In this first episode of Reimagine Leadership, I’m joined by Jennifer Bartkowski, the “very proud CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas”. This is the episode where we make strong links to organizational vision, mission and strategy and how leadership development is critical to an organization’s ability to thrive. It is the thread that connects strategy to execution to the fulfillment of the mission..
In addition to laying the groundwork for the seven-month program that was designed for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX), Jennifer describes the size, scope, and incredible assets of the organization. She does not shy away from the challenges the organization is facing and how she sees leader development as crucial to the organization’s success.
In the spirit of, ‘leaders go first’, Jennifer shares how she felt her own leadership skills first had to shift during COVID and the civil unrest we were all experiencing. She knew she could not change the organization on her own, which is why she wanted to make sure she gave everyone committed to the future of GSNETX the chance to be part of the unique program we were developing.
We hear Jennifer’s views on how the impact of Girl Scouts was declining; she acknowledges that their ways of serving the community had become misaligned with the actual needs of today’s girls and the challenges they face. We discuss the details of how the program was set up, how the module topics were selected to align with who and what the organization wanted to be. The program had to help build the capabilities and skills required to serve the community.
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Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas: https://www.gsnetx.org/
Also Mentioned in this episode:
George Floyd: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Floyd
Stagen Leadership Academy: https://stagen.com/
Yield Giving: https://yieldgiving.com/
MacKenzie Scott: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacKenzie_Scott