Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

The Journal Record Woman of the Year 2010 -- 50 Making a Difference Profile: Cathy A. Stackpole

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

The Journal Record Woman of the Year 2010 -- 50 Making a Difference Profile: Cathy A. Stackpole

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Cathy A. Stackpole believes that to change a community for the better, one must first work to improve the lives of the women and girls in that community. As chief executive officer of Girl Scouts- Western Oklahoma Inc., Stackpole is doing just that.

Five years ago, Stackpole came to Oklahoma to take the helm of what was then Girl Scouts-Red Lands Council. In her first four years, she doubled the number of girls involved in Girl Scouts and increased fundraising by 250 percent.

Working for an organization with approximately 4,000 volunteers, Stackpole knows the value of connecting with others. She knows inspiring others is critical to the success of girls individually and collectively. She practices that relationship-driven management style with volunteers as well, guiding, prodding, pushing, but never telling people what to do.

When Girl Scouts-Red Lands Council merged with Girl Scouts- Sooner Council, there were challenges that needed to be addressed. But since the merger in 2008, Stackpole has both supported and encouraged people to share their differences as well as hold all involved accountable for their actions. Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma serves more than 10,000 girls in 39 counties across the state. …

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