LEAD Program

Our girls leadership program is a structured, multi-session series for middle school girls ages 11 to 15.

Summer Fashion Camp

Girls learn to craft their designs, launch a fashion business, and rip the runway at Winston-Salem Fashion Week!

Girls Rising Expo

Girls and their parents/guardians gather for a fun-filled day of learning, sharing and future planning.

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2023 LEAD Girls Expo

Salem College
Winston-Salem, NC

Friday, October 27, 2023
Saturday, October 28, 2023

COST: This is a free event!

Registration opens soon…stay tuned! 

Get ready for the 5th annual LEAD Girls Rising Expo!

This year we will welcome 5th to 9th grade girls. We have confirmed the author Kelly Starling Lyons, an award-winning author whose 17 titles span easy readers, picture books, chapter books, fiction, nonfiction, and series.

Among the accolades Lyons’ books have received: Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, Best of the Year and state award lists, Junior Library Guild selections, a Caldecott Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. Lyons is a founding member of The Brown Bookshelf, a team dedicated to raising awareness of Black children’s book creators.

At this year’s Expo, we will add a Book Fair “Pop Up,” so our girls can self-select books, at no cost, to grow their home library!

Interested in sponsoring the Expo?

Email joy@leadgirls.org to learn more about available Expo sponsorships. 

Girls participating in our 2022 Girls Rising Expo.

Girls Rising Together

Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Powerful.

The 2023 Girls Rising Expo will showcase the power of being seen, heard, respected and celebrated.

Sponsorships Available

Help make sure girls are seen, their voices are heard, and their power is celebrated and respected.

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