SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On Saturday, October 15, 2016, WorldWideWomen, a social enterprise company dedicated to global equality for women and girls, will proudly host and debut its inaugural Girls’ Festival. Taking place at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco, the daylong event aims to empower girls of all ages via mentoring opportunities, interactive workshops, educational resources and fun exhibits. The festival runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets cost $10 (kids under 12 are free) and can be purchased online at worldwidewomenfestival.com.
This is the first time the Bay Area community of major corporations, civic and philanthropic leaders, and over 50 impressive Bay Area and global non-profit organizations have collaborated to create a powerful and game-changing day of exploration and empowerment for thousands of Bay Area girls and their families.
“We have assembled a world-class group of experts, professionals and up to 100 local and global organizations to showcase their programs and services to inspire and motivate girls. It’s a must-attend day that you will remember forever,” said WorldWideWomen founder and CEO, Maureen Broderick.
Technology and Entertainment Superstars Support Day of Empowerment for Girls
VIPs include filmmaker and The Representation Project CEO Jennifer Siebel Newsom, moderating the panel: Empowering Young Women to Lead Change. Olympians Brandi Chastain, Brenda Villa and Julie Furtado together with The Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI) will also be onsite leading a motivational panel. Throughout the day there will be a fantastic selection of special workshops, activities and an entrepreneurial competition designed to help build better futures for girls.
Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper and Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban together with Sue Siegel, CEO of GE Ventures will be on hand to judge the final stage of BizWorld.org sponsored Girlpreneur Competition that inspires girls to pitch their business ideas to the judges and audience. These aspiring girl entrepreneurs will have the chance to win $2,500 in cash and a one-on-one business meeting with the judge of her choice.
“I am thrilled to be a part of Girls' Festival, a day of education and inspiration for Bay Area girls and their families,” said Jennifer Siebel Newsom, founder and CEO of The Representation Project. “It's critical we all push back against the status quo that tells young women and girls that their value is only in their looks and not in their skills and accomplishments. Together with WorldWideWomen, we are challenging and overcoming this limiting gender stereotype so that every young woman and girl can achieve her full human potential."
WorldWideWomen’s Inaugural Girls’ Festival: Event Highlights
A girls’ festival like no other before! Come to connect with the many inspiring resources, both locally and around the world, that are available to encourage and support girls to become the leaders of tomorrow. For the complete schedule of events and exhibits please see here.
- 7 hours of amazing activities, speakers and performers
- 50+ Exhibitors
- 20+ engaging workshops
- Fashion show with Project Runway designers
- Fun outside sports and activity arena
- Makers Space featuring everything STEAM
- Career mentoring with 30+ accomplished women
- Presentations from girls around the world who are making a difference
- Special giveaways and prizes
This inaugural celebration of the potential of girls is made possible through the generous support of major sponsors including Athleta Girl, Comcast NBCUniversal, Genentech, Kaiser Permanente and Univision. A complete list of our sponsors can be seen here.
WorldWideWomen has just launched its beta website site, the first-ever global resource platform where millions of women and girls come every day to discover valuable resources that support their lives, connect with women around the world, and collaborate to solve issues that impact their global community of women. The company’s goal is to build a powerful for-profit business that will fund philanthropic efforts to support women and girls, and their advocacy goals to drive legislative changes that improve the civil and human rights of women around the world.
The platform will offer a growing array of services and benefits that are relevant and valuable to women and girls around the world. The first offering is an easy-to-use global online directory where women can search across ten categories and 18 cities around the world to find thousands of organizations, programs and services offered exclusively for women. New services will be added as WWW grows including e-commerce, a global job board, forums, community meetups and more.
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 67. She believes that WorldWideWomen will become the global center of information and community for women.