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Girls Scouts of The USA Appoints Its First Black CEO In Its 108-Year History

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By Dana Givens
Black Enterprise

The Girls Scouts of the USA made a historic announcement for the organization with the appointment of Judith Batty as the company’s interim CEO. This makes Batty the organization’s first Black CEO.

Batty has been a part of the famous leadership program for young women for nearly 30 years, also working as a member of the Nassau County Council in New York before moving onto the National Board. Prior to her new role, Batty worked as a senior legal counsel and senior executive for a prominent Fortune 500 company. She will be replacing Sylvia Acevedo who is stepping down from the role.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve as CEO of this great organization,” said Sylvia Acevedo, former CEO of GSUSA in a press statement.  “The real stars of this organization are—and will always be—the girls who motivate all of us who so proudly serve Girl Scouts. I want to also recognize and thank our hard-working volunteers, who truly embody the selfless spirit of Girl Scouts.”

“When I was young, the Girl Scouts instilled in me the courage, confidence and character that have guided me through my life and career. It is an incredible honor to bring those lessons back full circle to help the Girl Scouts navigate this transition,” said Batty in a press statement. 

“As families across the country contend with so much uncertainty and upheaval, I am committed to ensuring that the Girl Scouts continues to offer a shelter in the storm—a place where all our girls feel welcome, can find community, solidarity, leadership opportunities and fun, despite the challenging moment we are all collectively living through.”