Girls of Merit sponsored by:

United States Army
United States Army
Nominate a Girl of Merit Now!(Deadline Thursday, October 24th)

Additional sponsors:

  • 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union
    3 Rivers Federal Credit Union
  • Pathfinder HomeOwnership Services
    Pathfinder HomeOwnership Services
  • Mike's CarWash
    Mike's CarWash
  • Purdue Fort Wayne
    Purdue Fort Wayne
  • Bluffton University
    Bluffton University
  • Indiana University Fort Wayne
    Indiana University Fort Wayne
  • Basche's Martial Arts
    Basche's Martial Arts
Turnstone's Plassman Athletic Center
3320 North Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Sunday, November 10, 2019
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 Ft. Wayne 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 Ft. Wayne 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!


Cynthia Busch

Meet our Advisory Board

  • Brynn Cole
    Brynn Cole
  • Heather Elwood
    Heather Elwood
    Speaker/Seminar Coordinator
  • Killian Creigh
    Killian Creigh
    Art Show Coordinator
  • Paige Hasselman
    Paige Hasselman
    Bright Ideas/Science Coordinator
  • Elizabeth Oberley
    Elizabeth Oberley
    Social Media/Public Relations Manager
  • TeAna Davila
    TeAna Davila
    Art Show Coordinator
  • Alexis Bremer
    Alexis Bremer
    Entertainment & Demo Stage Manager

What to Expect

Welcome & Musical Performances: 12PM-12:45PM
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

Moving Out of Your Comfort Zone12:45 - 1:30 Room 1
  • Jacqueline Motz
    Jacqueline Motz

Learn how to take chances & move confidently in the direction of your best life!

Jacqueline Motz Owner, M Agency LLC

Fearless Females Panel12:45 - 1:30 Room 2

Meet some of the area’s fiercest female visionaries and hear how they're helping change the game for girls.

Presented by:
Kristin M. Thompson Melissa Gruys Megan Salle Reesha Howard Jenica Kolhoff
Kristin M. Thompson Melissa Gruys Megan Salle Reesha Howard Jenica Kolhoff
Mindful Meditation, Breathing, Yoga Basics12:45 - 1:30 Room 3
  • Amanda Horsewood
    Amanda Horsewood

Experience mindful meditation and breathing techniques to relieve stress, anxiety, and awareness in the present moment. Let the flow of your breath lead you to focus on inner strength, peace, and balance.

Amanda Horsewood Health and Wellness Yoga Instructor, YMCA

How to Fuel Your Body Well!12:45 - 1:30 Room 4
  • Kerri Zurbuch
    Kerri Zurbuch

Fueling your body is imperative for quality-of-life. In this presentation you will learn the importance of quality nutrition, movement, sleep, social time and spirituality. In essence, gaining simple practical lifestyle skills for being well now and throughout life.

Kerri Zurbuch Founder and Co-Owner of The Wellness Barn, The Wellness Barn

Teens and Technology2:15 - 3:00 Room 1

Learn how to stay safe and make wise choices online, build a social media platform and brand to benefit you today and in the future.

Presented by:
Amy Hanna Paige Clingenpeel
Amy Hanna Paige Clingenpeel
Love the Skin You're In2:15 - 3:00 Room 2

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!

Presented by:
Britney Breidenstein Miranda Bear
Britney Breidenstein Miranda Bear
Girl of Merit Award Ceremony2:15 - 3:00 Room 3
  • US Army
    US Army

A special thank you to girls who have proven themselves exceptional members of the community through their actions, activities, leadership, and positive influence on others.

Presented by US Army
Drum Away the Drama2:15 - 3:00 Room 4
  • Jessica Escobar-MacDonald
    Jessica Escobar-MacDonald

Pound. Rockout. Workout: channel your inner rockstar with this full body cardio-jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing, and sweat dripping fun of playing drums.

Jessica Escobar-MacDonald Group X Fitness instructor and Nurse Practitioner, YMCA and Parkview Physician Group

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

Musical Performances:

  • Makora Stacey
    Makora Stacey

Dance Performances:

  • Ratio Dance
    Ratio Dance
  • K. Monique's Studio of Dance Company Members
    K. Monique's Studio of Dance Company Members


  • Lakewood Park Christian High School Cheer Squad - Cheerleading
    Lakewood Park Christian High School Cheer Squad

Workshops & Demos

- Fort Wayne Derby Brats

Fort Wayne Derby Brats
- Basche's Martial Arts

by Basche's Marial Arts

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

  • Girls of Merit Award Ceremony sponsored by United States Army
    • United States Army
  • Live Music & Dance Performances
  • Hot Topic Seminars & Workshops
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • 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
  • College & Career Coaching sponsored by Mike's CarWash - Meet local mentors and entrepreneurs who will help guide you towards a bright and prosperous future.
    • Mike's CarWash
  • Fashion Showcase - Find your inner fierceness with fashion tips and trends.
  • 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.
  • Fitness Demos
  • Henna Art
  • Volunteer Opportunities

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:

  • Federated Media 97.3 WMEE 98.9 The Bear Big 92.3 K105FM WOWO ESPN

Expos Coming Soon...

Get registered for these fun and exciting expos coming to a city near you!

St. Louis

September 29, 2019

St. Louis, MO


October 27, 2019

Harrisburg, PA

San Francisco

November 9, 2019

San Francisco, CA

Ft. Wayne

November 10, 2019

Ft. Wayne, IN


November 24, 2019

Syracuse, NY

Las Vegas

January 26, 2020

Las Vegas, NV


February 22, 2020

Indianapolis, IN


March 1, 2020

Bloomington, IL


March 8, 2020

Lexington, KY


March 21, 2020

Detroit, MI


March 28, 2020

Midland-Odessa, TX