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Nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Names Artis Stevens As First Black CEO

Nonprofit organization Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) made history last week after announcing a big change in their leadership team. According to their announcement, BBBSA appointed Artis Stevens — SVP and Chief Marketing Officer of youth organization National 4-H Council — as their new CEO. The new appointment makes it the first time ever in the nonprofit’s 116-year history that a Black executive will serve in such a role at the company. Stevens will reportedly succeed Pam Iorio as President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America after Iorio’s seven-year tenure at the organization. “We thank Pam Iorio for her commitment and dedication in building a strong foundation for our organization,” Ken Burdick, Board Chair at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, said in a statement. “Pam was instrumental in establishing a 5-year strategic plan focused on innovative technology solutions, new funding opportunities and brand transformation. As we look to the future, we know...

Dec 7, 2020

Lifelong Girl Scout Judith Batty Named the Company's First Black CEO in Its 108-Year History

After serving as a lifelong Girl Scout and board member, Judith Batty has gained a new honor. PRNewswire reports that Batty has been named the interim CEO of the Girl Scouts of the United States. The previous CEO, Sylvia Acevedo, announced her resignation in early August. As a result, the GSUSA chose Batty to step up, a decision that makes her the first Black CEO in the organization’s 108-year history. “When I was young, the Girl Scouts instilled in me the courage, confidence and character that have guided me through my life and career. It is an incredible honor to bring those lessons back full circle to help the Girl Scouts navigate this transition,” said Batty. Batty began her commitment to the Girl Scouts as a Brownie and later served two terms on the National Board. Immediately prior to this new role, Batty served as senior legal counsel and an executive for a Fortune 100 corporation, where she became the first woman and first Black general counsel to one of the company’s...

Aug 13, 2020