Young Women’s Leadership Conference

Students from Port Huron Northern High School attended the Young Women’s Leadership Conference at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield last week. The sold-out event brought together over 350 teachers and students to explore career possibilities and network with leaders in the technology industries with the goal of igniting “the passion and expanding the interest of women and girls for education and careers in business, IT, and STEM fields.”

Port Huron Northern High School teachers Amy Roach and Trina Northrop took the young women to the conference.  The students were selected because of their involvement in National Honor Society or STEAM programs at Northern. Mrs. Northrop conveyed that the conference was a “great opportunity to inspire young women to stand up and be heard in the competitive workforce.”  She said the strongest message that the students took away from the conference was to “know silence is not an option” and that their young voices are worth being heard. 

This year’s keynote speaker was Laura Jones, who is the Global Talent Director for General Motors. There was also a guest panel of notable leaders in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields. These bright young ladies may very well be future leaders in the growing STEM industries right here in the Blue Water Area.

Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.