such mixed emotions that I write to let our membership know of Carol Dedrich’s departure from Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, effective September 16.

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Carol Dedrich has served as GSGLA’s Chief External Relations Officer since 2008.

Carol’s resignation as GSGLA’s first Chief External Relations Officer (CERO) is a sad moment for us, but it is offset by the wonderful news that she has accepted a position as Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of San Diego and will be relocating to assume this exciting new role next month. As you can imagine, the Board and staff of the San Diego Council are thrilled to have Carol at the helm as an experienced executive and fundraiser. We couldn’t be happier for Carol and her fiancé Alex as they start their next chapter.

Since the inception of our Council almost eight years ago, Carol has served expertly in her current CERO role, and as a member of the Executive Leadership and Senior Management Teams. And as an important part of these teams, Carol has been influential in GSGLA’s growth, stability, and success. As a council, we now have a strong infrastructure, great momentum, and an aligned Board, staff, and membership thanks in good part to Carol. Many of you remember that Carol led our 100th anniversary yearlong celebration which included such milestones as Girltopia, an award-winning float in the Tournament of Roses Parade, and the first ToGetHerThere Luncheon and Emerging Leader Program. Her leadership has shaped our Camporee, Annual Meetings, Gold Award Ceremonies, and many other amazing gatherings and special events. She has served as our GSGLA spokesperson. And our marketing, communications, branding, fundraising, and legislative advocacy functions have been guided and refined by Carol’s direction and vision since 2008. Our council will not be the same without her.

Carol and I have been working together on a transition plan, and GSGLA has engaged Morris & Berger as the executive search firm to launch a regional search for a new Chief External Relations Officer. We expect this search to take about 20 weeks. If you know of qualified candidates, please ask them to go to the website of www.Morrisberger.com to review the position description which will be posted soon.

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The great news is Carol is staying in our Movement so I know she will stay close and committed to our membership at GSGLA! Please join our Board of Directors, staff and me in wishing Carol all the best for this new and wonderful chapter of her career. GSGLA is stronger, better, greater as a result of Carol’s contributions.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

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Lise L. Luttgens

Twitter: @gsgla_ceo

Author: Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

Building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

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