WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 17, 2012) The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) today announced that Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chávez will be honored with the 2012 Chairman’s Award at “A Celebration of Women Entrepreneurship in America” during the USHCC Legislative Summit gala. The Summit will take place in Washington, D.C., on March 21-23, 2012, at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center.
The annual gala honors the impact of Hispanic businesswomen in America and features high-profile leaders and attendees including Chávez, who will receive the coveted Chairman’s Award.
“The annual Chairman’s Award is presented to an individual who stands out as a leading advocate of Hispanic entrepreneurship in America,” says USHCC Board Chairman Nina Vaca. “Through her work with the Girl Scouts, the nation’s largest organization for girls, Anna Maria Chávez is a true inspiration for young women in America and continues to help shape tomorrow’s leaders through innovative and supportive programs.”
A Girl Scout alumna and lifetime member, Chávez has dedicated her career to public service and has emerged as a passionate spokesperson for issues important to girls and their growth and development.
“I am deeply honored to accept the USHCC’s 2012 Chairman’s Award,” says Chávez. “I am especially honored because entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills are essential components of the Girl Scout experience. The Girl Scout Cookie Program alone is the largest girl-led business in the country providing immeasurable benefits to girls and their communities. We reach girls from every sector of society and empower them to realize their full potential as leaders—as young women who have the courage and confidence to make our world a better place. I look forward to a future in which our young girls will be standing in my place for their remarkable and meaningful achievements.”
The Girl Scout Cookie Program, which generates more than $750 million in sales, teaches girls five essential business skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. The program reaches more than 2.3 million Girl Scouts in every zip code in the country.
Girl Scouts also has experienced a substantial increase in the number of Hispanic girl and adult members. Over the last decade, membership among Hispanic girls has increased by more than 50 percent. Today, the iconic organization has nearly 325,000 Hispanic Girl Scouts and adult volunteers.
“The USHCC looks forward to presenting this award to Ms. Chávez,” says USHCC President and CEO Javier Palomarez. “She is an admired role model and American leader who deserves to be recognized for her work in the community and with such a strong and growing segment of the population – our young girls.”
The Legislative Summit is a signature annual event hosted by the USHCC that provides a platform for business owners and chamber leaders from across the country to advocate for critical issues that impact their businesses and industries. Through this annual event, the USHCC offers an unparalleled opportunity to meet, discuss and join forces with business leaders, corporate executives, legislative and regulatory experts, and top elected and government officials.
The Summit includes the Legislative Summit Opening Reception, Federal Procurement Business Matchmaking, and the Celebration of Women Entrepreneurship in America. Other events include a number of focused workshops dedicated to pertinent topics such as Improving Access to Capital, America’s Energy Future, U.S. Leadership in the Global Food Economy, and other key issues relevant to business. Registered attendees will have the opportunity to participate in meetings on the Hill with key legislators. For more information, please visit www.ushcclegislative.com.
About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call (800) GSUSA 4 U or visit www.girlscouts.org.
About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of nearly 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that combined generate in excess of $420 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.ushcc.com.