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Young Women LEAD at Ashland Community and Technical College

10/13 - 10/14

Young Women LEAD invites high school girls to attend this year’s in-person Young Women LEAD Conference hosted at

Ashland Community and Technical College featuring

Keynote Presenter Julie Marie Carrier

Julie Carrier


The YWL conference is for girls and focuses on Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD). The all-day conference features interactive breakout sessions, keynote speakers and lunch. The conference is free to all participants, and more than 800 students are expected to attend.

In addition to the keynote address, students can choose between interactive discussion panels and breakout sessions. The sessions teach important skills needed to be successful in the workforce and ways to develop their leadership potential.

What: Annual Young Women LEAD Conference

When: October 13 or 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Ashland Community and Technical College, Technology Drive Campus

Agenda: Thursday, October 13 or Friday, October 14, 2022

  •   8:30 –   9:15   Registration and Red Carpet Photos
  •   9:00 –   9:10  Welcome and Introduction
  •   9:10 –   9:25   Opening Session – Jasmine Currie
  •   9:25 –   9:30   Travel to Breakout Session #1
  •   9:30 – 10:25   Breakout Session #1
  • 10:25 – 10:30  Travel to Breakout Session #2
  • 10:30 – 11:25  Breakout Session #2
  • 11:25 – 11:30  Travel to the Rocky Adkins Pavilion
  • 11:30 – 12:00  Lunch and Door Prizes
  • 12:00 –   1:00   Keynote Speaker – Julie Carrier
  •   1:00 –   2:00   School Group Photo Sessions and Dismissal
  • To register, please click here. If you have questions, please contact Chrisha Spears –
  • Registration is first-come, first-served and limited to the first 350 students each day.
  • Lunch will be provided and the cost is FREE
  • All attendees must have a Signed Waiver to attend the event. No one will be permitted to attend the event without a signed waiver.
Breakout Sessions:

Students have the choice to 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, STEM and ways to develop their leadership potential. Breakout Session Choices include:

  • Conscious Focus – Maggie Bailey, Office Manager at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers LU#317  Admit it, we all feel like we aren’t enough. Maggie will explain Internal Cohesion – a plan to help you   increase your ability to manage your self-esteem and to achieve a common goal between your daily life, your communication, and your career. This technique also helps to decrease any anxiety or self-sabotage and to effectively gain long term success.
  • You Don’t Need to Make Straight A’s To Be Successful – Christy Bare, Owner Bare Arms Indoor Gun Range, Bare Arms Trading Company, Bombshells Burgers & BBQ, Bombshells & Ales, The Union on Carter, Sal’s Italian Eatery & Speakeasy  Being a successful adult doesn’t require straight A’s in high school or college. In this session, Christy will tell you how she ended up being a successful business owner after having a 19-year career as an ER nurse.  Learn some key qualities that are great to have whether you are starting your first job or climbing the ladder to be the CEO.
  • Women in Industry: Breaking Stigma – Kayla Franklin, Waste Tracking Coordinator at Veolia Environmental Services and 2020 ACTC APT Graduate  Never let anyone tell you that you “can’t” simply because you are a girl! Don’t let people put you in in a career field “box” because you are a girl! In this session, Kayla will tell you about her experience in an industrial career field and how she got there. She went out of her comfort zone to discover more about herself and to find confidence. You can do this, too!
  • Bouncing Back – Jessica Haukendahl, State Farm Agent and Small Business Owner  Life doesn’t always go the way the way that you planned, so you must adapt to change. This session will help you learn to bounce back from situations, pick a career that you like and that can support you, and to remind you that you don’t need to be afraid to take a chance. Jessica will also share the secret to help prepare you for (and hopefully avoid) 4 major financial catastrophes.
  • Confidence With Your Cash! – Journey Jordan, Loan Officer at Kentucky Farmers Bank and Kendall McConnell, Personal Banker at Kentucky Farmers Bank  Loans, bank accounts, credit scores, budgeting–oh my! Where do you start? Is this stuff even important? Do not worry! That is why we are here. Together we will understand our financial power, set financial goals, learn how to manage our money, and create a path for financial success. After this class, you will be a pro when it comes to your banking knowledge, financial preparedness, empowering you to take on the world.
  • Finding Independence and Self- Sufficiency – Nichole E. Miller, Domestic Violence Advocate, Life Coach, Owner of DIVA, Inc.  Are you ready to be independent? Nichole will guide you towards self-sufficiency, where you don’t have to rely on others for income, to do repairs, for safety, and more. She’ll also offer ideas for when life gets hard. It’s ok to not be ok, ask for help, to take a day for you. It’s not selfish, it’s necessary!
  • No Such Thing as Luck – Katie Arnett, Vice President & Chief Patient Experience Officer at King’s Daughters Health System How do people find luck?  Katie breaks down the myth behind good fortune and explains how you can be in the right place at the right time.  Like many of the inspirational stories of women from the King’s Daughters Health System, you too will learn to seize the opportunities ahead. This session will help focus your intentions towards your possible career path.  As a student, you’ve already started the journey to new possibilities.  Whether you consider yourself lucky or not, this session is where preparation, opportunity, and perseverance collide!
  • What’s Your Green Dot? Megan Cox, Victim Services Coordinator at Pathways  Power-based personal violence—things like sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence, and bullying—is a large-scale problem that requires a large-scale solution. Green Dot is a program that empowers bystanders to intervene in these high-risk situations with personalized strategies that feel realistic and achievable on an individual level, while also offering tools to begin changing the very culture that allows these forms of violence to flourish in the first place. The mantra of Green Dot is simple: no one can do everything, but everyone can do something. So what’s your Green Dot?
  • You Do You! Identifying Your Strengths & Talents and Putting Them to Work for YOU! – Ashley Vanderpool, Career Services Director at ACTC Complete this quiz to discover which ice cream flavor you’re most like. If you spend time on social media, you’ve probably completed a few of these online quizzes. Did you know there are self-assessments you can complete to explore your personality type that can be useful for career planning? In this session, you will learn more about your personality type while comparing your results to popular series, including “Stranger Things.”
  • Women in the Military – Heather York, Sergeant First Class, Recruiting & Retention NCO, Flight Medic with Kentucky National Guard  What are your plans after high school? Have you considered joining the military? Heather is here to see if you have what it takes! She’ll talk about goal reaching, physical training and development, and the increased roles of women in the military and the workforce due to changes in culture.



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Ashland Community and Technical College
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Ashland, KY 41101 United States
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