Girls of Merit sponsored by:

Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona

Additional sponsors:

  • Youth On Their Own
    Youth On Their Own
  • Tucson Medical Center
    Tucson Medical Center
  • PSE Archery
    PSE Archery

Thanks for a great first year in Tucson! It was a fantastic show!

Hotel Tucson City Center
475 N. Granada Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
Sunday, April 22, 2018
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 Tucson 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 Tucson 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.


AnnMarie Gabaldon

See photos from this expo!

Congratulations 2018 Tucson Girls of Merit!

Sponsored By: Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
  • Auburn Schmidt
    Auburn Schmidt
  • Chloe Vouvakis
    Chloe Vouvakis
  • Danielle & Heather Barton
    Danielle & Heather Barton
  • Estrella Perez
    Estrella Perez
  • Jackie Gadziala
    Jackie Gadziala
  • Kailey Reichardt
    Kailey Reichardt
  • Natasha Phillips
    Natasha Phillips
  • Sara Te
    Sara Te
  • Simone Ufondu
    Simone Ufondu
  • Sophia Stine
    Sophia Stine

Meet our Advisory Board

  • Kennedy Satta-Williams
    Kennedy Satta-Williams
    Art Show Coordinator
  • Sophia Smith-Gatto
    Sophia Smith-Gatto
    Speaker/Seminar Coordinator
  • Serena Gabriela Martinez
    Serena Gabriela Martinez
    Social Media/Public Relations 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

Girl of Merit Award Ceremony12:45 - 1:30 Room 1
  • Debbie Rich Sisco
    Debbie Rich Sisco

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.

Debbie Rich Sisco CEO, Girl Scout Council of Southern Arizona

Questions You Can't Ask Your Mom12:45 - 1:30 Room 2
  • Daniela Zasa
    Daniela Zasa

Submit questions anonymously and get answers Google, but without a search history. And with advice from actual experts! This is your chance to ask those personal and crazy – gotta know! questions. No moms allowed. (For ages 13+)

Daniela Zasa Director of Programs, Youth On Their Own

Stop the Guessing - Parent with Confidence12:45 - 1:30 Room 3
  • Jeannie Long
    Jeannie Long

Find yourself struggling to complete daily activities with your teen? Wouldn’t it be great if they just did what they were supposed to do without all the struggle? Learn how to stop playing the guessing game and parent with confidence. This presentation will introduce you to an empirically-based approach for improving daily routines and interactions with your teen.

Jeannie Long Owner, Behavior Bake

Surround Yourself With Greatness!12:45 - 1:30 Room 4
  • Jennifer Philips
    Jennifer Philips

Learn who you are! We all have unique qualities, let's find your best qualities, maximize on them and achieve the very best YOU! Learn who "they" are. Learn how to quickly identify someone's personality type, their unique qualities and even their behavior styles that can tell you who "they" really are. This is one of the most powerful tools you will ever learn. Surrounding yourself with the right people, at the right time, at any time throughout your life, will make the difference in how successful you will be! "Great things don't just happen to great people, great things happen to people who surround themselves with greatness!"

Jennifer Philips CEO/Founder, Good to Glam

What are Boys REALLY Thinking?2:00 - 2:45 Room 1
  • John Elliot
    John Elliot

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! (Results not guaranteed.)

John Elliot Quality First Redesign Specialist, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

Dream it! Build it! Drive it!2:00 - 2:45 Room 2
  • Bogi Lateiner
    Bogi Lateiner

Learn how to find your passion and authenticity in life!

Presented by Host of Velocity’s TV show ‘All Girl’s Garage' - Bogi Lateiner
Fearless Females Panel2:00 - 2:45 Room 3

Meet some of the area’s fiercest females.

Presented by:
  • JoAnna Mendoza Retired US Marine Drill Instructor & Military and Veteran Advisor, Pima Community College
  • Violet Maestas Patrol Sergeant, Eloy Police Department
  • Carrie Clark Firefighter/Paramedic, Tucson Fire Department
JoAnna Mendoza Violet Maestas Carrie Clark
JoAnna Mendoza Violet Maestas Carrie Clark
Love the Skin You're In: You Are Powerful Beyond Measure!2:00 - 2:45 Room 4
  • Wen Chi Chien
    Wen Chi Chien

Learn to speak your truth by tuning in to your higher self; feel loved and supported from within; create loving relationships by expressing your feelings and setting boundaries with others. Remember, you are not here to compete, you are here to connect; you are not here to suffer, you are here to celebrate! Celebrate the fact that you are Powerful Beyond Measure! It’s time to let yourself shine like a Superstar!

Presented by Wen Chi Chien

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

Musical Performances:

  • Tucson Girls Chorus

Dance Performances:

  • Ballet Folklorico Los Tucsonenses
  • Heart & Soul Dance


  • Revolution Elite Cheer - Cheerleading
  • Girls Mean Business - BeBe Bartoons Lip Balm Danielle & Heather Barton from Tucson, AZ are two young entrepreneurs of BeBe Bartoons Lip Balm. These girls have made it to Shark Tank this coming season. They have a lip balm product all girls will love!
  • Kenzia Marie - Spoken Word - Spoken Word

Workshops & Demos


Bogi Lateiner - Auto Bogi is someone who walks the talk. She has been a professional mechanic since 2001, a shop owner since 2006 and a host of Velocity’s TV show ‘All Girl’s Garage since 2012. Bogi loves that All Girls Garage is inspiring the next generation of women who want to work on their cars.
Nicole Turina is a world-class archer. Turina stands 17th in international archery rankings and began archery at the end of her freshman year. Her goal…to become an Olympian!

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

  • Girls of Merit Award Ceremony sponsored by Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
    • Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
  • 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 - Meet local mentors and entrepreneurs who will help guide you towards a bright and prosperous future.
  • Girls World of Sports sponsored by PSE Archery - Be it volleyball, yoga, boxing, dance, etc... Take care of you body through fun and fitness.
    • PSE Archery

Close 4:00PM

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

In partnership with:

  • 94.9 MIXfm 104.1 KQTH ESPN Tucson 106.3 The Groove KGUN 9 Antenna TV The CW This TV Latino Alternative Television

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