At Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Camp CEO, 33 young women had the experience of a lifetime participating in fun camping activities and leadership experiences with some of Connecticut’s top female executives. Held at Camp Laurel in Lebanon from June 30 – July 3, these young women between the ages of 14 to 17, alongside female executives, learned about leadership, character, and taking action to make the world a better place.

Girls and executives participated in a wide variety of workshops, such as learning about branding, building a business, and money management skills, while also boating, making s’mores and other foods, and singing songs by the campfire. It was an unforgettable experience for those girls who attended, including Girl Scouts of Connecticut Girl Board Member Sasha Yazdzik. Yazdzik, a Rocky Hill native, encouraged girls to come out next year for the weekend.

“It was great to meet the CEOs and what they had to go through to get where they are today,” she said. “You learn a lot more than you think you would learn. You make new connections with people.”

Both returning and new executives were of this year’s Camp CEO. They included:
Denise B. Hall, senior vice president and treasury sales manager, Webster Bank
Sheryl Sleeva, senior vice president, Cardholder Solutions MasterCard Worldwide
Stephanie “Morning Fire” Fielding, elder, Mohegan Tribe
Stacy Tisdale, financial correspondent for PBS’ national newsmagazine show, “Need to Know”
Fran Pastore, CEO, Women’s Business Development Council
Valarie Gelb, president, Connecticut Chapter of the International Women’s Forum
Shalu Arora, president, Skylightsys
Michelle Etzl, CFO, National Graphics
Tracy Knofla, co-owner, High Impact Training
Maureen Gorman, president, Connecticut Women’s Forum
Elizabeth Herlihy, business development executive, New Haven Chamber of Commerce
Claire Criscuolo, chef, Claire’s Corner Copia, and 2012 Woman of Achievement honoree
Deirdre Houlihan DiCara, executive director of Southbury-Middlebury Youth and Family Services
Dr. Cynthia Barnett, life coach, founder of Saturday Academy
Rosa Gatti, former senior vice president, ESPN
Teresa C. Younger, executive director, Permanent Commission on the Status of Women
Mary Barneby, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut

“Camp CEO was an incredible experience for myself, the girls, and my fellow executives,” said Barneby. “To have the opportunity to camp alongside our future leaders was an unforgettable experience. The valuable leadership lessons learned on both sides made this an incredible weekend. I’m looking forward to another exciting and enriching experience next year!”

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