Southern Illinois / Carbondale, IL


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


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


Alex O'Neill

Exhibit your goods and services!

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.

Congratulations 2018 Southern Illinois / Carbondale Girls of Merit!

  • Alexis Jones
    Alexis Jones
  • Dina Butcher
    Dina Butcher
  • Victoria Shore
    Victoria Shore
  • Honey Harvill
    Honey Harvill
  • Melissa Catherine Crosby
    Melissa Catherine Crosby
  • Reese Funk
    Reese Funk

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
  • Annaken Rogers Annaken Rogers
  • Imogen Perry Imogen Perry
  • Shawna Childs Shawna Childs
  • Tasiah Smith Tasiah Smith

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
  • Pamper Me Lounge
  • Fitness Demos
  • Henna Art
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • "Bright Ideas" STEM Showcase
  • Hot Topic Seminars & Workshops
  • Photo Booth
  • Exhibit your goods and services


Girl of Merit Award Ceremony1:00 - 1:45 Room 1
  • Terri Bryant
    Terri Bryant

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 State Rep - Terri Bryant
Questions You Can't Ask Your Mom - And Other Things1:00 - 1:45 Room 2
  • Southern Illinois Healthcare
    Southern Illinois Healthcare

Advice & Inspiration. This is your chance to ask those gotta know questions.

Presented by Southern Illinois Healthcare
Girls Mean Business2:15 - 3:00 Room 2
  • Legence Bank
    Legence Bank
  • Olivia Bradley
  • Tricia Johnson

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
  • Olivia Bradley VP for Business Development, Legence Bank
  • Tricia Johnson VP for Marketing and Communications, Legence Bank
Mad City Money2:15 - 3:00 Room 3
  • SIU Credit Union
    SIU Credit Union
  • Kim Babington
    Kim Babington

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
  • Kim Babington from SIU Credit Union
Go Green
  • 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 - Angie Fisher - Musical Group


  • Mock Interviews & Resume Help - Hire Level. - Other
  • Fashion Show - Eccentrics - Fashion
  • Miss Illinois - Other
  • Girls Mean Business Award - Other
  • State Rep Terri Bryant - Other
    State Rep Terri Bryant
  • 12 Shades of Blue - Jerri Locke - Other
    12 Shades of Blue - Jerri Locke
  • Girl of Merit Winners - Other
  • Girl Scout Awards & Girl Scout Promise - Other
  • Raffles & Scavenger Hunt Winners - Other

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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