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2017 YWL Participants at the NKU Photo Booth

October 29, 2018– Northern Kentucky University’s College of Education and Human Services is proud to host the Eighth Annual Young Women LEAD (YWL) Conference, presented by Toyota, on November 1-2, 2018

The YWL conference is for Greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky high school girls and focuses on Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD). The all-day conference features interactive breakout sessions, keynote speakers and lunch. The conference is free to all participants, and more than 800 students are expected to attend.

Kim Lewis with Kappa Delta Sorority’s Confidence Coalition campaign will deliver the keynote focused on overcoming challenges and finding joy to live with confidence. The Confidence Coalition is committed to helping women and girls to embrace their unique qualities and realize their dreams

YWL participant and Victor Victor greets a 2017 YWL Conference Attendee

“This is our eighth year for the conference, and each year we are empowering more high school girls to embrace their strengths and to reach their full potential,” said Kimberly Code, NKU’s Gifted and Talented Education professor and YWL Project Manager. “This year, our keynote speaker will talk with them about making positive connections and being bold in their communities. These young ladies will then attend breakout sessions with local female business and community leaders who have experienced the same issues they are currently facing.”

After the keynote address, students can choose between eight interactive discussion panels and breakout sessions. The sessions teach important skills needed to be successful in the workforce and ways to develop their leadership potential.

·       What: Eighth Annual Young Women LEAD Conference

·       When: November 1-2 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

·       Where: James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union

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, SOAR members practice their newly acquired leadership skills while at the same time “lifting as they lead.”

In addition to Toyota, Olay also serves as a community sponsor for the Young Women Lead Conference. For more information, please visit the YWL website.  

About NKU:  Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information on our 50th, visit