Girls of Merit sponsored by:
We had an amazing day in Fort Wayne!
Sponsors included U.S. Army, 3Rivers Federal Credit Union, Basche’s Martial Arts, Mike’s CarWash, Outer Grace Boutique, Pathfinder HomeOwnership Services, Purdue University Fort Wayne, Bluffton University, and Indiana University Fort Wayne.
Lakewood Park Christian High School Cheer Squad kicked off the show followed by musical performances by Cydney Bridges, Miss Fort Wayne 2020, Shay, 16 year old singer/songwriter, and Makora, 11 year old singer/songwriter. Girls learned how to break boards from Basche’s Martial Arts and Hands Only CPR from American Red Cross. The Derby Brats showed us some skill and technique and Outer Grace Boutique showed us what’s trending with a fashion show featuring some of our Advisory Board girls. There was no shortage of hands on science and STEM activities from Purdue University Fort Wayne, University of Saint Frances and Science Central brought dry ice bubbles and exploding marshmallows.
The seminars ranged from a Fearless Females panel, to Girls of Merit Awards, to Love the Skin You’re In & Teens and Technology, there was also Mindful Meditation Yoga & Drum Away the Drama by POUND, all of which were well attended.
With almost 40 exhibitor tables filling the room, there was plenty to see and do. We look forward to bringing Girls World Expo back to Fort Wayne next year.
3320 North Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
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 Ft. Wayne 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 Ft. Wayne 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 2019 Ft. Wayne Girls of Merit!Sponsored By:
Allison (Allie) Stachler
Victoria Benjamin Booker
Meet our Advisory Board
Art Show Coordinator
Bright Ideas/Science Coordinator
Social Media/Public Relations Manager
Art Show Coordinator
Entertainment & Demo Stage Manager
What to Expect
Welcome & Musical Performances: 12PM-12:45PM
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!
Meet some of the area’s fiercest female visionaries and hear how they're helping change the game for girls.Presented by:
- Megan Salle (Moderator) Weekend Sports Anchor, WPTA Fort Wayne’s NBC
- Jenica Kolhoff Nitinol Applications Engineer, Fort Wayne Metals
- Kristin M. Thompson Owner/Director, K. Monique's Studio of Dance
- Reesha Howard Owner, Game Day Sports Camp & CPNJ Vending
- Melissa Gruys Dean and Professor of Management, Purdue University Fort Wayne
|Megan Salle||Jenica Kolhoff||Kristin M. Thompson||Reesha Howard||Melissa Gruys|
Learn how to take chances & move confidently in the direction of your best life!
Jacqueline Motz Owner, M Agency LLC
Fueling your body is imperative for quality-of-life. In this presentation you will learn the importance of quality nutrition, movement, sleep, social time and spirituality. In essence, gaining simple practical lifestyle skills for being well now and throughout life.
Kerri Zurbuch Founder and Co-Owner, The Wellness Barn
Experience mindful meditation and breathing techniques to relieve stress, anxiety, and awareness in the present moment. Let the flow of your breath lead you to focus on inner strength, peace, and balance.
Amanda Horsewood Health and Wellness Yoga Instructor, YMCA
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 US Army
Pound. Rockout. Workout: channel your inner rockstar with this full body cardio-jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing, and sweat dripping fun of playing drums.
Jessica Escobar-MacDonald Group X Fitness instructor and Nurse Practitioner, YMCA and Parkview Physician Group
Featuring performances from local entertainers and showcasing talent by local girls.
- Makora Stacey
- Nichole from the WMEE Morning Show Andy & Nichole - Radio Personality
- Vocal performance by Miss Fort Wayne 2020
- Lakewood Park Christian High School Cheer Squad - Cheerleading
- Fashion Show - Fashion
- Dry Ice Bubbles & Exploding Marshmallows - Interactive STEM Exhibit
- Pamper Me Lounge
- MT's Entertainment Professional DJ
- Photo Booth - Photo Booth
Workshops & Demos
FORT WAYNE DERBY BRATS- Fort Wayne Derby Brats
BY BASCHE'S MARIAL ARTS- Basche's Martial Arts
STANDING UP TO PEER PRESSURE- Girls on the Run
HANDS ONLY CPR- American Red Cross
Ongoing Activities & Entertainment: 12:00 - 4:00PM
- Girls of Merit Award Ceremony sponsored by United States Army
- Live Music & Dance Performances
- Hot Topic Seminars & Workshops
- 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.
- "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.
- 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
- College & Career Coaching sponsored by Mike's CarWash - Meet local mentors and entrepreneurs who will help guide you towards a bright and prosperous future.
- Fashion Showcase sponsored by Outer Grace Boutique - Find your inner fierceness with fashion tips and trends.
- 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
- Volunteer Opportunities
- MUCH, MUCH MORE!
We will thank everyone for participating in such a special day and celebrate with a closing act!
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