By Catherine Amoriello
Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) is honored to have so many volunteers supporting Girl Scouts’ mission in our local communities. And we not only have external volunteers working hard to build girls of courage, confidence and character, but we also find support internally from our many board and committee members.
GSHPA invites its members to learn more about the philanthropic professionals who help guide our organization and why they dedicate their time to serving Girl Scouts. This week, we’re recognizing Bridget Q. Casher, GSHPA Treasurer, Executive Committee member and ex-officio member of the Finance and Audit Committee. Read on to learn more about this passionate volunteer!
What advice would you give to girls interested in a career in investment consulting?
The best advice I can provide is advice I once received which helped shape my career and still something I lean on today: Seek out, work alongside, and keep in touch with a strong mentor. My two mentors helped me navigate my industry, pushed me to be my best self, and provided honest, yet fair, feedback. My career has been rewarding, challenging, and successful thanks to strong mentors who helped me develop a career path within the investment industry.
What can we do to have more girls/women in investment consulting?
We can help share our experiences and help mentor a girl/woman earlier. I personally get out to volunteer in my child’s elementary school to explain my career and introduce financial topics. The more we expose girls to the importance of this industry and saving/investing, the better for everyone.
Why is being involved in Girl Scouts important to you?
I believe we need to support, encourage, and build the next generation to be great. My passion to coach and volunteer developed right out of college. Girl Scouts was an opportunity to be involved locally, support our community, and help build the Girl Scouts organization into a long lasting program for many more generations.
What advice do you have for girls who want to get involved with their communities?
Giving back is a passion and a true calling. Before just jumping into something, test the waters with an organization, it’s important to get involved with a program that means something to you or aligns with your value system. It will help feed your soul and make it easier to show up each time with a smile on your face if you like what you’re doing. All of our communities need extra help right now. Step up and be the reason your community needs one less volunteer!
Of the four components of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (STEM, Life Skills, Outdoors and Entrepreneurship), which one resonates with you the most, or you find most valuable to girls’ success?
For me, the Outdoors is my most important component and helps me be a strong leader every day. It allows me to develop leadership skills and disconnect from technology to unwind. This in turn allows me to dial into my other skills – mathematics, creativity, being an entrepreneur, and positively working with others. I find such freedom in the outdoors. It’s amazing if you take a hike you must be focused to stay on the right trail yet be willing to try new adventures. Hiking also teaches us about being prepared to weather any storm. Working in the investment industry is a lot like a good or bad hike (ups/downs) will happen. You must be prepared for the unexpected. You really gain a sense of independence, learn to create your own path, bring a group together to lead a new adventure, and learn to deal with the unexpected. These are all important skills in business that translate in everyday life.