Pages Menu
Categories Menu

Central KY Breakout Sessions

Participants will attend a variety of interactive discussion panels and breakout sessions. Each student will attend a total of 2 breakout sessions. The breakouts will be delivered by various local 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.

Be Bold. Be Confident.

In “Be Bold. Be Confident”, we will discuss how being a young woman in today’s society can be a powerful thing. We will talk about self-worth, negative stereotypes and how to overcome them. We will also demonstrate how to empower other women and girls in our day to day lives.



Do you remember the scene in the movie Peter Pan, when the children believe they can fly? All they needed was a little pixie dust. As the “Distributor of Pixie Dust” for Cerkl, my role is to inspire those looking for the answers to engage their audiences like never before with our automated personalization technology.

Tough as Nails: Protecting Yourself with Self Defense.

In this interactive session, you will learn concepts and skills to help you develop important and empowering self protection strategies.


Christine Matthews Self Defense(1)CHRISTINE MATTHEWS

Christine began her 17 year law enforcement career in the United States Army Military Police Corps in 1995, she was honorably discharged in 2000.  She began her civilian law enforcement career in Denver, Colorado as a sheriff’s deputy, a firearms instructor in Los Angeles, California, then returned to Kentucky law enforcement. Christine was the second female in the state of Kentucky to complete the Lexington Police Motorcycle course, and was a motor officer for UKPD and Winchester Police Department. Christine recently began to pursue another passion of hers, serving God and serving women in aftercare who have been trafficked and sexually exploited. She currently is employed with Refuge for Women.


United States Army Basic Training/AIT 1995 Denver Sheriff Department Training Academy 2001 Department of Criminal Justice Training Center 2007


Working Towards Wealth

Very soon, today’s high school students will be entering college and/or the workforce. Ultimately, your first “real” job comes with a paycheck which requires savvy beyond simply knowing how to balance a checkbook. If you’re planning to attend college, you will be immediately enticed by credit card offers right on campus grounds. Will you be prepared to pay off the debt quickly or struggle against variable interest rates and the culmination of student loans and rent? This session will focus on how making the right financial decisions as early as possible can make all the difference in your quality of life!

DanaBDANA BRANHAM, Lasting Legacy Wealth Management

Dana S. Branham has been a financial advisor for over seven years. She began her career in the brokerage industry with AXA Advisors and Edward Jones, but spent most of her previous career with Lexmark International, a global technology company headquartered in Lexington. Dana is a graduate of Howard University, where she earned a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Finance. Since then, she has earned an MBA from the University of Kentucky and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. She also holds Series 7, 66, and insurance licenses.


 Goal Setting

Unlock your full potential! In this 40 minute hands on breakout session you will learn how to set formal goals by creating a vision board which will help you identify the things that mean the most for your success now and into the future. Materials will be provided.


jPOWERJAYME ROGERS, Latin America and OEM Business Optimization Manager at Valvoline

Jayme is a results-oriented professional with more than 15 years’ experience in business analysis, business planning, and project management.  She is self-motivated, strategic thinker who is analytical yet creative and practical.  At her core, Jayme is a problem solver and multi-tasker with leadership skills who thrives in a challenging environment. She is skilled in dealing with a wide range of internal and external customers.

Jayme is employed at Valvoline as the Latin America and OEM Business Optimization Manager.  She develops and executes business strategies, plans and tactical programs to achieve sales and revenue goals for both segments within the Valvoline International Group.

She was born and raised in West Virginia and is a Marshall University graduate. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting which brought her to Lexington, KY.  She resides in Lexington, KY with her husband Jason and four children Hannah Jo, Jase, Jacob, and Hayleigh.

Collegiate Panel

Have you been wondering what college life will be like?  A panel of 3 EKU students are eager to share their experience with you during this 40 minute student led question and answer session.  So, don’t be shy, bring your questions and ask away!


Creating Your Story: Exploring Careers in the Community 

Career Panel

Have you ever wanted to know more about particular careers or the “real” story of how successful women have achieved excellence in their careers?  This interactive panel session will feature successful women from our community whose careers are thriving.  They will share their career areas and personal career pathways. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and speak with each of the members of the panel.

CHRISTINE CORNDORF, Assistant United States Attorney

Christine has been an Assistant United States Attorney in Lexington for 3.5 years, and is currently Deputy Chief of the Fraud Unit.  Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, she worked in commercial litigation at law firms in Louisville and New York City, and clerked for a federal judge in Newark, New Jersey.  Christine graduated from Dartmouth College in 2003, and Stanford Law School in 2006.  Christine is originally from Los Angeles, but moved to Central Kentucky six years ago.  She lives on a horse farm in Woodford County with her husband.  They have two children, a 4-year old son and 2-year old daughter.


Justine Cooper headshotJUSTINE COOPER, Genetic Counselor, University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center

Justine Cooper is a genetic counselor at the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center. She has been a certified genetic counselor since 2010 and began her career at Baptist Health Lexington where she provided genetic counseling services for nearly 6 years. In 2016, Justine took on a new role as the Genetic Counselor Supervisor at Markey Cancer Center where she counsels patients about their cancer risks and educates them about hereditary cancer syndromes. In addition to seeing patients, Justine is working to develop a comprehensive cancer genetics program at Markey Cancer Center.

