Nancy Wright: Not Your Grandma’s Girl Scouts


In this episode, Nancy Wright, CEO for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, invites us to remember and re-learn the real-world skills that the Girl Scouts offer. Things like leadership, confidence and love for the community. Plus, she’ll discuss different programs available for Girl Scouts –from STEM to business communication.

She’ll also share a story about her father, and how their conversation inspired Nancy to find a way to serve the community.

As someone who has led several organizations, Nancy talks about understanding the culture of the workplace as well as making sure that everyone has a voice that is heard. Then she’ll discuss diversity issues in an organization; especially around career advancement and compensation.


In this episode, you’ll learn:

• The best thing about being a Girl Scout.
• New, extensive programs available within the Girl Scouts.
• The issue of “camouflaging” among young women and how to address this matter.
• How you can’t be what you can’t see.
• The 3 things you can do to help young women.


• We are not your grandmother’s girl scouts.
• It’s not about success at the end of the day; it’s about significance.
• You can’t be what you can’t see.

Big Takeaways:

• The best things in our life happen when we strive for significance; when we decide to give back and make the world a better place.
• There are so many ways that we can do together – both men and women – to elevate our lives and thrive in the same environment; especially in the workplace.

Related Links & References:

• Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana:
• Leaning Out: Teen Girls & Leadership Biases:
• Nancy’s LinkedIn account:

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One response on “Nancy Wright: Not Your Grandma’s Girl Scouts

  1. Angela Flennoy

    “You can’t be what you can’t see” speaks volumes. Growing up on the Southside of Chicago, I recognize how important it is to give back to the community and provide positive exposure in young lives so they know there are other options. In spite of her surroundings, Girl Scouts can offer an escape and provide hope. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a very powerful program that gives girls life long skills that we hope they’ll use to make the world a better place. For these reasons, I will always promote: Support your local Girl Scout Organization and “Be the positive role model girls can see”.

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