The Women and Girls Wellness and Lifestyle Expo began in 2006. A group of dedicated women from various organizations felt that there needed to be a day dedicated to women and girls. A day that provided a fun event that would be educational and inspirational…and free so that all women and girls could attend. The first event was held in February of 2006 at the Itasca County Family YMCA. The first expo consisted of six breakout sessions with vendors in the Y’s gymnasium and was attended by approximately 100 people.
From the results of event evaluations, changes have been made to the event every year. In 2007 a women’s style show featuring local women was added. In 2008, many more changes were made. The Expo Committee decided to move the event to a larger venue with an auditorium; Itasca Community College came on board as our host and new location. The Women’s Wellness and Lifestyle Expo logo was developed to embrace the balancing act that is a part of each and every woman’s life. Other changes include: added two keynote speakers, upgraded and named the style show the “Show of Strength” style show, expanded the vendor marketplace and gave away reusable goodie bags which contained useful information and fun items. Paul Bunyan Telephone and Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital and Grand Itasca Foundation were brought on as Stage Sponsors in order to bring in high-quality keynote speakers. In addition to the keynote speakers, nine breakouts sessions were offered on various topics under the guidelines of health/wellness, physical activity, financial well-being, and spiritual well-being.
Today, the event continues to build on the previous year and grow due to the commitment of many of the same dedicated women, along with new additions to the committee. The Show of Strength Style Show has become a favorite among attendees, so be sure to be in the audience to hear the stories of local women doing amazing things.
Best of all, it’s still free! So when you are out and about, please be sure to stop and thank our sponsors – without them, this wonderful event could not be offered at no cost.