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Jasper Conference Information


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.

2018 Keynote Speaker

Jesse Funk

Jessie Funk holds a leadership certification from the University of Notre Dame, is a certified life-coach, holds a B.S. Degree in Psychology, as well as a M.A. in Theater- emphasizing in how to use the arts as a healing modality for teenagers. Jessie is a former leadership facilitator for Franklin Covey and has also been a professional youth speaker for fourteen years, speaking for high schools and leadership conferences all over the country. She is a 6-time published author and her passion to help teens led her to start an international non-profit organization called “Ivy Girl Academy,” a confidence and leadership training program for teen ladies.

As a professional vocalist she has released five solo albums, has toured 36 states with the Broadway musical “Footloose,” has also been hired for hundreds of recording sessions as a studio vocalist including songs heard on TV’s “America’s Got Talent,” ESPN and “The Biggest Loser.” Jessie has walked away from three record deals unwilling to sell her soul for fame. She chooses to use her voice to lift and inspire in positive ways.

She also just began a life-long dream of pursuing a doctorate degree. She is earning her license as a clinical social worker and focusing on therapeutic leadership training practices for her dissertation.

Jessie’s favorite role in life is that of adored wife and mother to two.


2018 Emcee

Shelby Coates

Shelby Coates is a native of the Nashville, Tennessee area and joins WEVV from Spartanburg, South Carolina where she spent three years anchoring and producing the weekend morning newscasts at WSPA-TV. 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, Tenn; 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


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Registration & Photos:  8:45 – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome SOAR member: 9:15 – 9:20 a.m.

Emcee Welcome Shelby Coates:  9:20 – 9:40 a.m.

Keynote Speaker Jessie Funk:  9:40 – 10:30 a.m.

Transfer/Break: 10:30 – 10:40 a.m.

Breakout Session #1:  10:40 – 11:20 a.m.

Transfer/Break: 11:20 – 11:25 a.m.

Lunch/Breakout Session #2 11:25 – 12:05 p.m.

Transfer/Break: 12:05 – 12:10 p.m.

Lunch #2/Breakout Session #3:  12:10 – 12:50 p.m.

Transfer/Break: 12:50 – 1:00 p.m.

Closing Comments Jesse Funk: 1:00 – 1:40 p.m.

Grand Prize Drawings, Pictures, & Autographs: 1:40-2:30 p.m.

Students Depart: 2:30 p.m.

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