P3 Featured Story – To Whom Much is Given with Connie Lindsey


BY Lauren Wilder

“To whom much is given, much is required,” Connie Lindsey’s motto, national president of Girl Scouts of America (GSA).

This the motto Lindsey lives by and it ties deeply into her presidency, but when one thinks of a leader words like “guidance” and “respect” come to mind. What about “service?”

She describes herself as a “servant leader,” whose focus is serving in all aspects through philanthropy and business; it becomes a way of life. In 2008, she was selected for a 3-year term from her membership on the national board since 2005.

Hailing from Milwaukee where she began her membership in her church at age 11, the idea of service was instilled in her long before adorning herself in the famous green uniform. It was Lindsey’s mother who affirmed the idea to “invest in herself” which planted a seed in her to strive for excellence.

Her service within her church made for a smooth transition into the troupe which was started by a member of the congregation, but there are sometimes reservations:

“The moment that I realized that while I may not have had the economic upbringing that certain other individuals might have when I joined Girls Scouts I realized that my zip code didn’t determine my worth.

Net worth is not the same as self worth and so becoming a Girl Scout I became a part of a circle of friends that didn’t look at what I wore or where I lived that determined my value. What that did was help me develop a since of confidence and a sense of compassion.”

“Core value of building girls with courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place, we do that with a leadership platform,” Lindsey who is evidence of the platform.

As president she’s had the opportunity to take a group of Girl Scouts to meet First Lady Michelle Obama who is also the national honorary president of GSA. The organization’s members consist of all female astronauts and many government leaders.

Lindsey’s goals seem endless, but one thing stands out and that’s to encourage participation from adults to act as leaders for the growing programs.

Her occupation even ties her into the community in her position as head of corporate social responsibility at Northern Trust Bank in Chicago, a company who gave $13 million last year to charter and philanthropic organizations.

In working in three of the business units here has allowed her to grow professionally, according to Lindsey, and has expanded her reach for because of her value of service.

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