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Welcome to Camp CEO 2019!

A Premiere Leadership Camp for Girls

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Since 2007, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana has welcomed high-level professionals and teen girls from across our council geography to Camp CEO®, the premiere leadership camp for teen girls. Now in its 13th year, Camp CEO® continues to provide girls with valuable mentorship and leadership experiences that last a lifetime.

Registration for Girl Scouts has closed for Camp CEO 2019. Stay tuned for stories from this year's event, and for future opportunities for girls in grades 8-12.

Meet the Camp CEO Class of 2019!

Mentors

Brooke Ajlouni, Regional Vice President, Salesforce
Brooke Ajlouni

Personal Mission Statement

My life mission is to strive to be the best wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and people leader through gratitude and humbleness for life's blessings.

What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?

Old friends are the best friends. Stay close to the people who you feel most comfortable around and don't try to change for others.

What is your "claim to fame?"

I was the first female Sales Director at the Telecommunications company I previously worked for, driving gender equality and helping other women along the way.

Patricia Aluisi, Chief Operating Officer, MB Real Estate
Patricia Aluisi

Personal Mission Statement

To assist women and girls personally and professionally so that they can live to their fullest potential; find common ground; make people laugh.

What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?

Hang only with people who nourish you. Trust yourself. Explore the world. It's ok to make mistakes. Learn resilience. Take care of yourself.

What is your "claim to fame?"

I lived in London for 9 years and I have worked in over 20 countries.

Lauren Bean Buitta, Founder and Director, Girl Security
Lauren Bean Buita

Personal Mission Statement

To empower girls to national security as active citizens and future leaders.

What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?

Trust your strengths, you know them better than anyone

What is your "claim to fame?"

I suppose my claim to fame is my work with Girl Security and our recent NPR piece on wargaming.

Shan Bhati, Global Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, Edelman
Shan Bhati

Personal Mission Statement

I hope to empower young girls to be confident, persevere and always stand up for themselves.

What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?

Work hard and be kind. Everything else will fall into place.

What is your "claim to fame?"

I like trying things that scare me like surfing and rock climbing. They are humbling and have taught me how to push through my fear.

Rachel Bronson, President & CEO, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Rachel Bronson

Personal Mission Statement

To be honest, fair, thoughtful and respectful.

What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?

Take your interests seriously. If you are interested in something, explore it. Interests can change, but they are meaningful and useful guides.

What is your "claim to fame?"

I wrote a book on the US relationship with Saudi Arabia that King Abdullah recommended to President Bush.

Caryn Curry, Mental Health Consultant, Lurie Children's Hospital Center for Childhood Resilience
Caryn Curry

Personal Mission Statement

To live life fully, uplift others, and help create a world in which all children have an equitable opportunity to thrive.

What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?

Be bold; lean into your fear; Make mistakes regularly, as long as they're new ones. Know that you have the power to choose, every moment.

What is your "claim to fame?"

I played college basketball.

Meghan Czechowski, Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield
Meghan Czechowski

Personal Mission Statement

My personal mission is to connect with those around me by being engaged and kind at all times.

What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?

Stay curious, travel, explore the outdoors, read more, have fun, and take naps.

What is your "claim to fame?"

I was an over achiever in HS; played 4 sports and the French horn, took musical leads, and taught swim lessons and was a lifeguard.

Adrienne Fasano, Chief Marketing Officer, Cushman & Wakefield

Personal Mission Statement

I believe in investing in relationships and the success of others in my personal and professional life it’s essential building the future and lasting legacies.

What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

Love yourself before you can love anyone else in your life.

What is your "claim to fame?"

I have created a diverse, inclusive and performance-based culture that’s positioned to grow organically through mentorship, retention, and investment in top talent.

Traci Fiatte, CEO, Non-technical Staffing, USA, Randstad USA
Traci Fiatee

Personal Mission Statement

Successful people do what unsuccessful people are unwilling to do.

What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

You can do anything, but not everything.

What is your "claim to fame?"

I invented and patented the round beach towel.

