What started as simply stargazing with her Girl Scouts troop as a 7-year-old in New Mexico has since turned into a career at NASA, IBM, Apple and Dell for Sylvia Acevedo.
Most recently, in May, she was named the CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, the organization she belonged to growing up. Her mission: to ensure STEM learning is a part of every young woman’s life.
“I had an ‘aha’ moment when I was a young girl and my troop leader saw me looking at the stars,” Acevedo tells CNBC Make It.
“Later on, when we were choosing our badges, she encouraged me to get my science badge,” she recalls. And the rest is history.