The Girl Scouts have gone from baking and sewing to cybersecurity and financial literacy

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Sylvia Acevedo Girl Scouts CEOHollis Johnson/Business Insider

Sylvia Acevedo grew up as a Girl Scout and was named CEO of the organization in 2017 after working as a rocket scientist for NASA and engineer for IBM.
Acevedo found her passion for science and engineering as a Girl Scout and introduced STEM programs to the organization.
Acevedo also introduced new Girl Scout badges to jumpstart her initiative, including awards for programming robots and cybersecurity mastery.

The Girl Scouts is much more than selling cookies; it’s an organization that provides a foundation for young women to take leadership roles in society. And since Sylvia Acevedo was named CEO of Girl Scouts in 2017, it’s also teaching its members about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) — shifting the sole focus away from traditionally female tasks, like baking and sewing.

Acevedo was previously a rocket scientist for NASA, industrial engineer and manager for IBM, and presidential correspondent to the Obama White House.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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