How would you describe your leadership style?
Authentic, collaborative and visionary. Anytime I read an article that mentions authenticity, I hope sarcastic and irreverent count! I build relationships by letting people see the real me, admitting failure, and laughing at myself, while simultaneously inviting others to contribute to the vision. As a leader, I focus on finding ways to affirm contributions while always pushing for more and challenging my team to take something just one notch further.
As the glass ceiling continues to be shattered in many areas of American life, what do you see as the biggest challenge in the business world for women?
Well certainly one of challenges could be if a woman wasn’t a Girl Scout in her youth! I say that partially tongue-in-cheek; however, a 2021 report from Girl Scout Research Institute titled “The Girl Scout Alum Difference” indicates Girl Scout alumnae are more likely to be in management positions at work. Forty-two percent of Girl Scout alumnae hold management positions as compared to only 37 percent of non-alumnae.
Another challenge for women is that as we climb the ladder, (we want to be) finding and making the time to take the time to extend a hand to women a rung or two down the ladder and sponsor them on their own climb.
What are the keys to helping the young women of today become the leaders of tomorrow?
Diversification of experience is key for equipping young women to be leaders. When we broaden our understanding of the world, it allows us to more effectively serve our team. Both diversification of experience, and broadening understanding of the world can also come from, you guessed it, a Girl Scout experience! Through Girl Scouts, young women develop a strong sense of self, positive values and healthy relationships while becoming community problem solvers and learn to try things even though she might fail — challenge seeking. These are all categorized as our Girl Scout Leadership Experience outcomes and provide a great pathway for becoming leaders of tomorrow.
If you could earn a Girl Scout badge today, what would it be?
If I could earn a badge today, it would be the one of either the automotive badges, because they just sound cool, or the snowsports badges so I could get a behind the scenes tour of the snowmaking technology that allows us to have skiing on the east coast even in spite of less than desirable winter temps.
About Lutricia Eberly
Lutricia Eberly, 44, was named Chief Membership Officer of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania in November 2022, after three years as its director of outdoor and program experiences. She previously spent more than a decade with Roundtop Mountain Resort (formerly Ski Roundtop) as director of sales and events coordinator.
Eberly earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Elizabethtown College and and master’s degree in theology from Bethany Theological Seminary.
She and her significant other, Dave, live in Dillsburg.