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Fair’s empowHER Lounge aims to inspire future leaders
empowHER Lounge
The empowHER Lounge will be open daily during the Stanislaus County Fair offering informative and interactive workshops for young women 16 years and older (Photo contributed).

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

The lounge helps cultivate empowerment and confidence in young women during the 10 days of the fair through different workshops and speakers.

“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 will be as future leaders,” 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.

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). Guests who sign up and attend an event will also be put into a drawing to win four tickets to Great America from local radio station KHOP.

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 pop up empowHER Lounge will be held at Vintage Faire Mall starting on June 13 in Center Court. Giveaways will be available to girls who sign up.

Daily topics planned for this year’s empowHER Lounge:

·         July 12 at 7 p.m. — Health and Fitness, by W.E.L.L. Women

·         July 13 at 6 p.m.  -— Body Image/ Feel confident in your own skin, by W.E.L.L. Women

·         July 14 at 6 p.m.  Speaking Up; Our youngest guests acquired core leadership skills that can be translated into all aspects of their lives, presented by Erica Ormsby

·         July 15 at 7 p.m.  — Finding Your Calling. Making a difference starts with finding your passion, by W.E.L.L. Women

·         July 16 — Girls who Code, by Dr. Viji Sundar and Rapunzel Amador-Lewis 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Social Media 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. by W.E.L.L. Women; Girl Scouts 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

·         July 17 at 7 p.m. — Women in Media, presented by the Turlock Journal and 209 Magazine

·         July 18 — Girls who Code Dr. Viji Sundar and Rapunzel Amador-Lewis 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Girl Scouts STEM 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

·         July 19 — How to be a young entrepreneur by Soaps by Hailey, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Be responsible on Social Media/ Anti Bullying/Personal Brand. You're already creating a footprint in the world, be it online, at school or at home, by W.E.L.L. Women 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

·         July 20 — SHE BECAME Build, Empower & Encourage Women, 4 p.m.; Building Financial Confidence, 6 p.m.; How to handle a toxic boss and woman on woman emotional stress in the workplace, 7 p.m.

·         July 21 — SHE BECAME Build, Empower & Encourage Women, 4 p.m.; Interview Skills/ Dress for success, 7 p.m.

The 2019 Stanislaus County Fair opens July 12 for a 10-day run. Visit the Fair’s website for ticket information at