From Cookies to CEOs: Girls With Impact partners with Girl Scouts of Connecticut

Girls go from selling cookies to creating their own businesses, preparing for college and career success

STAMFORD, CT, November 13, 2018  In an effort to get girls career-ready, Girls With Impact, the nation’s only tech enabled entrepreneurship program for teen girls, today announced a partnership with Girl Scouts of Connecticut to enable girls to parlay their cookies experience into their own businesses.

“Entrepreneurship is one of the four programmatic pillars that comprise the Girl Scout Leadership Experience,” said Mary Barneby, CEO for Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “We welcome the opportunity to partner with Girls With Impact to provide our older Girl Scouts with a ‘virtual MBA’ in developing their own business plans. We are creating the next generation of female leaders and programs like this give our girls a real edge and help them become more confident and career-ready.”

Girls With Impact CEO Jennifer Openshaw says her goal is to train 10,000 young women as entrepreneurs, equipping them with the skills to start businesses or serve as innovators within corporate America.

Girl Scouts members will be entitled to undergo the Girls With Impact Academy – a 12-week “mini-MBA” that equips girls with business skills — for just $450. The program is valued at $2,000 and has led to full scholarships at top colleges worth $200,000.

“Girl Scouts is one of our nation’s most powerful leadership training grounds for young women,” said Openshaw. “We’re thrilled to support Girl Scouts as it seeks to modernize and remain relevant for young women in the new global economy.”

Openshaw points out that only 6% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women and just 36% of entrepreneurs are women.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut serves over 26,000 girls and over 12,000 adults giving girls the skills they need to empower themselves for life. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world, Girl Scouts learn five essential skills that they will carry with them for a lifetime: goal setting, decision making, business skills, money management, and people skills. Through the Digital Cookie® platform, Girl Scouts are able to take their cookie businesses online, using their own personal website to reach customers across the country, experiencing true enterprise.

Barneby called on girls to bring a friend to Girls With Impact and “build your network for tomorrow.” She says the tech delivery enables girls to connect with others nationwide and build that support system so critical to career success.

Girls With Impact, a nonprofit, is the nation’s only entrepreneurship program just for teen girls, delivered live from the home or road. The after-school, extra-curricular program drives exceptional results in confidence, empowerment, college prep and career readiness, including STEM areas.  Apply at

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We are Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

We’re nearly 39,000 members strong – over 26,000 girls and over 12,000 adults – who believe that every girl can change the world.

We’re part of a sisterhood of 2.6 million strong around the globe—1.8 million girls and 800,000 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, and 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. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit


For Girls With Impact: Jo Panzera:, (917) 355-1317


For Girl Scouts of Connecticut: Contact: Kassondra Mangione: (900) 922-2770 ext.3262