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Young Women Lead Conference 2022

October 12, 2023 - Northern Kentucky University’s Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies is excited to host the 15th annual installment of Young Women LEAD (YWL) on October 16.

“We are excited to host Young Women LEAD for the 13th year,” said Dr. Kimberly Code, director of NKU’s Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies. “This generation of women will make up half of our work force yet 7 in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with family and friends.”

The YWL conference is for high school girls and focuses on Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD). The all-day conference features interactive sessions, keynote speakers and a STEM panel. The conference is free to all participants, and more than 600 students are expected to attend. This year’s keynote speakers include Jamie Watkins, a well-known speaker for young women, emcee Tracy Stokes, and a panel of successful women from the region who represent a variety of STEM careers and passions.

All attendees will have the opportunity to send a postcard to space with Blue Origin’s Club for the Future. Each attendee will receive a postcard that Club for the Future will launch into space and back on a New Shepard rocket and return to you stamped “Flown to Space.”

Those interested in attending can register by clicking here. Registration is first-come, first-served and is limited to the first 700 registrants. YWL is sponsored by Toyota, Northern Kentucky University, Duke Energy, Magnified Giving, and C&A Home Team.

  • What: Young Women Lead (YWL) Conference
  • When: October 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Where: James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union
  • For more information: Contact Kimberly Code at

About Northern Kentucky University: NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of more than 15,000 students on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. Ranked in the top 50 out of 400 universities nationwide by The Wall Street Journal for exceptional value, we are a regionally engaged university committed to delivering an innovative, student-centered education. We empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives, while contributing to the economic, civic and social vitality of the region. Learn more at