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High-Stakes Leadership by Constance Dierickx

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Chapter 1

High Stakes

When a donor wrote a check to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington for $100,000, it was a joyous day for CEO Megan Ferland and her team. This donation was nearly one-third their annual budget.

Ferland and her colleagues knew this money would help send to camp girls who otherwise could not go. It would help the Girl Scouts extend membership to girls who may not have another place where they felt included and were encouraged to learn, grow, and feel the priceless sense of pride that comes from accomplishment.

Then, one day, Ferland received a letter in which the donor made a very specific request: “Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can’t, please return the money.”

This sort ...

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