Girl Scout Taylor Bruck adds age diversity to the Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland Board Development Committee as she gets involved in the business community from an early age.
Girl Board Member Rhyan Klima, CEO ofGirl Scouts of America Anna Maria Chávez and Girl Board Member Taylor Bruck.
Taylor Bruck sometimes needs to go to her monthly board meeting during lunch. But she's not missing a job to do so-rather, she's missing high school.
Bruck, a 17-year-old Granville High School senior, is one of two girl board members on the Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland Board Development Committee. Though she's one of the youngest members at the table with adult business professionals, she has no problem sharing her input on anything from financial matters to advertising decisions when asked for her opinion, given her insight into a younger crowd.
For Bruck, the board has helped her communicate better with adults, think of intelligible comments on the spot and put herself out there by networking.
The board membership, which Bruck received in August, has also allowed her to have CEO-level experiences. She's already spoken to a crowd of about 250 after coaching lessons from a professional speech instructor.
The occasion? To emcee as well as tell her Girl Scout Story at the Girls in Real Life event this past November.
The speech lessons will directly nurture Bruck's later career aspirations of becoming a broadcast journalist.
But for now, Bruck is "the boss."
"The other day, at the Ohio Heartland Council, (CEO ofGirl Scouts of America Anna Maria Chávez) came for the first time and I had a question for her and she went, 'Oh my boss has a question,'" says Bruck. "She called me the boss, which I thought was really cool. So, I definitely shared that with others because I wanted everyone to see how much the CEO of this organization truly cares about the girls."
Apart from Girl Scouts, Bruck also balances being a rower for her high school crew and leadership roles in student government. Yet, she says that being on the board hasn't made her feel as though she were missing out on what her fellow classmates are doing, though she stays busy.
"I'd say the biggest struggle with being on the board would be the time management aspect of it-and not in a case where I can't get things done-just mainly, I have other things going on that I have to manage and I can't be everywhere at once. But it's not too much of a struggle," says Bruck.
Noting that today's job market stresses experience, Bruck considers herself lucky to be an insider in the business community at 17. Her adult board members have also mentored her in college decisions, as Bruck debates which college to attend next year.
For GirlScouts, 14 and older, who are interested in being a girl board member, position summaries and applications can be found online. The deadline for applications is Dec. 31.