Violet Apple, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

A strong advocate for children, Violet M. Apple has been dedicated to the development and extension of services to girls for more than 25 years.

Violet has a thorough understanding of the complexities of delivering safe, contemporary Girl Scout programs to girls and values the critical role volunteers play in implementing these services.She has partnered with major corporations and funders such as the United Way, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Raytheon and Comcast to build program support in the delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, the Girl Scout Gold Award and STEM initiatives for girls. She has been involved with delivering robust outdoor experiences to girls for nearly 20 years and has overseen the development and delivery of numerous resident and day camps.

In 2014, she became the Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Central Maryland.Prior to that Violet served as Chief Membership Services Officer for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, and Chief Operating Officer for Girls Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (headquartered in Harrisburg, PA). In these positions, Violet was responsible for developing a transitional plan for the merger of seven councils into two councils affecting approximately 105,000 girl and adult members.

Her contribution to her local community further confirms her commitment to young people and their development. In 2016 Violet was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to serve on the Maryland Legal Services Corporation Board.She is also currently serving on the boards of Maryland Nonprofits and CASA of Baltimore City. In addition, she had the privilege of serving on the WOW (Women of the World) Festival 2016 Board of Directors and the national Board Development Committee for Hostelling International-USA.She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Executive Alliance (formerly Network 2000), and a graduate of The LEADERship class of 2015. Prior to moving to Baltimore she served in leadership positions for numerous non-profits (MA and PA) including: NCNW-Boston Chapter, Family Services, Arbor Place Community Center, and Crispus Attucks Community Center of Lancaster, PA.

Violet was recently named one of the Daily Record’s Most Admired CEOs.In February of 2017 she received the Baltimore Teachers Union Women’s Rights Award, 2016 and 2019 Maryland’s Top 100 Women, SMART CEO 2015 Winner - Circle of Excellence, SMART CEO – 2015 Brava Award Winner, YWCA Racial Justice Award in 2007, and Women Who Care Award in 2005. She was also awarded the Thanks Badge, the highest award given by Girl Scouts of the USA.

Violet holds a Master of Management degree in Business Administration from Penn State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Millersville University of Pennsylvania.She also holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Delaware University.

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