Sylvia Acevedo, interim CEO of Girl Scouts, launched her first rocket into the clear skies of New Mexico when she was just a child to earn her science badge in Girl Scouts.
That experience triggered a lifelong passion for science, and led her to earn an MBA in engineering from Stanford and become a rocket scientist. She is also the White House commissioner on the presidential initiative for Hispanic educational excellence.
In an interview with "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer, she said she aims for Girl Scouts to not only instill the mission of leadership into girls, but to become more technology-focused and teach how to code.
"It is part of our culture to do technology, to learn how to code, to have hands on projects — whether it's creating fashionable wearables, or creating robots," Acevedo said.
From a business perspective, many associate Girl Scouts with its $800 million cookie business. But Acevedo said there are more than just cookies cooking behind the scenes at Girl Scouts. She recently visited a Girl Scout troop of girls making robots, creating lava volcanoes and building mechanical prosthetic arms.