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Century of the Girl Expo
Century of the Girl Expo

Century of the Girl Expo


Saturday and Sunday April 21-22, 2012 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia

Registration is now open.   

 

Advance ticket purchasing is available online only.

Onsite registration is subject to a $2 handling fee.


This special weekend honoring the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting will include events for girls of all ages.  The Century of the Girl Expo will include a wide range of interactive exhibits, entertainment, national and local speakers, workshops for both girls and adults, and other activities relating to leadership, arts, the environment, outdoor education, science, technology, math, healthy living and community service.  Don’t miss out on the fun!

 

Volunteer Opportunities are now available!
 

The Expo will include an adult track, filled with engaging seminars, for adults, parents, troop leaders and the community.

 

Plan Your Experience.  Click here to view full programming


Nationally Acclaimed Expo Participants

(listed in alphabetical order)

 

Sophia Bush, Film and Television Actress

Actress Sophia Bush has captured film and television audiences alike with her range of roles and the diverse characters she portrays. Bush currently stars as ‘Brooke Davis’ on The CW’s “One Tree Hill.” Now in its 9th and final season, her character has evolved from a trouble-making vixen to a fiercely loyal friend.
Bush developed a passion for performing while in high school.  Her first movie role came in the comedy “Van Wilder,” with Ryan Reynolds.
Bush starred in the hit comedy “John Tucker Must Die” co-starring Jesse Metcalfe and Brittany Snow and opposite Sean Bean in the 2007 remake of the classic horror film, “The Hitcher”. That same year she garnered Teen Choice Awards in the categories of “Choice Movie Actress: Comedy,” “Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller” and “Choice Movie: Breakout Female.”
When not in front of the camera, Bush is a passionate philanthropist. She has recently worked closely with Global Green on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and their continuing projects. Bush also supports The Art of Elysium, a non- profit that enriches the lives of children battling serious medical conditions.

Donna Fenn, Author and Expert on Entrepreneurship and Small Business Trends

Donna Fenn is the author of two books: Upstarts! How GenY Entrepreneurs are Rocking the World of Business and 8 Ways You Can Profit From Their Success (McGraw-Hill, 2009); and Alpha Dogs: How Your Small Business Can Become a Leader of the Pack (Collins 2005). A business journalist for more than 25 years, Fenn is a contributing editor at Inc. Magazine and the co-founder of YEC Mentors, an initiative of The Young Entrepreneur Council. She is also an experienced international keynote speaker. She has been a blogger on BNET/CBSi, a columnist on Lifetuner.com, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Working Woman, Parents, Reader’s Digest, and The Washington Monthly, among other publications. She was a correspondent for The Associated Press in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 1988 to 1992. She now lives in Pelham, NY with her husband, Guian Heintzen, and is the proud mom of a Tulane grad and a Cornell junior.

 

Liz Gately, Cutting Edge Television Producer

Liz Gateley is the Co-owner and Founder of DiGa, a full-service independent production company/studio formed in January of 2011. Gateley joined MTV in 2003 as the Vice President of Development and quickly worked her way up to become Head of Series Development.  In her first year at MTV she created the game-changing reality show Laguna Beach and executive produced the spin-off, The Hills. Most recently, Gateley developed and executive produced 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom. Other hits under Gateley's tenure included Run's House and America's Best Dance Crew. She also developed the scripted series Hard Times of RJ Berger, Teen Wolf and Awkward.  Prior to MTV, Gateley worked at Lifetime Television where she was responsible for the development of primetime and daytime scripted and reality original series and specials.

Elizabeth Gore, Humanitarian and Inspiring Marketing professional

Elizabeth Gore is the Vice President of Global Partnerships for the United Nations Foundation, currently managing partnership and cause marketing strategies implemented in programs and campaigns of the United Nations. Mrs. Gore directs large-scale partnerships with global corporations and organizations to bolster support for UN programs. She leads strategic grassroots efforts such as the innovative Nothing But Nets and Girl Up campaigns, the Shot@Life global vaccines campaign, and a faith-based campaign for malaria programs and the Global Fund.  In 2010 Elizabeth joined Summit on the Summit and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for the global clean water crisis on behalf of the United Nations.
Gore is a former United States Peace Corps volunteer. In 2008, she was named by People as one of the top 100 Extraordinary Women.

Scott Harrison, Change Agent and Philanthropist

Scott Harrison is the founder and CEO of charity: water.
Scott spent 10 years as a nightclub promoter in New York City before leaving to volunteer on a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia, Africa as a volunteer photojournalist. Returning home to New York City two years later, he founded the non-profit organization charity: water in 2006. Turning his full attention to the global water crisis and the one billion people without clean water to drink, he created public installations and innovative online fundraising platforms to spread international awareness of the issue.
In five years, with the help of more than 250,000 donors worldwide, charity: water has raised over $60 million and funded 6,185 water projects in 19 developing nations. Those projects will provide over 2.5 million people with clean, safe drinking water.
Scott was recently recognized in Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 list, and the Forbes Impact 30 list.

