Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest and its Board of Directors are announcing that, effective August 2018, Diane Flanagan, our CEO, is leaving to start the next chapter of her career. Over the past 9 years, Flanagan has created an environment of collaboration and innovation within our council, the Southwest community, and our stakeholders.
We are saddened to see her leave but we are so grateful for her tireless efforts in expanding and redefining our council. Flanagan envisioned and managed great change throughout the merger of Girl Scouts of the Rio Grande, Girl Scouts - ZIA council and Girl Scouts of the Permian Basin by creating successful early intervention, and a seamless transition. She joined the Girl Scout organization with the vision of creating a successful council so every girl may have a chance to experience the best of the Girl Scout program. Her dedication resulted in thousands of girls and volunteers, annually, seeing the power and importance of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Flanagan's legacy leaves a lasting impact on over 11,000 girls across the council, 2,200 dedicated volunteers, staff and donors who were also impacted through her efforts and leadership.
"I cannot begin to express the great joy that this council has brought to my life," said Flanagan. " I would like to say “Thank you” from the bottom of my heart to each and every one of you who welcomed me. Your hard-working efforts have made this council incredibly strong. I’m truly blessed I had the opportunity to have worked at Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest."
The Board of Directors along with an executive search firm will progress forward to find the best CEO candidate to hire for the GSDSW council. An interim CEO will act as a transitional support for GSDSW during Flanagan's departure.
"Diane has developed and led a committed team, each of whom plays an integral role in our council," said Judy Leibrook, President of the Board of Directors. "We will miss Diane but she leaves us with a confident mindset that our GSDSW council is in a very strong position for future expansion and we sincerely thank her for her Girl Scout vision, leadership and contributions."
GSDSW will greatly miss Diane Flanagan and we wish her nothing but the best in this new endeavour.