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3rd Annual Girls’ Festival
October 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
WORLDWIDEWOMEN CHAMPIONS FOR GIRLS, hosts third annual GIRLS’ FESTIVAL at Santa Clara University A DAY OF POWER AND POSSIBILITY for thousands of girls
Powerhouse lineup of 100 activities hosted by top Bay Area corporations and organizations including ABC7, Accenture, Black Girls Code, Cisco, Gilead, Girl Scouts, Golden State Warriors, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara University School of Engineering, The Computer History Museum, The Tech Museum, Thermo Fisher, and more.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – On Saturday October 6th WorldWideWomen, a global center of information and services for women, will proudly host its third annual Girls’ Festival. Taking place on the Santa Clara University campus in the heart of Silicon Valley, the daylong event aims to empower girls of all ages via five hours of presentations and performances by local girl’s performance groups; 20 interactive workshops on topics from human trafficking and safety to leadership and advocacy; STEM classes; a makerspace featuring everything STEAM; a sports arena; all day career mentoring, and an Expo of organizations that offer programs for girls in the Bay Area. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets cost $10 (children under 7 are free) and can be purchased online at www.worldwidewomen.co .
“We have assembled a world-class group of experts, professionals and over 70 local and global organizations to showcase their programs and services to inspire and motivate girls to be all that they can imagine. Our first two festivals attracted over 7,000 girls and their families from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and this year we are expecting 4,000. Our festivals are powerful—many say life-changing—days for girls and this year promises to be equally amazing. Our event is an important and positive antidote to all the negative news and events impacting women in the United States and around the world”, says WorldWideWomen Founder and CEO, Maureen Broderick.
Over 300 girls from underserved communities around the greater Bay Area—Marin City, Vallejo, Oakland, Salinas, and Palo Alto– who would otherwise not be able to attend the event, will be bused to the festival as guests for the day. “We do this every year”, says Broderick, “it is so important to connect these girls to all of the amazing resources and opportunities they will experience at the festival—it opens their minds to new career paths and possibilities to pursue”.
WorldWideWomen Girls’ Festival: Event Highlights
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…
• Main Stage—performances throughout the day by girls’ singing, dancing, and music troops, and a fun fashion show with young new female designers
• Interactive EXPO—30+ 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, practice yoga, take a self-defense class, do soccer drills, play with hula hoops and much more
• Makerspace—a day-long array of activities featuring everything STEAM— from robotics, Lego®, genetics experiments, and fashion illustration, to making cotton candy crystals, art and more
• Career panels—female entrepreneurs, elite athletes, and women working in the fields of engineering, science, advocacy, 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, Kaiser Permanente invites girls 18 and under to submit a 60-second public service announcement of hope and support. The top 5 videos will be shown on the main stage and the winners will receive cash prizes
• Girl entrepreneur Pop-Up Shop—a very cool marketplace where girls will showcase and sell their products
WorldWideWomen is the global center of information and services for women. The online platform connects women with over 6,000 listings of valuable organizations and services exclusively for women in 24 major cities in 13 countries around the world. The Girls’ Festival was launched to bring the website to life in local communities—connecting girls with valuable local resources to positively impact their lives. Their goal is to take the festival on the road to major cities around the world.
Maureen Broderick is the founder and CEO of WorldWideWomen and the creator of the Girl’s Festival. A former dancer with the San Francisco Ballet and a 30+ year business executive, she is proud to launch her new global company at the age of 68. She believes that WorldWideWomen will have a powerful and positive impact on women around the world. “There has never been a central place for women to connect, collaborate and share resources”, says Maureen. “Can you just imagine the power of half the world finally having a place to share their voice—it will change the world!”.