Presented by: Zimmer Brothers
Zimmer Brothers

Courtesy of TEG Federal Credit Union!

TEG Federal Credit Union

Girls of Merit sponsored by:

Zimmer Brothers
Zimmer Brothers

Additional sponsors:

  • Premier Medical Group
    Premier Medical Group
  • Mount Saint Mary College
    Mount Saint Mary College
  • DBS Remodel
    DBS Remodel
Mount Saint Mary College – The Kaplan Center
330 Powell Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12550
Sunday, April 14, 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 Hudson Valley 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 Hudson Valley 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.


Varinda Missett

See photos from this expo!

Congratulations 2019 Hudson Valley Girls of Merit!

Sponsored By: Zimmer Brothers
  • Anastasia Figueroa
    Anastasia Figueroa
  • Ann Wolfe
    Ann Wolfe
  • Azariah McLymore
    Azariah McLymore
  • Danielle Robinson-Scheidling
    Danielle Robinson-Scheidling
  • Fatou Jammeh
    Fatou Jammeh
  • Kailey Collins Fiore
    Kailey Collins Fiore
  • Laila Kearney
    Laila Kearney
  • Lucianna Niles
    Lucianna Niles
  • Mary Ellen Mazzola
    Mary Ellen Mazzola
  • Annika Soulant
    Annika Soulant
  • Sara Adler
    Sara Adler
  • Trinity Young
    Trinity Young

Meet our Advisory Board

  • Sophia Grausso
    Sophia Grausso
  • Naunet Leonhardes-Barboza
    Naunet Leonhardes-Barboza
    Bright Ideas/Science Coordinator
  • Rojae Manhertz
    Rojae Manhertz
  • Carlie Saloman
    Carlie Saloman
    Speaker/Seminar Coordinator
  • Helen Washington
    Helen Washington
    Speaker/Seminar Coordinator
  • Madison Green
    Madison Green
    Social Media/Public Relations Manager
  • Amanda Poole
    Amanda Poole
    Social Media/Public Relations Manager
  • Madison Staples
    Madison Staples
    Art Show Coordinator
  • Alexandria Poole
    Alexandria Poole
    Art Show Coordinator

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

Girl of Merit Award Ceremony12:45 - 1:30 Room 1

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. Sponsored by Zimmer Brothers.

Presented by:
  • Jocelyn Klastow Vice President, Zimmer Brothers
Jocelyn Klastow
Jocelyn Klastow
Krav Maga - Practical Women's Self Defense & Awareness12:45 - 1:30 Main Hall
  • Katie Murphy
    Katie Murphy

Sensei Katie Murphy (lead Krav Maga Instructor) leads a seminar in practical self-defense for women. It includes easy to learn street applications to help women understand what to do in an emergent situation. She will also talk about awareness & several tips on what to do regarding situational awareness, what to do before, during or after an attack occurs.

Presented by Katie Murphy from Fighting Spirit Karate, LLC
STEM - Geek Chic12:45 - 1:30 Main Hall

Sponsored by Mount Saint Mary College.

Courage and the Art of Creativity2:15 - 3:00 Room 1
  • Erin Forbes
    Erin Forbes

Teen Author, Erin Forbes, speaks about literature, imagination, and the confidence needed to pursue creative passions.

Presented by Erin Forbes from Fire & Ice Book Series
Level-Up Into Your Calling2:15 - 3:00 Room 2
  • Joy Osahon
    Joy Osahon

Unfortunately, we all have or will experience pain in our lives. Very often, once we experience pain, defeat and discouragement quickly sneak up. What if I told you that the pain you are currently going through is actually connected to your destiny? What if I told you that you can take the very things that were meant to hurt you, to actually uplift you and others! I know it may be hard to believe but I assure you that at the end of the seminar, you will look at the pain you have gone through or are experiencing with eyes filled with encouragement, healing, and hope.

Presented by Joy Osahon
Fearless Females Panel2:15 - 3:00 Room 3

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

Presented by:
Christina Schluter Jennifer Saint-Preux Sara Francis Jean Riordan
Christina Schluter Jennifer Saint-Preux Sara Francis Jean Riordan
STEM - Geek Chic2:15 - 3:00 Main Hall

Sponsored by Mount Saint Mary College.

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

Musical Performances:

  • Kyle Meagher - from Netflix Anne with an E - Photos and Meet & Greet...along with an Exclusive Vocal Performance!
    Kyle Meagher

Dance Performances:

  • Mixxedfit - We know sometimes it's hard to get started, but today you chose YOU! That's something to celebrate! If you think you can, or you think you can't -- you are right! Your attitude determines your altitude, so let's go!


  • Henna - The Body Art Barn
  • JTP Photo Booth - Making the Hudson Valley Smile!™
    JTP Photo Booth
  • Saugerties High School Cheerleading - Sawyer Showstoppers
    Saugerties High School Cheerleading
  • Mini Miss Spirit of the Hudson River - Acro Routine Zoey! - Gymnastics
    Mini Miss Spirit of the Hudson River - Acro Routine Zoey!
  • First Lego League Robotics & CCEOC 4-H STEM
    First Lego League Robotics & CCEOC 4-H STEM

Workshops & Demos

'Jill of All Trades' sponsored by DBS Remodel

College isn't for everyone. Women can be plumbers, electricians, carpenters, welders and more. Find out about opportunities for a career in a hands-on trade or business you might not have considered.

  • DBS Remodel

Interactive Zumba with Jessica
- I.V.A Fitness - "Empowering Women Through Fitness"

I.V.A Fitness - Dance Fitness Demonstration

First Lego League Robotics & CCEOC 4-H STEM

Fighting Spirit Karate/Krav Maga

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

  • Girls of Merit Award Ceremony sponsored by Zimmer Brothers
    • Zimmer Brothers
  • Photo Booth
  • Live Music & Dance Performances sponsored by Premier Medical Group
    • Premier Medical Group
  • 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 sponsored by Mount Saint Mary 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.
    • Mount Saint Mary College
  • 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.
  • College & Career Coaching - Meet local mentors and entrepreneurs who will help guide you towards a bright and prosperous future.
  • Pamper Me Lounge - Indulge in various hair, skin, nails and/or makeup products & services.
  • Fitness Demos
  • Henna Art
  • 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:

  • iHeartMedia Hudson Valley 96.1 KISS-FM Country 107.3 WRWD Q92 Z93 News Radio 1450 WKIP

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