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Young Women Lead Conference


October 2, 2019— Northern Kentucky University’s Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies invites high school girls across the region to be their own heroes at the Ninth Annual Young Women Lead (YWL) Conference on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2019.

YWL, presented by Toyota, empowers high school girls to find strengths and reach their full potential. The all-day conference focuses on Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) and features interactive breakout sessions and keynote speakers.

Adrienne Bulinski

Adrienne Bulinski

Former Miss Kansas Adrienne Bulinski will deliver the keynote, “Perseverance with Grit,” a presentation aimed at equipping students with tools to stay focused, lead effectively, overcome adversity and live an envisioned life.

“This conference has encouraged high school girls to reach higher levels of personal growth and development for nearly a decade now. Year after year, we see these girls impact communities with the lessons learned,” said Kimberly Code, NKU’s Gifted and Talented Education professor and YWL project manager. “This year’s theme is ‘Be Your Own Hero.’ We want these breakout sessions to show attendees that they have the potential to be real-life superheroes.” 

After the keynote address, students can choose between eight interactive discussion panels and breakout sessions, all themed around female comic book characters. Each session is led by a successful woman and teaches important workforce success skills and leadership development processes.

  • What: Ninth Annual Young Women LEAD Conference
  • When: Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 8:45 a.m.-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 help businesses develop female employees for future leadership positions. Through this project, SOAR members practice newly acquired leadership skills to effect positive change in their communities and the workplace. 

Registration for the 2019 Young Women LEAD Conference is now open. For more information visit the YWL website.

About NKU: 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, visit nku.edu.