Courtesy of American Ambulance!

American Ambulance

Girls of Merit sponsored by:

Scott Vanwagenen Attorney at Law
Scott Vanwagenen Attorney at Law

Additional sponsors:

  • Fresno County Behavioral Health
    Fresno County Behavioral Health
  • California Community Colleges
    California Community Colleges
  • Fresno City College
    Fresno City College
  • Quinceañera Expo
    Quinceañera Expo

Another great year in Fresno.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Fresno Convention Center
2233 Ventura Street
Fresno, CA 93721
Sunday, March 3, 2019
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 Fresno 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 Fresno 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.


Mary Pounds

See photos from this expo!

Congratulations 2019 Fresno Girls of Merit!

Sponsored By: Scott Vanwagenen Attorney at Law
  • Aaliyah Farish
    Aaliyah Farish
  • Allison O'Neal
    Allison O'Neal
  • Amrita Sharma
    Amrita Sharma
  • Anastasia Marie Hartman
    Anastasia Marie Hartman
  • Ciera Sesock
    Ciera Sesock
  • Evonne Henderson
    Evonne Henderson
  • Felicity Johnson
    Felicity Johnson
  • Janaid Johnson
    Janaid Johnson
  • Kylli Engelman
    Kylli Engelman
  • Jesselyn Rae Floyd
    Jesselyn Rae Floyd
  • Sienna Curry
    Sienna Curry
  • Trinity Michelle Bradford
    Trinity Michelle Bradford

Meet our Advisory Board

  • Taytum Huffsteter
    Taytum Huffsteter
  • Lalaina Rabetsimba
    Lalaina Rabetsimba
    Entertainment & Demo Stage Manager
  • Heavenly Carrillo
    Heavenly Carrillo
    Fashion Coordinator
  • Kimi Galang Villegas
    Kimi Galang Villegas
    Speaker/Seminar Coordinator
  • Jaden Giles
    Jaden Giles
    College and Career Fair Coordinator
  • Allie Ledesma
    Allie Ledesma
    Bright Ideas/Science Coordinator
  • Nirina Rabetsimba
    Nirina Rabetsimba
    GOM Coordinator
  • Jayda Phipps
    Jayda Phipps
    Fashion Coordinator
  • Eryn Williams
    Eryn Williams
    Art Show Coordinator
  • Leilah Moore
    Leilah Moore
    Entertainment & Demo Stage Manager

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

Vaping 101: A Modern Problem1:00 - 1:45 Room 1

Vaping in teens is skyrocketing. Do vapes actually give off water vapor? Are they safe? Do they contain nicotine? Join us in this workshop and learn what’s really hiding behind all those flavors and who tobacco companies are actually targeting with these new products.

Presented by:
  • Daisy Lopez Director of Program Services, California Health Collaborative
Daisy Lopez
Daisy Lopez
The Pop Life, Getting Your Brand Noticed1:00 - 1:45 Room 2
  • Roz Taylor Jordan
    Roz Taylor Jordan

Roz Taylor Jordan will EMPOWER, INSPIRE and Blueprint out what she has learned interviewing thousands of people for the biggest reality series ever made. Hear her describe the "5 Keys to Creating A Brand That Pops."

Roz Taylor Jordan CEO, Rozworks Inc.

Power & Shine1:00 - 1:45 Room 3
  • Sheriff Margaret Mims
    Sheriff Margaret Mims

Discover and develop your unique strengths to achieve the very best YOU!

Sheriff Margaret Mims Sheriff, Fresno County Sheriff's Office

Fat and Fabulous: How I Learned to Love Myself2:15 - 3:00 Room 1
  • Yolanda Ramos
    Yolanda Ramos

Learn to love yourself with positive affirmations, know where to turn for inspiration, and how social media plays a part.

Presented by Yolanda Ramos from Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health
Fearless Females Panel2:15 - 3:00 Room 2

Meet some of the area’s fiercest female visionaries and hear how they're helping change the game for girls.

Presented by:
Monica Yamada J'Anmetra Waddell Danielle Vaughn Angela Lan Michelle McCoy Dayana Jiselle Contreras Aldiva Rubalcava
Monica Yamada J'Anmetra Waddell Danielle Vaughn Angela Lan Michelle McCoy Dayana Jiselle Contreras Aldiva Rubalcava
What are Boys REALLY Thinking?2:15 - 3:00 Room 3
  • Nathan Moore
    Nathan Moore

With the help of a panel of local teenage boys, we will attempt to unravel the inner-mysteries of the male brain or at least try! Results not guaranteed. (For ages 13+)

Presented by Nathan Moore
Girl of Merit Award Ceremony Room 1 & 2

A special awards ceremony honoring girls who have proven themselves exceptional members of the community through their actions, activities, leadership, and positive influence on others. (separate ticket required)

Presented by:
Scott VanWagenen
Scott VanWagenen

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

Musical Performances:

  • Nia Joy
    Nia Joy
  • Isaac Brown
    Isaac Brown
  • Leilani Lovae
    Leilani Lovae

Dance Performances:

  • Praise Dance
    Praise Dance
  • McCoy Hip Hop
    McCoy Hip Hop
  • Le Reve Dance Academy
    Le Reve Dance Academy
  • Immaculate Trait ft. The BandIT and Summit Society
    Immaculate Trait ft. The BandIT and Summit Society


  • Learn STEAM - Interactive STEM Exhibit
    Learn STEAM
  • Polished Braids - Fashion
    Polished Braids

Workshops & Demos


Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls

Buchanan Bird Brains
- Sanger High School

Sanger High Robotics
- JMJ 21 Elite Basketball Club & MJ Soccer Club

Basketball & Soccer demo

Free Headshots by Hector Cavazos Photography Hector Cavazos Photography will be providing free headshots throughout the day so come on by and get your picture taken.

CPR Demo

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

  • Girls of Merit Award Ceremony sponsored by Scott Vanwagenen Attorney at Law
    • Scott Vanwagenen Attorney at Law
  • Fashion Showcase - Find your inner fierceness with fashion tips and trends.
  • 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.
  • Healthy Living
  • 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.
  • Cyber Lounge - 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.
  • Pamper Me Lounge - Indulge in various hair, skin, nails and/or makeup products & services.
  • Fitness Demos
  • Henna Art
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • "Bright Ideas" STEM Showcase sponsored by Fresno City College - 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.
    • Fresno City College
  • 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 Fresno Soft Rock 98.9 B95 103.7 The Beat 102.7 The Wolf La Preciosa 92.9 KRDU 1130 Power Talk Fox Sports 1340

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