Winston Churchill once stated “success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts,” and despite the undeniable achievement she’s found in her multi-million dollar company, failure is something Kendra Scott knows plenty about. Moving to Austin at the age 19, she started her first company in a mall, a small hat store called Hat Box. Scott designed hats for people going through chemotherapy, to be “comfortable but stylish.” Although a noble cause, her first attempt at design didn’t go as smoothly as one would hope, and the Hat Box was forced to permanently close its doors. Scott recalls sitting in front of her store, for the final time, tears in her eyes, and vowing this was not the end- she would be back.
This resilience is a quality we at GSCTX strive to help our girls learn, because the reality of life is that we don’t win one hundred percent of the time. Its important girls never associate failure as synonymous with the end. This year, our Emerging Leaders program was held at the Kendra Scott corporate headquarters in downtown Austin. As more than 20 girls filed into the office space, their eyes widened and “oooh’s” and “aaah’s” filled the room, as they absorbed the gem-encrusted walls, and bright pink, marshmallow-esqe chairs sinking into thick, lush white carpet.
The fabulously girly setting serves as a reminder that success doesn’t mean mundane, boring, or ordinary.
This is another crucial lesson we strive to teach the future leaders we are raising here at Girl Scouts. The appearance of success isn’t mono-faceted. Set your goals, make them happen, and most of all- make sure you are passionate about the work you are doing.
Throughout the day, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors had the chance to mix and mingle with inspirational women, who are setting an example of what it looks like to be a leader in business. “I was very impressed with the young women that I met during the Emerging Leaders event,” Said Mousumi Shaw, CEO and founder of Sikara & Co. “I could see passion and excitement in their eyes as they think about their futures whether it be in sports, robotics, business or healthcare. The Girl Scouts is providing a platform to train the next generation of leaders and I’m excited to be part of their community to support and encourage them to achieve their dreams.”
The day, filled with questions, answers, laughs, and most importantly- learning, ended with just as much excitement as it began, as the girls walked away with goody-bags filled with treats like stuffed ponies, a collector’s edition item, courtesy of host Wells Fargo, and of course, a little bling from Kendra Scott! Alissa Chasen, founding esthetician of POREspective Acne Control, echo’s our feelings about the this wonderful opportunity,
“Thank you to the Girl Scouts of Texas for including me in this fantastic event with a very impressive group of empowered female role models. I think the event showed your girls the multiple avenues that are possible on the road to entrepreneurship, and the message to always be true to oneself in the process.”
Bummed you missed out on this exciting event? This is only the first of many Emerging Leaders events GSCTX will be facilitating this year! Join us at our next event. We can’t wait to see you there!