Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts of the United States has appointed Judith Batty as interim CEO, making her the first black professional to hold the position. (Photo by: Shutterstock/Ken Wolter)

Judith Batty Appointed Interim CEO at Girl Scouts and Becomes First Black Professional in the Role

Girl Scouts of the United States has appointed Judith Batty as interim CEO, making her the first black professional to hold the position. Batty, who is a board member, former senior legal counsel, corporate leader and lifelong Girl Scout, will begin her duties starting August 15, taking over from Sylvia Acevedo.

Batty previously served as an executive and senior attorney at Exxon Mobil Corporation for more than 28 years. She was the first woman and Black female general counsel of ExxonMobil’s Japanese affiliate. She also worked as senior director of federal relations, government, and public affairs for the Exxon Mobil Corporation.

“When I was young, the Girl Scouts instilled in me the courage, confidence, and character that have guided me through my life and career. It is an incredible honor to bring those lessons back full circle to help the Girl Scouts navigate this transition,” Batty said in a news release.

Judith Batty via LinkedIn

The Girl Scouts organization, founded more than 100 years ago, now serves more than 1.7 million girls and 750,000 adults. It was launched on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia by Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low at a time when many of the troops were majority white. African-American girls would join troops as early as 1913 in Massachusetts and the first all-Black Girl Scout troops were established as early as 1917, according to the organization. In 1924, Josephine Holloway became the first Black Girl Scout troop leader.

History would further be made in 1932, when the first all African-American Girl Scout troop south of the Mason-Dixon Line was founded by Maggie L. Walker, a bank president and newspaper editor, according to the National Park Service.

It wasn’t until the 1950s that a national effort to desegregate all of the Girl Scout troops began. The African American Registry reports that by 1956, the Girl Scouts had become part of the early Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called the scouts “a force for desegregation.”

Related Article: Leadership Spotlight: Warner Music Group Names Maurice Stinnett Head of Global Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

However, even recently, the organization is mostly white, The Atlantic reported in 2016. The percentage of Latina scouts (12%) and African American scouts (11%) had hardly budged in the preceding four years.

“As families across the country contend with so much uncertainty and upheaval, I am committed to ensuring that the Girl Scouts continues to offer a shelter in the storm– a place where all our girls feel welcome, can find community, solidarity, leadership opportunities and fun, despite the challenging moment we are all collectively living through,” Batty added in the release.

Latest News

COVID entrepreneur

Explosive New Growth in Small Businesses Due to COVID-19; America’s Police Force is Not Becoming More Diverse Despite BLM Movement; the Best and Worst Performing States in the 2020 Census; and More

Even with incredible nationwide unemployment rates, the creation of new small and diverse businesses has exploded due to COVID-19. Finally some news coming out of our pandemic: The Philadelphia Tribune reports that as bars and restaurants closed and stay-at-home orders were put into place earlier in 2020 to help fight…

Justice for Breonna not served; The essential rule of politics; Teen serves two months in jail for not doing homework; and More

Justice for Breonna not served as grand jury indicted officer who shot her with wanton endangerment — but not murder. “Outrageous and offensive.” Those were  by attorney to the family, Ben Crump to describe the grand jury’s decision in the March 13 fatal police shooting of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor. While…

IBM, EEOC, age

EEOC Unearths Years of Intentional Age Discrimination within IBM

After a long investigation, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has revealed that IBM leaders had directed managers to replace older workers with younger ones. Between 2013 and 2018, nearly 86% of those considered for layoffs within the organization were older employees over the age of 40. The investigation showed…

Breathe March in Globe Park, New York, USA - 12 Sep 2020

Cities under attack from the Justice Department; Louisville bracing for the Breonna Taylor murder charge; Twitter reveals its racist side; and More

Justice department attacks three U.S. cities, declaring them anarchist zones — despite most of the protests that took place in each city being peaceful marches in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. In a move designed to pull federal funding from New York City, Seattle and Portland, OR, the…

ginsburg, supreme, court

The Lasting Legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — Plus the Four Biggest Issues Currently at Stake Following Her Death

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served on the nation’s highest court for 27 years, passed away Friday, Sept. 18 at the age 87. “As the second woman ever to sit on the highest court in the land, she was a warrior for gender equality — someone who believed…

Abbott Receives CE Mark for Next-Generation Mitraclip Heart Valve Repair Device to Treat Mitral

Originally posted on Abbott.com – CE Mark for MitraClip G4 offers physicians an innovative next-generation system with more options for mitral valve repair using proven clip-based technology – MitraClip is a first-of-its-kind transcatheter mitral valve therapy, now on its fourth generation, improving further on MitraClip’s history as a safe and…

Cox Crews Mobilized to Reconnect Gulf Coast

Originally published on Cox.com Cox has mobilized its employees with support from outside of the Gulf Coast area to begin assessing damage and restoring service outages caused by Hurricane Sally. In times like this, we understand it is important to stay connected and we want our services to help you…