Angela H. Woods

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Location: Charlotte, NC
Founded: 1935
Industry: Nonprofit

Angela H. Woods

Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council

“At Hornets’ Nest Council, we serve 19,000 girls and adults across our eight-county footprint, and strive to give every girl an opportunity to do something amazing,” says Angela H. Woods, CEO of Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council. “Not only do girls look for ways to give back to their community via service projects, they also focus on Take Action projects to reach beyond their local community and help people around the world. Many girls complete projects that reach people in less developed countries — or less fortunate areas of the U.S.”

Fun Fact: The Girl Scout Cookie Program consistently provides 70 percent of the Hornets’ Nest Council’s income.

One of the Girl Scouts’ most recognized fundraisers is the Cookie Program. “This program helps girls acquire essential life skills, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics,” says Woods. Outdoor experiences are another important component of Girl Scout programming. On the nonprofit’s properties, girls can try their hands at archery, climbing walls and various team-building activities.

This year, the Hornets’ Nest Council developed and executed a new event, Cookies and Crafts. “By combining everybody’s favorite cookies with local beers, we built a program that garnered attention from more than 1,000 event attendees,” says Woods. The nonprofit created branded tasting glasses that were sold at the event. “The fundraiser brought attention to our Cookie Program, raising awareness around our Cookie Bosses’ efforts,” says Woods. “Once people were aware of local Girl Scouts, they were eager to support our youngest entrepreneurs at future booth sales.”