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CAG Blog: Powered by Optimism

"Powered by Optimism" captures my reflections of life in and around an all-girls' school and highlights the values of C.A.G.: leadership, global citizenship, wellness, and teaching and learning. Underscoring it all is a deeply ingrained sense of optimism that we are preparing a generation of boldly creative women who will help change the world. 


top 10 lessons for girl leaders- 12.13.12

Last week, thanks to the generous efforts of one of our parents, we hosted the second speaker in our Women’s Leadership Journey series – a wonderful opportunity for our Upper School girls to learn about leadership from successful women leaders.

Our most recent speaker was Natalye Paquin, the CEO of the Girls’ Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. Natalye is an attorney, whose career has included working for the Chicago Public Schools as chief purchasing officer and senior advisor to the board, and as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of the Kimmel Center, among other high-profile positions. 

Sometimes, you read or hear something that sticks with you, simply because it is authentic and resonates across generations. Natalye’s Top 10 list of leadership lessons fell squarely within that category.

And so, I would like to share the list with you. As we are thinking of what our New Year’s resolution might be – any one of these would be worth pursuing.

10. Hard work pays off.

9. Being nice helps.

8. Taking risks is the process of building and learning.

7. Failure is a good thing when you learn from it.

6. Let the little things be little.

5. If you are the smartest person in your group, you may need a new group.

4. Find a good mentor (who is smart, has common sense and demonstrates good judgment.)

3. Negative people will bring you down.

2. Respect the power of words.

1. Be yourself (Be you!)

Posted by on Thursday December, 13, 2012

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