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NOTEBOOK: Notes from the Governor’s Scouts Luncheon


Here are some notable takeaways from the Governor’s Scouts Luncheon Feb. 7, atte nded by more than 700 business leaders, lawmakers and Scouting leaders at the Iowa Events Center.

— It was the first time the event was held with a female keynote speaker (Mary Mack, senior executive vice president, head of consumer banking), a female governor (Kim Reynolds, first to be elected in Iowa) and a female chair, Marta Codina (region bank president for Wells Fargo).

— Together, the organizations reach 40,000 youths across Iowa.

— There are changes that keep Beth Shelton, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, awake at night. She pointed to how more kids are depressed now than at other time in history, and the scouts organizations can be a way to help young people not feel or be socially isolated. She noted there’s been a 63 percent increase in the number of youths feeling socially isolated in the last four years.

— Seventy-three percent of today’s female senators in Congress and all three female secretaries of state were Girl Scouts.

— She touched briefly on the GSGI new policy that allows new parents to bring infants to work up until they are 6 months old. She called the maternal wage gap “an atrocity.” She continued: “We need innovation and we need some risk taking to be part of the change.”

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