Girl’s Fest is a day of arts-focused creative activities, panel discussions, keynotes, and workshops designed especially for young women. We will celebrate the ingenuity and creativity of girls through all disciplines –theatre, music, visual arts – and encourage them to discover the leader within by harnessing their creative talents.

Date: Fall 2020 TBA

Location: Jersey City, NJ

Nominate a future leader from your area TODAY! For more about Girls' Fest, read our Fact Sheet. 


See below for instructions.

Click here for documents.

It is an exciting time for women. More and more women are excelling in leadership positions – in entertainment, government, non-profits, start-ups and public corporations. Even so, the number of male leaders still dwarfs female leaders. Being a leader requires having the skills to thrive in a world that is increasingly uncertain and complex. The arts help us safely explore unknown territory, be courageous, and take conceptual risks. 

At Girls’ Fest, participants will interact with leaders in the arts, industry, government, education, and the media, coming in contact with a diverse world of leaders and leadership styles.Through engaging in collaborative activities, participants of Girls’ Fest will develop essential skills to become strong and creative future leaders and the confidence to put themselves forward for leadership roles. 

Any girl*, grades 5-8, who attends school in Hudson, Bergen, or Essex counties can be a part of Girls' Fest 2020.

  1. Read our program Overview and Objectives.

  2. If you have or know a student who you feel would benefit from participating in Girls’ Fest 2020, please read and share with them the Fact Sheet(click to download) and Nomination Form(click to download) and encourage them to participate in this exciting event.

    1. Schools can nominate students.

    2. Students can nominate themselves.

    3. Parents/Guardians can nominate their child.

  3. The student should complete the Nomination Form (click to download). It must be signed by their Parent/Guardian. Please return a copy of the form to us via email at

  4. There is a minimal participation fee.

    • It can be paid by the Parent/Guardian, the school, parent organization or community group, (Women’s clubs, Rotary, Kiwanis, JCC). Please see payment form (click to download) for details.

    • No student will be turned away if she, or her school, is unable to pay the fee. Please contact us for scholarship opportunities.

  5. Once we’ve have received the nomination form and participation fee, we will send the student and school registration materials and conference materials (consent forms, health forms, schedule, et al) via email.

  6. At the conference, students will receive a conference journal, T-Shirt, Tote Bag, and additional materials throughout the day.

  7. Teachers and parents/guardians are invited at the conclusion of the day to see the work of our student leaders at the Girls’ Fest 2020 Showcase and Closing Ceremonies. Further details will be shared closer to the event.

  8. At the conclusion of the conference, all students will receive a completion certificate and participation letter that can be used for high school or summer/special program applications.


*Girls’ Fest is an inclusive event for students who were born as, or identify as, female. Non-binary students who were born female are welcome.

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