Bloomington, IL

Presented by:
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington
10 Brickyard Drive
Bloomington, IL 61701


Sunday, May 6, 2018
12p.m. to 4p.m.


AnnMarie Gabaldon

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 2018 Bloomington Girls of Merit!

Sponsored By: Little Jewels Learning Center, Bloomington and Normal
  • Alexis Claeys
    Alexis Claeys
  • Ambria Maddox
    Ambria Maddox
  • Anisha Amaravadi
    Anisha Amaravadi
  • Annika Cappis
    Annika Cappis
  • Brienna Weaver
    Brienna Weaver
  • Charlotte Weed
    Charlotte Weed
  • Chloe McMorris
    Chloe McMorris
  • Emma Wierenga
    Emma Wierenga
  • Harmony Trask
    Harmony Trask
  • Maria Long
    Maria Long

Meet our Advisory Board

  • Lauren Dubravec Lauren Dubravec
  • Anna Greenfield Anna Greenfield
    Entertainment & Demo Stage Manager
  • Caroline Pickering Caroline Pickering
    Art Show Coordinator
  • Jordyn Blythe Jordyn Blythe
    Speaker/Seminar Coordinator
  • Megan Darragh Megan Darragh
    Bright Ideas/Science Coordinator

What we're working on for this year's Expo:

  • Girls of Merit Award Ceremony
  • Fashion
  • Live Music & Dance Performances
  • Shop our Marketplace
  • Healthy Living
  • Gallery of Local Art
  • College & Career Info
  • Henna Art
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • "Bright Ideas" STEM Showcase
  • Hot Topic Seminars & Workshops
  • Exhibit your goods and services


Girl of Merit Award Ceremony12:45 - 1:30 Room 1
  • Julie Dobski
    Julie Dobski

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 Julie Dobski from Little Jewels Learning Center
Questions You Can't Ask Your Mom12:45 - 1:30 Room 2
  • Meghan Moser
    Meghan Moser
  • Nona Waller
    Nona Waller

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:
On To College... Learning the College App Process12:45 - 1:30 Room 3
  • Dr. Danielle Miller-Schuster
    Dr. Danielle Miller-Schuster
  • Dr. Rocio Rivadeneyra
    Dr. Rocio Rivadeneyra
  • Jana Albrecht
    Jana Albrecht
  • Dajha White
    Dajha White

Sponsored by Illinois State University

Presented by:
What are Boys REALLY Thinking?2:15 - 3:00 Room 1
  • Ryan Purcell
    Ryan Purcell

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.)

Ryan Purcell Director of Evangelization and Youth Ministry, St. Patrick Catholic Church of Merna

Involved Parents Produce Smart Children2:15 - 3:00 Room 2
  • Carrie Phillips
    Carrie Phillips

Knowing the apps and the secrets they hold.

Presented by Carrie Phillips
Love the Skin You're In: Body Image, Eating Disorders & Self-Esteem2:15 - 3:00 Room 3
  • Eda Flores
    Eda Flores

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!

Eda Flores Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center


Musical Performances:

  • Violin-Electric Violin Michael Jackson medley - Musical Group
  • Hi Fidelity-Show Choir - Musical Group
  • Lauren Elisabeth

Dance Performances:

  • McLean County Dance - Ballet & JazzFusion
  • Twin Cities School of Dance
  • BCAI Dance

Workshops & Demos

- BroMenn Advocate Medical Center
Girls of Merit sponsored by:
Little Jewels Learning Center, Bloomington and Normal
Additional sponsors:
Illinois State Palma Entertainment CM Promotions The Zoo Lady
In partnership with:
The Pantagraph

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