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Talk about an epic adventure!

Prepare yourself for fun, friendship, and amazing experiences at G.I.R.L. 2017, the largest girl-led event for girls and women in history!

Check out the day-by-day schedule below. Then make your plans to join us in Columbus! See you there!


Event Schedule

Tuesday, October 3rd
7:00 AM 10:00 AM Board Chair/CEO Retreat Registration Open
12:00 PM 4:30 PM 2017 Board Chair/CEO Retreat  Private Event 
A Movement-wide gathering of board chairs and CEOs to align and advance our strategy.
1:00 PM 5:00 PM Cultural Resources Conference 
Interested in emphasizing your council's collections, properties, stories, or other resources for today’s girls? Then the Cultural Resources Conference is the place for you! Learn more and register here
1:00 PM 6:00 PM REGISTRATION OPEN
5:30 PM 8:00 PM Cultural Resources Dinner
Join the Cultural Resources Conference participants for a reception, dinner, and keynote at the Ohio History Center, headquarters of the Ohio History Connection and a museum showcasing Ohio's history from the ice age to today. 
6:00 PM 7:30 PM Board Chair/CEO Reception  Private Event 
Wednesday, October 4th
7:00 AM 10:00 AM Board Chair/CEO Retreat Registration Open
8:30 AM 3:30 PM Cultural Resources Conference  
Interested in emphasizing your council's collections, properties, stories, or other resources for today’s girls? Then the Cultural Resources Conference is the place for you! Learn more and register here
8:00 AM 3:00 PM 2017 Board Chair/CEO Retreat  Private Event 
A Movement-wide gathering of board chairs and CEOs to align and advance our strategy.
9:00 AM 7:30 PM REGISTRATION OPEN
9:00 AM 12:30 PM World Foundation Board of Directors Meeting  Private Event
12:30 PM 3:00 PM World Foundation Board of Directors and Friends Committees Leadership Team Luncheon  Private Event
5:00 PM 7:00 PM Delegate Reception  Delegates Only
5:00 PM 7:00 PM Philanthropy Conference Reception  Private Event
Share ideas, innovations, and inspiration to supercharge your council’s philanthropic program.
7:30 PM 9:30 PM 54th National Council Session Opening Celebration
Thursday, October 5th
7:00 AM 6:00 PM REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00 AM 8:00 AM Delegate Breakfast  Delegates Only
7:00 AM 4:30 PM Philanthropy Conference  Private Event
Share ideas, innovations, and inspiration to supercharge your council’s philanthropic program.
8:30 AM 1:00 PM 54th National Council Session 
Girl Scouts' governing body will discuss and vote on the business of the Girl Scout Movement.
1:00 PM 2:00 PM Delegate Lunch  Delegates only
2:00 PM 5:00 PM 54th National Council Session 
Girl Scouts' governing body will discuss and vote on the business of the Girl Scout Movement.
5:00 PM 6:30 PM Juliette Gordon Low (JGL) Society Reception  Private Event
6:00 PM 8:00 PM Hall of Experience Preview Party  Private Event
7:30 PM 9:30 PM GSUSA International Commissioner and Olave Baden-Powell Dessert Reception  Private Event 
7:45 PM 10:30 PM Singing After Dark 
Come raise your voice in song! And if have a guitar, bring that too! Singing After Dark is back by popular request, featuring an evening of musical favorites and special guest Melinda Caroll. This series is hosted by Frances Strickland, former first lady of Ohio and a “woman of song” in her own right.  
Friday, October 6th
6:45 AM 8:15 AM World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, Inc. Breakfast for Friends  WF Board, Friends Committees, Paying Guests 
Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the World Foundation, the Friends of the World Foundation and their global emphases, and to meet current Friends and World Foundation Board members. Register here.
7:00 AM 8:00 PM REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00 AM 8:00 AM Delegate Breakfast  Delegates only
9:00 AM 12:00 PM 54th National Council Session Closing Celebration 
Installation of the National Board of Directors and National Board Development Committee; National Young Women of Distinction pinning ceremony.
7:00 AM 12:00 PM Philanthropy Conference Private Event
Share ideas, innovations, and inspiration to supercharge your council’s philanthropic program.
10:00 AM 5:00 PM Hall of Experiences 
We’ve converted our show floor into a vibrant small city! Visit our seven neighborhoods and the exhibitors and sponsors who have invested in our “communities”. You'll also want to check out the Town Square main stage and six "campfire sites" for daily performances and interactive programs. And don't miss the GSM Superstore: 4,000 square feet of shopping joy, including flash sales! Plus, drop by our SWAPS area to make (and trade) one of these time-honored Girl Scout treasures; participate in a real-time service project and help pack meals that will be sent to international areas in need of food; and bring your lunch to our Town Park where you can relax and absorb the joyful ambience of the hall.
