Presented by: Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center

Girls of Merit sponsored by:

Little Jewels Learning Center, Bloomington and Normal
Little Jewels Learning Center, Bloomington and Normal

Additional sponsors:

  • Illinois State University
    Illinois State University
  • Heartland Community College
    Heartland Community College
  • Town of Normal
    Town of Normal
  • Tricoci University
    Tricoci University
  • Sugar Creek Orthodontics
    Sugar Creek Orthodontics
  • Bloomington Public Library
    Bloomington Public Library
  • Fixit Mobile Repair
    Fixit Mobile Repair
  • Unions
  • Nelson's @ The Parke
    Nelson's @ The Parke
  • Palma Entertainment
    Palma Entertainment
  • The Zoo Lady
    The Zoo Lady
  • CM Promotions
    CM Promotions
  • Let's Party
    Let's Party

A 2nd great year in Bloomington, IL!

Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center
1413 Leslie Drive
Bloomington, IL 61704
Sunday, March 3, 2019
12PM - 4:15PM

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.


Cynthia Busch

See photos from this expo!

Congratulations 2019 Bloomington Girls of Merit!

Sponsored By: Little Jewels Learning Center, Bloomington and Normal
  • Christivie Nzengo
    Christivie Nzengo
  • Dasha Blessing
    Dasha Blessing
  • Rebecca Leffers
    Rebecca Leffers
  • Carson Damery
    Carson Damery
  • Kaitlyn Graybeal
    Kaitlyn Graybeal
  • Kenede Roth
    Kenede Roth
  • Lacey Henry
    Lacey Henry
  • Liliana Grace Johnson
    Liliana Grace Johnson
  • Lucy Herr
    Lucy Herr
  • Lucy Weber
    Lucy Weber
  • Megan McClure
    Megan McClure
  • Mia Francesca DeGroot
    Mia Francesca DeGroot
  • Mikayla Meyers
    Mikayla Meyers
  • Raji More
    Raji More
  • Taylor Patkunas
    Taylor Patkunas

Meet our Advisory Board

  • Ambria Maddox
    Ambria Maddox
  • Mya Buzicky
    Mya Buzicky
  • Quincy Winston
    Quincy Winston
    Entertainment & Demo Stage Manager
  • Kylee Hoffman
    Kylee Hoffman
    Fashion Coordinator
  • Abigail Noonan
    Abigail Noonan
    Entertainment & Demo Stage Manager
  • Stephanie Chow
    Stephanie Chow
    Entertainment & Demo Stage Manager
  • Desmanay Adams
    Desmanay Adams
    Speaker/Seminar Coordinator
  • Lanee Rich
    Lanee Rich
    Girls Mean Business Coordinator
  • Ella Zona
    Ella Zona
    Art Show Coordinator

What to Expect

Welcome & Musical Performances: 12PM-12:30PM
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

Dynamic Career Round Robin12:30 - 1:15 Room 1 - Sierra
  • Members of Soroptimist International Bloomington Normal
    Members of Soroptimist International Bloomington Normal

Explore career opportunities by spending time directly with successful women. This interactive experience will provide the participants with information about a wide range of employment paths - along with the chance to ask questions face-to-face in a fun environment. New to Girls World Expo Bloomington!

Presented by Members of Soroptimist International Bloomington Normal
How Nutrition Affects Your Skin12:30 - 1:15 Room 3 - Yellowstone
  • Moriah Gramm
    Moriah Gramm

Sponsored by Advocate BroMenn Medical Center.

Presented by Registered Dietitian - Moriah Gramm
Love the Skin You're In12:30 - 1:15 Room 4 - Yosemite
  • Dr. Carla Campbell-Jackson
    Dr. Carla Campbell-Jackson

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 Dr. Carla Campbell-Jackson
Girls of Merit Award Ceremony2:00 - 2:45 Room 1 - Sierra

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. Sponsored by Little Jewels Learning Center.

Presented by:
  • CPA - Cat Woods
Cat Woods
Cat Woods
What are Boys REALLY Thinking?2:00 - 2:45 Room 3 - Yellowstone

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.)

On to College...Learning the Application Process2:00 - 2:45 Room 4 - Yosemite
  • Jana Albrecht
    Jana Albrecht

Sponsored by Illinois State University.

Jana Albrecht Associate VP for Enrollment Management, Illinois State University

True Colors2:00 - 2:45 Audience Area
  • Professional Women of McLean County
    Professional Women of McLean County

What is your Personality Color? Experience this interactive assessment and find out how the traits and strengths that you possess can serve you as you strive to become a leader. The panel will share their real-life experiences/paths that have made them fearless and successful.

Presented by Professional Women of McLean County
Fearless Females Panel3:15 - 4:00 Room 1 - Sierra

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

Presented by:
  • City Council Member - Chemberly Cummings
  • School Resource Officer - Jr. High Schools - Anne Frye
  • Police Officer - Jen Walker
  • Accountant - Sue Wang
Chemberly Cummings
Chemberly Cummings
Questions You Can't Ask Your Mom3:15 - 4:00 Room 3 - Yellowstone

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+)

Presented by:
Meghan Moser Nona Waller Kemi Osuntokun
Meghan Moser Nona Waller Kemi Osuntokun
Discover Heartland - Beginning Your College Career3:15 - 4:00 Room 4 - Yosemite
  • Panel of HCC College Students
    Panel of HCC College Students

Sponsored by Heartland Community College.

Presented by Panel of HCC College Students

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

Musical Performances:

  • Leah Marlene - just released her debut EP, "Arrow!"
    Leah Marlene

Dance Performances:

  • Bloomington Ballet - McLean County Dance Performing Companies
    Bloomington Ballet
  • Step Inn Performance Team
    Step Inn Performance Team
  • Sugar Creek Cloggers
    Sugar Creek Cloggers
  • 411 School of Dance - Bollywood & Tollywood
  • Bloomington Ballet II - McLean County Dance Performing Companies
  • Jazz Fusion - McLean County Dance Performing Companies


  • Pamela Grace - Spoken Word - A Multi-Talented Creative Artist
    Pamela Grace

Workshops & Demos

'Jill of All Trades' sponsored by Unions

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.

  • Unions

Jump 4 Joy Squad
- Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Self Defense

YMCA Fitness Demonstration

Advocate Fitness Demonstration

Ongoing Activities & Entertainment: 12:00 - 4:15PM

  • Girls of Merit Award Ceremony sponsored by Little Jewels Learning Center, Bloomington and Normal
    • Little Jewels Learning Center, Bloomington and Normal
  • 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.
  • Henna Art
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Live Music & Dance Performances sponsored by Let's Party
    • Let's Party
  • 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 Town of Normal - Meet local mentors and entrepreneurs who will help guide you towards a bright and prosperous future.
    • Town of Normal
  • Pamper Me Lounge sponsored by Tricoci University - Indulge in various hair, skin, nails and/or makeup products & services.
    • Tricoci University

Close 4:15PM

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

In partnership with:

  • Pantagraph Media

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