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Enabling young women to SOAR

Talented women gained insights through SOAR’s leadership programs. Through Young Women LEAD, they applied their learnings to help teenage girls.

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SOAR leaders give life to Young Women LEAD

Every great idea begins with a conversation between two people. And the impetus for Young Women LEAD was no different.

Sally Schott, Founder/President of SOAR, had been grappling with how women in her company’s leadership development program might apply their recently acquired skills. As she enjoyed lunch with a friend, she learned the woman’s daughter had been experiencing self-doubt. Her friend said regardless of the schools that teenage girls attend, they all seem to be plagued with a lack of confidence.

The insight turned into a conversation that led to SOAR participants planning and implementing the first Young Women LEAD conference. Their mission: develop leadership skills in girls, build their confidence, and expose them to careers.

During the 11 years since its first conference, Young Women LEAD volunteers and staff have produced 48 events, empowering 33,500 high school girls.

2010

The inaugural conference took place on a Saturday in Louisville at the Mohammad Ali Center with 95 high school girls participating.

2011

Through the generosity of major corporations and local companies, SOAR participants worked with local leaders where their classes were held to bring Young Women LEAD to Lexington, Kentucky and Northern Kentucky in addition to its conference in Louisville.

2012

Young Women LEAD transformed from a one-day event run by volunteers into a nonprofit. That same year, we held our first event in Jasper, Indiana.

2013

Girls in Eastern Kentucky, Southeastern Ohio and West Virginia attended the first Young Women LEAD event in Ashland, Kentucky.

2020

We launched our first-ever Young Women LEAD Live! presented by Toyota. Girls from 28 states joined us for the virtually delivered events.

2021

High school girls can develop their leadership skills year-round through YWL Clubs and leadership development and philanthropy resources on our new portal.

A catalyst for changing the face of corporate leadership

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.

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Cultivating the next generation of women leaders

Young Women LEAD is changing the way high school girls nationwide perceive themselves and challenging them to reach higher levels of personal growth and development.

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