Decatur, IL

Presented by:
DCC Marketing


Decatur Conference Center
4191 US 36 West
Decatur, IL 62522


Sunday, May 20, 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 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: Hickory Point Bank
  • Alexis Taylor Shew
    Alexis Taylor Shew
  • Allyssa Spinner
    Allyssa Spinner
  • Aloni Jordan
    Aloni Jordan
  • Bridget Ferguson
    Bridget Ferguson
  • DaeLin Switzer
    DaeLin Switzer
  • Danielle (Dani) Craw
    Danielle (Dani) Craw
  • Emersyn Michalek
    Emersyn Michalek
  • Grace Koshinski
    Grace Koshinski
  • Hope Roundcount
    Hope Roundcount
  • Kayla Schnippel
    Kayla Schnippel
  • Lauryn Pugh
    Lauryn Pugh
  • Lindsey Scherer
    Lindsey Scherer
  • Lola Gurley
    Lola Gurley
  • Maya Jai Pinson
    Maya Jai Pinson
  • Trinity Delgado
    Trinity Delgado

Meet our Advisory Board

  • Hannah Craft Hannah Craft
  • Lydia Hubbard Lydia Hubbard
  • Abigail Rutledge Abigail Rutledge
    Entertainment & Demo Stage Manager
  • Emma Jordan Emma Jordan
    Art Show Coordinator
  • Anunciata Burns Anunciata Burns
    Art Show Coordinator
  • Jami Keck Jami Keck
    Bright Ideas/Science Coordinator
  • Joella Livingston Joella Livingston
    Speaker/Seminar Coordinator
  • Ella Sommer Ella Sommer
    Speaker/Seminar Coordinator
  • Lydia Gilson Lydia Gilson
    Public Relations/Advertising Manager

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

  • Girls of Merit Award Ceremony
  • 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
  • Healthy Living
  • Fashion
  • Exhibit your goods and services


Girls Just Wanna Have Funds12:00 - 4:00 Ongoing
  • Corey Conroy
    Corey Conroy

Come play Financial JENGA with Land of Lincoln Credit Union

Presented by Corey Conroy
Girl of Merit Award Ceremony12:45 - 1:30 Room 1
  • Amy Frazier
    Amy Frazier

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

Love the Skin You're In: Featuring a Fearless Female Panel12:45 - 1:30 Main Stage
  • Kara Demirjian Huss
    Kara Demirjian Huss
  • Dawn Sterling
    Dawn Sterling
  • Beth Nolan Larcher
    Beth Nolan Larcher
  • Dr. Dana Ray
    Dr. Dana Ray
  • Nicole Bateman
    Nicole Bateman
  • Julia Roundtree Livingston
    Julia Roundtree Livingston
  • Heather Kaloupek
    Heather Kaloupek
  • Cassie Arner
    Cassie Arner
  • Cathy Goff
    Cathy Goff

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
Questions You Can't Ask Your Mom2:15 - 3:00 Room 1
  • Marisa Hosier
    Marisa Hosier

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 Marisa Hosier from Macon County Health Dept.
Live Your Best Life – Live Like a Girl!2:15 - 3:00 Room 2
  • Dr. Juanita Morris
    Dr. Juanita Morris

There's only one YOU. Live proud

Dr. Juanita Morris teacher/professor, entrepreneur and consultant, Girls Who Code


Dance Performances:

  • Decatur Park District Dance
    Decatur Park District Dance
  • The Studio
    The Studio



Workshops & Demos

- Smith Institute of Martial Arts

Smith Institute of Martial Arts

Mid State Soccer Girls of Merit sponsored by:
Hickory Point Bank
Additional sponsors:
State Farm - Melanie & Al Schelling Land of Lincoln Credit Union Decatur Medical Hospital
In partnership with:
Herald & Review

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