Workshop Presenter FAQ’s

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When will Houston We Are Girls be held in 2019?

We Are Girls will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9-3:00pm at Hogg Middle School, 1100 Merrill St, Houston, TX 77009.

What information do I need in order to fill out the Workshop Application?

Here is a list of what you need in order to fill out the workshop application.

Presenter’s Information:
-Organization/Company/Individual’s Name
-Contact Name and Title
-Contact Cell Phone Number
-Contact Email
-Organization/Company/Individual’s Website
-Day of Contact Person Name(s) if Different than Main Contact
-Day of Contact Person Cell Phone Number if Different from Main Contact
-Is the Organization/Company/Individual associated with a high school?
-Bio of Organization/Company/Individual that is presenting
-How did you hear about this opportunity?
-High resolution logo for Organization/Company/Individual

Workshop Sessions:
-Title of workshop(s)
-Name of Organization/Company/Individual conducting the workshop(s)
-Youth friendly or adult friendly description of workshop(s)
-Target age range (Must fit into these three age ranges: 3rd-5th grade, 6th-8th grade and Adults)
-How would you like your session(s) to be broken up in regards to age ranges? (All ages, girls in 3rd-8th grade, etc.)
-List of learning objectives for proposed workshop(s)
-Summary of curriculum of proposed workshop(s)
-List of activities taking place
-What times on April 27th are you available?
-How many times would you like to present workshop(s)?
-Do you have the capability to teach workshop(s) in Spanish?
-What is the maximum capacity for workshop(s)?
-Will you need extra volunteers for your workshop(s)?
-Will you need a projector for your workshop(s)?

-Are you interested in having a table at our resource fair? Please note items are not permitted to be sold at the resource fair.

Please note:
1. All workshops and speaking is done on a volunteer basis.

2. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

3. Acceptance letters for all proposal forms will be sent out the week of March, 4, 2019.

4. This document has two sections:
-The first section is the general information about your organization.
-The second is about specific conference workshops.

5. We Are Girls will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Hogg Middle School, 1100 Merrill St., Austin, TX 77009


What are the perks I receive for being a workshop facilitator?

We appreciate you facilitating workshops that benefit the We Are Girls community on a volunteer basis.

-Are you interested in having a table at our resource fair? Please note items are not permitted to be sold at the resource fair.

There are some incredible ways that participating in the We Are Girls Conference can benefit you and your organization or business. Listed below are a few of the perks that we offer to presenting workshop providers.

-As a provider you will have the opportunity to present to dozens of girls and/or the adults that care about them that are in the exact demographic you are seeking.
-Opportunity to have a table in the resource area of the event.
-Opportunity to have a logo included on slideshow that is looped at the beginning of the day in the gym.
-Opportunity to be promoted through several of Girls Empowerment Network’s social media avenues.
-Opportunity to have name and website to be printed in Girls Empowerment Network’s We Are Girls Conference collateral.
-Opportunity to meet and mingle at We Are Girls in the hospitality room with all the other fantastic presenters and volunteers.
-All presenters will receive an additional two registrations to share with whomever they wish.

If I do not have the resources to facilitate an entire workshop, how else can I be involved?

You can opt to have a table at our resource fair and distribute information there. However you MAY NOT sell items at this fair. The hours are from 8am-3pm. You can leave your table to present, however GEN is not responsible for items left at your table. The busiest times at the resource fair are from 8am-9am, during passing periods and during both lunches. The resource tables are distributed among the school and will be occupied on a first come first serve basis.

When will I hear about the acceptance of my proposal from GEN?

Acceptance emails will be sent out the week of March 4th, 2019. All applications must be submitted by Friday, February, 22, 2019.

How long is a workshop?

Each workshop for girls is 60 minutes. Workshops that are adults only are 50 minutes so they have the opportunity to go and pick up the girls at a different session.

Can you save and come back to the Workshop/Speaker application later?

Unfortunately, no you cannot. Incomplete proposals will not be considered. The first section of the application is general information about your organization and the second is about specific conference workshops. That is why it is so important that you know/have available the following information before starting the application:

What do I do if there is an issue with the final programming schedule?

