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A successful woman reflects

When Claudia Walters became a Girl Scout at 7 years-old in Tompkins County, New York, she discovered her talent for selling cookies. For the next five years, she eagerly looked forward to Girl Scout Cookie season. Besides the friends she made and the values she learned, she says this was her favorite part of being a Girl Scout.

Today, Claudia lives in Mesa and has a long and impressive resume that includes serving as vice-mayor of Mesa City Council, President of Mesa United Way, Mesa Public Schools Governing Board member and many other parent-teacher, youth and church organizations. Yet, even today, she credits what she learned selling girl Scout cookies to her success in the public sector.

She says the cookie sale brought out her “salesman” gene and she learned at a young age “how to tell a story and how to sell a message.”

Read Claudia’s full story on the Listening Post here.