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empowHER Lounge: Inspiring future leaders
empowHER lounge
Through informative and interactive workshops, the empowHER Lounge aims to build confidence in girls 16 and older. - photo by Contributed

The Stanislaus County Fair is hoping to inspire young women once again this year with the empowHER Lounge.

The empowHER Lounge is a place of resource that will help cultivate empowerment and confidence in girls 16 and older.

“The empowHER Lounge is a great source for young women in our community to be exposed to various life topics that may seem basic but can, in fact, determine what type of person they grow up to be,” said Adrenna Alkhas, spokesperson for the Stanislaus County Fair. “This lounge will make them aware of the importance of their online image, feeling confident, speaking up when necessary and finding one’s cause, among many other subjects.”

Alkhas created the lounge with the mentality of teaching young women how to support and nurture one another instead of subduing to the female norm of consistently competing and comparing. Setting such a tone will undeniably yield successful leaders of the future. Through informative and interactive workshops, the empowHER Lounge will be able to support this goal.

empowHER Lounge Daily Topics

July 13, 7 p.m. — Being responsible on social media

July 14, 5 p.m. — What does feminism really mean?

July 14, 6 p.m. — Body image/feeling confident in your own skin

July 15, 6 p.m. — Speaking up

July 16, 7 p.m. — Finding your cause

July 17, 7 p.m. — Real world expectations for women

July 18, 7 p.m. — Women in media

July 19, 7 p.m. — Building financial confidence

July 20, 7 p.m. — Health and fitness

July 21, 6 p.m. — Emotional stress in the workplace

July 22, 6 p.m. — Interview skills

W.E.L.L. Leadership, a woman’s education and leadership league, will be providing daily presentations on how one should conduct themselves in different aspects of their daily lives. Guests who sign up for the seminars will also receive a Fair and Vintage Faire Mall Swag bag (maximum of 40 guests per session will be allowed).

The lounge will also provide daily hair and makeup tutorials, presented by Toni ‘n Guy. Young women will be mentored by professionals on the latest styles and trends inspired by natural beauty. They will be encouraged to embrace and accentuate their natural features.  Participating retailers from Vintage Faire Mall will also have a back-to-school product display and fashions geared towards educating young women on how to dress for the life they want to lead. The lounge will be open daily during the Fair on weekdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In addition, a live remote of the empowHER Lounge will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 21 at the Vintage Faire Mall in Center Court. Giveaways will be available to girls who sign up.

The 2018 Stanislaus County Fair opens July 13 for its 10-day run. For more information, visit