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Old Dominion's 8th Conference for Girls and Young Women May 21

By Brendan O'Hallarn

Angela Reddix, a health, wellness and financial well-being consultant, will deliver the keynote address at Old Dominion University's 8th Annual Hampton Roads Conference for Girls and Young Women.

The conference, which was created to provide a forum to explore the complex and challenging issues facing young women today, will be held Saturday, May 21, at Old Dominion's Webb University Center.

The free conference attracts more than 400 10- to 18-year-old girls from Hampton Roads, along with their parents, for workshops and presentations that are intended to inform and empower girls and young women to become productive citizens and leaders.

Registration for the conference and expo will begin at 8:30 a.m., with sessions and workshops continuing through the day. The conference will close with a Zumba celebration at 2:30 p.m. To register for the Conference for Girls and Young Women, see the conference website.

Reddix, the keynote speaker for the event, created ARDX as an independent consulting organization in 2006. Today, ARDX is a thriving business with multi-million-dollar contracts and a staff of more than 100. Reddix is an adviser on government data management systems and a consultant on health information management programs.

As part of its mission to improve the lives of others, ARDX sponsors two community outreach programs.

To combat obesity among youth, ARDX conducted its first Healthcare Academy in 2008. The goal is to educate youth about fitness and nutrition and to provide strategies for healthy living. ARDX has conducted more than 40 HCAs since 2008. ARDX also sponsors an annual Women's Wellness Celebration to provide women with information about health, wellness and financial well-being.

Among the workshops for 10- to 13-year-old girls at the event: "Be a Friend First," a workshop to identify and avoid bullying; "Girls Go Techbridge," which gives girls hands-on experience with electronics, and "American Muslim Me: A Girl's Journey," which offers a look at a minority girl's experience in the United States.

For 14- to 18-year-olds, sessions will include "Life After High School," which invites participants to join DESTINED, an all-girl, community service-based organization at Old Dominion; and "Phenomenal Girls," a creative approach to building self-esteem and celebrating individuality through positive talk.

For more information about the Conference for Girls and Young Women, see the conference website, or call 757-683-5759.