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Sept. 26, 2017

Area women will share their experiences and advice for success at the fifth annual Young Women Lead Conference Oct. 10 and 11 at Ashland Community and Technical College. They will join keynote speakers Julie Marie Carrier and Kendra Brown in presenting leadership, education and development tips to high-school junior girls from Eastern Kentucky.

Featured on NBC’s Today Show, Fox, MTV and in The New York Times, Julie Marie Carrier is a speaker and award-winning author for students on leadership, character and confidence. As a former Senior Management Consultant in Leadership Training and Development for the Pentagon, Julie is a go-to speaker for student leadership conferences like DECA, HOSA and FBLA. Also, because of her unique position as a top female leadership speaker for students, Julie is also recognized as "America's #1 Speaker for Girls," where she specializes in delivering interactive programs and presentations that empower girls, young women, and mothers-daughters.

An Emmy-nominee, Julie also brings her empowering messages to millions of homes on national TV as a student success coach for “MADE”—MTV’s positive goal achievement show for students. Julie’s messages are also featured in the New York Times best-seller, The Success Principles, The Success Principles for Teens, Chicken Soup for the Extraordinary Teen Soul, and in her national award-winning book, BeYOUtiful! and Girls Lead.

Kendra Brown currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Representative Dwight Evans where she leads his legislative operation and manages his Washington, D.C., office. She previously served as Policy Director of the Congressional Black Caucus in the United States Congress. She is a Former National Chair of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA). During her term as National Chair, NBLSA was active in election protection, leadership training and development, academic planning, career development, and extensive advocacy efforts.

Kendra graduated from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a minor in business management. She began her seminary studies by pursuing coursework at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, completed her Master of Divinity at Howard University Divinity School, and received her law degree from Vermont Law School. Additionally, Kendra attended the George Washington University School of Law for her Master of Law.

She is committed to community engagement and empowerment as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in the Baltimore County Chapter, Upsilon Epsilon Omega, where she currently serves as Vice President and Program Committee Chairman. She is also a member of The Links, Incorporated and serves on the Leadership Committee of Street Law, Inc., a global, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that develops classroom and community programs to educate young people about law and government. She serves in a number of additional capacities, including as a youth minister and minister of music in her local church and has been a part of the executive board of both the Washington Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and the National Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division.

Breakout sessions for the conference are:

“All About Animals: The Life and Career of a Veterinarian,” by Dr. Ursula Nance of All About Animals Veterinary Clinic;

“Going Against the Grain,” by ACTC students Kayla McDavid and Eryn Casey;

“Life is Art, You are the Artist,” by Normal Meek, executive director of the Paramount Arts Center;

“Healthy Relationships,” by Kelsey Crowe, child advocate at Safe Harbor of Northeast Kentucky;

“Volunteerism and Your Future,” by Jerri Compton, executive director of the United Way of Northeast Kentucky;

“Space Science and Systems Engineering,” by Kennedy Haught, student at Morehead State University Space Science Center;

“Addiction: Does Gender Matter?” by Veronica A. Nunley, director of Organizational Development at Pathways Inc.;

“Entrepreneurship and What It Takes,” by Lauren Gibbs Burgess, owner/operator of T.J. Studio LLC and Regan and Ryder’s Closet LLC;

“You Don’t Look Like an Investigator,” by Angela Rigsby, investigator with the Department of Public Advocacy;

“Be Confident, Be Beautiful,” by Amber Weddington, human resources specialist at ACTC;

“Your Million Dollar Idea,” by Mae Marks, manager, special projects, economic development and talent attraction at Greater Louisville Inc.;

“Financial Crossfit,” by Lori Cooksey, first vice president and Kentucky regional manager at City National Bank;

“Not Sure? Women in Engineering,” by Kaitlin Stringer, technical service engineer at Marathon Petroleum Company; and

“Valuing Differences,” by Katie McKnight, senior human resources consultant at Marathon Petroleum Company.

The emcee will be Julie Reeves, radio host of Julie Reeves Live on 101.5 Big Buck Country and a former Virgin Records country recording star.

The conference is sponsored primarily by Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. in partnership with ACTC, SOAR, Clarks Pump-N-Shop and local organizations. Registration is thorough high school counselors in the FIVCO area.

For conference information, go to or email Karen Coburn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


LOUISA – At the Lawrence County Board of Education meeting at Fallsburg School on Monday evening, members of the board and the audience had the pleasure of hearing about progress and the sobering news about pending state level budget cuts.

BOE members @ Fallsburg meetingBOE members @ Fallsburg meeting

But they didn’t hear about the Board taking an annual four percent tax raise on residents.

The members of the board (minus Maddlene Roberts, who was out with an illness) opted instead to follow the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher and Board Chair Heath Preston to accept the compensating rate, which will keep operating budgets stable for the next fiscal year.

They also heard students Waylon Burgess and William Copley thank board members and Dr. Fletcher for a new flag pole display at Fallsburg as well as student Ryan Marcum offering thanks for the new floor in the gymnasium.

Teachers Penny Preece and Missy Edens updated the Board on the implementation of PACE (purpose/accountability/congruity/eyes on text-engagement). Dr. Fletcher elaborated about the PACE implementation, stating that it was an effort to move the center of learning responsibility more to the student.

He also recognized Mr. Matt Maynard, who was hired as assistant principal at Lawrence County High School. Mr. Maynard previously served at Louisa Middle School, Louisa West Elementary, and Louisa East Elementary schools.

Director of Special Education and Early Learning Rhonda Colvin shared that Lawrence County Schools’ pre-school programs received a 5 star rating out of a possible 5 stars from the Kentucky All Stars program in recognition of outstanding instruction and care for pre-school/early learning students.

Dr. Fletcher then brought the difficult news of announced pending budget cuts from the state department of education due to an announcement out of the governor’s office of a pending 17.4% cut in the budgets of all state programs. He outlined possible spending reductions to address this and the fact that the commissioner has pledged to try and absorb the impact of such a cut at the state level as much as possible.

Fletcher also apprised members of the discussions in the legislature regarding the reformation of the teacher retirement system and its potential impact on our district.

Dr. Fletcher was also appointed chair of the Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative and stated that he would be attending KVEC meetings, and he was able to praise Lawrence County High School for transition from advisory council status back to site based decision making council status because of consistent performance on academic standards.

Dr. Fletcher expressed thanks to Sabrina Fyffe and Kay Ison, the FES school secretary and a retired FES teacher, for beautifying the Fallsburg building with carefully placed, hand painted quotes for inspiration and motivation of students, staff, and visitors. Principal Sara Bowen said it was solely Mrs. Fyffe’s and Mrs. Ison’s doing,

“They let me know what they’re going to do and come in after hours and just do it and it looks great.”

The Board got updates on the work of the staff focusing on Drug Awareness and Prevention curriculum, as well as a visit to Lawrence County Schools by newly inaugurated Morehead State University President Dr. Jay Morgan.

The Board appointed Mr. Jim See as the Board representative for the Local Facilities Planning Committee. After this appointment, the Board approved the names of the 20-member committee for submission to the Kentucky Department of Education.

The next scheduled meeting of the Lawrence County Board of Education is October 16, 2017 at Lawrence County High School at 6 p.m.




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