Group stresses of importance of women in Appalachia

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email

MANCHESTER, Ky. (WYMT)- Dozens of young women from around the region gathered at Eastern Kentucky University’s Manchester campus to share their stories and experiences of what it’s like to be a woman in the mountains.

It’s all part of the Women’s Leadership Conference hosted by the Young Professionals of East Kentucky.

“We want to recognize that we want to make sure other women coming up in the world realize that we have all these assets and all these resources,” YPEK Board Member Amy Stroud said.

Stroud works with Forcht Broadcasting helped organize Tuesday’s conference and says one of the topics they wanted to highlight was women in politics.

“We have a lot of women who are capable of becoming public servants and running for office, but for some reason, we don’t have a lot of women who run for office,” Stroud added.

Kevin Smith founded YPEK five years ago and stresses the importance of keeping young professionals from the mountains in the region.

“What we hope to do is help bring young professionals together and help them connect together to grow and help lead Eastern Kentucky and our mission to attract and retain those who are already here,” Smith added.

Giving young professionals and women alike the opportunity to lead in the Appalachian region.

Folks also heard remarks from keynote speaker Sara Combs who make history when she served as the first woman on the Supreme Court of Kentucky in 1993.

For more information about Young Professionals of East Kentucky including how to get involved, click the attached link.

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