Frances Hesselbein, Former CEO of GSUSA

Frances Hesselbein is the President and CEO of the Leader to Leader Institute (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management) and its Founding President. Mrs. Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor, in 1998. The award recognized her leadership as CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976–1990, her role as the Founding President of the Drucker Foundation, and her service as “a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity.” Her contributions were also recognized by the first President Bush, who appointed her to two Presidential Commissions on National and Community Service. Click to read more.

Becky Lee, Domestic Violence Advocate

As a young leader and catalyst for change in the fight against domestic violence, Becky Lee is the force behind Becky’s Fund, a national non-profit focused on domestic violence prevention and education.  After receiving her B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, she became a lawyer to help victims of domestic violence.  Interested in the prevention of domestic violence, Ms. Lee has dedicated her life and career to helping survivors of domestic violence over the last 13 years as an advocate, a policy associate, and an attorney.  

After coming in third on the reality show, Survivor: Cook Islands, in 2006, she used her prize money to start Becky’s Fund, which executes its outreach strategy through national awareness and media campaigns, using radio, print and tv PSA’s to connect victims to help. The organization leverages education, web 2.0 technology and essential resources to enable critical one-on-one connections between survivors and victims and works on addressing domestic and dating violence with both men and women as a human rights issue. Realizing the importance of educating youth about this problem affecting 1 in 3 women in America, Becky travels extensively across the U.S. to teach students about the warning signs of domestic violence, how to get help and how to help a friend.  She works with attorneys, judges, and the community to train them about how to be better advocates for victims of abuse. She also continues to teach kickboxing and self-defense to women and teens to encourage self-empowerment and confidence.  Since founding the organization, she has dedicated herself full-time to the mission of DV prevention. Using social media and innovative community collaborations, Becky’s Fund engages people from diverse backgrounds in order to address the issue of DV. Furthermore, Becky's Fund is currently working with Reed Smith in Washington D.C. to create and train more attorneys to better advocate for victims of DV.

Lindsay Love, Philly-based Baker Extraordinaire

Lindsey Love is the creator of the Philadelphia‐based baking company coco love homemade. Lindsey started coco love in late 2010 and in under a year established coco love as a name to know in the world of whoopie pies. A baking hobbyist for fifteen years, Lindsey finally turned her passion into a business after leaving her much‐coveted buying job for local Urban Outfitters. With her business background and enthusiasm for baking, coco love is a perfect balance of what she does best. Sold in local coffee shops and shipped to your doorstep, Love ensures that “all you need is coco love.”

Tina Wells, Successful Entreprenuer

Tina Wells, CEO and founder of Buzz Marketing Group, earned her B.A. in Communication Arts graduating with honors from Hood College in 2002.  Currently a Wharton School of Business student for marketing management, Tina continues to create innovative marketing strategies for numerous clients within the beauty, entertainment, fashion, financial, and lifestyle sectors. Tina has worked with clients including: Maidenform, SonyBMG, PBS, P+G, Sesame Workshop, and American Eagle Outfitters.  Tina’s long list of honors include Essence’s 40 Under 40 , Billboard’s 30 Under 30 , andInc’s 30 Under 30, just to name a few. She is the author of the tween series Mackenzie Blue, published by HarperCollins Childrens Books, and the youth marketing handbook Chasing Youth Culture And Getting It Right, which was published by Wiley in April 2011. Tina is also a celebrated blogger on The Huffington Post. She serves on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, The Franklin Institute, Symphony in C and The Young Entrepreneur Council. She resides in Southern New Jersey with her vast collection of shoes.

 

Bios and photos coming soon for:

Kendra Bracken-Ferguson, Savvy Brand Marketer

Laurel Richie, Women’s Basketball Pioneer

Lynn Hardy Yeakel, Courageous Gender Equality Advocate

More updates to follow! 

 

EXCITING EXPO PROGRAMMING OPTIONS*

For Girls:

The Power of YOU:  How to Make a Difference.

Scott Harrison and others discuss building a culture of philanthropy.

Be Your Own Boss: It's Easier Than You Think

Tina Wells, Lindsay Love, Kendra Bracken-Ferguson and others speak about living the entrepreneurial dream.

Discover You: How to Turn Your Favorite Hobby Into Your Future

Liz Gately and others discuss the fashion arts & beauty industry.

Technology + You = Fabulous! -What You Can Learn from Tech Rockstars

               

Additional Girl Programming Topics Will Include:

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Leadership in Action, Environment, Outdoor, Healthy Living/Wellness, Media, Be a Voice for Girls.

