Quick quiz: What do IBM CEO Virginia Rometty, former Procter & Gamble CEO Gina Drosos and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki all have in common?
Yes, they are all women, but ... they were also all Girl Scouts.
Gender disparity in the workplace and the "glass ceiling" has come to a head—an issue Hillary Clinton recently spoke about to an audience of Silicon Valley women. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and IBM's Rometty are powerful forces in the business world, but they remain the exception to the rule—even as there's some evidence women may even make better CEOs.
Women account for only 4.8 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs and only 4 percent of senior venture capitalists. The high-profile legal case between legendary VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and a former female employee has attracted even more attention to the issue in the technology sector.
Setting girls on a course for success from an early age is essential, and while the 103-year-old youth organization renowned for girl leadership development—and thin mint-flavored chocolate wafers—was one of the very first to take the reins, there are a wellspring of others popping up to meet the call.