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Girl Scouts Tackles Women’s Freedom to Be Authentic in the Workplace at Voice for Girls 2017


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Photo from left to right: Dr. Kathy Magliato, MD, MBA, FACS with Girl Scouts Rylee Kamil Bell of Westminster, Sabine Lerner of Santa Ana, Leah Black of Irvine, Rebeca Oropeza of Yorba Linda, and Zaleeya Dhalla of Ladera Ranch (Center)

Over 200 OC Business Leaders & Keynote Heart Surgeon Dr. Kathy Magliato Convene to Pave the Way for Girls to Thrive When They Enter Professional Environments

IRVINE, Calif. – We all receive messages infused with standards for how we should look, speak, and behave. The messages girls and women receive throughout their lifetimes can result in the denial of one’s true self, in favor of becoming what others want and need them to be. Girl Scouts believes that knowing and honoring one’s authentic self is vital to girls and women thriving in their personal and professional lives.

A packed room of more than 200 Orange County business leaders rallied together with local Girl Scouts at the Newport Beach Country Club on Friday, May 12 for a much-needed conversation on women’s ability to be authentic in the workplace. The 6th Annual Voice for Girls forum presented by BNY Mellon Wealth Management provided attendees with an understanding that girls should not have to reconcile their own dreams with expectations of “who they should be” and inspired participants to create work environments that value the unique perspectives and contributions of women. 

Dr. Kathy Magliato, renowned heart surgeon, author and producer, whose memoir HEART MATTERS was made into a scripted medical drama, HEARTBEAT , on NBC, headlined the event. As keynote, she provided candid insights into her personal journey to achieve excellence in a field dominated by men, sharing how being authentic and leading with compassion and heart shaped her life and career.

Following the keynote, guests had the unique opportunity to listen in as five Orange County Girl Scouts (ages 9-17) interviewed Dr. Magliato with questions they prepared about what she does, how she does it, and how she balances “what” she does with “who” she is.

Meeting Dr. Magliato was an eye-opening experience for nine-year-old Girl Scout Brownie Zaleeya Dhalla of Ladera Ranch. Zaleeya shared "I learned that it takes a lot of determination and hard work to become a heart surgeon. You have to take all those classes and not everyone can do it. It was exciting to meet someone who helps save people's lives!"

And the experience was equally beneficial for 13-year-old Girl Scout Cadette Sabine Lerner of Santa Ana who is interested in becoming a medical examiner or pathologist. Sabine shared “As someone who is considering a medical profession, it was extremely informative to hear from an accomplished surgeon and female entrepreneur.  Her story was both fascinating and inspiring."

The Girl Scout panel was the perfect segue into the table exercise, where attendees crafted inspirational statements to encourage today’s girls to remain true to themselves when making decisions about their lives – even when it’s not comfortable to do so. These empowering messages will be shared with Orange County’s nearly 21,000 Girl Scouts.

Voice for Girls 2017 attendees left inspired to create workplaces where girls and women can be authentic and stay true to themselves while striving to achieve their career aspirations.

About Girl Scouts

We are Girl Scouts of Orange County.  We are 34,000 strong-- nearly 21,000 girls and 13,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low.  On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop. Every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. With programs in every zip code in Orange County, Girl Scouts offers every girl opportunities to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit  GirlScoutsOC.org .

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