Judith Batty made history in August when she was named interim chief executive of Girl Scouts of the USA. She is the organization’s first Black CEO.
One of the biggest challenges facing the Girl Scouts is declining membership, a trend that had been under way for years when Ms. Batty joined the board in 2014. As CEO, Ms. Batty plans to stem that tide in part by continuing to roll out an updated software system that helps scouts, parents and volunteers connect and enhances Girl Scout programming nationwide. She also plans to make online events and programs more available.
“We need to meet the girls where they are, and they are very technical,” says Ms. Batty.
Another of Ms. Batty’s goals is to increase racial diversity in the Girl Scouts. In 2016, the most recent year for which data is available, Girl Scout membership was 71% white, while the U.S. population of girls was just 51% white.
Ms. Batty, who is 61 and has a law degree from New York University, worked for nearly three decades in the legal department of Exxon Mobil Corp., primarily overseas, on sales and acquisitions of companies, refineries and drilling rights. From 2006 to 2009, she was general counsel of Exxon Mobil Japan.