ACTC Announces Young Women Lead Conference Presenters

Presenters at the Young Women Lead (YWL) Conference at Ashland Community and Technical College in October will talk about the issues and opportunities facing teenage girls today, with the focus on all things that are possible.

In addition to the keynote presentation by entrepreneur Liz Forkin Bohannon, the conference includes breakout sessions on leadership, financial literacy, careers, social media, fitness and health. The presenters are listed below.

Be Money $mart by April Perry CEO/Chairman of the Board of Kentucky Farmers Bank, explores how money management can help you live your best life.

Be Resilient looks at ways to move forward when being told no, how to overcome rejection and how to stay positive in a negative environment. Presenter Ciara James is an ACTC student.

Be Happy, Have Fun, Get Rich goes through the process of developing your own business, from idea to product development, business plan, marketing and sales. Presenter Mae Marks is co-owner of the Wordsworth Group.

Be a Social Scene Superhero is presented by Kristi Middleton Chief External Affairs Officer, Eastern KY University and Jennifer Vlahos System Director of Digital Strategy, KCTCS. Learn how to get a hero's following on your social media channels and use these tools to promote yourself in a positive light.

Be Aware Know the Signs of Dating Violence looks at teen dating violence and what can be done to help victims and abusers. Presenter Krystal Conley is a Legal Advocate for Safe Harbor.

Be a College Survivor views the challenges and rewards of the first year of college. Presenter Kennedy Haught is a Space Science Engineering Student at Morehead State University.

Be Safe is the topic for Kayla McDavid, an Occupational Safety student. She will talk about occupational Safety as a career field for women and how to make your own path instead of following the typical paths laid out for women in this area.

Become a Female Engineer will be approached by three engineers working in the field. Boday Borres is a Structural Engineer with the Federal Highway Administration. Kaitlin Stringer is a Technical Service Engineer with Marathon Petroleum. Bethany Giordano is a Water amp; Energy Specialist with Toyota Motor Manufacturing.

Be a Light in the World- Conquer Your Addictions is presented by Amy Compston, Vice President and Co-Founder of Amy for Africa. A recovered addict and marathon runner, she runs to support United Christian Expeditions (UCE), a non-profit organization that provides aid to countries in Eastern Africa.

Beam Your Way Up shows how to work your way up in your career, one step at a time. Presenter Angela Graham is Executive Director, Chief Clinical Integration Officer at King's Daughters Medical Center.

Be Loved - Living with Blended Families looks at the challenges and advantages of these different types of families. Presenter Sydnee Baker is a therapist with NECCO.

Be Confident, Be Beautiful is presented by Amber Weddington, an ACTC Human Resource Specialist. She focuses on learning to be comfortable in your own skin, with tips on living a healthier lifestyle and having a more positive self-image.

Be a Rollergirl is about empowering women through physical fitness, teamwork, self-confidence and community service. Presenter Teri Stone is President of the Jewel City Rollergirls.

Be Active is presented by Kelly Wheeler, a personal trainer and instructor with Firm Fitness. Body shape and image can dominate a young girls thoughts to the point of making unhealthy choices. This session will help empower girls to achieve a healthy mind, healthy body and positive self-image.

Be Successful: Criminal Justice: Working in a Mans Domain is presented by Titine Lawlis, a Paralegal and Criminal Justice Instructor. Many careers are available in police work, the courts and corrections as well as the military and private agencies.

Be Extraordinary is the closing session by Nikki Bryant, ACTC Associate Professor and Pharmacy Program Coordinator. Positive attitude, determination, hard work, and sacrifice are KEY factors that will allow you to find your success.

Radio host Julie Reeves will again be the emcee. A former Virgin Records country recording star, she has a morning show on 93.7 the Dawg (WDGG-FM).

Young Women Lead is a leadership, education and development conference for high school girls in the Ashland area and surrounding counties. This is the third annual conference presented in the Ashland area by Toyota in partnership with SOAR and ACTC, and more than 500 girls are expected to attend.

The free Conference will be held October 13 and 14 at the Technology Drive Campus, with the same presentations each day. Interested girls may contact their school counselors for registration details. Registration in ongoing to October 4, and registration is online at youngwomenlead.com.

For more information, email Workforce Solutions Director Karen Coburn at: karen.coburn@kctcs.edu.

ACTC is one of five Kentucky Community and Technical College System colleges partnering with SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) to provide Eastern Kentucky residents with educational opportunities that lead to good jobs.