Karen Fichuk, CEO (North America), Randstad

Personal Mission Statement

To add organizational value through effective, servant leadership and to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace where all team members can fulfill their potential.

What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

Make your own path, be true to yourself and challenge assumptions about how things must be done.

What is your "claim to fame?"

Getting stuff done, moving things forward.

Katie Gillman, Senior Wealth Advisor, ISTO Advisors, LLC
Katie Gillman

Personal Mission Statement

To serve and make others feel special. I feel most successful when I have left a lasting, positive impact in someone's life.

What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?

Blaze your own trail. Pursue interests that bring you joy. Try to not let others expectations define you or what you want to be.

What is your "claim to fame?"

I'm Lucy's mom. Max's wife. Courtney's sister. Joey's best friend. Larry and Mary's daughter. Find fame in your circle, these relationships matter most.

Cynthia Hunt, Strategic Projects Consultant, Jenner & Block
Cynthia Hunt

Personal Mission Statement

I believe in the importance of healthy communities. I invest in businesses, organizations, and people who drive sustainability via education, culture, recreation, and spiritual environments.

What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?

Follow your talents, discover your true north and don't let the turkeys get you down.

What is your "claim to fame?"

I hiked to the top of Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the continental US; I pounded the gavel to close the NYSE on 4/17/13.

Lisa Kornick, Founder, First Women's Bank
Lisa Kornick

Personal Mission Statement

To make the world a kinder and more equitable place.

What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?

Do not let your fears rule you. Follow your hearts and your joy. Don’t worry so much about what other people think and say.

What is your "claim to fame?"

I am the mother of two adopted kids and an the founder of the First Women’s Bank which is in formations.

Katy Lynch, CEO and Founder, Codeverse
Katy Lynch

Personal Mission Statement

Have fun and always be yourself!

What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

Have fun, take risks, surrounded yourself with people that lift you up, and stand up for what you believe in.

What is your "claim to fame?"

I am the co-founder of the world's first interactive coding studio for girls and boys ages 6-13!

Dr. Renee Matthews, Medical educator and correspondent
Dr. Renee Matthews

Personal Mission Statement

I want everyone to #LiveLifeYouDeserve. I want to help as many people as I can because we all deserve to be happy.

What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

Renee, you need to relax and enjoy life a little bit, because time is the one thing you can not get back.

What is your "claim to fame?"

Manifesting the life of my dreams. I have sat down with Oprah Winfrey, worked with my favorite R&B artists, befriended my favorite celebrities, etc.

Suzet McKinney, CEO/Executive Director, Illinois Medical District
Suzette McKinney Fam Port 121716

Personal Mission Statement

You can do anything you set your mind to do. You have to work hard and be persistent.

What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

The sky is the limit, so dream bigger, work harder, go higher.

What is your "claim to fame?"

Hard worker. Go-getter. No drama. No excuses.

Mary Nguyen Aregoni, Founder & CEO, Saigon Sisters LLC

Personal Mission Statement

My personal mission is to live my life to the fullest and bring joy and abundance to others.

What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

Life is a journey and enjoy it as much as you can with experiences such as travel, relationships and personal reflections.

What is your "claim to fame?"

I was on the Food TV Network with my sister and mom on a show called The Sandwich King.

Alicia Ponce, Founder and Principal, APMonarch Architects
Alicia Ponce

Personal Mission Statement

Be the best in my profession. Empower other younger women along their mission by sharing resources, knowledge and networks.

What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

Seek mentors that support your dreams. Don't give up on your dreams. It's ok if you fail along the journey. Have fun and stay healthy.

What is your "claim to fame?"

I am part of the <1% of Female Latina architects in the U.S. I've built a business that is recognized for expertise in sustainability.

Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope, Professor, DePaul University
Kelly Pope

Personal Mission Statement

To start and end each day with a smile and attempt to participate in an act of kindness to help another person.

What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?

Don't be so eager to fit in with others. Be true to you. Find your role model early and model your behavior accordingly.

What is your "claim to fame?"

I am the only African American accounting professor who is an award-winning filmmaker and TED speaker.