1:30 PM 2:00 PM Muslim Prayer Service
5:00 PM 7:00 PM Young Alum Meetup 
Calling all young alums!  Want to hear from a young, successful alum entrepreneur?  Interested in learning how to stand out as a leader by telling your own story?  Join us for a meetup with two alums as well as an opportunity to mix, mingle, and make new friends with other young alumnae. Register here!
5:30 PM 7:30 PM Shabbat Service/Dinner  Pre-Registration Required 
5:00 PM 7:00 PM Leading Donor Reception  Private Event
7:30 PM 9:30 PM G.I.R.L. Opening Celebration  Weekend Pass Required
9:30 PM 11:45 PM Singing After Dark
We own the night! Join us for another evening of song with special guest Melinda Carroll and others. Plus, we'll invite our audience to join us on stage to share a favorite song or two!  
Saturday, October 7th
7:00 AM 7:30 AM Jewish Service 
7:00 AM 5:30 PM REGISTRATION OPEN
7:30 AM 8:30 AM G.I.R.L. Breakfast (Grades 6-12) Weekend Pass Required
9:00 AM 5:00 PM Hall of Experiences
We’ve converted our show floor into a small but vibrant city! Visit our seven neighborhoods and the exhibitors and sponsors who have invested in our “communities." You'll also want to check out the Town Square main stage and six "campfire sites" for daily performances and interactive programs. And don't miss the GSM Superstore: 4,000 square feet of shopping joy, including flash sales! Plus, drop by our SWAPS area to make (and trade) one of these time-honored Girl Scout treasures, participate in a real-time service project and help pack meals that will be sent to international areas in need of food, and bring your lunch to our Town Park where you can relax and absorb the joyful ambience of the hall.
8:30 AM 5:30 PM

G.I.R.L. Program: Breakout Sessions and Hands-On Workshops Throughout the Conference Center (Grades 6-12/Adults) Weekend Pass Required 

Read about pressing issues that girls want to talk about.

12:30 PM 2:00 PM G.I.R.L. Lunch (Grades 6-12) Weekend Pass Required
5:00 PM 9:00 AM next day COSI Camp-In (Grades 2-5) Weekend Pass Required
5:00 PM 6:00 PM Girl Scout Catholic Mass
6:00 PM 10:00 PM Celebration Party (Grades 6-12/Adults) Weekend Pass Required
9:00 PM 11:30 PM Singing After Dark 
Frances and the music team invite you to our last late-night song sharing and fun. All ages and voices are welcome. Expect more special guests! 
Sunday, October 8th
7:30 AM 8:30 AM G.I.R.L. Breakfast (Grades 6-12)  Weekend Pass Required
8:00 AM 9:00 AM InterFaith Service 
Girl Scouts and adult volunteers representing Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and other faith traditions will share their faith journeys through their Girl Scout experiences.
9:00 AM 12:00 PM G.I.R.L. Closing Celebration and Leadership Plenary with panelist Gabby Douglas (GIRLS OF ALL AGES/ADULTS)  Weekend Pass Required

Saturday Sessions
Go-getter, 8:30 AM - 10:50 AM
Title Description Speakers Audience
Go-getter Plenary Session  
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
During the Go-Getter Plenary session, attendees will leave this session with a reminder that even if they fail or have several obstacles in their way, they can overcome anything they set their mind to. 

TBD

Performance by Caly Bevier

Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
Breakout Sessions 10:10 AM - 10:50 AM
Allies for All Abilities  Many people live with disabilities and somtimes struggle to find jobs and acceptance in their communities. As a Go-Getter, you have the power to take action to help people with disabilities find inclusion and success in their communities! In this session, learn about disabilities, how to properly interact with people with disabilities, and how you can advocate for differently-abled people in your community and beyond.  TBD Girl (grades 6-12)
Be the CEO Of Your Own Life As a G.I.R.L, you have the power to do whatever you desire in your future, but how will you achieve your goals and make your dreams reality? It all comes down to Challenge--Enthusiasm--Opportunity. In this session, discover the perspective, motivation, and the confidence you need to be the CEO of your own life. TBD Girl (grades 6-12)
Confident Girls... Empowered Women  Confidence is critical for success--but it's hard to achieve. In this breakout session, nationally known confidence coach Kathleen Hassan, will engage and inspire Girl Scout sisters from all over the country (and world!) through activities that will help you feel empowered. Learn how to be a role model and how to create a community that will help others feel confident as well.  TBD Girl (grades 6-12)
De-stress Fest Life can be stressful, but it doesn't have to get you down! In this session, you will be exposed to the medical perspective behind stress, along with a variety of solutions to cope on a daily basis. Girls will be able to browse through various stations to learn destressing teniques such as yoga, meditation and coloring. TBD Girl (grades 6-12)
Dissecting STEM: Surgical Science  Have you thought about what it would be like to perform surgery? In this session you can! The Perry Initiative will introduce participants to a world of science explored by few women with a surgical simulation, and also discuss the importance of mentors for your future science career. TBD Girl (grades 6-12)
Fight Like a Girl Learn some self-defense techniques so that you can think smart and get away from an attacker, abductor, or abuser. Inspire confidence in yourself at the same time! TBD Girl (grades 6-12)
Gold Rules As Girl Scouts, the pinnacles of our journeys are to earn Silver and Gold Awards. In this session, find inspiration, fuel your passion, and feel empowered to complete yours! Learn from others' Take Action Project successes first hand, including some of our 2017 National Young Women of Distinction! Laura Robert-Rivera, 2014 National Young Woman of Distinction  Girl (grades 6-12)
Growing Green Discover-Connect-Take Action! Learn from our speaker how she turned her passion for the environment into a successful business, and how you can innovate to make environmental change in your community. Claire Reed, Reel Gardening Girl (grades 6-12)
