Courtesy of Agora Cyber Charter School!

Agora Cyber Charter School

Sponsored by:

  • Penn State Hershey Medical Center
    Penn State Hershey Medical Center
  • Goodwill Capital Region
    Goodwill Capital Region
  • PA College of Health Sciences
    PA College of Health Sciences
  • Lancaster School of Cosmetology & Therapeutic Bodywork
    Lancaster School of Cosmetology & Therapeutic Bodywork
  • Papa John's Pizza
    Papa John's Pizza
  • The Hershey Company
    The Hershey Company
  • HB McClure
    HB McClure

Another amazing day in Harrisburg! Thank you to Agora Cyber Charter School for making it possible for hundreds of girls to attend for FREE! The day included amazing robotics from Technological Intelligence, a day in the life of a medical professional in the Immersive Cinematic Experience from PA College of Health Sciences, creating "goal boards" and other beautiful art made possible by PALCS, and pampering from Lancaster School of Cosmetology and Therapeutic Bodywork. Papa Johns brought their yummy pizza (and message of support for local youth) and of course we had Hershey chocolate everywhere! There were singers, dancers, hula hoopers, gymnasts, roller derby and contortionists! HB McClure brought us Jill of all Trades and Penn State Hershey Medical Center always lends their support. The 10 girls honored for the Girl of Merit award were exceptional and the day wrapped up with a fashion show that taught us all that you really can dress for any occasion on any budget at Goodwill! Thank you PA Media Group for being an amazing partner!

Best Western Premier - The Central Hotel & Conference Center
800 East Park Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17111
Sunday, October 27, 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 Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg 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.


Valerie Moore

See photos from this expo!

Congratulations 2019 Harrisburg Girls of Merit!

  • Alison Harvey
    Alison Harvey
  • Aliyah Carmen Mariluz
    Aliyah Carmen Mariluz
  • Camilla Archer
    Camilla Archer
  • Julia Dones
    Julia Dones
  • Julia Ruzzi
    Julia Ruzzi
  • Kalani King
    Kalani King
  • Katelin Schooley
    Katelin Schooley
  • Lydia Zarefoss
    Lydia Zarefoss
  • Campbell McCann
    Campbell McCann
  • Samantha Martin
    Samantha Martin

Meet our Advisory Board

  • Elizabeth Staub
    Elizabeth Staub
  • Katelyn Murawski
    Katelyn Murawski
    Fashion Coordinator
  • Emily Staub
    Emily Staub
    Speaker/Seminar Coordinator
  • Brigid Fuller
    Brigid Fuller
    Entertainment & Demo Stage Manager

What to Expect

Welcome & Musical Performances: 12PM-1:00PM
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

Girl of Merit Award Ceremony1:00 - 1:45 Room 1 - Harris

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:
  • Sharice Johnson Program Coordinator of Youth Development and Mentor, Milton Hershey School
Sharice Johnson
Sharice Johnson
From Chaos to Clarity: Finding Your Path1:00 - 1:45 Room 2 - Cameron

Explore your options in this interactive panel with tips and tricks from the experts on finding your path. Study tips, choosing a major, going straight to the workforce - bring your questions, we'll discuss it all!

Presented by:
Sara Stephenson Stephanie Keller PA College of Health Sciences
Sara Stephenson Stephanie Keller PA College of Health Sciences
Discover Your Diamond2:30 - 3:15 Room 1 - Harris
  • DaRonda McDuffie
    DaRonda McDuffie

Wondering what your true gifts and talents are? Better yet, how to even identify and then put them to great use? Discovering Your Diamond is the course for those who are puzzled about those very things. It's never to late to uncover your hidden treasures. Sponsored by Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

DaRonda McDuffie Entrepreneur, Speaker, and Lifestyle Coach, GoaledNation Coaching

Girl, let's get these goals!2:30 - 3:15 Room 2 - Cameron
  • MaDonna Akua Awotwi
    MaDonna Akua Awotwi

In this fun and interactive workshop, participants will chart out their goals, discuss why it is important to keep site of their goals, and create "goal boards" to make tangible images of the things they wish to accomplish.

MaDonna Akua Awotwi Director of Communications, African American Chamber of Commerce of Central PA

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

Musical Performances:

  • Cay Samaire
    Cay Samaire
  • Spotlight Kidz
    Spotlight Kidz
  • Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg - Drumline
    Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg

Dance Performances:

  • McGinley School of Irish Dance
    McGinley School of Irish Dance


  • Artistic Sports Academy Plus Competition Team - Gymnastics
    Artistic Sports Academy Plus Competition Team
  • Artz N' Motion - Circus Entertainment
    Artz N' Motion
  • Face Painting & Body Art by Kara
    Face Painting & Body Art by Kara
  • Touch Here PhotoBooths - Photo Booth
    Touch Here PhotoBooths
  • Keystone Roller Derby - Roller Derby
    Keystone Roller Derby

Workshops & Demos

'Jill of All Trades' sponsored by HB McClure

College isn't for everyone. Women can be plumbers, electricians, carpenters, welders and more. Find out about opportunities for a career in a hands-on trade or business you might not have considered.

  • HB McClure
- Central Pennsylvania Fire Tribe

Calamity Jane: Fire Performer Extraordinaire
- lb Fitness

Punk Rope Demo

Robotics Demo - Technological Intelligence Team 16466

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

  • Girls of Merit Award Ceremony
  • Fashion Showcase sponsored by Goodwill Capital Region - Find your inner fierceness with fashion tips and trends.
    • Goodwill Capital Region
  • Live Music & Dance Performances
  • 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
  • Girls World of Art Show sponsored by PALCS - 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.
  • College & Career Coaching - Meet local mentors and entrepreneurs who will help guide you towards a bright and prosperous future.
  • 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 sponsored by Lancaster School of Cosmetology & Therapeutic Bodywork - Indulge in various hair, skin, nails and/or makeup products & services.
    • Lancaster School of Cosmetology & Therapeutic Bodywork
  • Fitness Demos
  • Henna Art
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • "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.
  • Hot Topic Seminars & Workshops

Close 4:00PM

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

In partnership with:

  • PA Media Group

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