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Charlotte’s Girl Scout CEO resigns

Charlotte’s yearlong exodus of nonprofit leaders continued Tuesday with an announcement that Sally Daley will step down after five years as CEO of the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council.

Daley formally resigned Monday but has agreed to stay with the council until a replacement is picked in the coming months.

She is the second local nonprofit CEO to resign in the past week – after John Mackay of Discovery Place – and one of more than 35 who have resigned in the past year, a trend that concerns experts.

The series of departures is largely credited to improvements in the economy, which is allowing nonprofit leaders to move on to other jobs.

However, Daly said she intends to “take a step back, hit the reset button and spend more time with my family.”

The Hornets’ Nest Council encompasses eight counties, 16,000 girls and 7,000 volunteer adult leaders.

Daley has been part of Girl Scouting for 35 years, including 11 years as part of the agency’s staff.

Among her accomplishments was the creation of the 700-acre Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus in Iredell County, with the help of $2 million from the Dale Earnhardt Foundation.

The camp can accommodate up to 1,000 a night, 800 more than the council’s former camp.

“It’s the thing I’m most proud of,” Daly said. “There were girls on a waiting list for years to stay at the old camp. I wanted it so every girl had a chance to go at least once or twice a year.”

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