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Ashland Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions – 2016

Students will attend a variety of interactive discussion panels and breakout sessions. These breakouts will be delivered by various successful women that represent a variety of careers and personal choices. These women are experts on issues that high school girls are currently facing. The sessions will teach important skills needed to be successful in the workforce and ways to develop their leadership potential.


A.  Be Love   Sydnee Baker MSW, CSW, Foster Care Therapist at NECCO

In this session we will discuss the connection between self-esteem and the love we show others. We will be discussing how to build one’s self-esteem within their family environment. We also look into how our self-esteem effects how we intact in our families and how other’s self-esteem affects us.


B.  So do you want to be a veterinarian?   Amy Bess, DVM, Veterinarian   &   Kathryn Bess, Senior at Russell    (Special Guest:  Quincy, Poodle at Bellefonte Animal Clinic)

An introduction to the real world of veterinary medicine, this session will include information about what it takes to get into vet school, what life as a veterinarian is really like, salary expectations, etc. Kathryn will offer some peer advice about young women in science, ACT prep etc. Quincy will be our model patient.


C.  Empowered to be Different   Kendra Brown, Policy Director at The Congressional Black Caucus (U.S. Congress)

The session will focus on how each of us is individually made for a specific purpose and destiny. Our uniqueness and varying perspectives create a “marketplace of ideas” and thought. The session will focus on steps to take to understand your own value, skills, and why you must make decisions now with your future in mind.


D.  Where I’m Going,  Where I’m From    Sarah Diamond Burroway, Director of Grants & Contracts at Ashland Community & Technical College

They say, “Don’t look back, it’s not where you’re going.” But, knowing where we come from helps us navigate our goals as we move through life. In this interactive session, participants will be guided through a hands-on workshop based on the poem, ‘Where I’m From,’ by George Ella Lyon, a Harlan native and Kentucky’s Poet Laureate. Through discussion and facilitated writing, participants will explore how being from Appalachia influences how we see ourselves and how we see others.


E.  Getting Ahead by Giving: How Volunteerism and Advocacy Work Can Help You While Helping Others   Jerri Compton, Executive Director at United Way of Northeast Kentucky

It takes more than a good GPA and test scores to be ahead of your competition. This session will show you how volunteerism and advocacy work can not only benefit your community, but also help boost your applications for scholarships, colleges and careers. You will be given opportunities and ideas for volunteer work or projects in your area and a brief advocacy project that will be completed as a group.


F.  The ABC’s of the Arts    Melanie Cornelison, Artistic Director at Paramount Arts Center

This session will cover the multitude of career opportunities in the arts as well as the fun and life enhancement they provide. Using a variety of hands-on activities and group discussion, participants will learn how the arts help with leadership skills, team work, problem solving, creativity, and overall personal growth. Have you ever wanted to act, sing or dance on stage, build a set, design costumes or run lights and sound? Learn all about how you can accomplish any of these things with a little hard work!


G.  Weird Science: Extract Your Own DNA From Home     Ashley Cox, Biology Instructor at Ashland Community & Technical College

DNA extraction is a type of biotechnology used to analyze the genetic makeup of an organism. Although DNA extraction is usually done in strict lab settings, we can actually do it in our own homes using common household products! I’ll tell you all about what household products you can use to extract your own DNA and explain the many ways DNA can be used, including in criminal investigations to identify guilty criminals!


H.  Teen Dating Violence: Is my Relationship Healthy?    Kelsey Crowe, Child Advocate at Safe Harbor of Northeast KY

Participants will learn the truth about teen dating violence. We will discuss healthy verses unhealthy relationships, types of violence and abuse, the warning signs of abuse, how abusive relationships as teens can affect adulthood, and what can be done to help victims and abusers.