Helping Others be Healthy: Stopping the Stigma Against Mental Illness  Health is mental as well as physical. Learn how to help your loved ones who may be struggling with mental illness, and how to fight the stigma against mental health issues.  Gabby Frost, The Buddy Project  Girl (grades 6-12)
We Are the World "We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race." - Kofi Anan. Want to explore the world?!  Come learn about travel opportunities that are available through Girl Scouts, from people who have done it firsthand.  Emily Henehan, Girl Scouts of the USA Girl (grades 6-12)
Women in STEM: Generation RX and the Opioid Crisis Learn from a female scientific researcher from The Ohio State University about her career in pharmacology, and how she is a leader in the fight against prescription drug and opioid abuse.  Dr. Nicole Kwiek, The Ohio State University Girl (grades 6-12)
Art for Change: Recycle Runway The audience will learn how art can be used to create social change.  Speaker will present her art and the audience will have a chance to participate in the project "Coats of Hope" to visualize the world they would like to live in.   Nancy Judd, Founder of Recycle Runway Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
Building Your Own Personal Brand  The audience will learn how to build their own personal brand and the value of learning how to present yourself in different settings – at school, online, and in social settings. How you express yourself can take many different forms – let’s talk about what it all means.   Melissa Wardy, Author and clothing line entreprenuer Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
Cyberbullying: The Power of You  This session will focus on how cyberbullying is a prevalent and unique concern for this generation of teens and adolescents. The discussion will explore different examples of how cyberbullying can occur through mobile devices, websites and social networking apps. Additionally, the presentation will explain how friends can come through for each other in cyberbullying and what actions they can take if they are being cyberbullied. TBD Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
Empowering Girls and Families Online and Offline The audience will learn about they can empower and support girls' digital literacy and how to navigate the challenges and opportunities that digital platforms provide to girls. Andrea Bastiani Archibald of GSUSA (moderator), Kendra Sinclair of Facebook, Carolyn Merrell of Instagram Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
From Wall Street to Main Street: Learn Tricks of the Trade From Women Entrepreneurs The audience will learn from a panel of female business leaders about what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur and achieve your dreams.  Jamie Levine Daniel, Assistant Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (moderator), Jenni Britton Founder of Jenni's Ice Cream, Jane Abell CEO of Donatos Pizza, and Brooke Yoakam CEO of Gift Pocket and Founder of 31 Gifts Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
Girls Auto Clinic  The audience will learn about how to become more comfortable with their vehicle and be proactive about auto repair and maintenance. TBD Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
Improv Your Leadership Skills Laugh, learn and lead at the same time? YES, AND cultivate your leadership skills, including risk-taking and collaboration, while doing improv. Create characters and plots on the spot in a supportive interactive setting, while practicing your skills as a leader and using your voice. All Funny Girls welcome: introverts, extraverts, improv newbies, and leadership pros. This session brought to you by Funny Girls, a program of the Harnisch Foundation. Class capped at 30 participants. TBD Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
MAY CHANGE AUDIENCE: Money As You Grow  Women who are financially independent and empowered can be equal decision makers in their families. Would you like to know where to find high quality, reliable financial literacy tools to help you achieve your dreams? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) arms people with the information, steps and tools that they need to make smart financial decisions. In this session, learn more about what tools we have that will help you to earn badges and awards in financial literacy. We have materials for all grade levels and tools to help parents and other adults talk about financial literacy.  TBD Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
Post-Plenary: Continuing the Conversation Join in a facilitated conversation to reflect on the Plenary presentation. We will explore, expand, and apply what we are thinking and learning, and inspire ourselves to take the G.I.R.L. experience home in a way that impacts each individual and their community. Take a collective break and process the adventure! Nancy Winfrey, National Volunteer Partner for GSUSA Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
Social Media Safety The audience will learn how to have meaningful conversations and make informed decisions about technology and Social Media usage. Amie Konwinski of the Smart Girl Soceity Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
The Outdoors is for Everyone: Ensuring All Kids Can Connect with Nature What are people and organizations are doing to help urban youth make lifelong connections to the outdoors, nature and conservation? How do we improve access to green places and how can we increase the number of youth who enjoy these activities?  Gretchen Throop from the American Camp Association, and Jackie Ostfeld from The Sierra Club Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
