Carri Baker Wells
Chief Operations Officer (San Antonio Office) for Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
Leadership in Law
This was my first job after graduating from Texas A&M University. I’ve been with the firm over 26 years and I’ve grown from having a marketing/public relations role, to having management oversight over our operations. Our firm has grown from being a small San Antonio law firm, to being a national leader by having a commitment to excellence in our work and to the communities we serve -- much like the Girl Scouts!
What can you tell us about your Girl Scout experience?
Cookies and camping! Selling cookies was my first attempt at selling -- and I learned I could be good at selling something I believed in. My camping experience was the first time I recall being responsible for the planning and serving dinner for my friends. I still love doing both!
Do you remember your Girl Scout Troop number?
I wish, but all my Girl Scout memorabilia burned in a house fire that took everything.
How did being a Girl Scout prepare you to be the leader you are today?
I’d rather reflect on how Girl Scouts led me to be the person I am today. I came to Girl Scouts as a very shy, insecure little girl and it was through Girl Scouting that I have my first memories of developing self-confidence and an interest in service. Girl Scouts gave me a safe, comfortable environment to spread my wings and learn to fly without the risk of failure. Those early seeds of self confidence and hard work took hold, and with subsequent life experiences, I’ve done what most Girl Scouts do … live a life of substance and service.
Are there any lessons you learned in Girl Scouts that you still live by?
“To serve God and my country … hope to be able to serve others in a meaningful way until the day I die.
Do you have a special story/memory of being a Girl Scout?
As I near 50, the memories are not as sharp. What I love is being able to come back to Girl Scouts as an alumna, connecting with new and old friends, and being able to help Girl Scouts grow stronger for the next 100 years.
With the 100th Girl Scout Anniversary upon us, what would you tell a young girl today about the value of being a Girl Scout.
“Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout.” It’s a sisterhood of diversity and service that remains a part of you forever. In the next 100 years I hope Girl Scouts connect to their alumnae to cultivate the power of this rich network of women. When you look across our city and beyond, we have a network of women doing everything from the ordinary to the extraordinary every day of the year. There is a role model for everyone.
What's your favorite Girl Scout cookie?
The one sold by a Girl Scout!