A Pioneer for Women

This week, Lower School students had the opportunity to hear from one of the most highly respected experts in the field of leadership development, Frances Hesselbein. At 102 years old(!), Frances has had a storied career in nonprofit management. She served as the CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA from 1976-1990 and later became President and CEO of The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute. She has been recognized repeatedly for her ongoing service as “a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity, and inclusion” and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, in 1998. Frances spoke to our students about her lifelong commitment to service and to the empowerment of young women and people of color. Her inspirational story resonated deeply with the girls and echoed the Marymount mission as we work to raise compassionate, courageous, engaged citizens who have a positive impact on the world.