Frances Hesselbein is the President and CEO of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute (that was founded as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, in which she was handpicked by Peter F. Drucker to run.)
She served as the CEO for the Girl Scouts of the USA, rising from volunteer troop leader to CEO, a positions she held the position for fourteen years (1976–1990). Mrs. Hesselbein was the first chief executive to come from the within the organization in 67 years.
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Frances Hesselbein is most-widely credited with increasing the Girl Scouts minority membership and establishing the Daisy Scout program.
During her tenure, the Girl Scouts attained a membership of 2.25 million girls with a workforce of 780,000, mainly volunteers
In 1998, Frances Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, at the White House for her work as “a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity,”
She is the Author of 28 books including “ My Life in Leadership: The Journey and Lessons Along the Way”
What will you learn in this interview?
– How did Frances achieve the Presidential Medal of Freedom award?
– Being a mother of a son, how did Frances manage to be a Girl Scout Leader?
– Frances Hesselbein authored 28 books including “My Life in Leadership: The Journey
and Lessons Learned Along the Way.” How did she manage to write and publish so
– How did Frances inspired the 2.25 million Girls Scouts to participate in volunteer
– Who and what inspired Frances to be one of the best leaders in the USA?
Frances held 4 CEO leadership positions and did not apply for any of them.
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Frances Hesselbein is one of the most highly respected experts in the field of contemporary leadership development, Frances Hesselbein is the President and CEO of The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, founded as The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management and renamed in 2012 to honor Hesselbein’s legacy and ongoing contributions.
Mrs. Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor, in 1998 for her leadership as CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976–1990, as well as her service as “a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity.” Her contributions were also recognized by the first President Bush, who appointed her to two Presidential Commissions on National and Community Service.
As the recipient of twenty-two honorary doctoral degrees, the author of three autobiographies and the co-editor of 27 books in 29 languages, Frances Hesselbein is considered one of the country’s greatest leaders.
From her service as the CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976-1990, to her recognition by former President Bill Clinton in 1998 as a Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work as “a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity,” Frances has provided the world with a simple leadership philosophy: To serve is to live.
Frances’ ongoing contributions to the field of leadership development include her role (since 1996) as Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning quarterly Leader to Leader Journal; her commitment to the University of Pittsburgh’s Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement; her advisory role to the United States Military Academy at West Point; and her service on many nonprofit and private sector corporate boards, including the Mutual of America Life Insurance Company and the Bright China Social Fund.
Awards That FRANCES HESSELBEIN Received:
· Presidential Medal of Freedom, United States of America
· Legion of Honor Gold Medallion, The Chapel of Four Chaplains
· Distinguished Community Service Award, Mutual of America Life Insurance Company
· Henry A. Rosso Award for Lifetime Achievement in Ethical Fundraising, Indiana University
· ATHENA International Award
· Marion Gislason Award, Boston University
· Juliette Award, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
· Visionary Award, American Society of Association Executives
· R.J. McElroy Scholar Award, University of Northern Iowa
· Dwight D. Eisenhower National Security Series Award
· Miss Hall’s Woman of Distinction Award, Miss Hall’s School
· National Professional Leadership Award, United Way of America
· Excellence in Leadership Award and the Foundation Director’s Choice Award, National Women’s Economic Alliance
· Wilbur M. McFeely Award, International Management Council, YMCA
· National Entrepreneurial Woman Award, Women Business Owners of New York
· John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship, Fulbright New Zealand
· Leadership Award, Tempo International
· International Leadership Association, Lifetime Achievement Award
· Enterprising Women Hall of Fame, Enterprising Women Magazine
· Lifetime Achievement Award, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
· ATHENA International Lifetime Achievement Award
· Best Practice Institute Lifetime Achievement Award
· Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), Champion for Drug-Free Kids
· Distinguished Citizen of the Commonwealth Award, Pennsylvania Society
· GALA 12 Award, Birmingham-Southern College
· Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania, Governor of Pennsylvania
· Greater Johnstown Pennsylvania Business Hall of Fame
· Distinguished Alumni Fellows Award, University of Pittsburgh
· Woman of the Year, Boy Scouts of Greater New York
· Legacy Laureate, University of Pittsburgh
· William Thurston Award, Kids Peace
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