“The time I have spent at Girl Scouts of Citrus has truly been the best adventure I’ve ever been on.” – Crystal Jones
Crystal Jones spent 20 years in the financial services and banking industry before joining the Girl Scouts of Citrus as its chief operating officer. “I quickly discovered that nonprofit and volunteer management was different from for-profit banking management,” Jones said. “I was able to put my leadership skills to good use, but I learned the importance of being flexible in my style and in my approach to addressing different situations. I spend a lot more time seeking creative solutions to address many issues.”
Creative solutions are an integral part of the Girl Scouts program, from the Daisies to the Brownies and all the way up to the offices where Jones works, and she wants to get the word out.
“When people find out that I work for the Girl Scouts, they immediately comment about their favorite Girl Scout cookie,” she said. “I make sure to tell them about the business skill development the cookie program provides, but then I like to shift the conversation to some of the other exciting things we do.”
Those include the work GSUSA and Girl Scouts of Citrus have done to provide STEM leadership opportunities for girls, as well as outdoor programs ranging from hiking and rock climbing to zip-lining and kayaking.
As a former Girl Scout herself, Jones is passionate about using her position to empower and encourage generations of girls to come — including the 15,000 Girl Scouts who will attend G.I.R.L. 2020, GSUSA’s National Triennial Girl Scout Business Meeting and Conference to be held in Orlando in October 2020.
“I believe in the mission of the organization, the work we are doing at a national and local level, and the difference we are making in the lives of girls,” Jones said. “The time I have spent at the Girl Scouts of Citrus has truly been the best adventure I’ve ever been on. The past eight years I have spent here have been the most fulfilling years of my career.”
As featured in the January 2020 edition.