Women's History and the Right to Vote - How Should We Commemorate a Century of Suffrage? Almost one hundred years ago, ratification of the 19th Amendment doubled the number of US citizens empowered by enfranchisement.  At that time, women’s political engagement — including voting patterns, turnout, and civic activism—forever became part of our nation’s lexicon. As we prepare to commemorate 100 years of Suffrage in August 2020, we must turn our attention to the generations of girls and young women who will soon come of age and be eligible to vote.  Join cultural and educational professionals working for a conversation in how to engage and support girls as they become active and in government and engage in the political process by voting at the ballot box. Cindi Malinick, Vice President, Cultural and Property Assets at Girl Scouts of the USA (moderator), Page Harrington Former Executive Director of the National Woman's Party  Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
Your Guide to Self-Love in a "Picture-Perfect" World In her session, Katie will breakdown the media's impossible beauty ideals. Katie will dive into the core of why we feel the way we do about our bodies and provide tips on how to maintain a healthy sense of self in a world that is constantly telling us to be somebody else.   Katie Wilcox, "Healthy is the New Skinny" Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
"Inside Your Child's Cyber Life"  The Family Online Safety Institute will highlight some of the growing concerns that are impacting kids today and what parents can do to protect their families and how they can work with their children towards a safer digital world.  Topics will include cyberbullying, online privacy and good digitial parents create good digital citizens. Jennifer Hanley, VP Legal and Policy at the Family Online Safety Institute Adult
Drama, Bullying, or Normal Social Conflict? What is the Difference and How Should Girls Respond? The audience will learn insights, tools, and resources on bullying prevention. Learn how to tell the difference between normal social conflict and true bullying, how to empower girls to develop solutions to bullying, and how to ask for help.  Carrie Goldman, Author and speaker on bullying Adult
Full Voice:  Taking the Risk to be Seen and Heard (or Let's Take Your Voice to the Dog Park!) How will you find the courage to speak up about what matters most to you?
What untapped gifts does your voice have in store for you?
What would become possible in your life if you fully expressed yourself?
When was the last time you breathed deep, cut loose, felt free?
In this dynamic, illuminating, and hilarious workshop, you will:
•  Open up the full range, power, and expression of your voice.
•  Learn how to use your voice to improve your leadership, strengthen relationships, and live more alive.
•  Reclaim lost aspects of yourself.
•  Risk being seen and heard in new ways.
•  Experience literal and metaphorical harmony.
•  Join with a lively community of vocal explorers.
You do NOT need to know how to sing to participate in this workshop.  We’ll use our voices a lot, but there won’t be any solos or pressure to “do it right” or written down music.
TBD Adult
Perfect Credit: 7 Steps to a Great Credit Rating Lynette’s discussion on perfect credit will be a roadmap for anyone hoping to establish a picture perfect credit, making improvements to have stellar credit, or simply maintain a fantastic credit rating. Right now, roughly 220 million Americans have credit files maintained by the “Big Three” credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Of those individuals, about 40 million Americans (roughly 1 out of 5), have very poor credit, or “deep subprime scores,” according to Experian. Another 50 million adults in the U.S. have no credit files – either because they’ve never used traditional forms of credit, or because their credit files are “too thin” to generate a credit score. Lynnette will provide an easy-to-follow blueprint on how to get superb credit – and how to sidestep numerous credit traps and pitfalls along the way. Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, Money Coach (Sponsored by TFS) Adult
Workshop on Preparing Girls for Life After High School (Debt, Credit, College and other Money Matters)  The adult audience will leave the session with information and tools on how to financially empower girls once they graduate high school and teach them how to save money and prepare for college or life on their own. TBD Adult
Finding STEM in the World Around You and Creating Teachable Moments The audience will learn how to take advantage of the things we see and do every day and turn them into opportunities to teach girls about STEM. Join experts for a discussion on how to see the world around us as an chance to empower, inspire, and support our nation’s future STEM leaders. Dr. Frederic Bertley from The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) (co-presenter) and Deysi Melgar from Design Squad (co-presenter)  Adult
How Networks and Mentors Support Women's Leadership How do you build your network and develop the support system you need to succeed? Join for an energizing discussion on how to build, empower, and inspire women leaders today and for our future Tiffany Dufu, Chief Leadership Officer of Levo and member of GSUSA National Board Development Committee Adult
When It's Time to Turnip  Join the discussion on how to take control of your life, create your vision, and in the process change your community! Tanya shares her experience making personal changes that lead her to become a community thought leader,  nonprofit director, and public speaker. She provides tangible examples and strategies for others agents of social change.  TBD Adult
Innovator, 12:30 PM - 2:40 PM
Title Description Speakers Audience  
Innovator Plenary Session 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM The Innovator Plenary session will encourage people to think outside the box and remind them that innovation comes in many forms.  Arthel Neville, FOX News Anchor Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)  
Breakout Sessions 2:00 PM - 2:40 PM  