 

For Adults:

Raising 21stCentury Girls

Managing Troop Finances

Budgeting Your Bucks

Get strategies for money management and how to gain control of your finances.

Additional Adult Programming Topics Will Include:

Healthy Living/Wellness, Community Resources/Using Resources Wisely, Inspiring Diverse Communities, Advocacy in the 21stCentury.

 

*GSEP reserves the right to alter programming and titles at any time for The Century of the Girl Expo.


TICKET INFORMATION/PRICING OPTIONS:   This event is open to everyone; however please note that no unaccompanied minors may attend the event.
 

General Admission for the Expo – Regular Rate $25
Adult or child 3+ ; children under three are free

Tickets include:

  • Two full days of programming and celebrations at the Century of the Girl Expo!
  • Light Lunch on Saturday, April 21stfor the opening speaker/ceremony
  • Complete access to the Hall of Exhibits
  • Unlimited admittance to the Girl Scout Museum
  • A special commemorative patch, available only to participants!

 

General Admission for the Expo – Early Bird Discount $20
By popular demand, early bird discount extended one time only until March 1, 2012. Available to all currently registered Girl Scout Members, girl or adult.  All registrants will be asked to verify what council, troop and service unit they are registered with.  This pricing option will not be available after March 1, 2012

Tickets include:

  • Two full days of programming and celebrations at the Century of the Girl Expo!
  • Light Lunch on Saturday, April 21stfor the opening speaker/ceremony
  • Complete access to the Hall of Exhibits
  • Unlimited admittance to the Girl Scout Museum
  • A special commemorative patch, available only to participants!

Want to become a registered member?  Join today!

 

Girls Only Party! – $10 - Open to all girls in Grades 6-12.  Entertainment provided by a Popular Performing Artist not only a Singer/Songwriter but also a 2011 American Music Awards winner! 

**pre-registration is required

 

 

 

Tickets include: 

  • Light Fare
  • A Girl Only Celebration with musical entertainment!

 

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and Expo Admission – $45 per person
Tickets include:

  • Two full days of programming and celebrations at the Century of the Girl Expo!
  • Light Lunch on Saturday, April 21st for the opening speaker/ceremony
  • Complete access to the Hall of Exhibits
  • Unlimited admittance to the Girl Scout Museum
  • A special commemorative patch, available only to participants!
  • Breakfast on Sunday, April 22ndas part of the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
  • **pre-registration required

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast Only - $35 per person


Girl Scout Achievement Ceremony and Expo Admission –$50 per person

Tickets include:

  • Dinner on Sunday, April 22ndas part of the Girl Scout Achievement Ceremony
  • **pre-registration required

Girl Scout Achievement Ceremony Only - $40 per person

 

 

GSEP Shuttle – $10 (round trip, per person, per day)

**pre-registration required

 

Reservations for transportation will close on 4/6/12.

 

Please see specific location information below.

  
 

TRANSPORTATION and PARKING:
Getting to the PA Convention Center is easy—no matter what way you look at it!

Public Transportation with SEPTA:

  • Regional Rail – Click here for SEPTA’s clickable Regional Rail Transit Map.  To get to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, you're going to want to disembark at the Market East Station.
  • Buses – Bus routes serve a number of neighborhoods throughout our council.  To see what bus routes serve your area, click here!


GSEP Shuttle:
In order to make this event more accessible to all of our members we will be offering several shuttle buses. 
Locations for these shuttles are as follows:

  • Spring Ford School District Senior High School (350 S Lewis Rd, Royersford, PA)
  • Central Bucks School District Tamanend Middle School (1492 Stuckert Rd, Warrington, PA)
  • Plymouth White Marsh High School (201 East Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA)

Shuttle Pricing (round trip, per person, per day): $10 - **pre-registration will be necessary 

A time schedule will be available shortly--please check back soon!  
 

 

Driving and Parking:
The PA Convention Center is located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia at:
1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.  Please note: We are occupying the newly built expansion of the PA Convention Center for this event—you’ll need to use the Broad Street entrance, located on Broad Street, between Arch Street and Race Street

