By Jaylyn Cook
Herald & Review, Decatur, Ill.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Today’s “Girls World Expo” is open to Girls age 11 through 18. They are invited to take part in a variety of activities during the event — from sessions on self-esteem, leadership and healthy relationships to art and STEM exhibits
Abbey Rutledge said she doesn’t think there are enough opportunities around the Decatur area to inspire girls and young women to be their best.
“I feel like us girls sometime feel like we have to hide away and hide things that we need to bring out way more,” said Abbey, 15. “Sometimes I think people kind of put down on what other people’s talents are because they’re jealous that they don’t have what some people do have.”
As a step toward filling that gap, the Meridian High School freshman joined eight other local girls to form an advisory board for the Girls World Expo, a free upcoming event presented in partnership by DCC Marketing and the Herald & Review.
The expo is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel. Girls age 11 through 18 are invited to take part in a variety of activities during the event — from sessions on self-esteem, leadership and healthy relationships to art and STEM exhibits.
It will be the first time Decatur has hosted the Girls World Expo, a national movement that has touched down in cities like Tuscon, Arizona; Fresno, California; and Albany, New York.
Kara Demirjian Huss, president of DCC Marketing, said the event already has been well-received by community members throughout the planning process. Looking toward its future in Decatur, she believes the expo will be a mainstay in the years to come.
“As a female entrepreneur, I was like ‘Wow, this is exactly right up my alley,’ ” Demirjian Huss said. “Helping young women reach their goals, rise above obstacles and really kind of flourish. I really think this was an opportunity to help pull together some amazing things for the young girls in our community.”