Suzy Smyth, Managing Engineer, Exponent
Suzy Smyth

Personal Mission Statement

To ask questions, solve problems, and to stay curious while being honest, fair, and kind. To leave every place better than I found it.

What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

It's OK not to know what you want to do. Try everything! Learning you don't like something is important too.

What is your "claim to fame?"

I am a mechanical engineer and "science detective" who investigates fires, explosions, and other accidents to help prevent them in the future.

Angie Underwood, President of the Long Grove Historical Society
Angie Underwood

Personal Mission Statement

I am inspired to use my time, treasure and leadership talents whenever possible to make a difference in my community and the lives of others.

What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

To not let fear hold her back from stepping out of her comfort zone more often. Each time you do, it leads to greater confidence!

What is your "claim to fame?"

I served as Village President (Mayor) of my town of Long Grove, Illinois from 2013-2017 and was instrumental in efforts to save our covered bridge.

Mae Whiteside, President and CEO, CKL Engineers LLC
Mae

Personal Mission Statement

I am the happiest woman in the world. Why? Realistically I proved to myself that I can achieve a lot with the least.

What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

I would tell myself to keep exercising and weightlifting.

What is your "claim to fame?"

I started a multi-millionaire dollar business with $612.50.

Other Mentors
  • Laurie Barry, Senior VP, UBS/Barry Wealth Consulting Group
  • Dr. Catherine Dimou, New Market Medical Executive, Cigna
  • LTJG Sasha Edwards, Assistant Chief, Inspection Division, US Coast Guard
  • Angie Hickey, CEO, Levenfield Pearlstein
  • Connie Lindsey, Executive VP, Northern Trust 
  • Kelly Rasch, Veterinarian, Lincolnshire Animal Hospital
  • Janet Viane, Chief Strategy Officer, Red Caffeine
  • Monica Weed, Executive Vice President, Navigant Consulting


Girl Scout Mentees

  • Maggie A., 16, Lockport, Illinois
  • Lauren A., 17, Carbon Hill, Illinois
  • Karen A., 13, Cicero, Illinois
  • Grace B., 13, Chicago, Illinois
  • Aaron B., 15, Villa Park, Illinois
  • Kendall B., 16, Lemont, Illinois
  • Avery B., 13, Naperville, Illinois
  • Sophia B., 17, Braceville, Illinois
  • Kayla B., 16, Chicago, Illinois
  • Brooklyn B., 13, Bolingbrook
  • Charity B., 14, Naperville, Illinois
  • Rhea C., 13, Des Plaines, Illinois
  • Annabelle D., 13, Villa Park, Illinois
  • Julia D., 14, Evanston, Illinois
  • Deanna F., 15, New Lenox, Illinois
  • Grace F., 15, Mokena, Illinois
  • Anna J., 15, Chicago, Illinois
  • Lara K., 16, Lake Bluff, Illinois
  • Katie K., 13, Frankfort, Illinois
  • Dorothy L., 13, Munster, Indiana
  • Grace L., 15, Mount Prospect, Illinois
  • Keely M., 15, Willow Springs, Illinois
  • Zoe M., 16, La Grange Park, Illinois
  • Katherine M., 14, Winnetka, Illinois
  • Madilyn N., 15, Kankakee, Illinois
  • Alejandra P., 16, Vernon Hills, Illinois
  • Sierra P., 16, Chicago, Illinois
  • Tekla P., 13, Chicago, Illinois
  • Raven P. 14, Waukegan, Illinois
  • Margaret R., 16, Mokena, Illinois
  • Madison R., 16, Mokena, Illinois
  • Sydney R., 13, Hillside, Illinois
  • Jenna R., 15, Hammond, Indiana
  • Mary S., 17, Lockport, Illinois
  • Anissa T., 13, Chicago, Illinois
  • Grace V., 16, Mokena, Illinois
  • Nikki W., 17, Western Springs, Illinois

Camp CEO 2019 Sponsors

Thank you to the generous sponsors who made Camp CEO possible!

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