Please notify Blair at If we do not hear from you, we assume everything is correct. There are a few rooms that may change between now and the time of the conference.


Where do I park and check-in on the day of the conference?

When you arrive you will need to check in at speaker check-in, which is located just outside the gym. A map will be sent to all accepted speakers before the conference. Parking will be noted on this map as well. You must check in 30 minutes before your first scheduled session (but you are invited to attend the whole day, so come as early as you’d like!) IF YOU ARRIVE PAST THE REQUIRED ARRIVAL TIME YOU ARE NOT GUARANTEED A/V ASSISTANCE. You will also check-out at the speaker table before you leave for the day. If you are speaking multiple times throughout the day, you only need to check in once. We need to keep careful track of who is in the building with us, so if you have not done so already, be sure to submit the names of any co-presenters you are bringing with you by EOD Friday, April 19th.

Where are the workshops held and how many people can fit in them?

The majority of you are presenting in regular sized classrooms. The capacity of those rooms is 25. There are some larger spaces that will be used for workshops that involve physical activity.


What should I bring and what do I need to know about technology for my presentation?

Bring all supplies you will need for your workshop/resource table.
  • We will provide a projector, but you must bring your own laptop if you wish to project something, but you must request it in the application to be guaranteed a projector. Also be sure to have a back-up plan if there are technical difficulties.
  • You will need to bring your own adapter that will ensure your laptop can connect to a VGA hook up.
  • You must arrive 30 minutes before your presentation time to be guaranteed a/v assistance if you need it.
  • There are not speakers in every room. If you need speakers you will need to bring your own.

Do I need to register co-presenters?

YOU DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER FOR WE ARE GIRLS. As a speaker you will have a badge at speaker check-in. You are allowed to bring volunteers and co-presenters if needed. You will need to send us a list of their names by Friday, April 19th so we can have a badge made for them. Neither yourself or your co-presenters need to register on EventBrite. Please make sure to NOT register on EventBrite.

What happens if a girl from a different age-group tries to join my session?

Your Workshop Assistant has been instructed to not let anyone outside the age range regardless of the amount of attendees in your session. Please be respectful of this, we have taken hours of our time making sure that each classroom is specifically crafted for the age range that it is being offered to.

What happens if the session ends before time is up?

Please do not let your session out before that time is up. We cannot have girls wondering the halls during sessions. This is imperative since we are working with girls that are so young and easily can get lost in the school.

What do I do if I have a break between sessions?

The volunteer/speaker hospitality room will be in room 126B. This is where all the delicious snacks are and the only place on campus you can get a Coke. 😊 Please take advantage of this room… it is for you! There will be Thundercloud Subs for lunch starting at 11:30am.  There will be vegan and gluten free options available.
  • Visit a Featured Conference Speaker session in the gym or PAC.
  • Grab some lunch in the hospitality room and take a break.
  • Go to the cafeteria and help lead icebreakers with the centerpieces or a question ball, ask girls how their day is going, and mix and mingle with the crowd.
  • Attend an age appropriate session.


Featured Conference Speakers

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Jodi Bondi Norgaard- Speaker, Consultant, Founder of Go! Go!, Sports Girls

Jodi Bondi Norgaard is an expert in creating change and breaking gender stereotypes. She is the founder of Dream Big Toy Company and the creator of the award-winning Go! Go! Sports Girls line of dolls, books, and apps for girls encouraging healthy and active play over fashion and body image. Jodi is a keynote speaker, entrepreneur, consultant, and activist in the movement pushing media and retail to do a better job portraying girls beyond stereotypes.

Jodi is a leader in the toy industry breaking gender stereotypes since 2009 when she launched the plush sports dolls built-in specification to a real girl’s body. Her inspiration came in 2007 after shopping for a doll with her then 9-year-old daughter and finding a doll with belly-baring clothing, high heels, and make-up, named ‘Lovely Lola.’ Initially, industry leaders dismissed her product because a sports doll was not mainstream. “Girls want fashion dolls,” she heard, over and over. She was not convinced and knew mainstream ideas never create change. By 2015, she had made significant strides and her product was launched in Walmart stores. In October 2016, the Go! Go! Sports Girls brand was acquired by Jazwares, an established cutting-edge toy company.

