Presented by: Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center

Girls of Merit sponsored by:

Little Jewels Learning Center/Iron Coyote
Little Jewels Learning Center/Iron Coyote
Nominate a Girl of Merit Now!(Deadline Thursday, February 20th)
Holiday Inn Bloomington-Normal
8 Traders Cir
Normal, IL 61761
Sunday, March 8, 2020
12PM - 4PM

Girls World Expo is a day-long event created by local teen girls for local teen girls – our local Girls Advisory Board is made up of teens from Bloomington who have created a unique show just for you! We have also worked closely with our local media partner, to fill the day with seminars, performances, demonstrations and vendors that serve your needs in the Bloomington area!

Girls World Expo can change your life – come together with your friends, or make new ones at the Expo, to enjoy a magical day where you will hear from and meet successful and powerful women right from your own community who can show you a path to success! You will attend workshops, listen to speakers, see demonstrations, science exhibits, and speak one-on-one with women who are leaders in business, government, industry, the arts, and many other realms of endeavor. It's a rare opportunity for you to see what your future could be, and learn what it will take to get there.

But it's not all work! Girls World Expo is also fun. There's fashion, an art show, music and dance performances by talented local artists, and the always-popular GWE Marketplace, where you can see and purchase everything from hair accessories to self-help materials, and clothing to jewelry.

It's not just another day. It's a very special day. It's an opportunity to spend a day in a safe, secure environment inspired by the company of other girls and not just seeing but creating the future. Your future.

Exhibit your goods and services!


Varinda Missett

Meet our Advisory Board

  • Ambria Maddox
    Ambria Maddox
  • Serenity Barnes
    Serenity Barnes
  • Nevaeh Daniels
    Nevaeh Daniels
  • Lamaya Findley
    Lamaya Findley
  • Akshayasri Muppuru
    Akshayasri Muppuru
  • Iyanla Bensen
    Iyanla Bensen

What to Expect

Welcome & Musical Performances: 12PM
Kick off the day with a warm welcome from our Girls Advisory Board (all local girls) and enjoy our first entertainment act of the day!

Breakout Sessions: 12:45-1:30PM & 2:00-2:45PM
Love The Skin You're In:
breakout session speaker holds microphone to girl audience member asking question
You're perfect just the way you are! Don't let social pressures make you question yourself or your worth. Be proud to be unique. Be proud to be YOU!
Fearless Female Panel
Meet some of the area's fiercest female visionaries and hear how they're helping change the game for girls.
Questions You Can't Ask Your Mom
Submit questions anonymously and get answers instantly... like Google, but without a search history. And with advice from actual experts! No moms allowed. (For ages 13+)
What Are Boys REALLY Thinking?
With the help of a panel of local teenage boys, we will attempt to unravel the inner-mysteries of the male brain or at least try! (For ages 13+. Results not guaranteed.)
Girls Just Want to Have Funds
Student loans? Saving money? Starting an online business? We're here to take the fear out of all things financial – so all you have to do is dream.

Entertainment Break
Featuring performances from local entertainers and showcasing talent by local girls.

female keyboardist sings

Dance Performances:

  • Step Inn Performance Team
    Step Inn Performance Team
  • All About Dance
    All About Dance


  • The Zoo Lady - Henna
    The Zoo Lady

Workshops & Demos


Jump 4 Joy Squad

Ongoing Activities & Entertainment: 12:00 - 4:00PM

  • Girls of Merit Award Ceremony sponsored by Little Jewels Learning Center/Iron Coyote
    • Little Jewels Learning Center/Iron Coyote
  • Cyber Lounge - Whether we know it or not, a lot of personal info is available online. So what happens if it falls into the wrong hands? Learn the facts about cyber safety and how to know when it's time to log off.
  • Pamper Me Lounge - Indulge in various hair, skin, nails and/or makeup products & services.
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Henna Art
  • Live Music & Dance Performances
  • Girls World of Art Show - Come see how local girls express themselves through art. Art is a celebration of self-expression, creativity ad self esteem all on display at GWE.
  • girls spin prize wheel at booth Exhibitor Marketplace - A thriving shopping area where local vendors sell and demonstrate their goods. A unique shopping and experiential opportunity in a fun, upbeat inspiring atmosphere. Exhibit your goods and services.
  • Healthy Living
  • Hot Topic Seminars & Workshops
  • "Bright Ideas" STEM Showcase - The future is female, and we are here for it. #GirlNerds unite for this one-of-a-kind workshop on what it really means to be a lady in STEM.

Close 4:00PM

We will thank everyone for participating in such a special day and celebrate with a closing act!

Get Involved!

We are currently looking for:

In partnership with:

  • Pantagraph Media

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