NKU set to host fourth annnual Young Women Lead Conference Oct. 28

For immediate release…
Tuesday – Oct. 7, 2014

Registration is open for the Fourth Annual Young Women LEAD (YWL) Conference, presented by Toyota, to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Northern Kentucky University Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights.

The YWL conference is for Greater Cincinnati high school girls and focuses on Leadership, Education and Development. The all-day conference features interactive breakout sessions, keynote speakers, and lunch. It runs from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is free to all participants. Registration is limited to the first 1,000 students and reaches capacity very quickly.

“The purpose of the conference is to empower high school girls to embrace their strengths and to reach their full potential,” said YWL Project Manager Deanna Bowden of Duke Energy. “At this year’s conference, we are excited to have an Olympian and other nationally recognized speakers who will share their insights on real life issues and how they overcame them to achieve success. The conference will also provide an opportunity for teens to connect to and learn from female business leaders.”

This year’s keynote speaker is three-time Olympian and six-time national champion in aerial skiing, Emily Cook. Cook overcame significant injuries to both feet to make her Olympic dreams come true.

Participants will also take part in a special presentation from Roadtrip Nation, an organization focused on empowering individuals to define their own road in life instead of traveling down someone else’s road. The presentation will show students how to create their own journey based on their passions. Roadtrip Nation’s RV will also be on site along with its interactive digital app to help young women discover possible career paths based on their interests.

“Northern Kentucky University is proud to again host the Young Women LEAD Conference,” said NKU President Geoffrey Mearns. “This important program gives tomorrow’s women leaders the tools they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond. The university community is excited to welcome these future leaders to campus on Oct. 28.”

The YWL conference is organized by the local participants of SOAR, a leadership development program designed to assist businesses in developing their women for future leadership positions. Through this project in collaboration with NKU, SOAR members practice their newly acquired leadership skills while at the same time “lifting as they lead.”

Community sponsors for the event include: Duke Energy, Fidelity, Herbal Essence, NKU, Protective Life, and Hobsons.

For more information, please visit www.youngwomenlead.com.

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