UK to host Young Women LEAD conference for high school students – UKNow

UK to host Young Women LEAD conference for high school students – UKNow

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2022) — The University of Kentucky’s Department of STEM Education will host the Young Women LEAD (YWL) conference, presented by Toyota, on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Singletary Center for the Arts on campus.
“In addition to being an awesome space to highlight careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), this free event will help participants to feel empowered to pursue their goals while being leaders in their schools today,” said Jonathan Thomas, chair of the Department of STEM Education in the UK College of Education.
The Young Women LEAD conference is for high school students and focuses on Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD). The all-day conference features award-winning keynote presenter and author Julie Carrier, along with a powerhouse panel of women representing STEM careers. Women from the UK STEM education faculty will be part of the panel. The sessions will teach important skills needed to be successful in the workforce, particularly in STEM careers, and ways to develop their leadership potential in any field.
The free event is open to female high school students and will include lunch. Those interested in attending can register by visiting Registration is first-come, first-served and is limited to 700 registrants.
Young Women LEAD seeks to provide life-changing and experiential leadership events for high school young women that take place online and on the campus of colleges and university partners. With a 14-year history including 52 live events impacting 40,000 girls, Young Women LEAD is driving a national movement to create confident females who are provided tools to control their experience and their futures.
“I believe in this program because I have seen the impact on the thousands of girls who have attended over the past 12 years,” said Kimberly Code, executive director of Young Women LEAD. “If we can help even just one girl be a confident leader today, provide her hope to be something that she never thought possible and vision herself in a future career she didn’t think possible, then we have accomplished our goal for the conference.”
YWL is sponsored by Toyota and UK’s Department of STEM Education.
For more information, contact Faith McNabb in the Department of STEM Education at [email protected] or 859-257-4235.
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for” three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes’ list of “America’s Best Employers.”  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.


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