Girls of Merit sponsored by:
Decatur's first Girl's World Expo went off without a hitch at the Decatur Conference Center on May 20th. Thanks to the hard work of Decatur's very own Herald & Review, the young women and families in their community were able to come out to enjoy and engage in the event. Their was much fun filled entertainment, performances, engaging seminars, and booths for all to enjoy. The keynotes of the day were Amy Frazier of Hickory Point Bank presenting our Girls Of Merit recipients their awards, and Kara Demirjian Huss of DCC Marketing who put on an educational and informative seminar panel for Love the Skin You're In with a group of truly amazing women. We'd like to thank everyone who helped make this day possible, including our performers, sponsors, and advisory members. We'll see you next year Decatur!
4191 US 36 West
Decatur, IL 62522
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 Decatur 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 Decatur 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 Decatur Girls of Merit!Sponsored By:
Alexis Taylor Shew
Danielle (Dani) Craw
Maya Jai Pinson
Meet our Advisory Board
Entertainment & Demo Stage Manager
Art Show Coordinator
Art Show Coordinator
Bright Ideas/Science Coordinator
Social Media/Public Relations Manager
What to Expect
Welcome & Musical Performances: 12PM-12:00PM
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!
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.
Amy Frazier AVP Human Resources, Hickory Point Bank & Trust
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. Learn from our panel of successful women experts about positive attitudes, building confidence, building your image and setting your sights on success.Presented by:
- Kara Demirjian Huss President/CEO, DCC Marketing
- Dawn Sterling News Anchor, WAND TV
- Beth Nolan Larcher Vice President, Investments, Brechnitz Group of Raymond James
- Dr. Dana Ray M.D. Chief Medical Officer, Mayor Pro Tempore City of Decatur, Crossing Healthcare
- Nicole Bateman Executive Director, Midwest Inland Port
- Julia Roundtree Livingston Director of Development, Macon County CASA
- Heather Kaloupek Owner, Clinical Social Work / Therapist, LCSW, Kaloupek Counseling, LLC
- Cassie Arner Associate Athletics Director Marketing & Strategic Communications, University of Illinois Athletics
- Cathy Goff District Manager, Ulta Beauty
|Kara Demirjian Huss||Dawn Sterling||Beth Nolan Larcher||Dr. Dana Ray||Nicole Bateman||Julia Roundtree Livingston||Heather Kaloupek||Cassie Arner||Cathy Goff|
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 Marisa Hosier from Macon County Health Dept.
Featuring performances from local entertainers and showcasing talent by local girls.
- Decatur Park District Dance
- The Studio
- DJ MONDO
Workshops & Demos
MID STATE SOCCER CLUB
SMITH INSTITUTE OF MARTIAL ARTS- Smith Institute of Martial Arts
Ongoing Activities & Entertainment: 12:00 - 4:00PM
- Girls of Merit Award Ceremony sponsored by Hickory Point Bank
- Live Music & Dance Performances
- 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 - Meet local mentors and entrepreneurs who will help guide you towards a bright and prosperous future.
- Fitness Demos
- Henna Art
- Volunteer Opportunities
- "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.
- Hot Topic Seminars & Workshops
- Healthy Living
- Fashion Showcase - Find your inner fierceness with fashion tips and trends.
- MUCH, MUCH MORE!
We will thank everyone for participating in such a special day and celebrate with a closing act!
In partnership with:
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