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Southern Nevada L.E.A.D. Conference

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There's More to Explore in Virtual Girl Scouting at L.E.A.D. 2020! 
The 8th Annual L.E.A.D. (Leader Enrichment and Development) Conference encourages you to lead your troop into the new Girl Scout year while learning tips to manage our current COVID-19 situation with virtual or in-person meetings and activities.  

L.E.A.D. is an opportunity for GSSNV volunteers, both new and experienced, to hear the latest news about what’s happening in Girl Scouting, build leadership skills, and see familiar faces we've all missed over the past few months. You'll also receive great training (provided by fellow volunteers!) vital to a successful Girl Scouting experience. L.E.A.D. will be held online so join us from the comfort of your home on Saturday, October 3, 2020.

Please read the entire registration page prior to registering for L.E.A.D.

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Schedule

Opening Session
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This year, we are excited to announce that our keynote speaker is Latoya Holman, one of our newest GSSNV Board Members.

Latoya Holman is the Director of Community Outreach for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Foundation, which fundraises to support the families of fallen officers, provides community safety programs aimed at reducing crime and strengthening the relationship between the community and police officers, provides equipment and technology, and provides advanced training for police officers. In addition to her work with the LVMPD Foundation, Holman is a founding member of the Human Rights Campaign Las Vegas (HRC). HRC is the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the country with more than 4 million members. Latoya has served on the board in numerous capacities for over 15 years. She currently serves as a member of the HRC National Board of Governors and is a member of the National Executive Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), lending her voice as a proud African-American ally, businesswoman and advocate to the Equality Movement. With a passion for civil rights, Holman has worked with Project REAL and serves as a leader and communications advisor to the NAACP President of the Las Vegas Chapter #1111.  In addition, Latoya is the chairwoman of the Discovery Children’s Museum Diversity Equity & Inclusion Advisory Council. Holman is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, a historically black university.

Session 1

GSSNV and COVID-19
This special session is required for all participants. We’ll review GSSNV’s most recent response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Learn our best practices, where to find the most up to date information on our website and what new requirements are in place to ensure returning to in person Girl Scouting is as safe as possible. A Q&A will be included in this session. We’ll make note any unanswered questions and address them on the COVID-19 page of the GSSNV website.

Session 2

Keep Them Busy in a Virtual Meeting
You’ve got a screen full of energetic girls and 30 minutes to kill......what are you going to do? If you’ve been wondering how in person activities can translate in this virtual environment, this session is for you! We’ll cover songs, games, swaps and more activities you can use to engage your troop virtually or in person.

Try Something New!
Girl Scout Volunteers have a lot going on. Between juggling personal and professional lives with their volunteer duties sometimes it’s easy to get into a rut. Get an introduction to different volunteer opportunities with GSSNV. Volunteer Committees, Service Unit Teams, MAC and special volunteer opportunities can keep your time as a volunteer fresh and fun while ensuring you are making an even bigger impact on the lives of girls! There’s no better time to get involved as many volunteer opportunities have transitioned to virtual and you can attend meetings from home!

All About Juliette, GSSNV, GSUSA and WAGGGS
Have you ever wondered about the founding of GSUSA? Join us and learn about our founder, Juliette Gordon Low and the incredible story of how she started Girl Scouts of the United States of America. Hear about our local GSSNV history and how we along with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world all fit under the WAGGGs (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) tent.

Session 3

How to Plan it Out-VTK Edition!
Have you heard of the VTK? The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is a FREE resource available to Troop Leaders!  Learn how to easily plan out your year, check your troop roster, send emails to families, view badge requirements and so much more! You’ll also get tips & tricks on merging multi-level troop meetings and how to keep it girl-led using the VTK. Bonus! Learn about our monthly VTK drawings!

Let Her Lead! How to Let Go and Watch Your Girls Grow!
Since 1912 Girl Scouts has been a Girl-Led organization but what does that really mean? We’ll talk about how to encourage girl-led planning, appropriate age progression, what to do when girl-led goes wrong and lots of other tips and tricks to having a great girl-led experience. This session is facilitated by a recent Girl Scout graduate and her Mom/Troop Leader who will give real insight into the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through their experiences.

Girl Scout Traditions and Ceremonies
Girl Scouts is steeped in many wonderful traditions and ceremonies that bind us together. Learn about World Thinking Day, Founders Day, bridging ceremonies, investiture and so much more. Sharing these traditions in person or in a virtual environment will ensure a memorable experience for yourself treasured memories for your girls for years to come.

Adult Recognitions

You won't want to miss the virtual celebration for our amazing volunteers that make a difference to our entire Girl Scouting community. We are accepting nominations for Adult Recognitions through September 21st.  Submit a nomination today!  

Session 4

Zoom Into a Girl Scout Meeting
Holding virtual girl scout troop meetings can create an array of new challenges and exciting opportunities to deliver powerful Girl Scout experiences to your troop. Learn about Zoom safety, how to structure a virtual meeting and the Zoom basics needed to step into digital meetings. Also, since you make the decision about the type of virtual platform that works for your troop, we’ll include some brief information about other popular meeting platforms to help you make the best decision possible this year!

All About the Gold Award
As Senior or Ambassador Girl Scouts, it’s time for your girls to think about going for Gold! Experienced volunteers will share their experiences in guiding girls through the Gold Award process. We’ll talk about mentorship, scheduling, motivation, and other tips and tricks for adults when their girls are pursuing Gold!  Remember, you’re supporting girls as they develop into the leaders for today and tomorrow and the Girl Scouts Gold Award is just the beginning!

Ask a Service Unit Entrepreneurship Manager
This session will feature our amazing SUEM’s giving you their best tips, tricks and ways to ensure a memorable product season! Bring your questions with you to this unique opportunity! Have you ever wondered why our cookies are different than other councils? What do you know about the Cookie Entrepreneur Family pin collection?  How can you engage girls during the last week of cookie booths? Ask all of your product questions in a supportive environment, and get your information from those in the know!


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Council Level Adult Award Nominations

Do you know an exceptional volunteer that should be recognized for their hard work and commitment to the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada? Nominate them for a Volunteer Award! All nominations must be received by 5:00 pm on Monday, September 21, 2020. Council awards are presented at the L.E.A.D. Conference on Saturday, October 3, 2020. 

Supplemental Guidance and Required Forms for Nomination:

Adult Recognitions Handbook

Letter of Endorsement