By: Roberto Molar-Candanosa '13
Growing up a third-generation Girl Scout, Jennifer Bartkowski ‘92 loved camping and selling cookies. She earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, the second highest award a girl can get in Girl Scouts. At Texas A&M, Bartkowski’s success was no different. She earned bachelor’s degrees in English and political science, served as the president of Alpha Phi Omega, and graduated from a master’s program in public administration with perfect marks.
After all of that, Bartkowski started a 20-year career in fundraising. In May 2014, after working with the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas for five years, she was appointed as chief executive officer.
Her success, Bartkowski says, comes in part from being a Girl Scout. One of her most vivid memories is selling Girl Scout cookies, which taught her to manage money, set goals, and talk to customers.
“My leadership skills and comfort on how to do things and think outside the box actually come from the Girl Scouts,” she said.
Her education at Texas A&M also served as a backbone for her success.
“Standing in front of people, public speaking, making decisions, being involved in hundreds of hours of community service—I got to really hone my leadership skills,” Bartkowski said.
Bartkowski remembers exactly when she chose to attend Texas A&M. It was 1987, she lived in Austin, and was looking at possible Texas colleges to attend. Her mom took her on...