If you opened your own business, what would it be? A meal kit delivery business (think Blue Apron) with a 1 for 1 giving model. For each meal kit purchased we would send a meal kit to a family in need. The meals would be kid friendly, since often times kids in low-income families are preparing meals for themselves.  

What advice would you give your younger self? People aren’t thinking about you as much as you think they are. Shout out to Jessica Dunker for recently reminding me of that advice when she spoke at our all-staff meeting at Girl Scout Camp Sacajawea.

Exceptional Skills- Karaoke, writing on chalkboards, and playing.

What makes you feel fulfilled? Cooking a big ole meal, and then inviting a bunch of people to come over and share it with me. Bonus points if there’s a good bottle of wine involved and lots of laughter.

When asked to describe yourself, what’s the first word that pops into your mind? Passionate.

Favorite Book- Anything by Jodi Picoult

What makes your heart race? I’m a troop leader, and when I see girls do something that makes them proud of themselves – that’s the best feeling in the world! I recently took girls to camp, and one girl in particular did the high ropes course. I’ve never seen her smile so big, I almost cried. If the pride I feel for my Girl Scouts is anything like being a parent, I’m going to be a blubbering mess of a parent!

Organization or cause near to your heart-  Before Girl Scouts I worked for Education for the Children Foundation (EFTC) and International NGO based in Guatemala. I believe education is the only way to break the cycle of poverty. EFTC provides a well-rounded educational experience including a nutrition program, psychology department, home inspections, water filters (clean water is not the norm in Guatemala) and healthcare. I can’t say enough good things about the organization – they are doing the hard work to change the lives of kids in Guatemala. I sponsor the education of two girls. I hope to travel down for their 5th grade graduation ceremony in October…I’m so proud of them!  http://www.eftc.org.uk/

What keeps you up at night? Oh gosh, a lot of things. When I’m really inspired my mind tends to race at night. Somethings my best ideas come while I’m laying in bed trying to fall asleep.

What is a belief you once held but no longer do? That I could never date someone with political beliefs different from my own.  

What are you interested in connecting with other women about? I love making new friends. And not just polite people who will say hi to each other at social events, but women who I can call when I’m having a bad day or who I can count on to show up to a dinner party. I’d love to connect with more women on that level. I don’t think anyone can have enough of those relationships…if you feel the same, let’s be friends!

Jessie Tobin

Director of Philanthropy 

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