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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LEAD Girls Expo


2024 Expo October 25-26

Stay tuned for more info about this year’s Expo!

Thank you to all of our participants, presenters, volunteers and sponsors for making the 2023 Expo a success!

We’ll update this page with 2024 Expo information as we plan and schedule the event!

Keep scrolling to view the archived 2023 Expo page.


Salem College
Winston-Salem, NC

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

COST: This is a free event!

Registration is now open! Sign up to attend! 

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.

Learn more about our Expo!

View past Expo materials and impact snapshots:

2023 Expo Booklet

2022 Expo Booklet

2022 Expo Impact


2021 Expo Program & Agenda
(virtual event, no printed booklet)

2021 Impact Snapshot

Girls Leading the Way

Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Powerful.

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

Sponsorships Available

The 2023 LEAD Girls Expo is generously supported by:

Dewey’s Bakery
Centenary United Methodist Church


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