Carla Kirkland ’86 named one of this year’s Girl Scouts Women of Distinction

The Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi holds five esteemed women leaders in high regard, and one of them is an Alcorn State University alumna.

Carla Kirkland, CEO of The Kirkland Group, was selected as a Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi Woman of Distinction. Kirkland and the other recipients will be honored during the organization’s Women of Distinction event Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Sheraton Refuge Flowood at 7 p.m.

The recipients will be recognized for their dedication to their respective communities. The event also raises funds for the organization and supports the state’s 5,000 Girl Scouts' various activities across 45 counties.

Kirkland’s company is an educational firm that collaborates with K-12 schools and school districts to support individual student needs, improve academic achievement, and build teacher and principal capacity. The business offers comprehensive, evidence-based solutions, including teacher coaching, assessment, curriculum, and professional development solutions.

Earning recognition for her service to others gives Kirkland more pride in her work. She appreciates being honored amongst other hard-working women who serve as role models to the next generation of women leaders.

“It is both humbling and inspiring to be named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi,” said Kirkland. “I count it a privilege to stand among such prolific recipients whose recognition comes not only from the success they have attained but more importantly, the service they have rendered.”

Setting a good example for the next generation of leaders is important to Kirkland. Giving back her time and effort to young girls is her following in the footsteps of leaders that inspired her to succeed.

“One of the ways I seek to strengthen the next generation is by serving as a role model for Girl Scouts in Mississippi. Mississippi Girl Scouts are more than skilled young ladies; they are talented young leaders who function as exemplars in their respective families, schools, and communities. Having gleaned from positive role models, they now set the example for others.”

Kirkland is passionate about supporting an organization that pours positivity into the youth.

“I am honored to support Girl Scouts of Mississippi in its mission to build courage, confidence, and character in girls and young women. I believe the most effective way to represent this organization is to demonstrate the virtues it has instilled in youth for over a century.”