Disney’s “So Random” Stars Help Build Self-Esteem in Girls at Upcoming California Women’s Conference 2012

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Popular teen stars Allisyn Arm and Audrey Whitby from the hit Disney show “So Random” are part of a celebrity-studded panel of positive teen role models hosted by self-esteem magazine BYOU “Be Your Own You!” and will inspire girls and moms the evening of Sunday, September 23, at the California Women’s Conference Girls Summit held at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.

The pressure to look perfect is overwhelming. I tell girls it takes two hours and a team of professionals to get ready for an appearance in front of the camera!

Popular teen stars Allisyn Arm and Audrey Whitby from the hit Disney show “So Random” are part of a celebrity-studded panel of positive teen role models hosted by self-esteem magazine BYOU “Be Your Own You!” and will inspire girls and moms the evening of Sunday, September 23, at the California Women’s Conference Girls Summit held at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.

The newest publication for tween/teen girls, BYOU “Be Your Own You” Magazine, with a mission to build self-esteem in girls around the globe, hosts the BYOU Magazine Girls “B-Empowered” Panel featuring Singer & Dove Movement for Self-Esteem Partner Jessica Jarrell (who toured with Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson), Disney’s “So Random” stars Allisyn Arm & Audrey Whitby, Girl Scout performer Ani Hesse, actress Katherine McNamara (starring in Disney’s upcoming movie “Girl v. Monster”), actress & award-winning filmmaker Tara Nicole Azarian, and actress & anti-bullying advocate Cassandra Perkins (starring in the upcoming movie “Bully Girls”). The panel will discuss important topics for girls today such as friendships, bullying, body image, Internet safety, self-esteem, education, and empowerment. It is hosted and moderated by BYOU Magazine’s Founder & Publisher, Debra Gano, who is a national self-esteem expert and best-selling author. Also making a special performing appearance is Nickelodeon’s “How To Rock” star Cymphonique Miller, who is a partner and spokesmodel for the BYOU “Be Your Own You” apparel brand.

In spite of working together in the competitive world of Hollywood, Allisyn and Audrey remain real-life “BFF’s” and offer friendship and self-esteem advice to girls in their column in each issue of BYOU Magazine, and each have their own opinion of what challenges girls the most today. “I think one of the huge issues girls face today is body image,” says Audrey. “The pressure to look perfect is overwhelming. I tell girls it takes two hours and a team of professionals to get ready for an appearance in front of the camera!”

Allisyn agrees, and is also concerned about the dangerous trend of cyber bullying. “The Internet can be very fun, but it also can be a lot of trouble. Don’t say anything about someone you wouldn’t want them reading. Words are like toothpaste – once they come out, you can’t put them back in and it’s a mess to clean up!”

The California Women’s Conference 2012, which is the largest women’s conference in the nation and takes place September 23-24, has a long-time reputation for inspiring and empowering women, and for the first time ever, is opening its doors to teen and tween girls ages 8-18 the evening of Sunday, September 23. “This is about moving the Women’s Conference forward with the next generation,” states Michelle Patterson, the new Executive Producer for The California Women’s Conference. “We want to share this experience with every mother and daughter.”

BYOU Magazine Publisher Debra Gano agrees, “These are very formative years for girls, and with an estimated 90% of girls today suffering from low self-esteem, we want to empower them as much as possible and feel by featuring popular positive celebrity role models at this event to inspire and educate girls, we can make a difference in their lives.” Gano speaks nationally on self-esteem issues and will be autographing her award-winning “Mom’s Choice” Gold Award Heartlight Girls book, Beauty’s Secret: A Girl’s Discovery of Inner Beauty, endorsed by Marianne Williamson and Jack Canfield, at the event.

The evening takes place from 5:00-9:00 PM and also includes musical performances, an everyday-girl panel, a magic show, a “red carpet” event with autographing & photo opportunities with the stars, and shopping with over 250 vendors, including tween and teen related products on “BYOU Street,” hosted by BYOU “Be Your Own You” Apparel. Special discounted tickets are available for $29 and can be purchased at http://www.BYOUmagazine.com.

About BYOU “Be Your Own You” Magazine-
BYOU “Be Your Own You” Magazine targets ‘tween’ girls ages 8-15, with a mission to build self-esteem in girls in fun and powerful ways. It features positive celebrity role models, ‘real’ girls making a difference, and informative articles to help navigate distressing issues girls face today such as bullying, friendships, peer pressure, and body image. It also gives girls opportunities to be featured themselves and entertains with games, contests, giveaways and more – all with the objective of empowering and building self-esteem. Founded by girls’ self-esteem expert and best-selling author Debra Gano, BYOU Magazine gives girls the freedom to be themselves, to know their value, and to inspire them to not only make their own lives more fulfilling and joyful, but to make the world a better place. It is distributed nationally through Barnes & Noble and other bookstores or available online at http://www.BYOUmagazine.com The magazine’s message is reinforced with Be Your Own You positive-messaging apparel and products available at http://www.BeYourOwnYou.com.

BYOU Magazine Founder & Publisher Debra Gano and the teen celebrities appearing at the conference are available for media interviews - please call (855) BYOU-MAG (296-8624) for more information.

About the California Women’s Conference –
The predecessor of the California Women’s Conference (CWC), namely the California Governor & First Lady’s Conference on Women was an annual non-partisan event, and was created in 1985 by then-Governor George Deukmejian, to address the high failure rate among women-owned businesses by giving women entrepreneurs greater access to funding and other helpful resources. Then-First Lady Gloria Deukmejian assumed responsibility for the conference, which became known as the California Governor and First Lady’s Conference. Since then, the CWC has always attracted a highly respected and celebrated list of speakers. Today, the tradition of enthusiastically serving women-owned businesses continues under the stewardship of Michelle Patterson, CEO of EventComplete as an internationally acclaimed forum for the world’s most influential voices, hearts and minds. For more information about this event visit: http://www.californiawomensconference.com.
CWC Executive Producer Michelle Patterson is available for media interviews – please call (949) 218-0866 for more information.

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