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“This is a great event! So inspiring! I hope Toyota keeps sponsoring. I love that the girls see women in STEM careers.”

– Annie Roberts, administrator,
fourth-time attendee

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Building momentum across the country

Our sponsors’ extraordinary generosity enables us to advance our mission and embolden girls in grades in 9-12 nationwide.

Girls receiving promotional materials from sponsors
Girls receiving promotional materials from sponsors

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Join our live Young Women LEAD events both virtually and in person.


Women Behind YWL

Since Young Women LEAD was a morsel of an idea, women have shaped its vision – and its outcomes.



YWL Clubs in high schools carry forward and keep alive the messages girls hear at Young Women LEAD events.

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Young Women LEAD offers organizations a wide array of opportunities to engage in and further our mission.

Girls receiving promotional materials from sponsors
Girls receiving promotional materials from sponsors

Companies & foundations fuel our free offerings

One of our core values is to support and lift high school girls from diverse backgrounds and experiences – regardless of where they live, their household income, or their GPAs.

It is through our sponsors’ generosity and ongoing commitment that we can offer YWL events and resources free to all girls nationwide. Young Women LEAD is funded solely from sponsorships and donations; we do not receive government funding or receive resources from other agencies.

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Presenting Sponsor

Toyota: Driving education

Toyota is focused on educating today’s students to build tomorrow’s leaders. The company supports students throughout the life of their education – from kindergarten to high school and beyond.

One of Young Women LEAD’s first sponsors, Toyota makes grants to fund STEM curriculum in schools and invites girls to visit its plants to learn firsthand about STEM careers.

It also builds the next generation of Toyota and Lexus certified retail service technicians through programs like the Technician Training & Education Network, which develops young people for high-demand, high-growth careers in the retail auto industry.

Just as Toyota prepares students for leadership, it is also focused on keeping everyone on the road safe. From teaching proper installation of car seats and a comprehensive teen program for that scary first year of driving, to refresher courses for mature drivers, Toyota supports a variety of safety programs along the continuum of life – for infants, teens, and the elderly.

Super Hero Sponsorship

SOAR: Empowering women and minorities to reach new heights

SOAR is a leading provider of leadership learning experiences designed to accelerate the advancement of women and minorities into senior leadership positions. We focus on peer-to-peer learning environments to develop leaders who are engaged in their work, empowered to create value, and equipped to lead their organizations into the future.

With over 15 years of experience in developing diverse talent, we have built a proven process that delivers results companies demand – increased promotions and higher levels of performance.

A diverse group of business people.
NKU Students jumping in the air

Super Hero Sponsorship

Northern Kentucky University: Educating students at every age

Northern Kentucky University is a student-ready, regionally engaged institution committed to increasing access to higher education, degree completion and career and community engagement. An entrepreneurial state university with over 16,000 students, NKU is a thriving suburban campus nestled between the hills of Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati.

Expanding outreach and partnership opportunities with P-12 schools to instill students’ passions and meet the region’s needs is at the core of NKU’s strategic framework, Success by Design. This includes the Camp Innovation Pathways to College Program, the School-Based Scholars dual-credit program, Norse Explore campus visits, and the Center for Simulation Education, which allows students to experience real-life health care situations through simulations.

Trail Blazer Sponsorship

Duke Energy: Creating powerful communities

Duke Energy powers the communities it serves with more than $30 million in charitable grants each year. The Duke Energy Foundation makes strategic investments to build powerful communities where nature and wildlife thrive, students can excel, and a talented workforce drives economic prosperity for all.

For students in kindergarten through 12th grades, Duke funds programs that prevent summer reading loss. The Young Women LEAD sponsor also advances energy, engineering, and environmental education.

Duke’s grants for workforce education and training programs prepare future workers to develop innovative solutions for the energy industry’s most pressing challenges.

Duke energy

Possibility Generator Sponsorship

UPS: Brown delivers education

“What can brown do for you?” If you’re one of its employees, UPS can change your life.

To set up employees at its major overnight air hub for future career success, UPS became the charter employer for Metropolitan College. Metropolitan College delivers higher education on-site at UPS in Louisville, Kentucky.

Since its inception in 1998, more than 21,500 students have pursued free post-secondary education and on-the-job training while reducing workforce turnover rate from over 70% to less than 20%. More than 7,691 individuals have earned over 10,120 certificates, associate, bachelor and graduate degrees through the University of Louisville and Jefferson Community and Technical College.

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