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2019 Leadership Expo

Leadership Expo 2019 | Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana

Oct. 5 in Tinley Park, IL | Oct. 19 in Skokie, IL

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The Girl Scouts GCNWI 2019 Leadership Expos celebrate volunteers who step up, inspire girls, and demonstrate that Action Speaks Louder!

Whether you are new to your role, bridging to the next program level with your troop, or have years of experience as a member of a service unit team, we want to celebrate and inspire you for the journey ahead with new resources, best practices, and insider tips.

At the Leadership Expo you will:

  • Be inspired at the opening session with Greater Good Studio.
  • Attend two breakout sessions where you can take a deep dive into topics you are most interested in.
  • Stock up on gear at the pop-up shop (and use your $10 shop credit you receive when registering!).
  • And so much more!

Education Sessions

All attendees are invited to join us at the Opening Session with Greater Good Studio. Then take a deep dive into topics that appeal to you at two breakout sessions (indicate your top three when registering).

Opening Session: Envision the Journey Ahead with Greater Good Studio

Kickoff your Leadership Expo with this lively, interactive discussion facilitated by Greater Good Studio.

A Girl Scout builds her sash one badge at time, with each award representing a collection of experiences, memories, and skills that she learned along the way.

What if we could build a volunteer experience in much the same way?

How do we take our best practices—mix them together with the feedback we have heard from today’s girls, families, and alums—to create a unique, meaningful experience for all? 

That is just what the creative facilitators from Greater Good Studio will help us determine during an interactive, imaginative plenary session to kick off the expo!

Greater Good Studio believes that by using creative design techniques, and involving many perspectives, everyone can be part of the process to create things that people want, need and value.

Just imagine what we can do together!

Think Outside the Cookie Box!

Join us for this engaging, prize-giving, taste-bud-stimulating session with the council’s product program team! 

At this session you'll get to:

  • Discuss tips to engage more parents, make volunteer roles easier to fill, and include girls in every step of the planning and implementation process.
  • Hear all the details about an exciting program opportunity exclusive to our council's Girl Scouts, and learn a new language that includes RV, DOC, GG and CC!
  • Share stories of witnessing girls grow from shy to practicing energized sales techniques right before your eyes at a cookie booth.

When she opens her own business 10 years from now, and thanks you for helping her learn important skills, you’ll know that you made a difference!

The Ultimate Balancing Act

Learn from leaders who have mastered the art of the girl/adult partnership. 

Being “girl led” is messy. Things don’t always work out perfectly. It may not always be an efficient process, but the results are undeniable.

In this session you'll hear how experienced leaders discovered the right mix of girl involvement, volunteer instinct, and convenient resources like the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK).

Start off your troop year by educating parents about the three girl processes—girl led, cooperative learning, and learning by doing—while helping your girls begin to take a bigger role in what happens in their troop.

Make a shift in your own expectations and discover how to keep girls coming back year after year.

Create Your Own Dream Team

Learn tips and tricks for engaging families and discover best practices to make this your best Girl Scout year yet!

Volunteering with Girl Scouts is much more fun when you share the experience with friends.

Explore all the ways that you can surround yourself with people you already know, matching their talents and skills to helpful roles on your “troop committee.”

The Girl Scout Dream Team you assemble creates the necessary dynamic that makes hosting troop meetings, engaging in product program sales, chaperoning trips, and balancing troop finances infinitely more fun for the girls and for you!

Go Beyond the Badge

Earning badges in Girl Scouting is an important part of every girl’s experience, but it’s not the only way to help girls learn new skills and broaden their view of the world around them.

Introduce girls to civic engagement through service. Encourage them to identify a social issue or community challenge and translate that into the process of earning one of our highest awards: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Step out of your own backyard to explore the city, another state, or another country through travel and Destinations opportunities.

Connect a high-school-age Girl Scout to mentors at Camp CEO, and opportunities to serve as a girl representative on the board of directors, or as a delegate to the GSUSA National Council Session/Convention every three years.

The possibilities are endless!

Bring a Girl as a Guest - SOLD OUT

Back by popular demand, you are invited to bring a girl as your guest to the event at no extra cost to you! Girls will be invited to turn their words into action and make our earth a better place through hands-on activities, games, and demonstrations related to the environment.

They'll learn how to advocate on issues that matter to them and their communities. They will make a bag out of an old T-shirt, create a bottle cap art project, and create a family energy plan to take home. They will learn to protect our native plants by creating a seed bomb to take home and educate others. Fun patch and snack will be provided.


  • Saturday, Oct. 5 | Tinley Park, IL

    8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Tinley Park Convention Center
    18451 Convention Center Dr.

  • Saturday, Oct. 19 | Skokie, IL

    8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore
    5300 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie, IL


7:30 a.m. Doors open
7:30-8:30 a.m. Check-in and registration
8:30-10:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Session
10:35-11:30 a.m. Breakout Session #1
11:40 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. Breakout Session #2
12:45-1:30 p.m. Closing session and browse the exhibit hall


Walk-ins are welcome!


$10 general admission | FREE if you renewed at least half your troop during the 2019 Spring Renewal! Check your email for your promo code.

All attendees will receive a $10 shop credit to use at the event. Fun patch and light snack are included.