by Brigitte Perreault
Advisory Board Member of World Wide Women
We are excited to announce our third annual spectacular WorldWideWomen Girls’ Festival® on October 6th on the beautiful Santa Clara University campus—a life-changing day of power and possibility for thousands of girls and their families. Our first two festivals attracted over 7,000 attendees and this year we are expecting 5,000+ participants.
Program This year’s program will feature many of the favorite activities from our first two events PLUS some very exciting new additions. Here are the highlights….
“When I see girls like this, actually at the age of nine, stand up here and declare that they are going to do what they believe, it’s so inspiring. So it’s just an honor to be part of this and I feel like the gender gap is closing faster and faster..” Sue Siegel, GE Ventures CEO
•Main Stage—performances throughout the day by girls’ singing, dancing, music and acting troops, and a fun fashion show with young new female designers
•Interactive EXPO—40+ local and global organizations who provide services and support to girls showcase their programs
•Workshops—20+ workshops on topics ranging from body image, health and safety, to film making, leadership, advocacy and human trafficking
•Girlpreneur Competition—our own gentle version of Shark Tank where girls present their business ideas in front of a panel of supportive judges and win prizes
•Sports and activity arena—shoot hoops, throw balls, dance, practice yoga, take a self-defense class and much more
•Makerspace—a day-long array of activities featuring everything STEAM— from robotics, genetics experiments, and fashion illustration, to learning games, creating sculptures and more
•Career panels—females entrepreneurs, elite athletes, and women working in the fields of engineering, science, advocacy, health care, and arts/entertainment share their career path and answer questions
•STEM classes—multiple sessions throughout the day to learn to code in Java, program robots, engage with IoT, Raspberry Pi, and much more
•PSA contest—in recognition of Mental Health Awareness month, girls 18 and under are invited to submit a 60 second public service announcement of hope and support. The top 10 videos will be shown on the main stage and the winners will receive cool prizes “