Virtual Women's Expo underway TODAY

Individuals can visit to pre-register and then return to the same site Saturday to enter the event.

(Special to The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — A variety of speakers and vendors — not to mention free gift bags and a couple of appealing grand prizes — should make this year’s Women’s Expo Health & Home Show an event to be part of and remember - all at .

Additionally, people who want to attend this year’s Women’s Expo, which is set from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, don’t even need to leave the comfort of their own homes. The Globe is hosting this year’s Expo virtually; individuals can visit to pre-register and then return to the same site Saturday to enter the event.

Roberta Fultz, advertising manager at The Globe, is excited about the opportunity to offer the long-running annual event in a virtual format.

“One of the cool things about the Expo is not only will you be able to see the vendors and their products, but you can also live video-connect with them,” Fultz said. “So many of our local retailers are trying to compete with national vendors that already have an online presence. This is a way for people to shop from their homes and still support local businesses.”

Vendors participating in this year’s Expo include Sanford Health, Avera Access Medical Clinic, Johnson Jewelry, The Daily Apple, Boudoir by Hayley, Color Street Nails by Sheri Schwalbach, The Body Lounge, Johnson Builders & Realty, The Stag and, of course, The Globe.


“We’ve got a nice mix of vendors ranging from health & wellness to jewelry, style, food, nails, photography and real estate,” Fultz said.

Any Women’s Expo event wouldn’t be complete without the typical array of featured speakers. Three individuals from Sanford Health and one from Avera Access Medical Center will speak to Expo-goers on multiple subjects.

Scheduled to be first-up Saturday morning is Kristal Grigsby, a mental health professional with Avera Access. She’s slated to do presentations on anxiety and mental disorders, respectively.

“Destigmatizing mental health is something she’s really passionate about,” Fultz said of Grigsby. “She talks about ADHD, mood disorders, PTSD, generalized anxiety and more.

“Kristal got into the field of mental health because she’s always wanted to help people,” Fultz added. “In college, when she started learning about mental health and going into social work, she started working with adolescents. That’s when she realized they were experiencing these types of mental health issues that weren’t being addressed.”

Sanford Health, meanwhile, will feature two health care professionals from Sioux Falls, South Dakota ,and one from Worthington as speakers at the Expo.

Dr. Mohammad Qamar, who treats autoimmune kidney disorders in women, will be one of the Sanford speakers.

“Dr. Qamar will talk about the huge discrepancy in the way kidney disorders are treated and addressed between men and women,” Fultz said. “More women than men get kidney disease, but fewer women have transplants or even have it treated.”


Dr. Angelo Santos is slated to talk about vein health and the treatments available for varicose veins.

“It’s not just cosmetic,” Dr. Santos said. His session is all about how varicose veins can impact your life, and what we can do to mitigate pain.

Ashley Geraets, DNP, APRN, CNM, is the Sanford Worthington Medical Center employee scheduled to present during the Women’s Expo.

“Her session is called ‘De-Mystifying the Annual Well Woman Exam,’” Fultz stated. “She’s provided a ton of information and resources for women that really help clarify things. It helps women know why they’re asked certain questions, what health professionals are looking for.”

The first 300 individuals to pre-register for the event at will receive a gift bag that may be picked up from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at The Globe. People should also visit that same website to enter the event on the day of the Expo.

All who register will also be eligible to win one of two grand prizes. Johnson Jewelry has provided an $1,875 diamond necklace and earring set that one lucky recipient will win; Fareway has also supplied a $500 gift card.

The Globe will be online live throughout the Expo to answer questions and talk about things happening in our community and area, Fultz said. Additionally, Globe Editor Ryan McGaughey will be online from noon to 2 p.m. to speak with Globe readers.

Even though this year’s format is virtual, Fultz believes it’s more important than ever to be able to host such an event.


“We are so grateful to Sanford and Avera for making this happen,” she said. “In our changing world where so many things are available online, Sanford and Avera are working hard to make sure we can get health care and health education online, and that’s huge.”

Ryan McGaughey arrived in Worthington in April 2001 as sports editor of The Daily Globe, and first joined Forum Communications Co. upon his hiring as a sports reporter at The Dickinson (North Dakota) Press in November 1998. McGaughey became news editor in Worthington in November 2002 and editor in August 2006.
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