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The Lunz Group prides itself on its employees’ community outreach and involvement, and Christa Broderick is no exception. Christa works out of The Lunz Group’s Lake Morton Headquarters as the company’s Interior Design Consultant. Growing up, Christa’s father enjoyed traveling, so she spent time living in New York, Texas, Colorado, California and South Africa, but ultimately landed in Central Florida where she has spent a good portion of her life.
Although Christa was never a Girl Scout herself, it was her daughter, Cara, that got her involved with Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (GSWCF). Christa wanted Cara to be involved in an organization that would allow them to spend quality time together since she has a busy work schedule. They found this in Girl Scouts.
Empowering girls – developing courage, confidence & character
Camp CEO is an event that GSWCF developed, and the event is held three to four times each year. Girl Scouts Council approached Christa’s troop and suggested they go to the latest Camp CEO event because one of her troop members, Alyssa, is completing her Gold award based on spreading knowledge to girls about STEM and space exploration. The approaching Camp CEO event just happened to have astronaut Nicole Stott as the featured keynote speaker.
As a troop leader, Christa encourages girls to be leaders and to develop their interpersonal and professional skills. The Camp CEO weekend allowed Christa to become involved with girls from all over Central Florida and to share experiences in her career and industry. Although the girls were all excited for this new experience, Christa expressed that it can be difficult for them to all connect with one another when they first arrive at camp.
“I let the girls get comfortable and start to have fun before talking shop,” Christa said. “It really started to gel once we had team building activities together. Sometimes you just have to know your place, not force things and allow communication to happen naturally.”
During Christa’s time serving as a mentor in the program, the girls had the opportunity to fly drones, make mini-computers and print 3D models. Other mentors at Camp CEO were businesswomen in the STEM field from across the state of Florida.
“Everyone is so different and have very different backgrounds,” Christa said. “It is a great learning weekend not just for the awesome activities we had going on, but just learning from each other as well.”
Christa expressed that Camp CEO was a wonderful experience, and she would jump on the opportunity to attend the event again. She is thankful and feels rewarded knowing she can help make a small difference in the lives of future girl leaders. As a life-time Girl Scout Member, Family Partnership Champion and troop leader, Christa will be involved with Girl Scouts for many years to come where she looks forward to giving back to the community and mentoring future leaders.