Growing up in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Sylvia Acevedo would play with a kaleidoscope in her back yard and dream big. She realized those dreams as one of the first Latina women to graduate with a master’s in engineering from Stanford University and to become a rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Now the CEO of the Girl Scouts, Acevedo joins us to discuss her personal story and her dreams for girls across America. Acevedo’s new memoir for young readers is “Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist” (Clarion Books).
In this July 21, 2017 photo, Sylvia Acevedo, right, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, assists a member of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland as she builds a simple robotic arm during an introduction to the world of robotics in Owings Mills, Md. Patrick Semansky/AP Photo