Driving Directions

  • From The Northern and Western Suburb:
    Take I-76 East to Exit 344 for I-676 East. Follow signs for Central Philadelphia. Take I-676 East and exit at Broad Street/Rt. 611 (2nd exit). You will be on Vine Street. Follow Vine Street to 12th Street (4 traffic lights)
  • From I-95 Northbound, Philadelphia International Airport, Baltimore, Washington, and Delaware
    Take I-95 North to Exit 22 for Central Philadelphia I-676. Stay in the left lane of this exit. Follow signs for 676 West to the 1st exit (Broad Street). This exit brings you up onto 15th Street.  Move into the left lane, and follow the sign for 611/Broad Street and make a left turn on to Vine Street. Follow signs for Vine Street/PA Convention Center. Make a right on to 12th Street. The entrances to the Convention Center are located two blocks ahead at the NE and NW corners of 12th & Arch Streets.
  • From I-95 Southbound, New York, Northern and Central New Jersey
    Take I-95 South to Exit 22 for Central Philadelphia I-676. Stay in the left lane of this exit. Follow signs for 676 West to the 1st exit (Broad Street). This exit brings you up onto 15th St. Move into the left lane, and follow the sign for 611/Broad Street and make a left turn on to Vine Street. Follow signs for Vine Street/PA Convention Center. Make a right on to 12th Street. The entrances to the Convention Center are located two blocks ahead at the NE and NW corners of 12th & Arch Streets.
  • From the Pennsylvania Turnpike
    Follow Pennsylvania Turnpike to Exit 20 / I-476 (Mid County Interchange). Take I-476 South to Exit 16/ I-76E Philadelphia. Stay on I-76 East for approximately 12 miles. Exit at 344 / I- 676 East. Take I-676 East and exit at Broad Street/Rt. 611 (2nd exit). You will be on Vine Street. Follow Vine Street to 12th (4 traffic lights).
  • From the New Jersey Turnpike (New York)
    Take the NJ Turnpike to exit 4 (Philadelphia / Camden Exit). Get onto 73 North and follow it to 38 West Take 38 West following the signs directing to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge (The Bridge is 30 West), crossing into Philadelphia. Follow the signs for Convention Center (this is Vine Street). Go approximately 6 blocks, make a left turn onto 12th Street.
  • From PA 30
    Take PA 309 South to Pennsylvania Turnpike. Follow Turnpike West to Exit Mid County Interchange / 476S Chester. Take I-476 South to Exit 16 / I-76 Philadelphia. Stay on I-76 East for approximately 12 miles. Exit at 344 / I- 676 East. Take 676 East and exit at Broad Street/Rt. 611 (2nd exit). You will be on Vine Street. Follow Vine Street to 12th Street (4 traffic lights).
  • From US 611
    Take US 611 South into Philadelphia (611 South becomes Broad Street). Go South on Broad Street for approximately 8 miles. In Center City, turn left onto Vine Street / Local Traffic. Follow Vine Street to 12th Street (2 traffic lights).
  • From New Jersey and Atlantic City Area
    Take Atlantic City Expressway to 42 North. Follow 42 North to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge (Rt. 676), crossing into Philadelphia. Follow the signs for Convention Center (this is Vine Street). Go approximately 6 blocks, make a left turn onto 12th Street.


Parking – There are many parking options—both garages and lots—conveniently located within blocks of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Click here for a few options!


HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS:
Planning on celebrating with us all weekend? A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hampton Inn - Philadelphia Convention Center (1301 Race Street, Philadelphia PA 19107).

Rates are as follows:

  • Single - $129.00
  • Double - $129.00
  • Triple - $139.00
  • Quad - $149.00

All rooms included:  Complimentary Full American Breakfast and Wireless internet throughout the entire hotel
These rates are available to all overnight guests (3) days pre and (3) days post our event!
 Parking accommodations are to be made separately, or directly through the hotel.

Reserve your room today--be sure to mention the Century of the Girl Expo when making your reservations!!


EVENT OVERVIEW:
April 21, 2012
Century of the Girl Expo – Day 1               11:30 – 5:30pm
GSEP Annual Meeting                                 9:00am – 11:00am
Real Girls Leadership Conference          specific times still TBD
Girls Only Party!                                            6:30 – 9:00pm

 
April 22, 2012
Century of the Girl Expo – Day 2              10:00am – 4:00pm
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast            9:00am – 12:00pm
Girl Scout Achievement Ceremony          2:00pm – 6:00pm

More scheduling details to be released shortly!

 
HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Become an EVENT SPONSOR or EXHIBITOR!
To learn more about becoming an Event Sponsor or Exhibitor at GSEP’s Century of the Girl Expo please contact Renee Archawski.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNTIES:
A celebration this big requires lots of help!  If you're interested in volunteering for the Century of the Girl Expo, we have many opportunities available on both days.  Please click here for the complete list!  One of the many great benefits of volunteering with us at the Expo is free admission to the Hall of Exhibits AND a volunteer t-shirt! Please note that all other activities will require a registration fee.  If you are interested in fulfilling one of these volunteer roles, please email Nicole Frederick.  Remember to include your name, email address, telephone number during the event, the role you are interested in, and your t-shirt size!  Once your email is processed you will receive a confirmation with your volunteer assignment.

 

Make a Donation Today!
Contact Renee Archawski