Young Women LEAD conference registration deadline extended to Sept. 21

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NKU Extends Registration Deadline for
Oct. 16 Young Women LEAD Conference

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University has extended the registration deadline for the Young Women LEAD Conference - presented by Toyota, SOAR and the NKU Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies - to Friday, Sept. 21.

The leadership conference will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16, and is free for any high school girl in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.

About 700 high school girls are expected to attend the conference, which features keynote addresses by Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes and award-winning national speaker, author and role model Julie Marie Carrier.

Dawes is known around the world as being a member of the “Magnificent Seven,” competing in three Olympic games, winning team medals in all three and earning a permanent place in the U.S. Olympic Committee Hall of Fame. After becoming an Olympian, Dawes found a passion for empowering others by speaking on leadership, teamwork, health, fitness and wellness.

Carrier has come a long way since the unpleasant nerd label that plagued her high school years. After becoming Miss Virginia USA 2002, an award-winning national speaker and author of her new book for girls, “Be-You-Tiful,” Carrier is now recognized as a top achiever and positive role model.

“The Young Women LEAD Conference is designed to inspire high school girls to believe in their qualities and strengths and to challenge them to believe in a higher level of personal growth and development,” said Kimberly Clayton-Code, director of the NKU Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies. “We are pleased to have nationally-recognized speakers who will share their insights on real life issues and how to overcome challenges to believe in themselves and achieve successful, meaningful careers. The conference will also provide the opportunity for the teens to connect with and learn from local female business and community leaders.”

Participants will also attend two breakout sessions and a lunch session presented by Secret’s “Mean Stinks” anti-bullying campaign. Other workshops focus on topics such as living your vision, developing relationships, creating opportunities and setting goals.

Registration is limited and is open until September 14. For more information, visit

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