Girl Scouts learn life lessons from Chandler nannies The Chandler Arizonan

Girl Scouts learn life lessons from Chandler nannies

Girl Scouts learn life lessons from Chandler nannies

By Lacey Lyons
Arizonan Staff Writer

The co-founders of a Chandler nanny agency helped Girl Scouts hawk their cookies at a special training session recently.

And to sweeten the lesson, they even bought some cookies as well.

Rosalind Prather and Caroline Wesnitzer, co-founders of Trusting Connections Nanny Agency, invited all Girl Scouts to give a sales pitch of their famous cookies.

Each girl then drew a number from a bowl to indicate the number of boxes Trusting Connections would purchase.

“Our main goal for this event and the reason behind having them give a sales pitch is to bring inspiration to younger girls and have the shy ones build confidence,” said Wesnitzer.

Trusting Connections is one of the fastest-growing agencies in the country with over 150 childcare professionals.

The company can connect families with sitters 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year at a moment’s notice.

Prather and Wesnitzer graduated from the University of Arizona in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

In 2011, the two best friends and former nannies had an idea to develop a nanny business.

Trusting Connections has been in business for nine years, and now has locations serving the Tucson, Phoenix and Dallas-Fort Worth.

The two businesswomen thought a cookie seminar made sense since they feel a kinship with the Girl Scouts.

“Girl Scouts and nannies both have to be multifaceted and be able to juggle multiple tasks at once, whether it’s school, troop meetings and a sport for a Girl Scout or it’s cleaning, cooking and taking care of children all at once for a nanny,” Prather said.

Kendall Jarnagan, an 8-year-old member of Brownie Troop 2570, said she was excited for this event because she was eager to learn new skills and practice her own business pitch.

Kendall has higher aspirations when she grows up: she dreams of being the first female president.

Stephanie Jarnagan, Kendall’s mother and Troop 2570 leader, has been a member of the Girl Scout program for over 30 years.

She said the pitch event also was an effort to show the young girls what their future could look like as businesswomen.

Given both Prather and Westnitzer became business owners at 24 and attribute their success to the many people who believed in them, they said their personal and organizational goals align with Girl Scouts’ theme of being “2.5 million strong-1.7 million girls and 750,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) to change the world.”

“These are lessons that last far beyond the sale of one box of cookies,” said Prather. “As a female entrepreneur, a mother of two young girls, a former Girl Scout and current troop leader, I certainly want to watch the next generation of female leaders show up as their fearless, enabled and confident selves.

“This is one way, each year, we believe we can take part in helping young women develop this growth mindset.”

  Added Wesnitzer: “The Girl Scout cookie buying event is by far our favorite of the year. As young female entrepreneurs, we understand the importance of mentorship and instilling self-confidence in the next generation of female professionals.

“It is always a treat watching these girls get creative with their sales pitches by bringing hand-made signs, business cards and sometimes even a fun song.”

Elaina Dastas, another 8-year-old member of Brownie Troop 2570, said she set a goal of selling 500 boxes of cookies this year.

She needed to sell 100 more boxes to reach the goal to be able to take a trip to Disneyland with her troop.

Prather and Wesnitzer also focused the event around the idea of having the heart to serve. They said they wanted to teach younger girls it is important to help others.

After each Girl Scout gave a sales pitch, Prather and Wesnitzer explained to them what it means to have the heart to serve and how Trusting Connections holds itself to this standard.

“I would tell my younger self to have more courage in pursuing your passion and it gets way better if you just step your foot forward,” said Prather.

She said the Girl Scout program offers amazing opportunities and is a great way for young girls to build confidence.

At the event, Trusting Connections founders heard about many of the things the girls wanted to do if they hit their goal and purchased a total of 148 boxes of cookies totaling in $740.

Prather said her favorite personal quote giving her motivation while in the business world is, “Someone once told me not to bite off more than I could chew. I said I would rather choke on greatness than nibble on mediocrity.”

Prather added she wants the Girl Scouts to have this same mentality.

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