Man Enough to be a Girl Scout – How Men are Changing the Leadership Landscape for Girls

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Are you MAN ENOUGH to be a Girl Scout?  That’s what we’ve asked regional leaders who know what it takes to be an amazing leader. Fourteen men from our region have stepped up to join our 2016 “Man Enough to be a Girl Scout” campaign and pledged their support to changing the leadership landscape for girls.

The Man Enough to be a Girl Scout campaign paired Girl Scouts with civic leaders who share their interests for a social media and billboard campaign that explores the great things being done by Girl Scouts. The goal of the campaign is to educate the public about the organization’s focus on STEM exploration, outdoor experiences and community service through Girl Scouts’ highest awards, the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. In each video, these influential leaders discuss how Girl Scouts are learning vital skills needed to become the decision-makers of tomorrow. These men have achieved amazing success and are dedicated to helping girls make their dreams a reality.

“I have a very favorable impression of the way the Girl Scout organization is operated in the Kansas City metropolitan area,” said Bob Regnier, president and CEO of Bank of Blue Valley, and one of the faces of the campaign. “It really does a lot to build character, confidence and build ability in these young people, and allow them to be the best that they can be in whatever they do.”

At the campaign launch event on Tuesday, January 12, Girl Scouts and an audience of supporters gathered at the Shield Club at the Children’s Mercy Park (Home of Sporting KC) to reveal the fourteen men who have joined the campaign. At the event, Girl Scouts introduced the first five videos in the Man Enough to be a Girl Scout campaign, featuring Mayor Sly James (Mayor, KCMO), Cliff Illig (Co-Founder, Cerner), Dave Hall (President, Hallmark), Bob Regnier (CEO, Bank of Blue Valley) and Greg Graves (CEO, Burns & McDonnell).

“We are honored and humbled that these high profile and very busy civic leaders enthusiastically agreed to be a part of this campaign. We appreciate their generosity of time in meeting and offering advice to some of our Girl Scouts who also participated in the campaign. Each of them were positively impressed by those interactions, and that will come through loud and clear in the campaign,” said Joy Wheeler, CEO of Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri.

These videos will be shared each week through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and at GSKSMO.org). We believe that when girls succeed, so does society. To change the leadership landscape it will take all of us to get her there; men and women working together to open the door to opportunities for girls.

Thank you to our 2016 Man Enough to be a Girl Scout leaders:

  • Mike Brown, CEO, Euronet Worldwide
  • Peter deSilva, Civic Leader
  • John Dicus, President & CEO, Capitol Federal Savings
  • Terry Dunn, Founder, DD Ranch Leawood
  • Greg Graves, Chairman and CEO, Burns & McDonnell
  • Dave Hall, President, Hallmark
  • Cliff Illig, Co-Founder, Cerner
  • Mayor Sly James, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Mark Jorgenson, Market President, US Bank
  • Albrecht Kissel, CEO, Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Leo Morton, Chancellor, UMKC
  • Danny O’Neill, President, The Roasterie
  • Bob Regnier, President & CEO, Bank of Blue Valley
  • Mark Ruelle, President & CEO, Westar Energy

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Watch the videos (a new one rolls out every Tuesday) on our Youtube Man Enough Channel and be sure to connect with GSKSMO on social media to catch all the latest news about this campaign!  Join us in making the world a better place for girls! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and at GSKSMO.org.

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