Jelynne LeBlanc Burley
Executive Vice President, Corporate Support Services & Chief Administrative Officer, CPS Energy
Leadership in Management
I am a member of a team of executives who manage the day-to-day operations of CPS Energy. I lead a group of 680 individuals ranging from Human Resources, Supply Chain, Safety, Enterprise Facilities, Economic Development, Business Services, Information Technology and Security. My Corporate Support Services Team supports the entire enterprise of CPS Energy, and we are proud to say we work also on community projects. My team led the CPS Energy United Way Days of Caring event, where hundreds of CPS Energy employees built Garcia Park for Haven for Hope residents. We are CPS Energy – we work for you!
What can you tell us about your Girl Scout experience?
I had a wonderful experience as a Girl Scout learning from many activities in the troop, field trips and summers at camp. I became a Girl Scout in 1966 because the Camp Fire Girls organization at St. Joseph’s Academy would not allow me to join because I was African American. Imagine how embarrassed I felt explaining to my classmates why I wasn’t joining them afterschool in the Camp Fire Girls. My mom found a Brownie Girl Scout troop and I joined and I am friends still today with several of my Girl Scout friends.
Do you remember your Girl Scout Troop Number?
I don’t remember my Girl Scout troop number, but joined in 1966 in Baton Rouge, LA. I still have my pin and star.
How did being a Girl Scout prepare you to be the leader you are today?
The importance of teamwork, community responsibility, leadership skills and that you should honor your friends with respect.
Are there any lessons you learned in Girl Scouts that you still live by?
All of the above, including the importance of diversity and tolerance but primarily, be prepared!
With the 100th Girl Scout Anniversary upon us, what would you tell a young girl today about the value of being a Girl Scout.
Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy – being a Girl Scout supports that philosophy 10 fold.
What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie?