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“This is a great event! So inspiring! I hope Toyota keeps sponsoring. I love that the girls see women in STEM careers.”

– Annie Roberts, administrator,
fourth-time attendee

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Building momentum across the country

Our sponsors’ extraordinary generosity enables us to advance our mission and embolden girls in grades in 9-12 nationwide.

Girls receiving promotional materials from sponsors
Girls receiving promotional materials from sponsors

Live! Events

Join our live Young Women LEAD events both virtually and in person.


Women Behind YWL

Since Young Women LEAD was a morsel of an idea, women have shaped its vision – and its outcomes.


YWL Curriculum

YWL Clubs and Leadership Curriculum for high schools carries forward and keeps alive the messages girls hear at Young Women LEAD events.

Get Involved

Young Women LEAD offers organizations a wide array of opportunities to engage in and further our mission.

Girls receiving promotional materials from sponsors
Girls receiving promotional materials from sponsors

Companies & foundations fuel our free offerings

One of our core values is to support and lift high school girls from diverse backgrounds and experiences – regardless of where they live, their household income, or their GPAs.

It is through our sponsors’ generosity and ongoing commitment that we can offer YWL events and resources free to all girls nationwide. Young Women LEAD is funded solely from sponsorships and donations; we do not receive government funding or receive resources from other agencies.

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Presenting Sponsor

Toyota: Driving education

Toyota is focused on educating today’s students to build tomorrow’s leaders. The company supports students throughout the life of their education – from kindergarten to high school and beyond.

One of Young Women LEAD’s first sponsors, Toyota makes grants to fund STEM curriculum in schools and invites girls to visit its plants to learn firsthand about STEM careers.

It also builds the next generation of Toyota and Lexus certified retail service technicians through programs like the Technician Training & Education Network, which develops young people for high-demand, high-growth careers in the retail auto industry.

Just as Toyota prepares students for leadership, it is also focused on keeping everyone on the road safe. From teaching proper installation of car seats and a comprehensive teen program for that scary first year of driving, to refresher courses for mature drivers, Toyota supports a variety of safety programs along the continuum of life – for infants, teens, and the elderly.

Presenting Sponsorship

Marathon Petroleum: Equipping women to fuel their futures

Marathon Petroleum is a leading, integrated downstream energy company that operates the nation’s largest refining system. MPC’s marketing system includes branded locations across the United States, including Marathon branded retail outlets.

At MPC, community is critical to our success. It’s why we do what we do every day. MPC makes it a priority to be actively involved in efforts that have a positive impact on the community. We do that through Find Your Career Day, REAL World, Women in Vocational Careers events and partnerships with high schools and vocational opportunities offering scholarships and job shadow opportunities for students. In 2022, Marathon was named one of the top companies for women to work for in transportation. The award is given to companies with a corporate culture that fosters gender diversity, competitive compensation and benefits, flexible hours, professional development opportunities and career advancement opportunities.

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Materion Employees Supporting the Ohio YWL Conference

Presenting Sponsorship

Materion Corporation: educating and nurturing future leaders

At Materion, we are committed to making positive contributions in the communities where we live and work. We support active investment and participation in our extended communities through volunteerism, sponsorships and collaboration with organizations that meet community needs in education, health and human services and the environment.

We are proud to invest in the development of future leaders through innovative educational programs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM K-12), active co-op education, college internship programs, and sponsorships of empowerment programs such as Young Women LEAD. We also have an employee resource group dedicated to the advancement of women, supporting their growth and leadership within the company.

Visit Materion’s website to learn more about our commitment to community engagement and leadership development.

TrailBlazer Sponsorship

SOAR: Empowering women and minorities to reach new heights

SOAR is a leading provider of leadership learning experiences designed to accelerate the advancement of women and minorities into senior leadership positions. We focus on peer-to-peer learning environments to develop leaders who are engaged in their work, empowered to create value, and equipped to lead their organizations into the future.

With over 20 years of experience in developing diverse talent, we have built a proven process that delivers results companies demand – increased promotions and higher levels of performance.

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Duke Energy

Trail Blazer Sponsorship

Duke Energy: Creating powerful communities

Duke Energy powers the communities it serves with more than $30 million in charitable grants each year. The Duke Energy Foundation makes strategic investments to build powerful communities where nature and wildlife thrive, students can excel, and a talented workforce drives economic prosperity for all.

For students in kindergarten through 12th grades, Duke funds programs that prevent summer reading loss. The Young Women LEAD sponsor also advances energy, engineering, and environmental education.

Duke’s grants for workforce education and training programs prepare future workers to develop innovative solutions for the energy industry’s most pressing challenges.

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