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National Girl Scout Leader Comes to Tallahassee

Tom Flanigan

The head of America's Girl Scouts was in Tallahassee over the weekend. That visit was much more than a simple stop on her current book tour.

A well-known Girl Scout song was ringing out in the auditorium of the National High Magnetic Field Lab on Saturday (9/8) morning. That's where Girl Scout CEO Sylvia Acevedo was enthralling hundreds of girls and their parents. Acevedo said modern Girl Scouting is much more than campouts and cookie sales.

"Girls are really having digital lives now," she remarked after the first of the two talks she made. "And at Girl Scouts, they want our help. They want to learn more about technology and how to protect themselves."

A former IBM engineer and NASA scientist, Acevedo added that her organization was also responding to the current imperative of more women entering the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields long dominated by men.

"We know that STEM is impacting everything from how we get out the vote to how we create communities and girls want to have their voices heard. So at Girl Scouts, we're about giving them the programs that they need, so they can not only be users of technology, but also the creators, inventors and designers."

Alcevedo was also promoting her book "Path to the Stars" during her visit, which was hosted by the Midtown Reader book store.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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