Free Virtual Events Empower High School Girls

   Young Women LEAD will empower high school girls to be bold, fearless and lead with confidence

through its first-ever virtually delivered events. They attend the free event either Sept. 24 or Sept. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

   Young Women LEAD Live! presented by Toyota events provide life-changing and experiential leadership education.

   “Through technology, Young Women LEAD is bringing together up to 3,000 girls in grades 9-12,” said Sally Schott, Founder and CEO of Young Women LEAD. “Whether girls reside in the urban core, in suburbs or on farms, Young Women LEAD is for all girls. We’ve eliminated barriers — such as location, fees, GPAs — to lift up all high school girls.”

   Since its inception 10 years ago, Young Women LEAD has empowered 31,000 high school girls through 46 in-person events. The nonprofit is committed to changing the way high school girls nationwide perceive themselves and to challenge them to reach higher levels of personal growth and development.

   “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. Research shows that 70% of young women suffer from a lack of self-confidence and believe they do not measure up in some way. Their insecurities are stifling 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.”

   Toyota and Duke Energy join long-time sponsors UPS, SOAR and Northern Kentucky University in supporting Young Women LEAD. NKU will provide the technology to deliver the September events.

   This year’s Young Women LEAD Live! events focus on “Imagine the Possibilities.” Girls can select the breakout discussions they want to attend. Each event features:

• The world’s #1 coach for young women, Julie Carrier

• Disney Filmmakers and twin activists, Maryam and Nivaal Rehman; and

• “High School Musical” actress and U.N. youth champion, Monique Coleman.

To register visit by Sept. 15.