Empowering high school girls nationwide
14 years. 43,500 high school girls. 60 events. Our latest one? Simply stated, “Wow!”
Delivered live in person or virtually, Young Women LEAD empowers girls nationwide. Young Women LEAD events feature nationally recognized women who share their own insights on real life issues and how to overcome them to achieve successful and meaningful careers. Young Women LEAD also provides an opportunity for the teens to connect to and learn workforce development skills from female business leaders.
In 2023, we are hosting conferences at Ashland Community and Technical College, Lincoln Trail College, Northern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Vincennes University Jasper Campus.
When schools transitioned to virtual learning – Young Women LEAD didn’t miss a beat. We offered virtual conferences that reached students in 28 states and 5 countries. “In a time when many students are learning from home, Toyota is grateful that high school girls can count on Young Women LEAD to continue delivering the same high-quality content as its in-person programs,” said Renee Robertson, General Manager of Production Control at Toyota North America. “The virtual events can reach more girls in more communities, improve their lives and put them in the driver’s seat to set the course for their future.”
Young Women LEAD encourages girls to pursue careers that they may not have otherwise considered.
In fact, 30% of girls who have a grade point average of 4.0 or above do not think they are smart enough for their dream careers. Their insecurities are holding them back from pursuing their dreams. More than half of all girls say that girls don’t consider a career in STEM because of lack of confidence.
“At Duke Energy, we’re committed to building powerful communities where students can excel and a talented workforce drives economic prosperity for all,” said Rhonda Whitaker Hurtt, Vice President, Community Relations & Economic Development for Duke Energy Ohio & Kentucky. “Young Women LEAD plays a pivotal role in developing future women leaders. When women succeed, families thrive.”
Nurturing girls’ self-confidence
“Your dreams are possible no matter how big they are and you just need to be yourself because you are beautiful inside and out.”
– Kacey, 9th grader, shares her learnings from Young Women LEAD Live!