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John A Logan College
700 Logan College Drive
Carterville, IL 62918


Sunday, April 29, 2018
12p.m. to 4p.m.


Alex O'Neill

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 Southern Illinois / Carbondale 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 Southern Illinois / Carbondale 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.

Meet our Advisory Board

  • Jaci South Jaci South
  • Jocey Fricke Jocey Fricke
  • MacKenzie Riedy MacKenzie Riedy
  • Paige Riedy Paige Riedy
  • Knowledge Gayles Knowledge Gayles
  • Taylor Archey Taylor Archey
  • Maggie Cripps Maggie Cripps
  • Krysten Hood Krysten Hood
  • Jessica Childs Jessica Childs
  • Shawna Childs Shawna Childs
  • Annaken Rogers Annaken Rogers
  • Imogen Perry Imogen Perry

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

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


Girl of Merit Award Ceremony1:00 - 1:45

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.

Girls Mean Business1:00 - 1:45
  • Legence Bank
    Legence Bank

In this passion-powered session, we’re focusing on dream-building and turning your hopes into reality. Learn how to build a business plan and be your own boss. Game on!

Presented by Legence Bank
Questions You Can't Ask Your Mom1:00 - 1:45
  • Southern Illinois Healthcare
    Southern Illinois Healthcare

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 Southern Illinois Healthcare
Love the Skin You’re In2:15 - 3:00
  • Hannah Gebresilassie
    Hannah Gebresilassie

Social media can make us all question ourselves from time to time. Explore what it means -- and what it feels like -- to love who you are, inside and out.

Presented by WSIL 3 Reporter/Anchor. And a panel of fearless females. - Hannah Gebresilassie
Money Matters2:15 - 3:00
  • SIU Credit Union
    SIU Credit Union
  • 1st Bank & Trust
    1st Bank & Trust

Student loans? Saving money? Starting an online business? We’re here to take the fear out of all things financial – so all you have to do is dream.

Presented by:
  • SIU Credit Union
  • 1st Bank & Trust
Go Green2:15 - 3:00
  • Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency
    Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency

Come hear the experts at Ameren share tips on how to live a cleaner, greener life!

Presented by Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency
"Bright Ideas" STEM Showcase
  • Southern Illinois University
    Southern Illinois University

The future is female, and we are here for it. #GirlNerds unite to see what it really means to be a lady in STEM.

Presented by Southern Illinois University


Musical Performances:

  • Million Dollar Quartet - Musical Group


  • Fashion Show - Eccentrics

Workshops & Demos

Free Admission sponsored by:
Thai Taste Carbondale
Additional sponsors:
SIU Legence Bank SIU Credit Union Eccentrics 1st Bank & Trust Hire Level Southern Illinois Healthcare John A Logan College Neighborhood Co-op Auffenberg of Carbondale
In partnership with:
The Southern Illinoisan
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