Art for Change: Girls-Only Art has the ability to inspire and promote change. Come and unleash your inner creativity in this hands-on session using different art forms that address an issue you care about, while working with a diverse group of sister scouts from across the movement.  TBD Girl (grades 9-12)  
Finding Your Dream Career Ever felt like you have no idea what you want to be when you grow up? This session will help. Hear from successful women in a variety of careers and fields and feel empowered to create the career of your dreams and thrive in your workplace, wherever it may be! Karen Ideno, Toyota Financial Services Girl (grades 9-12)  
G.I.R.L.preneurs Change the World Entrepreneurs are go-getters who build our world. Their inventions shape our market, and their determination and creativity fuels their success. Hear from a panel of talented female entrepreneurs who have created exciting businesses. You'll leave this session with the inspiration you need to become a successful girltrepreneur! TBD Girl (grades 9-12)  
Get Confident Now! What does a G.I.R.L. do when she thinks, "I'm not good enough?" Surrounded by negative imagery every day of our lives, it can be hard to stay confident in ourselves!  A G.I.R.L comes up with a plan to remind herself of how kick-butt she is. In this session, we'll do exactly that: find the tools and strategies we need to have confidence when we are nervous and remember how amazing we are! TBD Girl (grades 9-12)  
Girls & STEM = POWER FOR GIRLS IN GRADES 6 - 8 ONLY. Are you passionate about technology? Ever wanted to build an app? In this forty minute session, you will hear from Melissa Arnoldi, AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President of Technology and Operations who will share how she transformed her passion of technology into a career. Students will also choose from several fun coding projects and make a phone app of your very own. We’ll provide everything you need to get started, and our volunteers will be on hand to help. You will use the award-winning Bitsbox.com website to write real Javascript code, and you’ll get to take home a special gift for participating. Melissa Arnoldi, AT&T
Aidan Chopra, Bitsbox
Sadie Trigg, Bitsbox
Girl (grades 9-12)  
The Magic of Diversity & Inclusion Diversity is magic! Learn about the differences in identity that make us all unique, and what you can do in your everyday life to create a more inclusive world for all people.   TBD Girl (grades 9-12)  
Toyota Financial Services Game of Life Trivia Night TFS Game of Life Trivia Night is a fun and interactive session where teams of girls compete to answer financially based questions.  The emcee will facilitate the game, build excitement and debrief the correct answers to the questions once time has run out.  Every participant will have an opportunity to compete and Girl Scout participants will earn a TFS badge at the end of the session. Damion Tucker, Toyota Financial Services Girl (grades 9-12)  
What Does Feminism Mean to You? In this session, discover what feminism means to you, and how you can fight for equality througout your life. TBD Girl (grades 9-12)  
How Coding and Computer Scientists Change the World The session focuses on how coding and computer science helps people. Women experts in the field will talk about life-changing inventions, new innovations in the field, and how computer coding helps people every day in ways you can't even imagine! Ish Vardhani from Wolfram Research, Ruth Farmer advocate for diversity and women in tech, and Sarah Filman from Code.org Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)  
10 Things Every Girl Needs to Know about STEM Careers In this session you will collect wise  advice and sage tips on everything from finding the STEM field you want to go into to choosing a college to choosing a major to changing your mind to finding a mentor to finding a STEM sisterhood. Meghan Groome, New York Academy of Sciences; Sara Chipps, Jewelbots Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)  
Empowering Girls and Families Online and Offline The audience will learn about they can empower and support girls' digital literacy and how to navigate the challenges and opportunities that digital platforms provide to girls. Andrea Bastiani Archibald of GSUSA (moderator), Kendra Sinclair of Facebook, Carolyn Merrell of Instagram Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
Art for Change: Recycle Runway The audience will learn how art can be used to create social change.  Speaker will present her art and the audience will have a chance to participate in the project "Coats of Hope" to visualize the world they would like to live in.   Nancy Judd, Founder of Recycle Runway Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)  
Change the World By Running for Public Office The audience will learn about what it takes to run for political office on the state and local level to enact change in our communities.  A panel with female public officials and campaign experts will share the inspirations, challenges, and tricks of the trade. Christie Todd Whitman former Govenor, Jean Sinzdak from Center for American Women and Politics, and Emily Liner from She Should Run Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)  
Diversity – Change Agents for Equality Panel discussion led by Dahna Hull, VP AT&T University on how each panelist is a change agent for equality and continues to make a difference in the world. Personal and professional experiences will be shared and there will be a Q&A session.  Dahna Hull, Vice President of AT&T University, Alyson Woodard, Eddie Robinson, Emely Villeda Principe, and Keshia Clarke Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)  
Engineering is Everywhere (STEM) Panelists talk about all the things around us that are created by engineers. What they say may surprise you! Suzanne Harper, GSUSA STEM Lead (moderator), Kate Nolan from the Society of Women Engineers, Debbie Sterling Founder of Goldie Blox Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)  
