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First Hispanic-American woman appointed as new Girl Scouts chief executive

Anna Maria Chavez was recently appointed to the seat of chief executive of the Girl Scouts of the USA, making her the first Mexican-American woman to hold the position.

Chavez currently serves as the chief executive officer of the organization's branch in Southwest Texas, and was also the deputy chief of staff to Arizona's former governor Janet Napolitano. Her accomplishments make her a fine choice for an organization that puts such emphasis on female empowerment, and her cultural heritage teaches girls that they are capable of anything, regardless of their race or gender.

"Anna Maria is the right person at the right time for our organization," said Connie Lindsey, the national president of the Girl Scouts of the USA. "She has a tremendous track record, and her visionary leadership is going to be invaluable as we work to fulfill our mission to be the premiere leadership experience for girls in ways that are relevant, engaging and meaningful."

Girl Scouts teaches values such as honesty, fairness, sisterhood, confidence and citizenship. It also teaches girls about the world and how they can help to make a difference. The organization is one of 145 different groups from many different countries that belong to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, which encourages international friendship and helps girls learn about other people and cultures around the world.

People who are working in foreign countries send money home so their daughters and female relatives can participate in their own local organizations' events and trips.

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