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Breakout Sessions

Participants will attend a variety of interactive breakout sessions. These 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.

Healthy Relationships

Sara Choate, M.Ed.
Center for Women and Families
U of L Health Promotion Office


In this breakout, we will explore the ingredients of healthy relationships, what unhealthy relationships look like, and what participants have a right to in their relationship. We acknowledge that for some people, recognizing the signs of an unsafe relationship can be difficult. We will examine some of the factors that increase of person’s risk for getting into an unhealthy relationship, and brainstorm ways to build resilience.

More About Sara Choate

Trained by a physician and social worker, Sara A. Choate started her career in education facilitating sexual health workshops at universities and colleges across Wisconsin. After returning from Peace Corps service in Senegal in which she initiated and directed youth enrichment programs with the assistance of USAID, Sara received a Masters degree in Childhood Education, and taught English and ESL in two South Bronx high schools.

As Health Education Director of a non-profit organization serving marginalized youth, she transitioned from formal classroom instruction to develop a comprehensive, LGBT-inclusive sex education program for 4-12th graders and their caregivers in Austin, TX.

Currently, Sara wears three professional hats—Training Coordinator on the Prevention Education team at the Center for Women and Families, Sexual Health Advisor at UofL Health Promotion Office, and Co-founder of a health education mobile project based on the 5 Circles of Sexuality.

How to Select the Right College and Get Accepted!

Pam Brown
Educational Consultant
College Prep Resources


Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of deciding where to apply to college?Learn what’s important to consider when selecting a college, how to find options that will fit your needs, and what you need to do while in high school to put yourself in the best position to be accepted to the college of your choice.

More About Pam Brown

Pamela Brown owns College Prep Resources, a business located in Oldham County that provides college admission assistance, college and career counseling, scholarship search, scholarship and admission essay editing and ACT, PSAT and SAT prep.

She also coordinates the College & Career Night programs for Oldham County’s four high schools, and she serves on the Oldham County Community Scholarships Board of Directors.

Be Bold. Be Confident.

Kim Lewis
Confidence Coalition,
Kappa Delta Sorority


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.

More About Kim Lewis

Kim Lewis is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. During her time at NKU, Kim had the opportunity to get involved in multiple student organizations, one of those organizations being Kappa Delta Sorority. Kappa Delta became an outlet for Kim’s passion for female empowerment through their creation of the Confidence Coalition, an allegiance of companies, individuals and organization that work to promote positive self-esteem in women and young girls.

During her time in college, Kim worked to encourage her peers to lead a confident lifestyle. After graduation, Kim traveled for Kappa Delta as a leadership development consultant. Throughout her travel year she had the opportunity to establish two Kappa Delta chapters and work with 15 universities nationwide. She now resides in Memphis, TN and serves as the new chapter coordinator for Kappa Delta Sorority National Headquarters. Kim is thrilled to present at this year’s Young Women Lead Conference.

Grow Up Green: A Savvy Girl’s Guide to Financial Success

Dana Branham
Lasting Legacy Wealth Management


Grow-Up Green is an initiative that will teach you how to manage money, create wealth and make wise financial decisions. By participating in the GUG workshop, you will be prepared and poised for savvy and successful financial futures that will change your life and your family’s lives for generations to come.

More About Dana Branham

Work Experience

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 a 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.

Community Involvement

Dana is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and a trustee at her church.  She is also the founder and adviser to God’s Girls, a faith-based enrichment program for teen girls.


Currently, Dana manages Lasting Legacy Wealth Management, which is affiliated with the national independent brokerage firm, LPL Financial.  She specializes in providing the following services for her clients:

  • IRAs, Rollovers, and Retirement Transition Planning
  • Insurance and Estate Matters
  • Investments for Education and Other Life Goals

Dana enjoys educating the community about investing through seminars and workshops.  She has been a facilitator for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University as well as the guest speaker for numerous non-profit & civic organizations and churches.  She has also made regular television and radio appearances promoting financial security for all.

Dana’s mission is to help create lasting legacies of wealth for clients and their families.

Roadtrip Nation 


Curious about your future? Looking for next steps? This exploratory breakout session by Roadtrip Nation will shed light on how you can design your own journey by focusing on your passions. Roadtrip Nation is an organization centered around empowering individuals to define their own road in life instead of traveling down someone else’s.

More About Roadtrip Nation

Roadtrip Nation is a Movement of people who are defining their own Roads in life by resisting The Noise of conformity and gaining the confidence to do what inspires them. Check out:

Ready, Set, Row!

Theresa Reno-Weber
Chief of Performance & Technology
Louisville Metro Government


Women young and “experienced” must have a strong concept of self to be successful in this world. That personal identity and strength is the foundation for all relationships, personal and professional. However, it is not enough to be a strong individual. Women must learn how to support and work with others, especially other women, if they are going to accomplish their personal and professional goals. During this session we will discuss how to develop and balance a strong self-concept with the ability to work through and with others.

More About Theresa Reno-Weber

As the first Chief of Performance & Technology for Louisville Metro Government, Theresa oversees the Office of Performance Improvement (OPI), Metro Technology Services (MTS) and the Department of Human Resources (HR); coordinating the people, processes and technology required to improve the way government works. Along with a talented team of professionals, Theresa launched and continues to manage Louisville’s internationally recognized OPI Team and LouieStat program.

She has spoken both internationally and nationally on the subjects of performance management, data-driven decision making, and culture change and co-authored a chapter in the book Beyond Transparency.

A former Lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard, Theresa earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and previously worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. She is a current Moneyball for Government Fellow, is part of Living Cities City Accelerator’s first cohort and serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana.

Theresa lives in the Highlands with her husband and 3 children.

Stress Management

Jenita Lyons, MEd, CHES
Sr, Lay Health Navigator
Norton Healthcare Prevention and Wellness


Attend this interactive session to learn more about recognizing the signs and symptoms of stress and ways to manage stress. Share your stress management techniques with your peers and learn new techniques.

More About Jenita Lyons

Jenita Lyons works at Norton Healthcare Prevention and Wellness in Louisville Kentucky as a Sr. Lay Health Navigator. Her focus is on building and enhancing community and business partnerships and connecting people to wellness resources, such as cancer and cardiovascular screenings and health education programs. Jenita enjoys biking, cooking, traveling and being a mom!

Kentucky Exposition Center

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015

Registration: 8:30-9:15am

Welcome: 9:15-9:30am

Keynote, Julie Marie Carrier: 9:30-10:15am

Transfer/Break: 10:15-10:25am

Breakout Session #1: 10:25-11:00am

Transfer/Break: 11:00-11:10am

Breakout Session #2: 11:10-11:45am

Lunch and Break: 11:45am-12:15pm

Breakout Session #3: 12:15-12:50pm

Transfer/Break: 12:50-1:00pm

Intro Send-Off: 1:00-1:05pm

Send-Off: 1:05-1:20pm

Load buses: 1:20-1:30pm

Have questions? Contact us!

Lisa Raterman

YWL Conference Manager


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