Courtesy of J & R Construction Services, Inc.!

J & R Construction Services, Inc.

Girls of Merit sponsored by:

University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union
University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union

Additional sponsors:

  • Don Franklin Family of Dealerships
    Don Franklin Family of Dealerships
  • Boost Mobile
    Boost Mobile
  • KentuckyOne Health
    KentuckyOne Health
  • Plato's Closet Lexington
    Plato's Closet Lexington

Thanks for a great 1st year, Lexington!

Clarion Hotel Conference Center-North
1950 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511
Saturday, January 12, 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 Lexington 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 Lexington 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.


AnnMarie Gabaldon

See photos from this expo!

Congratulations 2019 Lexington Girls of Merit!

Sponsored By: University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union
  • Annika Weaver
    Annika Weaver
  • Aubrey Grace Slone Grundy
    Aubrey Grace Slone Grundy
  • Autiana Johnson
    Autiana Johnson
  • Eriana Yvonne Meadows
    Eriana Yvonne Meadows
  • Elizabeth (Lizzy) Wolfe
    Elizabeth (Lizzy) Wolfe
  • Quaneya Brantley
    Quaneya Brantley
  • Rosemary Carruthers
    Rosemary Carruthers

Meet our Advisory Board

  • Mikayla Henderson
    Mikayla Henderson
  • Damiyana Meadows
    Damiyana Meadows
  • Kylee Tyson
    Kylee Tyson
  • Evelyn Stone
    Evelyn Stone
  • MaKayla C. Brown
    MaKayla C. Brown
  • Isabella m Sarrantonio
    Isabella m Sarrantonio
  • Olivia Ann Miller
    Olivia Ann Miller

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

Girl of Merit Award Ceremony1:00 - 1:45 Room 1 - Keeneland/Lexington
  • Hannah Sloan
    Hannah Sloan

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.

Hannah Sloan Marketing Specialist, University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union

Questions You Can't Ask Your Mom1:00 - 1:45 Room 2 - Claiborne
  • Margaret McGladrey
    Margaret McGladrey

Submit questions anonymously and get answers Google, but without a search history. And with advice from actual experts! This is your chance to ask those personal and crazy – gotta know! questions. No moms allowed. (For ages 13+)

Presented by Margaret McGladrey from Tufts University and Court Appointed Special Advocates
Clean Eating: A Guide for Young Women1:00 - 1:45 Room 3 - Henry Clay
  • Janelle Schnake, RD, LD, CDE
    Janelle Schnake, RD, LD, CDE

During this seminar I will discuss what “clean eating” means and how to develop healthy eating habits for life.

Janelle Schnake, RD, LD, CDE Certified Diabetes Educator and Nutritionist, KentuckyOne Health

Girls Just Want to Have Fund$2:30 - 3:15 Room 1 - Keeneland

Learn tools and tips to become financially responsible in Girls Just Want to Have Funds. We will cover topics ranging from managing your money and saving to the basics of credit scores. Helping you build a financial foundation to have funds for the future.

Presented by:
  • University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union
  • Hannah Sloan Marketing Specialist, University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union
University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union Hannah Sloan
University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union Hannah Sloan
Discover Exciting Healthcare Careers2:30 - 3:15 Room 1 - Lexington

Presented by:
She's L.I.T.! (Living in her Truth)2:30 - 3:15 Room 2 - Claiborne
  • Cierra Spaulding
    Cierra Spaulding

In this session, we will discuss 3 ways that you can own your beautiful and unique identity.

Cierra Spaulding Owner, Masterpiece Creative Group

What are Boys REALLY Thinking?2:30 - 3:15 Room 3 - Henry Clay
  • Jarrod Gay
    Jarrod Gay

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.)

Presented by Jarrod Gay from Tates Creek High School

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

Musical Performances:

  • MaKayla C. Brown - Stay: by Rihanna
    MaKayla C. Brown - Stay: by Rihanna
  • Camryn Jury
    Camryn Jury
  • Daria Muhovic
  • R&B - Musical Group

Dance Performances:

  • Avery McGhee
  • Black and Gold
    Black and Gold
  • Amber Pike & Duncan King
    Amber Pike & Duncan King
  • Alexis Wright
  • TCMS Dance Team


  • Comedian LC funny - Comedian
    Comedian LC funny
  • Miss Kentucky - Speaker
    Miss Kentucky

Workshops & Demos

'Girls AUTO Know' sponsored by Don Franklin Family of Dealerships

One of the most exciting moments for a teenage girl is getting her driver's license! But this right of passage also brings responsibility. Learn basic maintenance & road safety. It's everything a girl AUTO know!

  • Don Franklin Family of Dealerships

Jazzercise Hartland

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

  • Girls of Merit Award Ceremony sponsored by University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union
    • University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union
  • Fashion Showcase sponsored by Plato's Closet Lexington - Find your inner fierceness with fashion tips and trends.
    • Plato's Closet Lexington
  • 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.
  • Fitness Demos
  • Henna Art
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • "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.
  • 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 Lexington 98.1 The Bull 104.5 The Cat WKQQ 100.1 Mix 94.5 Rewind 105.5 Newsradio 630 WLAP WTF 97.7

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