Girls of Merit sponsored by:
3320 North Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
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.
Meet our Advisory Board
Art Show Coordinator
Bright Ideas/Science Coordinator
Social Media/Public Relations Manager
Art Show Coordinator
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!
Learn how to take chances & move confidently in the direction of your best life!
Jacqueline Motz Owner, M Agency LLC
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 Owner/Director, K. Monique's Studio of Dance
- Melissa Gruys Dean and Professor of Management, Purdue University Fort Wayne
- Megan Salle Weekend Sports Anchor, WPTA Fort Wayne’s NBC
- Reesha Howard Owner, Game Day Sports Camp & CPNJ Vending
- Jenica Kolhoff Nitinol Applications Engineer, Fort Wayne Metals
|Kristin M. Thompson||Melissa Gruys||Megan Salle||Reesha Howard||Jenica Kolhoff|
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
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
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
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
Featuring performances from local entertainers and showcasing talent by local girls.
- Makora Stacey
- Ratio Dance
- K. Monique's Studio of Dance Company Members
- Lakewood Park Christian High School Cheer Squad - Cheerleading
Workshops & Demos
FORT WAYNE DERBY BRATS- Fort Wayne Derby Brats
BY BASCHE'S MARIAL ARTS- Basche's Martial Arts
Ongoing Activities & Entertainment: 12:00 - 4:00PM
- Girls of Merit Award Ceremony sponsored by 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.
- 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.
- 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
- MUCH, MUCH MORE!
We will thank everyone for participating in such a special day and celebrate with a closing act!
We are currently looking for:
- Nominations for Girl of Merit - Deadline for nominations: Thursday, October 24th
- Exhibit your goods and services and sell your products to girls and their moms in this upbeat, fun and inspiring atmosphere
- Sponsors - advertise your local business
- Submissions for the Girls World of Art
- Submissions for the "Bright Ideas" STEM Showcase
In partnership with:
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