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The Girl Scout Cookie Program started in 1917, just a few years before my grandmother was born. This year is the 100th year of Girl Scout cookie sales, and having spent five years as a Girl Scout and one year as a Brownie Troop leader, I can’t say enough about what scouting provides to young girls.

To honor this milestone, the Phoenix Business Journal asked former Girl Scouts “how their involvement in the nonprofit organization helped them become successful in their careers.”

I was very happy to participate and share my personal experience, and I enjoyed scrolling through the quotes from women I admire and respect to see how Girl Scouts has shaped so many Valley women in leadership today.