Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Virginia Beach Girl Scouts Participate in Internship Experience with Local Entrepreneur

While most Girl Scouts are very familiar with the cookie business, three Virginia Beach Girl Scouts, Morgan Kelly, Baillie McGowan and Reid Wolfe, recently had the opportunity to gain insight into a whole new world of cookies at Lucy’s, an allergy-friendly food manufacturing company known for their gluten-free cookies, in Norfolk. Morgan, Baillie and Reid had the opportunity to participate in an internship experience at Lucy’s after getting to know the company’s founder and chairman, Dr. Lucy Gibney, through her sponsorship of their experience at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York City in March.

Reid, Morgan and Baillie look at marketing collateral
Julie Matthews, communications manager at Lucy's.
The girls started off their day at Lucy’s in the company’s corporate office. After speaking with Dr. Gibney, the girls met with Julie Matthews, the communications manager, to learn about the work that goes into designing cookie boxes, managing corporate social media accounts and updating the website. The girls, who all enjoy foreign language classes at school, were intrigued with the process of designing a package to include the information in more than one language.

Next, the girls traveled about 10 minutes away to the Lucy’s bakery and warehouses, where they learned about human resources, warehouse management and logistics for packaging and shipping. They also donned hairnets for a tour of the bakery, during which they learned about how the production and packaging machines function, as well as the allergy-friendly products that are used in the bakery and the precautions taken to ensure that all of the products manufactured a Lucy’s are not tainted with allergens, including gluten and nuts.

Baillie runs one of the packaging machines during a demonstration inside the bakery at Lucy's.
During the afternoon, the girls taste tested all 12 flavors of Lucy’s cookies, including the two newest flavors, Berry Best Cookie and Lemon Goodness. They also heard from staff members about customer service and helped research an upcoming blog for the Lucy’s website.

For Morgan, Baillie and Reid, this experience gave them the opportunity to learn about the numerous facets of running a business to help them think about what they may like to do in the future. Through her mentorship of these girls, Dr. Gibney has shown them that they can be anything and do anything that they set their minds to.

Dr. Lucy Gibney will be recognized by Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast as a Girl Scout Famous Former at a luncheon on October 30.