Girls of Merit sponsored by:

U.S. Army
U.S. Army
Nominate a Girl of Merit Now!(Deadline Thursday, February 6th)
Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing
8787 Keystone Crossing
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Sunday, February 23, 2020
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 Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis 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.

Exhibit your goods and services!


Varinda Missett

Meet our Advisory Board

  • Madison Robinson
    Madison Robinson
  • Imari Torain
    Imari Torain
    Entertainment & Demo Stage Manager
  • Le'Asia Hunt
    Le'Asia Hunt
    Speaker/Seminar Coordinator
  • Kyra Bender
    Kyra Bender
  • Shyana Gooch
    Shyana Gooch
  • Kylee Bender
    Kylee Bender
  • Zion Wilson
    Zion Wilson

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
  • LTC Brittany Simmons
    LTC Brittany Simmons

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 LTC Brittany Simmons from U.S. Army
Love the Skin You're In12:45 - 1:30 Room 2

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:
Dr. Cari Pearson Carter Sonya Cooke Dr. Benetta Johnson
Dr. Cari Pearson Carter Sonya Cooke Dr. Benetta Johnson
'Thank You, Next': Learning to Evaluate Positive and Negative Relationships2:15 - 3:00 Room 1
  • Gabrielle White
    Gabrielle White

Gabrielle White Recruitment Associate, Center for Leadership Development

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:
  • Sara McInerney Corporate Non-Profit Manager, Motivational Speaker, and Podcast Host, Facing Fear with Sara
  • Marla Lewis Founder and CEO, Grow Bar Organics
  • LTC Brittany Simmons from U.S. Army
  • Barb Reasinger Director of Enterprise Inventory Management and Vendor Relations, Finish Line
Sara McInerney Marla Lewis LTC Brittany Simmons
Sara McInerney Marla Lewis LTC Brittany Simmons
Manners and Etiquette for Young Ladies2:15 - 3:00 Room 3
  • Tina Jesson
    Tina Jesson

Tina Jesson Founder, Tina's Traditional Experiences

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

Musical Performances:

  • Girls Rock! Indianapolis - Musical Group
    Girls Rock! Indianapolis
  • Marrialle Sellars
    Marrialle Sellars
  • Indianapolis Women's Chorus
    Indianapolis Women's Chorus
  • Shae Sparks
    Shae Sparks
  • Kyndal Inskeep

Dance Performances:

  • Natyalaya School of Arts - Classical Indian Dance
    Natyalaya School of Arts - Classical Indian Dance
  • Traci's Urban Jamm Dance Studio
    Traci's Urban Jamm Dance Studio
  • Abounding Grace Dance Ministry
    Abounding Grace Dance Ministry
  • Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders and Junior Cheerleaders
    Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders and Junior Cheerleaders
  • Pike High School Red Devil Dancers
    Pike High School Red Devil Dancers
  • Iibada Dance Company
    Iibada Dance Company
  • The ProjecT Community Praise Team
    The ProjecT Community Praise Team
  • Marian University - Knight Dancers
    Marian University - Knight Dancers
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church Praise Dance Ministry
    Ebenezer Baptist Church Praise Dance Ministry


  • JoHenna Design - Henna Tattoos - Henna
    JoHenna Design - Henna Tattoos
  • Indy Face Painting & More: Face Painting and Glitter Tattoos
    Indy Face Painting & More: Face Painting and Glitter Tattoos
  • Distracted Driving Simulator
  • Heartland Sparkle Fairy Hair
    Heartland Sparkle Fairy Hair
  • Cloud City Youth - Chess Program
    Cloud City Youth - Chess Program

Workshops & Demos


Circle City Derby Girls & Indiana Junior Roller Derby

U.S. Army K-9 Team

Indianapolis Red - Professional Ultimate Team

JumpFit Indy

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

  • Girls of Merit Award Ceremony sponsored by U.S. Army
    • U.S. 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 - Meet local mentors and entrepreneurs who will help guide you towards a bright and prosperous future.
  • Fashion Showcase - 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
  • Henna Art
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Close 4:00PM

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

Get Involved!

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In partnership with:

  • Radio One Indianapolis Radio Now 100.9 Hot 96.3 FM WTLC 106.7 FM The Light La Grande 105.1 Telemundo Indy

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