Traci A. Barnett
Traci A. Barnett has been in the nonprofit field for over 20 years working for both healthcare and service organizations. Barnett has held several key executive and director level positions with such organizations as the Easter Seal Society, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Arthritis Foundation and Visiting Nurse Association. In her current position she is the chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, the preeminent organization for girls, providing leadership programs to nearly 27,000 girls in Baltimore city and the five surrounding counties.
Under Barnett’s leadership Girl Scouts of Central Maryland has developed a premier STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program for girls in the region through partnerships with the NASA Goddard Space Center, Johns Hopkins University, Northrop Grumman, UMBC, Lockheed Martin and TechBridge. In October 2010 Girl Scouts of Central Maryland celebrated the grand opening of their Urban Program Center in Baltimore city with facilities that feature state of the art technology labs, a multimedia center, dance studio, and learning kitchen.
Additionally, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland provides a myriad of programs for at-risk girls in Baltimore city through in-school programs in some of Baltimore’s toughest city schools and its nationally acclaimed Beyond Bars program. Girl Scouts of Central Maryland received the prestigious Standards for Excellence Accreditation from the Maryland Association of Non Profit Organizations (MANO) in 2007, a designation received by less than 1% of nonprofits in the state of Maryland. In 2009 Girl Scouts of Central Maryland received the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Community Partner Award and the Network 2000 Business 2000 Award.
Barnett has a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in communications. She is a board member, co-chair of the mentoring program and past treasurer of Network 2000, a statewide non-profit organization in Maryland composed of executive women who seek to place women on corporate boards and to educate the public on the benefits of having women in decision-making positions. Additionally, Barnett was one of several Girl Scout CEOs from across the United States asked to assist Girl Scouts of the USA with the development of the new Girl Scout Leadership Experience, a new program model, rolled out in 2008.
Barnett was named Innovator of the Year in 2011 and a Maryland Top 100 Woman in 2010 and 2008 by the Maryland Daily Record. She is a recipient of Smart Woman Magazine’s 2006 BRAVO Award and Toastmasters International Leadership and Communication Award in 2007. Barnett was recognized as a 2009 Top 100 CEO by SmartCEO magazine. She was also listed as one of 25 CEOs You Need to Know in 2009, an honor given by the Maryland Gazette of Politics & Business to presidents and CEOs of small, medium and large organizations who are not only running successful businesses, but are also giving back to their community.
In addition, in May 2013, Barnett was chosen to be guest speaker at the Towne Group’s Leadership Conversations series. The Leadership Conversations series brings together area nonprofit leaders for informal quarterly discussions about managing not-for-profit organizations. In 2013 Barnett also received SmartCEO Magazine’s Brava! Award. This award celebrates top female CEOs who have become exemplary leaders in their companies and the community at large by encouraging local philanthropy, mentoring fellow CEOs and setting their companies on the path to tremendous growth. Barnett was also recognized in 2013 by The Daily Record as one of Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs. The Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs List recognizes business executives who have excelled professionally and who serve their communities.