Front Page News: Girls’ Leadership in the Media World  Join a panel of trailblazing women in the media world who will share their share their experiences and advice for how girls and young women can follow in their footsteps and succeed. Melinda Murphy (moderator), Casey Lewis and Liza Darwin Co-Founders of Clover Letter, Amani Al-Khatahbeh Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Muslim Girl Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)  
How to Be the Superhero in Your Own Story  The audience will leave the session with insights on how the comic book world is changing and empowering girls in a dynamic, artistic way. A panel with female comic book writers will talk about the challenges they have had to overcome and how their work is transforming the comic book world for girls and having a positive impact on the world. Lauren Baker from Girl Scouts of Eastern Ohio (moderator), Julie Averbach 2016 National Young Woman of Distinction, Yona Harvey, writer for Marvel Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)  
Improv Your Leadership Skills Laugh, learn and lead at the same time? YES, AND cultivate your leadership skills, including risk-taking and collaboration, while doing improv. Create characters and plots on the spot in a supportive interactive setting, while practicing your skills as a leader and using your voice. All Funny Girls welcome: introverts, extraverts, improv newbies, and leadership pros. This session brought to you by Funny Girls, a program of the Harnisch Foundation. Class capped at 30 participants. TBD Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)  
Post-Plenary: Continuing the Conversation Join in a facilitated conversation to reflect on the Plenary presentation. We will explore, expand, and apply what we are thinking and learning, and inspire ourselves to take the G.I.R.L. experience home in a way that impacts each individual and their community. Take a collective break and process the adventure! Nancy Winfrey, National Volunteer Partner for GSUSA Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)  
Social Media Safety The audience will learn how to have meaningful conversations and make informed decisions about technology and Social Media usage. Amie Konwinski, Smart Girl Soceity Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)  
Take Action, Change the World - A Conversation with Chelsea Clinton and 2017 National Young Women of Distinction Join Chelsea Clinton and 2017 NYWODs about how we can take action and change the world. Chelsea Clinton, author and advocate for women and girls  Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)  
MAY REMOVE THIS SESSION: Women's History and the Right to Vote - How Should We Commemorate a Century of Suffrage? Almost one hundred years ago, ratification of the 19th Amendment doubled the number of US citizens empowered by enfranchisement.  At that time, women’s political engagement — including voting patterns, turnout, and civic activism—forever became part of our nation’s lexicon. As we prepare to commemorate 100 years of Suffrage in August 2020, we must turn our attention to the generations of girls and young women who will soon come of age and be eligible to vote.  Join cultural and educational professionals working for a conversation in how to engage and support girls as they become active and in government and engage in the political process by voting at the ballot box. Cindi Malinick, Vice President, Cultural and Property Assets at Girl Scouts of the USA (moderator), Page Harrington Former Executive Director of the National Woman's Party  Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)  
Yoga for Balance in Life and Convention Workshop participants will learn some basic yoga poses and engage their bodies and minds in the convention experience. TBD Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)  
"Inside Your Child's Cyber Life"  The Family Online Safety Institute will highlight some of the growing concerns that are impacting kids today and what parents can do to protect their families and how they can work with their children towards a safer digital world.  Topics will include cyberbullying, online privacy and good digitial parents create good digital citizens. Jennifer Hanley, VP Legal and Policy, Family Online Safety Institute Adult  
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Helping Consumers Develop Their Financial Well Being The audience will learn how to develop their financial well-being through local resources and libraries. CFPB will raise awareness of the vast array of resources that libraries offer, discuss how partnering with a library can help Girl Scouts obtain their financial literacy badges through the development of research skills, and how local libraries can help parents access age appropriate resources to help them and their children develop skills for managing their personal finances. TBD Adult  
Drama, Bullying, or Normal Social Conflict? What is the Difference and How Should Girls Respond? The audience will learn insights, tools, and resources on bullying prevention. Learn how to tell the difference between normal social conflict and true bullying, how to empower girls to develop solutions to bullying, and how to ask for help.  Carrie Goldman, Author and speaker on bullying, "Bullied", writes for Chicago Now via the blog "Portrait of an Adoption". Adult  
How Networks and Mentors Support Women Entrepreneurs  The audience will leave the session with insights and guidance on how women and girls can build their own diverse networks that can support and empower them to be successful entrepreneurs. Angela Lee, Female entrepreneur Adult  
How to Provide STEM Programming without being a STEM expert Audience will learn from experts how youth-serving organizations can engage in high-quality STEM programming and how adults can work with girls without being STEM experts.  Presenters will share how they accomplished their programs using experiences and research collected through a National Science Foundation grant and Girl Scouts of Western Washington. Alice Few from institutional analyst for the University of Washington, astronomy faculty for Tacoma Community College, and volunteer with the Tacoma Astronomical Society and the Night Sky Network as well as Stephanie Lingwood from Code Fellow Adult  
