Girls of Merit sponsored by:

United States Army
United States Army

Additional sponsors:

  • 3Rivers Federal Credit Union
    3Rivers Federal Credit Union
  • Pathfinder HomeOwnership Services
    Pathfinder HomeOwnership Services
  • Purdue Fort Wayne
    Purdue Fort Wayne
  • Mike's CarWash
    Mike's CarWash
  • Bluffton University
    Bluffton University
  • Indiana University Fort Wayne
    Indiana University Fort Wayne
  • Basche's Martial Arts
    Basche's Martial Arts
  • Outer Grace Boutique
    Outer Grace Boutique

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.

Turnstone's Plassman Athletic Center
3320 North Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Sunday, November 10, 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 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.


Mary Pounds

See photos from this expo!

Congratulations 2019 Ft. Wayne Girls of Merit!

Sponsored By: United States Army
  • Alex Sittler
    Alex Sittler
  • Allison (Allie) Stachler
    Allison (Allie) Stachler
  • Victoria Benjamin Booker
    Victoria Benjamin Booker
  • Elayna Hasty
    Elayna Hasty
  • Emily Bracey
    Emily Bracey
  • Grace Hanna
    Grace Hanna
  • Kaliyah Guillet
    Kaliyah Guillet
  • Lyna Loyall
    Lyna Loyall
  • Magnolia Peters
    Magnolia Peters
  • Sidney Grepke
    Sidney Grepke

Meet our Advisory Board

  • Brynn Cole
    Brynn Cole
  • Heather Elwood
    Heather Elwood
    Speaker/Seminar Coordinator
  • Killian Creigh
    Killian Creigh
    Art Show Coordinator
  • Paige Hasselman
    Paige Hasselman
    Bright Ideas/Science Coordinator
  • Elizabeth Oberley
    Elizabeth Oberley
    Social Media/Public Relations Manager
  • TeAna
    Art Show Coordinator
  • Alexis Bremer
    Alexis Bremer
    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!

Breakout Sessions

Fearless Females Panel12:45 - 1:30 Room 1

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

Presented by:
Megan Salle Jenica Kolhoff Kristin M. Thompson Reesha Howard Melissa Gruys
Megan Salle Jenica Kolhoff Kristin M. Thompson Reesha Howard Melissa Gruys
Moving Out of Your Comfort Zone12:45 - 1:30 Room 2
  • Jacqueline Motz
    Jacqueline Motz

Learn how to take chances & move confidently in the direction of your best life!

Jacqueline Motz Owner, M Agency LLC

How to Fuel Your Body Well!12:45 - 1:30 Room 3
  • Kerri Zurbuch
    Kerri Zurbuch

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

Mindful Meditation, Breathing, Yoga Basics12:45 - 1:30 Room 4 - Fitness Room
  • Amanda Horsewood
    Amanda Horsewood

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

Girl of Merit Award Ceremony2:15 - 3:00 Room 1
  • US Army
    US Army

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
Teens and Technology2:15 - 3:00 Room 2

Learn how to stay safe and make wise choices online, build a social media platform and brand to benefit you today and in the future.

Presented by:
Amy Hanna Paige Clingenpeel
Amy Hanna Paige Clingenpeel
Love the Skin You're In2:15 - 3:00 Room 3

You're perfect just the way you are! Don't let social pressures make you question yourself or your worth. Be proud to be unique. Be proud to be YOU!

Presented by:
Britney Breidenstein Miranda Bear
Britney Breidenstein Miranda Bear
Drum Away the Drama2:15 - 3:00 Room 4 - Fitness Room
  • Jessica Escobar-MacDonald
    Jessica Escobar-MacDonald

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

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

Musical Performances:

  • Makora Stacey
    Makora Stacey
  • Nichole from the WMEE Morning Show Andy & Nichole - Radio Personality
    Nichole from the WMEE Morning Show Andy & Nichole
  • Vocal performance by Miss Fort Wayne 2020
    Vocal performance by Miss Fort Wayne 2020
  • Shay
local teen ballet troup leaps


  • Lakewood Park Christian High School Cheer Squad - Cheerleading
    Lakewood Park Christian High School Cheer Squad
  • Fashion Show - Fashion
    Fashion Show
  • Dry Ice Bubbles & Exploding Marshmallows - Interactive STEM Exhibit
    Dry Ice Bubbles & Exploding Marshmallows
  • Pamper Me Lounge
    Pamper Me Lounge
  • MT's Entertainment Professional DJ
    MT's Entertainment  Professional DJ
  • Photo Booth - Photo Booth
    Photo Booth

Workshops & Demos

- Fort Wayne Derby Brats

Fort Wayne Derby Brats
- Basche's Martial Arts

by Basche's Marial Arts
- Girls on the Run

Standing Up to Peer Pressure
- American Red Cross

Hands Only CPR

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

  • Girls of Merit Award Ceremony sponsored by United States Army
    • 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.
  • 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
  • College & Career Coaching sponsored by Mike's CarWash - Meet local mentors and entrepreneurs who will help guide you towards a bright and prosperous future.
    • Mike's CarWash
  • Fashion Showcase sponsored by Outer Grace Boutique - Find your inner fierceness with fashion tips and trends.
    • Outer Grace Boutique
  • 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

Close 4:00PM

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

In partnership with:

  • Federated Media 97.3 WMEE 98.9 The Bear Big 92.3 K105FM WOWO ESPN

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