Jennie Finch, Natasha Watley and Kathrine Switzer Headline 2nd annual “Empowering Girls for Life” Convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 10

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Free admission: event requires prior online registration.

“The purpose of the convention is to reach out to young women and girls and to get the message out on motivating and empowering young girls to be the best that they can be,” said convention creator Bill Conroy.

Sports legends Jennie Finch, Natasha Watley and Kathrine Switzer will headline the second annual “Empowering Girls for Life” convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 10.

“The purpose of the convention is to reach out to young women and girls and to get the message out on motivating and empowering young girls to be the best that they can be,” said convention creator Bill Conroy.

Empowering Girls for Life is a free, inspiring and educational event that will provide a venue for girls from 7 to 17 to meet and interact with high-profile women with proven track records of success in their respective fields.

The program will be emceed by Laura Okmin, an Emmy award winning reporter covering the NFL for Fox Sports.

Empowering Girls for Life is powered by ComEd an Exelon Company.

Program Schedule

9 AM - Jennie Finch & Natasha Watley
Gold-medal winning Olympic softball players, both are former All-Americans and National Championship winners at Arizona and UCLA. Finch played for the Chicago Bandits and Watley played for the USSSA Pride.

10 AM - Kate Drohan & Yvette Healy
Drohan is the head softball coach at Northwestern and Healy is the head softball coach at Wisconsin.

11 AM - Alyssa Carson
Carson is an astronaut trainee and the first person to complete the NASA Passport program. She is the youngest person to be accepted and graduate from the Advanced PoSSUM Academy, officially making her certified for space travel and is earmarked to be on the first mission to Mars.

NOON - 1:30 PM VIP Session
A unique opportunity to meet, take photos and interact personally with convention speakers. This session requires the purchase of a $20 ticket, which will be available onsite at the door. VIP guests will be given a free autograph card upon entrance.

1:30 PM - Kathrine Switzer
Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entrant. She has won the New York Marathon, was named Female Runner of the Decade and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011 for creating a social revelation by empowering women around the world through running.

2:30 PM - Elana Meyers Taylor
Taylor is a three-time Olympic medalist on the two-man’s women bobsled team in 2010, 2014 and 2018, and is a two-time world champion. In January 2019, she was named President of the Women’s Sports Foundation. She attended George Washington University on a softball scholarship and played professionally for the Michigan Ice.

3:30 PM - Jennifer Tyrell, Patricia Babcock-McGraw and Jodi Norgaard
Tyrrell is the principal at Sandburg High School, a former Division 1 softball player at Western Illinois and former high school All-American and national champion softball coach.

Babcock-McGraw is a sportswriter for the Daily Herald, color analyst for the Chicago Sky and analyst for the Big Ten Network. She is a former Division 1 basketball player at Northwestern University and was inducted into the Indiana Sports Hall of Fame.

Norgaard is the founder and creator of the award-winning Go! Go! Sports Girls dolls and books, a keynote speaker, entrepreneur, activist and consultant.

To register or to get more information, go to: http://www.empoweringgirls.life

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