Workshop on Preparing Girls for Life After High School (Debt, Credit, College and other Money Matters)  The adult audience will leave the session with information and tools on how to financially empower girls once they graduate high school and teach them how to save money and prepare for college or life on their own. TBD Adult  
Risk-taker, 3:10 PM - 5:20 PM

 

Title Description Speakers Audience
Risk-taker Plenary Session 3:10 PM - 4:30 PM The Risk-Taker Plenary session will leave attendees feeling empowered to try new things, be courageous, and strong.  Barbara Pierce Bush (moderator), Sally Jewel Former Secretary of Interior, Amanni Al-Khatatbeh Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Muslim Girl Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
Breakout Sessions 4:40 PM - 5:20 PM
Art for Change: Girls-Only Art has the ability to inspire and promote change. Come and unleash your inner creativity in this hands-on session using different art forms that address an issue you care about, while working with a diverse group of sister scouts from across the movement.  TBD Girl (grades 6-12)
Confidently Communicating Your Causes You have to have refined speaking skills in order to be successful in getting your point across. Come and gain the confidence you need to speak successfully, and effectively, to a group of people on an issue you're passionate about. TBD Girl (grades 6-12)
Cyber Super Heroes Wanted! Only 11% of security professionals are women, but by 2020 there will be over 1.5 million unfilled jobs in cyber security!  Do you want to make the nation a safer place in an exciting tech field?  In this session you will learn about the various opportunities in the cybersecurity field that match your career interests.  Department of Homeland Security Girl (grades 6-12)
Girl Scouting: Past,Present, and Future  Since Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts in 1912, Girl Scouts have continued to take action in their local communities and country. In this session, you'll learn traditional Girl Scout campfire songs to celebrate the incredible legacy of Girl Scouts and leave your mark on Girl Scout history! TBD Girl (grades 6-12)
Girls Going Green Do you care about the environment? Learn how relevant these issues are and become motivated to take action on your own by learning how others have changed our environmental world. Together, we can physically make the world a better place! Danni Washington Girl (grades 6-12)
Healthy Relationships for Helping You Grow Relationships can take many forms. In this session, you'll learn the tools for how to nuture friendships and romantic relationships, steering away from problems. Learn some skills to support others and speak out against various abuses. Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Girl Scouts of the USA Girl (grades 6-12)
Helping Others be Healthy: Stopping the Stigma Against Mental Illness (x2) Health is mental as well as physical. Learn how to help your loved ones who may be struggling with mental illness, and how to fight the stigma against mental health issues.  Gabby Frost, The Buddy Project  Girl (grades 6-12)
Meet a Mentor  Come learn important career skills such as networking, interviewing, and more - straight from high-level professionals who have done it all! Spend time in small groups working with successful leaders who have developed the skills you need for your future. Melissa Arnoldi Girl (grades 6-12)
Women of the World Women across the planet are united in our global sisterhood, but how do the stories of women in other countries differ from our own? Learn about the challenges and experiences of being a woman around the world and learn how you can advocate for women worldwide. TBD Girl (grades 6-12)
BeYOUtiful, G.I.R.L.! What is the real secret to confidence? In this engaging session led by Julie Carrier, Emmy-Nominee and #1 National Bestselling Author of Girls Lead and BeYOUtiful!, you will laugh, high-five and cheer your way to the answer that will help you shine from the inside out! (Because life rewards action, the first 100 girls to arrive for this session will get a fun conference surprise freebie!) #BeYOUtiful Julie Carrier Girl (grades 6-12)
Building Your Own Personal Brand  The audience will learn how to build their own personal brand and the value of learning how to present yourself in different settings – at school, online, and in social settings. How you express yourself can take many different forms – let’s talk about what it all means.   Melissa Wardy, Author of “Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Sexualizing and Stereotyping of Girls, Birth to Tween” and clothing line entreprenuer, "Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddie" Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
Continuing the Conversation with Sally Jewell  Following the Risk-Taker Plenary, join former Secretary Jewell for an extension of her plenary talk and moderated Q and A.  Nancy Winfrey National Volunteer Partner for GSUSA, and Sally Jewell Former Secretary of Interior Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
Cyberbullying: The Power of You  This session will focus on how cyberbullying is a prevalent and unique concern for this generation of teens and adolescents. The discussion will explore different examples of how cyberbullying can occur through mobile devices, websites and social networking apps. Additionally, the presentation will explain how friends can come through for each other in cyberbullying and what actions they can take if they are being cyberbullied. TBD Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
