Q&A With Maureen Broderick, Organizer Of The Girls’ Festival

The Girls' Festival is a spectacular one-day event full of fun, exploration and empowerment devoted to girls. I caught up with event organizer and brain child behind this event, Maureen Broderick, to learn more.

Can you give me the 411 of the event?

The festival takes place October 15th from 9am-5pm at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Tickets are ONLY $10 per adult and girls 12 and under are free. It's all inclusive, except food and parking. You can find all the details of the festival on our website

Can you give me your 30 second elevator pitch about The Girls' Festival?

This is the first ever festival designed specifically for girls. It's a collaboration of amazing non-profit organizations for girls from the Bay Area and around the world, workshops, exhibitors, performances, activities, outdoor sports, an activity arena, prizes, giveaways, contests, a Makers Fair, and so much more. 

What highlights really stand out?

There are so many incredible presentations and workshops planned. You can see a detail schedule on our website but some real stand outs to me include:

  • Day long speed mentoring session with 40+ accomplished women in different fields talking to girls.
  • Super Cool Girls Fashion Show featuring collections that range from established Project Runway designers to FIDM graduates, Oakland School of the Arts students, local designers and Athleta's new Girls Activewear collection.
  • Girlpreneur Competition where girls will pitch their idea before a panel of highly successful entrepreneurs, including Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban, GE Ventures CEO Sue Siegel, and prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Tim Draper.
  • Jennifer Siebel Newsom moderates an exciting panel of young women around the world with Vital Voices, a global organization that identifies, trains and empowers women leaders around the world started by Hillary Clinton and Madeline Albright.
  • Female Athlete Panel including Brandi Chastain, Brenda Villa, and Juli Furtado moderated by Jennifer Smith, CEO of BAWSI (Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative).

What else do you have planned?

Workshops covering topics ranging from body image, healthy relationships, and career choices to serious discussions on health and safety.

Local and global organizations showcasing their programs and services including: education; health & wellness; entrepreneurship; leadership; STEM; career planning; safety and crisis support; social service and more.

Sports & Activities Arena includes dance, archery, self defense.

The Maker’s Space features everything STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) from some of our amazing Bay Area top innovators.

There is literally something for every girl who comes.

What are the goals of your event?

The festival is a celebration launch of our website, WorldWideWomen and the manifestation of our vision brought to life. We call it "a game changing day for Bay Area girls and their families” because we believe, when you walk through this festival, you will be introduced to organizations and services that you never knew existed, utilize their services, come away with some amazing resources, new skills, and be introduced to all kinds of things you can do and be. 

Our goal is to stay in touch with everyone who comes to the festival. We don't want this to be just a one shot event but a memorable time that you are inspired to be apart of as we grow locally and worldwide. Eventually, we hope to bring these festivals to major cities around the world.

Can you tell me more about WorldWideWomen?

WorldWideWomen, is an online global directory/resource dedicated to building a global movement for women’s and girls' equality through technology, philanthropy and advocacy. 

Our business model has three main areas:

  1. For Profit Business: our resource platform went live last March which provides an array of services. For the last three years we have been researching, aggregating, and vetting programs for women and girls in one spot. 
  2. Philanthropic: our business supports our philanthropic organization which has a variety of services to women and girls. We hope to provide grants to support non-profits focused on women and girls around the world. 
  3. Advocacy: we hope to become a powerful group supporting equality for girls and women, not just in the U.S. but around the world. 

What can someone do to get more involved?

Join our free website, utilize out extensive directory, donate to our foundation, and come and enjoy the festival on October 15th.

Maureen Broderick, WorldWideWomen

Maureen Broderick, WorldWideWomen

WOW! What an action-packed day this will be! The festival is designed specifically for girls to connect to their community, discover their potential, try new things, and have a great time! Get your tickets now for a day full on fun. Hope to see you at the WorldWideWomen Girls’ Festival.

WorldWideWomen is the first-ever global resource platform that offers a suite of services and benefits that are relevant and valuable to women and girls around the world. You can find more information on their websiteFacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubePinterestGoogle+, and LinkedIn.