GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo met with aspiring aerospace engineers when she assisted a group of GSSEM Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes who were designing and testing Fling Flyers in Detroit this week!
The girls, all part of GSSEM’s Girl Engagement Initiative, learned about the forces of flight and engineered the perfect aircraft that could be propelled by a rubber band. The meet-and-greet took place at the Ford Resource and Education Center at the Mercado, where the girls also learned what a CEO does. They thanked Acevedo for visiting with a gift of Mexican pastries from a nearby bakery, as well as a card and art print.
Acevedo was also in town for GSSEM’s ribbon-cutting Open House for the new Detroit Service Center this week.
Acevedo is a lifelong Girl Scout and longtime business leader. She is an enduring champion of girls' and women's causes who has a deep understanding of the youth leadership market and the evolving needs of today's girls. Acevedo has also advocated for Hispanic, Asian, and other minority populations in the U.S. throughout her career and is a White House commissioner on the Presidential Initiative for Hispanic Educational Excellence.
A longtime advocate of STEM education for young women, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from New Mexico State University and a Master of Science from Stanford University.
One girl told Acevedo, “Because I believe in you, now I can believe in myself.”