She has been featured on national media including The Today Show, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, Forbes, Upworthy, Parents, Shape, Self, Runner’s World, Advertising Age, Good Housekeeping, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, and Huffington Post. In 2016, Jodi was invited by The White House to participate in conferences on breaking down gender stereotypes in media and toys.

She is a Fellow at Maddock Douglas, Inc., an innovation, leadership and consulting firm in the Chicago area, a board member of Girls on the Run – Chicago, a board member of Kaskey Kids an award-winning line of sports action figures, a founding member of The Brave Girl Alliance, a think tank of girl empowerment experts, and a member of Women in Toys.

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Shanterra McBride- Author, Educator and Founder of Marvelous University

Shanterra McBride is an author, speaker, educator, and coach. As the founder of Marvelous University, she offers life coaching and success planning for young people – specializing in leadership development for girls and young women.

Shanterra has a wide range of expertise on all things related to young people. She is a sought-after speaker on a variety of topics including: friendships, teen relationships, equity, justice and multicultural education, social media, relational aggression, sexual harassment, dating violence, and cyber bullying. Various media have interviewed Shanterra as an expert on bullying, gender-based violence and teen dating violence, including National Public Radio, Essence and Parade magazine, and an assortment of network and cable television affiliates across the United States. Shanterra is the author of Love Your Jiggle: The Girls’ Guide to Being Marvelous, an inspirational book for girls ages 11-17, published by Crystal Spirit Publishing, Inc. Themes covered include self-worth, maintaining friendships, decision-making, conflict management, self-empowerment and diversity and inclusion.

Shanterra has always followed her intuition and following her successful career pursuits in Washington, DC and northern California, Shanterra was inspired to return to her hometown of Dallas, Texas, where she served as a Youth Director at a local United Methodist Church, and partners with schools, speaking to their entire communities on equity and inclusion and relational aggression in schools.

Shanterra was recently awarded the Profiles in Leadership Award from SMU for having made a significant impact on the city of Dallas and on the quality of life for girls and women overall. This summer, Shanterra’s voice became international. She traveled to Morocco, where she delivered workshops to girls on the importance of valuing themselves and others. She also spoke in four cities in South Africa on girls’ empowerment issues including creating safe spaces, combating gender-based violence, and anti-bullying.

Shanterra earned bachelor degrees from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in public affairs & corporate communications and sociology. She obtained her master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.Shanterra believes three things have always kept her grounded: her faith, her bond with family and friends, and her relationships with her mentees. These constants remind her of her purpose in life, which is to Mend, Motivate and Empower young people to believe they are, without reservation, completely MARVELOUS!


2018 Houston Workshop Presenters

ArYouSerious- Ar’Sheill Monsanto-

CATES @ Texas Child Study Center- or

Charlie Marcol-

Coach Cam-

College Community Career-

Courtney Harris Coaching-

Crime Stoppers of Houston-

DPR Construction-

El Generation-

Ford Momentum-

FotoFest International Learning Program Literacy Through Photography-

Girlology and The Woman’s Hospital of Texas-

Girls Living Life on Purpose-


HISD College Readiness Department-

Houston SPCA-

“I Am” Project for Girls – Paula Ramirez-

InSpire Inc.-


Intuitive African Dance and Drum Culture-

L.SMURPHE.F Institute-

Londen Underwood/Emerald Rising, LLC-

M.A.D. House Domain-

Dr. Marta Zarzycka-

MD Anderson Cancer Center-



Randi Rubenstein-

Redefining BEAUTY-

Sales Fix, LLC – Kali Cole-

SciArt Exchange-

Splash Kids Art-

Tech It Out – SHEbot-

TexasYogini, LLC-

The Pangea Network – Young Women’s Leadership Challenge-

The Princess Within Foundation – Dr. Bernada Nicole-

The Queen’s Project-


Vintage CrossFit Kids-

Wells Fargo-

Women in Architecture Houston-

Young Artist Art Studio-

Young Picassos-

Gracias a nuestros patrocinadores 2017