About Us

The Indiana Conference For Women is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the educational and professional development of women in Indiana and the Midwest. Since its inception, the one day conference has become the largest gathering of professional and women entrepreneurs in the Midwest.
 
This educational event that plays a large role in the overall goal that the founders, Deborah Collins Stephens and Billie Dragoo envisioned: the building of a strong ecosystem within the state that helps women build careers, create companies, and experience lives that are rewarding, healthy and happy. The Founders believe (and research shows) that environments which foster the growth and development of women lead to healthier and more resilient communities and stronger economic growth.
 
HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT
When the Indiana Conference For Women began, there were very few resources for women in Indiana in comparison with the East and West coasts where educational resources, investment capital and networks are stronger, larger and older. Since 2009, there has been a proliferation of events, conference and resources aimed at serving women in Indiana. Yet too many of those resources are available only in a few of the larger cities, are aimed at a certain segment (ie. lawyers, c-suite executives, academics, entrepreneurs and/or students.) The Indiana Conference for Women was purposely designed to reach all women from all professions and levels of career along with women entrepreneurs.

Leadership

Deborah Collins Stephens

Managing Partner - Center for Innovative Leadership

Billie Dragoo-Garcia

Founder and CEO - RepuCare

Advisory Panel

Myra Borshoff

Founder - Borshoff and Associates

Angela Braly

Former President and CEO, WellPoint, Inc. / Member of the Board of Directors, Proctor & Gamble Company & Lowe’s Companies, Inc. / Board Member Indiana Economic Development Corporation

Tonya Brothers-Bridge

Founder and CEO - Transformation Team, Inc

Gerry Dick

Host and Creator, Inside Indiana Business / President and Managing Editor, Grow Indiana Media Ventures, LLC

Andrea Moorehead

Eyewitness News Anchor Channel 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Joyce Rodgers

Vice President Development and External Relations for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs Indiana University Foundation

Melina Kennedy

General Manager Global Rail and Defense Business Cummins, Inc.

Mickey Maurer

Chairman IBJ Media Corporation, Chairman The National Bank of Indianapolis

Shannon Cagle Dawson

Multimedia Producer of Inside Indiana Business and WFYI Public Media

Terri Bruksch

Partner and Co-administrator Indianapolis Litigation Department Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Tracy Chen

Executive Producer of Inside Indiana Business

Angie Lewis

Chief of Sta , Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center

Board of Directors

Deborah Collins Stephens

Managing Partner - Center for Innovative Leadership

Laurie Burns McRobbie

First Lady of Indiana University

Billie Dragoo-Garcia

Founder and CEO - RepuCare

Dr. Sue Ellspermann

President, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

Kristen Cooper

Founder & CEO of The Startup Ladies, Vice President of Operations and Corporate Development for Sticksnleaves

Susana Suarez

Executive Director, Strategic Communications Governor Eric Holcomb

Carol D’amico

Executive Vice President of Strada Education Network

Conference Co-Chairs

Carol D’amico

Executive Vice President of Strada Education Network

Laurie Burns McRobbie

First Lady of Indiana University
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