Justine holds a B.A. in Microbiology and Zoology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and received her Master’s of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. She is board-certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.



My path to becoming a Twirl Girl started in January 2009. Frustrated with the corporate world, I longed to have a career that I enjoyed and loved every day. Little did I know 10 months later my dream would be a reality!  After being a bridesmaid 9 times over the past few years I realized Lexington needed a place like Twirl. A place where brides and their best friends could shop locally and have an enjoyable experience choosing classic, yet stylish dresses that they will remember wearing forever.  I opened the doors to Twirl Lexington on November 27, 2009 and love every second of it! I am so blessed to be able to help brides make their vision a reality. To top it all off…I had the honor to outfit my own wedding party in Twirl attire in the Spring of 2010. I am now the mother of two beautiful little Twirl Girls and I look forward to sharing Twirl with them someday.

Careers in STEM

STEM Career Panel

The percentage of women in STEM related careers is lower compared to men in the same fields. Choosing a career in STEM does not mean you have to sit behind a desk solving equations all day. Come hear from a panel of successful women with very different backgrounds tell of their career journey and get insight into the possibilities of careers in STEM related fields.

STACY BERRY, Assistant Manager Paint Engineering

Stacy is an Assistant Manager in the Paint Engineering Department at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky.  She has been with Toyota for 14 years.  Stacy started her career by spending her first two years as a Paint Process Engineer focusing on quality improvements in the Paint Department.  She then  transferred into a Production Group Leader position where she was responsible for the Topcoat Painting process for two years and the Paint Final Inspection process for a year.  In this role she experienced being a supervisor of 45 Team Members.  Stacy spent her next six years in Paint Engineering working on new material launches for the Paint Department as well as being the Process Engineer for the Primer and Topcoat Processes.  During this time, she helped launch new primer robots as well as going to Japan to benchmark the Lexus process.  In 2014, she was promoted to Assistant Manager and supervises Paint 1 engineers.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Missouri Science and Technology.


Katie Mulloy always loved math and science and went on to pursue a career in engineering. She graduated with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville in 2004. She developed technology on laser printers for 8 years at Lexmark and submitted 5 patent applications. In 2013, she joined Toyota as a specialist in Bodyweld Production Engineering. In 2016, she was promoted to Production Engineering Assistant Manager in Lexus Bodyweld.

EStefano HeadshotEMILY STEFANO, Mechanical Engineer

Education:  Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University

Emily has worked at Lexmark for over five years as a Mechanical Engineer.  She started at Lexmark in their Technical Rotation Program as a way to gain experience in multiple areas of the business in a short amount of time.  She currently works on the development team for a color laser printer, focusing on paper path and product testing.  She has traveled to China multiple times to oversee printer development builds.  Emily’s favorite part of engineering is getting to work on a wide variety of problems and learning how complicated technology works.


CWheadshotCOURTNEY WILKERSON, Product Development Engineering Manager

Education: Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences, University of Kentucky 1999, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, University of Kentucky 1999, Masters of Business Administration, University of Kentucky 2002

Courtney has been with Lexmark for nineteen years starting as a student engineer working in color science then moving through a variety of roles including product assurance, product engineering, product development and finally advancing to engineering management. She has been involved in many company and community activities including coordinating STEM activities for schools and judging science fairs. Her career has also allowed her the opportunity to travel to many customer sites and manufacturing locations in the US as well as around the world, i.e., Mexico, Belgium, South Korea, China, Taiwan.  Working with people from around the world and learning about different cultures has been a career highlight.

Empowerment / Self- Confidence

Finding solitude in your struggle, as a young woman, when the world demands so much of you, can be a challenge.   Self-empowerment and self-confidence are products of desire, purpose, and intentionality. Explore practical ways to turn your struggles into power, and begin to develop your own narrative for your life.

Ieasha Allen pic2IEASHA ALLEN, Manager of Web Strategy & Design, Lexmark International

Ieasha Allen, was born and raised in California.  Upon graduation she relocated to Kentucky to attend the University of Kentucky where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Merchandising, Apparel, & Textiles.   After working as an ecommerce manager for a local children’s clothing manufacturer, she returned to school to obtain an MBA from Midway College.  During this time she worked at Lexmark as a web analyst/ecommerce admin.  She is now the manager of the Global Web Strategy & Design team at Lexmark.





Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Registration: 8:00-8:45 am

Energizing Intro8:45-9:00 am

Welcome:  Amber Philpott

Toyota:  Samantha Mardis

Keynote – Julie Marie Carrier: 9:00-10:00 am

Transfer to Breakout Sessions/Break:  10:00-10:10 am

Breakout Session 1: 10:10-10:50 am

Transfer to Breakout Sessions/Break:  10:50-11:00 am

Breakout Session 2: 11:00-11:40 am

Transfer/Lunch/Break: 11:40am-12:20 pm

Transfer to Auditorium: 12:20pm-12:30 pm

Energizing Session for Group: 12:30-12:45 pm

Keynote – Julie Marie Carrier: 12:45-1:15 pm

Send Off /MC Closing: 1:15-1:30 pm

Load Buses: 1:30 pm

Have questions? Contact us!

Lisa Raterman

YWL Conference Manager



Presented by


Our Partners


Platinum Sponsor


16 Lexmark_logo