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Ashland Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions – 2017

Students will attend a variety of interactive discussion panels and breakout sessions. These breakouts will be delivered by various successful 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.


A.  LIFE IS ART…YOU ARE THE ARTIST    Norma Meek, Executive Director, Paramount Arts Center

We create all the time as we live.  Learn to cultivate a taste for beauty, set art-related goals, make space in your life to create, revisit your childhood interests, and find joy in your everyday life.


B.  SO YOU WANT TO BE A VETERINARIAN?  Amy Bess, DVM, Veterinarian & Kathryn Bess, Senior at Russell    (Special Guest:  Quincy, Poodle at Bellefonte Animal Clinic)

An introduction to the real world of veterinary medicine, this session will include information about what it takes to get into vet school, what life as a veterinarian is really like, salary expectations, etc.  Kathryn will offer some peer advice about young women in science, ACT prep etc. Quincy will be our model patient.


C.  VOLUNTEERISM AND YOUR FUTURE   Jerri Compton, Executive Director at United Way of Northeast Kentucky

We are going to get on our “soapbox” (literally) to find our passion and give voice to it.  We will discuss how you can turn that passion into great volunteer opportunities that will not only help your community, but help you!  These efforts can assist you in applying to colleges, obtaining scholarships and even getting a job.  This fast paced session will be fun, loud, creative, and informative.


D.   GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN     Kayla McDavid, APT Student and Eryn Casey, Welding Student – Ashland Community and Technical College

Times are changing, and with those changes comes access for women to pursue careers in high-paying, high-demand jobs in traditionally male-dominated technical fields.  This class will share how one can choose a technical field, why it’s important to have women in these fields, and what it takes to break through the barriers.


E.   HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS    Kelsey Crowe, Child Advocate at Safe Harbor of Northeast KY

Participants will learn the truth about teen dating violence. We will discuss healthy verses unhealthy relationships, types of violence and abuse, the warning signs of abuse, how abusive relationships as teens can affect adulthood, and what can be done to help victims and abusers


F.  SPACE SCIENCE AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING AT MSU    Kennedy Haught, Student at Morehead State University Space Science Center

This session will explore the opportunities as a space science undergraduate or space systems engineering graduate at Morehead State University.  It will highlight both previously launched satellite missions, as well as those currently in production at the Space Science Center.


G.   YOU DON’T LOOK LIKE AN INVESTIGATOR     Angela Rigsby, Investigator with the Department of Public Advocacy

Learn about the non-traditional female role of investigator and how to become one.  You will also learn important information regarding your privacy, social media usage, controlling your information and who sees it, and how to be a lifelong learner.  Be smart and be safe!


H.   ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND WHAT IT TAKES     Lauren Gibbs Burgess, Owner/Operator TJ Studio, LLC and Regan & Ryder’s Closet, LLC

Interested in being your own boss?  Find out what it takes to prepare a new business from determining a good and profitable idea to how do you start a new business, to persevering through the struggles and embracing the benefits women face in business.


I.  VALUING DIFFERENCES     Katie McKnight, Senior Human Resources Consultant at Marathon Petroleum Company

Diversity and inclusion is an important aspect of our school, work and personal lives.  It is important to be respectful of others regardless of your differences.  This session will discuss different behavioral styles and how you can effectively work with people whose style may be different than your own.


J.  NOT SURE? WOMEN IN ENGINEERING    Kaitlin Stringer, Technical Service Engineer at Marathon Petroleum Company

Interested in the pathway to an engineering degree?  This session will introduce you to what it takes to become an engineer including common obstacles you may encounter.


K.  BE CONFIDENT, BE BEAUTIFUL      Amber Weddington, Human Resource Specialist at Ashland Community & Technical College

I have battled with an eating disorder for years and learned that sometimes you can be your own worst enemy.  Learn tips on how to live a healthier lifestyle and be more confident with your self-image.  No matter the size or shape, your body is amazing!


L.  ADDICTION:  DOES GENDER MATTER?      Veronica A. Nunley, Director of Organizational Development at Pathways, Inc.

This session will include an overview of the disease of addiction and include a brief description of the most common drugs of abuse:  nicotine, alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamines, opioids, and designer drugs.  Find out the biological and psychosocial gender differences in terms of prevalence and treatment.


M.  FINANCIAL CROSSFIT      Lori Cooksey, First Vice President/Kentucky Regional Manager at City National Bank

This is financial literacy 101.  Learn basic banking such as how to maintain a checking account, savings account, and budget.  Find out about credit – what it is, how to obtain it, and more importantly, how to protect it!  Thinking about a student loan (or any loan)?  Find out how to be fiscally responsible for the use of loans


N.  YOUR MILLION DOLLAR IDEA      Mae Marks, Manager, Special Projects, Economic Development and Talent Attraction, Greater Louisville, Inc.

We will walk through some ideation exercises to learn how to think in creative and innovative ways! After that, we will discuss how to use the end of high school and college to help you on your path to be your own boss one day!

Rocky Adkins Pavilion

ACTC Technology Drive Campus

Date: October 10 & October 11, 2017

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Registration: 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Introduction: 9:00 – 9:10 a.m.

Opening Session: Julie Marie Carrier 9:10 – 10:00 a.m.

Group Picture with Julie Marie Carrier 10:00 – 10:10 a.m.

Transfer/Break: 10:10- 10:15 a.m.

Breakout Session #1 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.

Lunch & Door Prizes: 11:00 – 11:25 a.m.

Transfer/Break: 11:25 – 11:30 a.m.

Breakout Session #2: 11:30 – 12:15 p.m.

Travel to Pavilion: 12:15 – 12:20 p.m.

Keynote – Kendra Brown 12:20 – 1:10 p.m.

School Group Photos with Kendra Brown: 1:10 – 1:30 p.m.

Students Depart: 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Have questions? Contact Us!

Karen L. Coburn

(606) 326.2129

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