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Anna Maria Chavez
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Anna Maria Chávez, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA, is a lifetime member Girl Scout and an award-winning community leader. Prior to her appointment as CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, she served as CEO of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas and as Deputy Chief of Staff for Urban Relations and Community Development for the former Governor of Arizona and current U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano. Anna Maria holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona, College of Law and a B.A. in American History from Yale University. Bar admissions include U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, Arizona Supreme Court, and U.S. Supreme Court. Originally from Arizona, she currently resides in New Jersey with her son and husband.

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Championing the Mentors and Role Models Who Build Tomorrow's Leaders

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 12:02 PM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

I remember my very first Girl Scout troop leader. I was 10 years old,...

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Closing the Global STEM Gap

(5) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 5:17 PM

The development of the silicon microchip in the mid-1900s gave rise to our current digital age, and the global economy has been heavily dependent on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ever since. While European and Asian countries demonstrate their commitment to STEM through the stellar academic performance of their...

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Standing Up to Bullying Behavior During National Bullying Prevention Month

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 7:10 PM

If you've kept up with the news this year, you've probably noticed the sad and disturbing phenomenon of teenagers committing suicide as a result of being relentlessly bullied. Whether it takes place at school, at home or in the social media space, bullying has reemerged in the public consciousness as...

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Women Take the Lead on the World's Biggest Stage

(6) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 12:34 PM

For the second time in three years, America was brought to the brink of financial default by hyper-partisanship in Washington. Yet, even as the political divide between the leaders of the two parties in Congress widened, shutting down our government and threatening the stability of our economy, women from both...

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Courage, Determination and Peace on International Day of the Girl

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 10:00 AM

By Anna Maria Chávez

Two years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 11 International Day of the Girl. It's a day to recognize girls' unique insights, talents and contributions to their communities, and to champion the "empowerment, protection and participation of girls in all levels of society." At...

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Volunteerism and Female Leadership in Today's Girl Scout Movement

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 11:38 AM

I decided to become a Girl Scout when I was 10-years-old. As is the case with most 10-year-old girls, my reasoning was fairly straightforward: I wanted to do what my friends were doing. And while there is no legacy of Girl Scouting in my family, my parents knew that it...

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Girl Scouting Remains a 'Force for Desegregation' on the Anniversary of a Dream

(3) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 3:59 PM

On Saturday, August 24, tens of thousands of Americans gathered on the National Mall in Washington D.C. They came together to mark the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic March on Washington, and his "I have a dream" speech. In it, Dr. King shared his vision of...

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Building Leaders

(15) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 4:17 PM

A century seems like a long time. It is a long time, certainly, for a nonprofit to survive and prosper. Especially one like the Girl Scouts, which has only a single, overriding mission: to develop today's girls into tomorrow's leaders.

So you can imagine my surprise last week when...

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Fighting Human Trafficking, One Community at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 6:01 PM

On Monday, July 29, 2013, the world watched in horror at 150 men in 76 cities across the United States were arrested and charged with holding teenaged girls against their will to work as prostitutes in one of the largest human trafficking cases in American history.

The...

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A Movement in Transition for a World in Flux

(21) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 10:49 AM

There is no bigger challenge, nor greater opportunity, than to lead an organization through a period of transition. The organization I am honored to lead, the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), is in the midst of a self-prescribed, self-led transformation, one that is revitalizing our brand and reinvigorating the...

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Confronting Cyber Violence in the Digital Age

(2) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 5:35 PM

It's time to combat cyber bullying, and the devastating affects it's having on our children.

Last Labor Day, while millions of Americans were firing up their barbeques to enjoy the last weekend of summer, a nightmare was unfolding in the town of Saratoga, California. Fifteen-year-old Audrie Pott...

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Leading with Distinction

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 11:31 AM

People always ask me why I love my job. I usually tell them that it's because I get to go to work every day in service to girls -- girls who inspire me to push on when the days get long; whose stories lift me up when challenges arise; whose...

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It's All About Doing Some Thinking on This Very Special Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 4:03 PM

Today is a special day on the Girl Scout calendar. It's World Thinking Day, and while it's not a holiday and it isn't as well known as, say, Valentine's Day, those of us in Girl Scouting know all about World Thinking Day. One of the great things about being in...

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The Dynamics of Change -- A New Vision for a New Girl Scouting Century

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 3:06 PM

I became the CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) at a pivotal moment in its history. My first year happened to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the founding of Girl Scouting, and as we celebrated that amazing milestone, we realized we also had a unique opportunity...

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Hispanic Girls are Ready to Lead, But are We Ready to Support Them?

(26) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 6:35 PM

By Anna Maria Chávez and Nina Vaca

There are more than 5.7 million Hispanic girls between the ages of 5 and 17 in the United States, and it's staggering to think what they might achieve -- the innovations they might develop, the products they might create and the...

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Girl Scouts Changed the World 100 Years Ago -- Now it's Our Turn

(6) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 10:30 AM

You might not know it, but today is an incredibly special day for Girl Scouts of the USA. It's our 100th birthday. That's right. Girl Scouts has been around 100 years.

It's an amazing thing. Girl Scouts is such an iconic organization that it's easy to overlook how daring an...

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