Des Moines, IA


Holiday Inn Des Moines - Airport/Conference Center
6111 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, IA 50321


Sunday, September 23, 2018
12PM to 4PM


Varinda Missett

Exhibit your goods and services!

Additional sponsors:
DMACC Scheib Real Estate Iowa Central Community College Lithia BMW Lebeda Mattress Lutheran Services Ronald McDonald House of Central Iowa Courtney Conlin, LLC StageStruck

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 Des Moines 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 Des Moines 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

  • Hannah Green Hannah Green
  • Annika Ford Annika Ford
    Entertainment & Demo Stage Manager
  • Maleah Pickett Maleah Pickett
    Speaker/Seminar Coordinator
  • Trista Thompson Trista Thompson
    Entertainment & Demo Stage Manager
  • Jalin DePriest Jalin DePriest
    Social Media/Public Relations Manager

What to Expect

Welcome & Musical Performances: 12PM-1:10PM
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

Staying Positive in a Negative World1:10 - 1:55 Room B
  • Dana Annear
    Dana Annear

Your positive attitude today creates your actions, which produces happiness and success. Therefore the key to getting the results you want in life is understanding and gaining control of your thoughts and feelings now for a happy, successful life. You’ll also build strong relationships with friends and family.

Dana Annear Solutions Specialist, Inspiring Solutions

Fearless Females Panel1:10 - 1:55 Room C
  • Michelle Beck
    Michelle Beck
  • Courtney Conlin
    Courtney Conlin
  • Kelly Jo Kalton
    Kelly Jo Kalton

Meet some of the area’s fiercest females.

Presented by:
Girls Mean Business: Success is More Than Just Wishing1:10 - 1:55 Room D
  • Rachel Scheib
    Rachel Scheib
  • Tim Scheib
    Tim Scheib

We all have goals in mind for our future, and sometimes it might seem like if we want something bad enough, it’ll happen. Success takes hard work, dedication, and most of all: action! Join Tim and Rachel Scheib, local business owners and former college athletes, as they share their story of overcoming obstacles and creating success in their lives.

Presented by:
The Difference Between Confidence and Courage2:40 - 3:25 Room B
  • Melissa Vine
    Melissa Vine

How many times have you heard someone say “be confident” or “just be yourself?” What does that actually mean, and how can you be confident when you don’t feel it? Join mental health counselor, business owner, model, and single mother of four Melissa Vine as she shares some of her own journey to figure out the difference between confidence and courage.

Melissa Vine Therapist/Business Owner/Model, Healthy Homes/Sunrise Bakery/Vine Chromatic, LLC

Life Hacks of a Teen Girl: #conquer&overcome2:40 - 3:25 Room C
  • Brenda Wood-Clark
    Brenda Wood-Clark
  • Sharaine Conner
    Sharaine Conner
  • Larissa Bustamante
    Larissa Bustamante
  • Mira Yusef
    Mira Yusef

In this interactive and empowering Q & A seminar you will experience the power of your own voice, hear the wisdom of your peers, and receive feedback from experts in the field. The girls and mentors will tackle some of the most common struggles of teen girls in the 20th century such as relationships, addiction, bullying, and mental health. Come join us…we look forward to meeting you!!

Presented by:
  • Brenda Wood-Clark Business Owner, Licensed Therapist, Choices Therapy Services, LLC
  • Sharaine Conner Mental Health Therapist/Addictions Counselor, Choices Therapy Services LLC
  • Larissa Bustamante Outpatient Mental Health Therapist, Next Step Counseling Services
  • Mira Yusef Executive Director, Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity
Style U: Fashion Seminar2:40 - 3:25 Room D
  • Ann Gadbury
    Ann Gadbury
  • Alecia Mintle
    Alecia Mintle
  • Courtney Conlin
    Courtney Conlin

Inspiring breakout session on all things fashion & styling!

Presented by:

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

Musical Performances:

  • Vox Feminae - A Capella Group
    Vox Feminae
  • Maddie Poppe - American Idol Performance with Q&A
    Maddie Poppe - American Idol

Dance Performances:

  • Grinnell Tiger Paws dance team
    Grinnell Tiger Paws dance team
  • Stone Cold performed by Maesi Caes - seen on Dance Moms, Little Big Shots, World of Dance, & even in Justin Bieber's Purpose Tour.
    Stone Cold performed by Maesi Caes


  • Laura Ernst - Kinetic Entertainment - Juggler, Acrobat, Aerialist - Circus Entertainment A Variety show like no other. A one-woman Cirque du Soleil. As seen on America's Got Talent.
    Laura Ernst - Kinetic Entertainment - Juggler, Acrobat, Aerialist
  • Iowa Circus Arts - Circus Entertainment
    Iowa Circus Arts
  • "Dear Self" - Spoken Word Poetry Slam - Crystal Stone and Courtney Smith perform their co-authored poem.
  • Des Moines Derby Brats - Roller Derby
    Des Moines Derby Brats

Workshops & Demos

- Farrell's Martial Arts

Taekwondo and Judo

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

  • Fashion Showcase sponsored by DMACC and Courtney Conlin, LLC - Find your inner fierceness with fashion tips and trends.
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Henna Art
  • Live Music & Dance Performances sponsored by Iowa Central Community College - Whether we know it or not, a lot of personal info is available online. So what happens if it falls into the wrong hands? Learn the facts about cyber safety and how to know when it's time to log off.
  • 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.
  • Hot Topic Seminars & Workshops

Close 4:00PM

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

In partnership with:
iHeartMedia Des Moines 107.5 KISSFM The BUS 100.3 NOW 105.1 ALT 106.3 96.9 The Bull WHO 1460 KXNO 1430 KASI

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