Janie Martinez Gonzalez
Webhead, President and CEO
Leadership in Technology
As the President and CEO of Webhead, I am responsible for setting the overall vision, strategy of the company and for leading a diverse team of industry experts in Internet Technologies, Knowledge Engineering, Cyber Security and Cyber Solutions for New Industries. Our work contributes to the federal government’s national defense efforts. Is important we recruit, hire and retain the very best talent, to inspire them for a shared purpose. As a social innovator, my eye is always on the big picture, not just at the task, with almost two decades of business experience I have new visions and plan to take Webhead to new heights. Serving as Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas' Honorary CEO (Cookie Entrepreneur Officer), I am excited, honored to lead thousands of girls as they learn essential skills and become young entrepreneurs and innovators through the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
What can you tell us about your Girl Scout experience?
My Girl Scout experience during my grade school years at Palo Alto Elementary school was great. Our troop mother/leader was Mrs. Janie Echavaria from my childhood neighborhood on the south side of San Antonio, Texas. She was dedicated, creative, and full of life. I also enjoyed the time with my sister and friends from the neighborhood.
Do you remember your Girl Scout Troop Number?
How did being a Girl Scout prepare you to be the leader you are today?
Girl Scouting build character, taught me goal settings and how to work with a diverse group. I learned basic business principles (entrepreneurship, money management, networking, sales and marketing). It also taught me to be resourceful, creative, set new directions and possibilities for my family, education, and career.
Are there any lessons you learned in Girl Scouts that you still live by?
The biggest lesson I learned in Girl Scouting, was community service, to give back through getting involved in matters that made a difference in people lives. As President/CEO of Webhead, we established the GET Involved program with a focus on economic development, education, and health. Our company dedicates financial and manpower resources to programs through the year.
Do you have a special story/memory of being a Girl Scout?
My special memory is my days at summer day camp during our school vacation. Our Girl Scout troop could not afford to attend a privately owned or state park campground so my troop mother decided our summer day camp would take place at Palo Alto Park across from our elementary school. She would pick us up at the door and we would march to the park singing songs. We would arrive early, section off areas with a rope, use the basketball court, covered patio and set up camp every day for a week. Each day we participated in an activity: learned how to make ice cream using a wooden bucket ice cream make, cross knot belt to carry our water canteens, how to start a fire using sticks, first aid and basic safety tips to earn badges/patches. Our troop would also march to local swimming pool to cool off during the hot Texas summers. I really enjoyed the summer day camp, we learned essential skills whiling having fun with friends and my sister.
With the 100th Girl Scout Anniversary upon us, what would you tell a young girl today about the value of being a Girl Scout.
The Girl Scout program offers a safe environment for young girls to discover who they are while having fun doing it. You can learn how to apply your passion and skills through career development activities, it provides you with an opportunity to connect with your community and get involved, to learn how to serve others and work as a team to accomplish set goals. It can also be an opportunity to spend more time with your parent(s), aunts, sister, neighbors and friends and get them involved. The return on investment you will receive will last you a lifetime.
What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie?
My favorite Girl Scout cookie is the Thin Mint, it is like my (cookie) personality, strong and confident.