Lifelong Girl Scout Judith Batty Becomes Organization’s First Black CEO In Its 108-Year History

Judith Batty will make history as the first Black CEO of the Girl Scouts of the United States.

Batty will be stepping up as interim CEO on August 15 when Sylvia Acevedo steps down from her four-year tenure of leading the GSUSA.

The official press release offered this information about Judith Batty:

Ms. Batty began her Girl Scout career as a Brownie and as a member of the Nassau County Council in New York and served two terms on the National Board, this term serving as a member of the Executive Committee and International Commissioner. 

Prior to joining the Girl Scouts as interim CEO, for nearly thirty years, Ms. Batty served as senior legal counsel and an executive for a Fortune 100 corporation, where she became the first woman and first Black general counsel to one of the company’s overseas affiliates.

Judith shared her excitement and gratitude saying:

When I was young, the Girl Scouts instilled in me the courage, confidence and character that have guided me through my life and career. It is an incredible honor to bring those lessons back full circle to help the Girl Scouts navigate this transition. As families across the country contend with so much uncertainty and upheaval, I am committed to ensuring that the Girl Scouts continues to offer a shelter in the storm – a place where all our girls feel welcome, can find community, solidarity, leadership opportunities and fun, despite the challenging moment we are all collectively living through.

In the coming months, Ms. Batty will embark on a listening tour with staff and council leadership, where she will hear directly from the field about how to advance the mission of the organization to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.   

Congratulations to Judith Batty and the Girls Scouts of the United States. This is a very big deal!

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