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Paula Bookidis is convinced Girl Scouts is the best place for girls, so she’s decided to run the whole organization.

Austin, TX July 2, 2018 -- Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX) is thrilled to share the news that management powerhouse and long-time supporter of Girl Scouts, Paula Bookidis, has been officially selected as their new Chief Executive Officer. A Girl Scout troop leader, who has been on the front lines of campouts, volunteer trainings, and cookie sales, Paula brings a unique perspective and a tried and true passion for the Girl Scout mission into the executive suite.  “Girl Scouts become our country's best leaders,” Paula says. “I look forward to continuing the strong Central Texas Girl Scouts tradition of building our community leaders, and I will continue the work of serving more girls and providing more opportunities for girls in STEM, outdoors, career/college readiness, and entrepreneurship.”

Paula joins the GSCTX team from her role as partner at Sense Corp, a new breed management and technology consulting firm. As Sense Corp’s Managing Director - Telecom, she developed and managed highly successful teams, demonstrating her knack for simplifying operations, reducing costs, and increasing customer satisfaction. Paula is a master of her craft, which centers on program management functions, including facilitation of executive-level strategy, business process improvement, change management, and implementation planning, management, and control. Additionally, Paula was involved in ensuring the rich corporate culture that exists at Sense Corp and worked to integrate community-focused strategy into the foundation of the corporation. Paula is a founding member of Sense Corp’s Outreach program which has provided over $4M of pro-bono services to St. Louis and Texas non-profit organizations.

When Paula’s not helping her clients improve their businesses, she uses her free-time to, you guessed it, serve the community. She’s was a Girl Scout troop leader, former board member at College Bound of St. Louis, and former United Way volunteer. Paula has a BS in Architectural Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. Paula lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and three young daughters.

Paula replaces current CEO, Lynelle McKay, who will step down after five years as GSCTX’s fearless leader. Under Lynelle’s drive and ceaseless dedication, Girl Scouts of Central Texas has risen to the top of Central Texas’ youth and girl education organizations, serving 17,000 girl members and 12,500 volunteers, developing cutting-edge STEM, outdoors, and community initiatives, and building confident, civic-minded, and well-rounded female leaders. The organization is grateful for Lynelle’s leadership and looks forward to the wonderful things she will do for the organization at our national level, as Girl Scouts of the USA’s new Chief Customer Officer.