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Presented by SOAR, the Young Women LEAD Conference is open to high school girls in Jasper and the surrounding counties. The one-day conference is free to all who and registration is limited.

 2017 Keynote Speaker

Julie Marie Carrier


JA Girls’ Success Coach for the #1 Hit Positive Goal Setting TV Show on MTV, “MADE”, Emmy-Nominee and National Speaker and Award-Winning Author of “BeYOUtiful”

Featured on NBC’s Today Show, Julie Marie Carrier is a top national speaker, award-winning author and Emmy-Nominee. Julie also brings her message to millions of homes on national television as a Success Coach for MTV’s #1 hit positive goal-setting TV Show, “MADE.”

More About Julie Marie Carrier

Julie’s messages are also featured in the New York Times best seller, The Success Principles, Chicken Soup for the Extraordinary Teen Soul and in her national award-winning book, BeYOUtiful!, considered a best book for young women on success and self-confidence.

Recognized as one of the Top 50 Student Leaders in the Nation and a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar to England, Julie graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in Leadership Studies from The Ohio State University. At the age of just 23, Julie was hired to serve as a Senior Management Consultant in Leadership Development for the Pentagon where she served for four years.

With her increasing successes, Julie became increasingly frustrated with how destructive media messages and unhealthy role models are misleading young women away from achieving their own dreams. As a result, Julie left her prestigious Pentagon career in order to serve as a positive voice for young women on leadership, character and confidence and has been recognized as “America’s #1 Speaker for Teen Girls.”

To date, Julie has reached nearly a million young people at conferences, events, schools and colleges world-wide.

Learn more about Julie at

Special Guest

Kim Lewis

Kim Lewis is a Kentucky native but now calls Memphis, TN home. Kim graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 2012 with a BA in public relations. During her time at NKU, Kim joined Kappa Delta Sorority. For her, KD was an incredible outlet that allowed her to focus on her passion, inspiring and building confidence in girls and women. Since then, Kim has become a full time staff member at Kappa Delta Sorority National Headquarters and serves as the senior project manager. Her favorite part of her job is getting to speak to high school and college aged girls about living a confident lifestyle. She is very much looking forward to meeting and speaking to the girls of the Jasper YWL conference.


Shelby Coates

Shelby Coates anchors and is the Executive Producer for 44News This Morning and 44News at noon. Originally from the Nashville, TN area, she joins WEVV from Spartanburg, South Carolina. At WSPA-TV in Spartanburg she spent three years anchoring and producing the weekend morning newscasts for the CBS affiliate. She also worked as a general assignment reporter, receiving several honors for her investigative and consumer reporting. Shelby says “I am passionate about empowering local communities, strengthening women and mentoring young people. I look forward to joining the volunteering spirit of the many communities of the Tri-State.” Before coming to Evansville, Shelby also groomed her journalism skills as an anchor/reporter at WDEF-TV in Chattanooga, TN; WMGT-TV in Macon, Georgia; and KRBC-TV in Abilene, Texas. Shelby graduated from Abilene Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in sociology.

Vincennes University Jasper Campus

Date: Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Registration & Photos: 8:45-9:15am

Welcome & Intro: 9:15-9:30am

Keynote Speaker – Julie Marie Carrier: 9:30-10:20am

Transfer/Break: 10:20-10:30am

Breakout Session #1: 10:30-11:00am

Transfer/Break: 11:00-11:05am

Lunch #1 & 2/Breakout Session #2: 11:05-12:20pm

Transfer/Lunch/Break: 12:20pm-12:30pm

Speaker – Kim Lewis: 12:30pm-1:05pm

Closing Comments: 1:05-1:25pm

Grand Prize Drawings: 1:25pm-1:35pm

Pictures & Autographs: 1:35-2:30pm

Departure:  2:30pm

Have questions? Contact us!