I.  The Stellar Path to Space Science in College    Kennedy Haught, Student at Morehead State University Space Science Center

If you’ve ever gazed at the night sky in wonder and wished to visit like I have, you may be the perfect fit to major in Space Science! Though visiting outer space can be challenging, engineering a satellite to launch into space isn’t quite as far out of reach as you may think. Space science is an intentional combination of astronomy, physics, math, and electrical classes to prepare students for a stellar path to success. Some benefits of the program include learning from the best in the business, travel opportunities, and networking benefits. The best part? Women are just beginning to make their mark in this field.


J.  Stranger Safety Education Program     Keith Herron, Sr.    &    Lynne Glenn, Stranger Safety Education Program at The Child Connection, Inc.

We will discuss integrity, sexting and sextorion, human trafficking, internet safety, computer safety at home, and child pornography.


K.  We Have Come a Long Way Baby!   Titine Lawlis, MSCJ, Paralegal at Divine Justice (Private Consultant) and Criminal Justice Instructor

We will explore the Civil Rights Women have earned why we must exercise our Rights and continue to advocate for Women because our civil rights are NOT guaranteed. We will discuss civil rights, a brief “HERstory” of how we won some and lost some (of our rights), three faces of activism, Speak up! Vote!, and women in politics.


L.  Pivot like Pacman: The Winding Road to Success (and staying happy along the way!)     Mae Marks, Business Outreach Manager at Oldham Chamber & Economic Development

I am 10 years into my career, and I feel like I have had a million jobs. In this session we will discuss how what you study in school really affects your career options, how you can take a crappy job and make it work for you, what you can do to grab opportunity as it comes your way, how to be happy when not everything is PERFECT, and why having a job you love might not be all it is cracked up to be!


M.  Interviewing Skills     Katie McKnight, Senior Human Resources Consultant at Marathon Petroleum Company

Interviews open the door for future educational and professional success. In this session we will discuss tips for successful interviewing. This will include resume building, appearance, behaviors/styles, internships/experience, and how to “sell yourself” to get the job you want.


N.  The Power of Yoga     Kathy Lynn Mejia, Owner Eternal Yoga and Pilates; Certified RYT 200 Yoga Instructor at Eternal Yoga and Pilates

Yoga is more than seemingly impossible and weirdly trusted poses. During this interactive session, we will explore the world of Yoga and the benefits it has on your mind, body and soul.


O.  Let’s Go Places! Careers at Toyota     Kim Sweazy, External Affairs/Community Relations Specialist at Toyota Motor Manufacturing KY, Inc.   &   Katherine Mulloy

Let’s chat about the amazing world of engineering! Learn more about manufacturing (It’s bigger than you think – so many options!), how to decide your direction, and what can put you in the driver’s seat (how to map out your journey).


P.  Be Confident, Be Beautiful   Amber Weddington, Human Resource Specialist at Ashland Community & Technical College

I have battled with an eating disorder for years and learned that sometimes you can be your own worst enemy. Learn tips on how to live a healthier lifestyle and be more confident with your self-image. No matter the size or shape, your body is amazing!

Rocky Adkins Pavilion

ACTC Technology Drive Campus

Date: October 11 & October 12, 2016

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Registration: 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Introduction: 9:00 – 9:10 a.m.

Get Up and Move: 9:10 – 9:15 a.m.

Opening Session: Nikki Bryant 9:15 – 9:55 a.m.

Transfer/Break: 9:55 – 10:00 a.m.

Breakout Session #1 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Transfer/Break: 10:45 – 10:50 a.m.

Breakout Session #2 10:50 – 11:35 a.m.

Transfer/Break: 11:35 – 11:40 a.m.

Lunch & Door Prizes: 11:40 – 12:00 p.m.

Keynote – Julie Marie Carrier 12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

Q&A:  Julie Marie Carrier 12:45 – 12:55 p.m.

Autograph Session & School Group Photos: 12:55 – 2:00 p.m.

Students Depart: 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Have questions? Contact Us!

Karen L. Coburn

(606) 326.2129

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