Courtesy of Thai Taste Carbondale!

Thai Taste Carbondale

Sponsored by:

  • 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
John A Logan College
700 Logan College Drive
Carterville, IL 62918
Sunday, April 29, 2018
12PM - 4PM

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.


Sharon Swanson

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 to Expect

Welcome & Musical Performances: 12PM-1:00PM
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

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

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
Legence Bank
Legence Bank
Mad City Money2:15 - 3:00 Room 3

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
SIU Credit Union Kim Babington
SIU Credit Union Kim Babington
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

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

Musical Performances:

  • Million Dollar Quartet - Angie Fisher - Musical Group
local teen ballet troup leaps


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

Workshops & Demos

'Girls AUTO Know' sponsored by Auffenberg of Carbondale

One of the most exciting moments for a teenage girl is getting her driver's license! But this right of passage also brings responsibility. Learn basic maintenance & road safety. It's everything a girl AUTO know!

  • Auffenberg of Carbondale

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

  • Girls of Merit Award Ceremony
  • Fashion Showcase sponsored by Eccentrics - Find your inner fierceness with fashion tips and trends.
    • Eccentrics
  • Live Music & Dance Performances
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • College & Career Coaching sponsored by Hire Level - Meet local mentors and entrepreneurs who will help guide you towards a bright and prosperous future.
    • Hire Level
  • Fitness Demos
  • Henna Art
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • "Bright Ideas" STEM Showcase sponsored by SIU - 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.
    • SIU
  • Hot Topic Seminars & Workshops
  • Pamper Me Lounge - Indulge in various hair, skin, nails and/or makeup products & services.
  • Photo Booth

Close 4:00PM

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

In partnership with:

  • The Southern Illinoisan

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