Girl Scouts, Connie Lindsey, Represent at National Urban League Centennial Conference.
by Shonda Prince, GSUSA Manager, Internal Communications
Girl Scouts made a lasting impression at the 2010 National Urban League (NUL) Centennial Conference held July 28–31 in Washington, D.C. The donation of more than 300 Girl Scout cookies and the sight of Girl Scouts milling around in uniform with special NUL-stamped volunteer sashes and flip cameras highlighted the sense of community engagement.
The conference was host to more than 4,000 attendees there to celebrate and pay homage to NUL’s theme, "Empowerment Time: Past, Present, and Future.” Many came to view the NUL Experience Exhibit Hall, which had over 300 booths, several employment-centered workshops, and an interactive, 4,000-square-foot "I Am Empowered” centennial exhibit. Others took advantage of the powerful youth summit and educational plenary sessions, as well as the chance to see some great entertainers headlining the conference, including R&B recording artist John Legend, the Isley Brothers, gospel duo Mary Mary, and more.
The four-day event also included an impressive roster of speakers—from President Barack Obama, who stated that he is "focused on creating an economy that uplifts all Americans,” to our very own Girl Scout National President, Connie L. Lindsey.
Connie participated in a health-focused workshop entitled, "Saving Our Sisters: Mastering Your Mind and Body, Empowering Your Future.” During the panel discussion, Connie highlighted the Girl Scout Research Institute as an authority on contemporary girl issues. She also stressed the importance of living with meaning and purpose rather than succumbing to what she labeled "intention deficit disorder.” She quipped, "If five birds are sitting on a perch and all intend to fly away, how many are left?” (The answer, of course, is all are still left.)
Others who participated in the panel alongside Connie were Caroline Clarke, host of Black Enterprise Business Report and executive editor of Black Enterprise, who acted as the panel moderator; former Girl Scout National Board Member Susan L. Taylor, who’s also founder and CEO of the National CARES Mentoring Movement; Dr. Henrie Treadwell, research professor, Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine; Mori Taheripour, managing director and co-founder of Innovative Health Solutions; and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, who represents the 11th Congressional District, which serves several areas in Brooklyn, New York.
Earlier this year, Girl Scouts of the USA joined the National Urban League's "I Am Empowered" campaign, a yearlong public service initiative designed to rally millions of Americans around education, employment, housing, and healthcare.