Girl Scouts have the capacity to break down barriers and create new inroads to justice.
I would like to share 3 leadership lessons which I will call my W.I.N. strategy© that I learned while I was a Girl Scout.
First, WELCOME NEW OPPORTUNITIES- as a first-generation college student, I was excited and fearful to enter college. But soon I found that Girl Scouts prepared me for a world of infinite possibilities. Selling cookies taught me the basics of entrepreneurship and marketing. Camping demonstrated the importance of team building and serving in the community provided me with vital leadership skills. The tools I gained while in Girl Scouts are some of the ones I use today as a civil rights attorney, professor, author, and entrepreneur.
IMAGINE YOUR FUTURE– I always had a full imagination, from a child I wanted to become a superhero, Miss Freedom Fighter Esquire, basically Wonder Woman with a law degree and an afro. My shield was my faith and my sword was my law degree. I wanted to travel to far away lands like Wakanda and defeat the giants of poverty and mass incarceration.
Girl Scouts are making a difference in the world. We are lawyers, engineers, doctors, and CEOs.
The last lesson is to NEVER GIVE UP- Girl Scouts taught me how to meet adversity with tenacity. My courage continues to move me forward on the path of a bright future.
I am excited to share more about my Girl Scout journey and my new children’s book (Justice Makes a Difference: The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire) at an upcoming book signing event on Saturday, April 7th at The Saint Paul Shop located on 400 S. Robert Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55107. The event will held from 11am- 1pm. I hope to see you there!