Be inspired, sing and dance, learn a thing or two, have fun!
Our main stage will feature seven jam-packed hours of performances, presentations by amazing young women from around the world, a shark tank for girl entrepreneurs featuring Mark Cuban, and a very "with it" fashion show by local designers.
BizWorld Girlpreneur Competition
BizWorld.org a project-based entrepreneurship program that promotes financial responsibility, leadership and teamwork skills for elementary and middle school kids, will host our own version of shark tank for girl entrepreneurs. Girls with a good idea and/or a budding business can apply to be selected to pitch 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! The prizes are amazing! For more information and to apply to the competition.
Noe Valley Girls Film Festival Screening
The Noe Valley Girls Film Festival founders Ella Marks, Charlotte Kane, Maggie Marks and Caitlin Kane will screen the award winning film, "Behind the Rocks”, by 10 year-old moviemaker Maia Costea. The NVGFF team received over 70 film submissions from young girls in Grades K-8 from around the world, and they hosted over 300 people at their first annual film festival on September 10. During their presentation, they will speak about their mission which is to create a new generation of female movie makers, directors and producers.
Super Cool Girls Fashion Show
This unique girl-power focused fashion presentation, on the main stage from 2pm — 2:30pm, will feature collections that range from established Project Runway designers Jake Wall and Blake Patterson from Season 14 (showing a couple formalwear "prom" looks from JAKE) and Emily Payne from Season 13 (showing her Devon Rose children's clothing line) to FIDM graduates, Oakland School of the Arts students in the fashion program, and a dozen students from Jennifer Serr's Alameda-based The Sewing Room where she teachers design instruction. The show will also include looks from local designers Racheal Matthews, Mary Mozzetti, Stephanie Bodnar, a mini up-cycling collection from 13 year old Royal Borja Bernberg, and a mommy and me collection inspired by the upcoming elections. The show will include innovative new looks from casual ready-to-wear and Athleta's new Girls Activewear collection to party dresses for prom, modeled by Bay Are girls ages 8-18. Choreographed by model coach and TV host Charleston Pierce, with styling by Mara Kolesas of GoodFitStyle and produced by highly regarded local fashion designer and anthropologist Cari Borja.
There will be a meet and greet after the runway show with the show participants and Project Runway designers Jake Wall and Blake Patterson from JAKE and Emily Payne from Devon Rose which will include some of their latest signature fashions straight from New York Fashion Week and the San Francisco Symphony and Opera Galas.
Chitresh Das Dance Company
The Chhandam Youth Dance Company (CYDC), an elite pre-professional troupe for 8-18 year old students, will perform Kathak dance, a classical dance of India and one of the most dynamic theater arts in the world. With dance, music and mime the Kathakas - storytellers of ancient India - bring to life the great scriptures like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana as well as the Puranas of Sanskrit literature. CYDC is the only pre-professional Kathak troupe outside of India.
San Francisco Girls Chorus
San Francisco Girls Chorus School is a regional center for music education and choral training for girls and young women, ages 4-18. More than 300 students participate in this internationally recognized program, deemed "a model in the country for training girls' voices" by the California Arts Council. Their Level IV group, the most advanced ensemble from their internationally recognized program, will be showcasing their talent and performing a number of songs conducted by Ondine Young and accompanied by Dr. Susan Blinderman.
Female dancers in RoCo's youth dance company, Bodylanguage, will perform a piece called Shadow/Land, inspired by Bodylanguage dancer Maxine Flasher-Dugenes' poem about isolation and connection to one's community. It reflects on how we are seen and/or think we are being seen by people we interact with everyday. Recorded voices by the dancers, Lainey Bloom, Maxine Flasher Dugenes, Abby Frazee, Audrey Johnson, Danielle Kisseberth, Elli Mulkey, LouLou Parr. Choreography by director, Annie Rosenthal Parr, and music by New York composer, Mike Wall.
Grrrl Brigade will perform a captivating and diverse medley of work from their 2016 repertoire. The performance will include a Japanese Taiko drumming piece, a modern dance piece choreographed by one of the Grrrl Brigade dancers, and a Bellydance/Samba fusion piece! The GRRRL Brigade is an intensive dance/leadership development program designed to provide high quality dance training, performance opportunities, and a sense of self-empowerment for San Francisco's girls ages 9 to 18.
BAWSI Olympic Female Athlete Panel
Moderated by Jennifer Smith, CEO of BAWSI (Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative), this superstar panel of female athletes promises to inspire girls to go for gold. Panelists include Brandi Chastain, Olympic and World Champion Soccer Player; Brenda Villa, 4x Olympic Water Polo Player; and Juli Furtado, Olympian & World Champion Mountain Biker. Learn more about these amazing women here. These women will discuss the hard work, victories, and failures that led them to success. After their panel presentation, these athletes will stick around for a meet and greet and photo ops!
Global Girls' Voices: Education and Vision for Girls' Rights
Rise Up, Students Stand #with Malala, a collaboration of Participant Media and the Malala Fund, Global Girl Media and Girl Up/UN Foundation — four powerful global organizations dedicated to the advancement of education, health, and equity for girls — will host an inspiring panel featuring young women from around the world. The discussion is moderated by renowned author Shobha Rao, author of An Unrestored Woman that chronicles the impact of the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan on women. This panel will feature four amazing girl leaders originally from Guatemala, Somaliland, Nigeria, and the US. The group will discuss how they advocate for the right to an education in their countries and will share their vision for girls' rights over the next decade.
Young Women Leading Change
Vital Voices, a preeminent global organization that identifies, trains and empowers women leaders around the world, in partnership with ANNINC., will host an inspirational panel moderated by Jennifer Siebel Newsom! The panel will include young women from across the United States who are committed to shaping the world for positive and sustainable change. Six high school girls chosen from hundreds of applicants to become ANNpower fellows will present the amazing projects they are implementing in their communities which address topics including hunger in schools, cultural and religious understanding, girl leadership development, sexual assault, and girls in tech.