Girls Auto Clinic  The audience will learn about how to become more comfortable with their vehicle and be proactive about auto repair and maintenance. TBD Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
How to Create Meaningful Change in Your Community  The audience will learn what it takes to create social change in your community by girls and young women who are already doing it! The audience will also get to meet a few of the 2017 National Young Women of Distinction.  Jamie Levine Daniel, Assistant Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (moderator), Katie Bowers of Harry Potter Alliance Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
Improv Your Leadership Skills Laugh, learn and lead at the same time? YES, AND cultivate your leadership skills, including risk-taking and collaboration, while doing improv. Create characters and plots on the spot in a supportive interactive setting, while practicing your skills as a leader and using your voice. All Funny Girls welcome: introverts, extraverts, improv newbies, and leadership pros. This session brought to you by Funny Girls, a program of the Harnisch Foundation. Class capped at 30 participants. TBD Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
Our Planet, Our Future The audience will learn about how different people and organizations are taking action to protect the environment and advance conservation, and what girls can do to take action at the local, regional and national levels. Jackie Ostfeld from Sierra Club, Anna Aurilio the Washington DC Office Director for Environment America  Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
Scientific Exploration and Adventure in STEM Careers  The audience learns about how STEM careers can lead to adventure and travel across the globe and under the sea for the betterment of humankind. Alice Few, an institutional analyst for the University of Washington, astronomy faculty for Tacoma Community College, and volunteer with the Tacoma Astronomical Society and the Night Sky Network, Jessica Keller a National Park Service Marine Archaeologist Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
MAY REMOVE: Self Defense: Protecting Yourself Learn from Pooja Nagpal, a 2015 Girl Scouts National Young Women of Distinction and second-degree blackbelt in Taekwando key self defense skills that can be applied to any situation. Pooja Nagpal, Founder of For A Change Defend and 2016 National Young Woman of Distinction Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
Women's History and the Right to Vote - How Should We Commemorate a Century of Suffrage? Almost one hundred years ago, ratification of the 19th Amendment doubled the number of US citizens empowered by enfranchisement.  At that time, women’s political engagement — including voting patterns, turnout, and civic activism—forever became part of our nation’s lexicon. As we prepare to commemorate 100 years of Suffrage in August 2020, we must turn our attention to the generations of girls and young women who will soon come of age and be eligible to vote.  Join cultural and educational professionals working for a conversation in how to engage and support girls as they become active and in government and engage in the political process by voting at the ballot box. Cindi Malinick, Vice President, Cultural and Property Assets at Girl Scouts of the USA (moderator), Wylecia Wiggs Harris from League of Women Voters, Dr. Noelle Trent from the National Museum on Civil Rights and Page Harrington Former Executive Director of the National Woman's Party  Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
Your Guide to Self-Love in a "Picture-Perfect" World In her session, Katie will breakdown the media's impossible beauty ideals. Katie will dive into the core of why we feel the way we do about our bodies and provide tips on how to maintain a healthy sense of self in a world that is constantly telling us to be somebody else.   Katie Wilcox, "Healthy is the New Skinny" Adults + Girls (grades 6-12)
A Financial Plan – Why Every Woman Needs One and How to Do It A Financial Plan – Why Every Woman Needs One and How to Do It…a panel discussion about your future. For adults who are interested in preparing a solid financial future for themselves and Girl Scouts. Hear from financial planning experts and Girl Scout Risk-takers including: Juliette Gordon Low Society Founding Chair, Dianne Belk, Girl Scouts San Gorgonio Council CEO Cynthia Breunig, a top financial planner, and an attorney. You’ll leave with an actionable planner to put you on a solid financial path.  *Limited to 40 people Diane Belk Founding Chair of the Juliette Gordon Low Society and Cynthia Breunig who's the Girl Scouts San Gorgonio Council CEO  Adults
Full Voice:  Taking the Risk to be Seen and Heard (or Let's Take Your Voice to the Dog Park!) How will you find the courage to speak up about what matters most to you?
What untapped gifts does your voice have in store for you?
What would become possible in your life if you fully expressed yourself?
When was the last time you breathed deep, cut loose, felt free?
In this dynamic, illuminating, and hilarious workshop, you will:
•  Open up the full range, power, and expression of your voice.
•  Learn how to use your voice to improve your leadership, strengthen relationships, and live more alive.
•  Reclaim lost aspects of yourself.
•  Risk being seen and heard in new ways.
•  Experience literal and metaphorical harmony.
•  Join with a lively community of vocal explorers.
You do NOT need to know how to sing to participate in this workshop.  We’ll use our voices a lot, but there won’t be any solos or pressure to “do it right” or written down music.
TBD Adult
How Networks and Mentors Support Women Entrepreneurs Angela Lee, Female entrepreneur Adult
Workshop on Preparing Girls for Life After High School (Debt, Credit, College and other Money Matters)  The adult audience will leave the session with information and tools on how to financially empower girls once they graduate high school and teach them how to save money and prepare for college or life on their own. TBD Adult