Girls of Merit sponsored by:
Illinois State University
Heartland Community College
Fixit Mobile Repair
A 2nd great year in Bloomington, IL!
1413 Leslie Drive
Bloomington, IL 61704
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.
Congratulations 2019 Bloomington Girls of Merit!Sponsored By:
Liliana Grace Johnson
Mia Francesca DeGroot
Meet our Advisory Board
Entertainment & Demo Stage Manager
Entertainment & Demo Stage Manager
Entertainment & Demo Stage Manager
Girls Mean Business Coordinator
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!
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
Sponsored by Advocate BroMenn Medical Center.Presented by Registered Dietitian - Moriah Gramm
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
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
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.)
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
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
Submit questions anonymously and get answers instantly...like 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 LCPC, McLean County Center for Human Services
- Nona Waller LCPC, McLean County Center for Human Services
- Kemi Osuntokun Founder, Sparkle4Girls
|Meghan Moser||Nona Waller||Kemi Osuntokun|
Panel of HCC College Students
Sponsored by Heartland Community College.Presented by Panel of HCC College Students
Featuring performances from local entertainers and showcasing talent by local girls.
- Leah Marlene
- just released her debut EP, "Arrow!"
- Bloomington Ballet
- McLean County Dance Performing Companies
- Step Inn Performance Team
- 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
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.
JUMP 4 JOY SQUAD
SELF DEFENSE- Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
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
- 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
- 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 Town of Normal - Meet local mentors and entrepreneurs who will help guide you towards a bright and prosperous future.
- Pamper Me Lounge sponsored by Tricoci University - Indulge in various hair, skin, nails and/or makeup products & services.
- MUCH, MUCH MORE!
We will thank everyone for participating in such a special day and celebrate with a closing act!
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