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

Founder, Indiana Conference for Women

Deborah Collins Stephens

Managing Partner - Center for Innovative Leadership
Founder, Indiana Conference for Women

Billie Dragoo-Garcia

Founder and CEO - RepuCare

Advisory Panel

Advisory Panel Member

Myra Borshoff

Founder - Borshoff and Associates
Advisory Panel Member

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
Advisory Panel Member

Tonya Brothers-Bridge

Founder and CEO - Transformation Team, Inc
Advisory Panel Member

Gerry Dick

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

Andrea Moorehead

Eyewitness News Anchor Channel 13 WTHR Indianapolis
Advisory Panel Member

Joyce Rodgers

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

Melina Kennedy

General Manager Global Rail and Defense Business Cummins, Inc.
Advisory Panel Member

Mickey Maurer

Chairman IBJ Media Corporation, Chairman The National Bank of Indianapolis
Advisory Panel Member

Shannon Cagle Dawson

Multimedia Producer of Inside Indiana Business and WFYI Public Media
Advisory Panel Member

Terri Bruksch

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

Tracy Chen

Executive Producer of Inside Indiana Business
Advisory Panel Member

Angie Lewis

Chief of Sta , Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center

Board of Directors

Founder, Indiana Conference for Women

Deborah Collins Stephens

Managing Partner - Center for Innovative Leadership
Board of Directors Member

Laurie Burns McRobbie

First Lady of Indiana University
Founder, Indiana Conference for Women

Billie Dragoo-Garcia

Founder and CEO - RepuCare
Board of Directors Member

Dr. Sue Ellspermann

President, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
Board of Directors Member

Kristen Cooper

Founder of Start Up Ladies, Vice President of Operations and Corporate Development for Sticksnleaves
Board of Directors Member

Susana Suarez

Executive Director, Strategic Communications Governor Eric Holcomb
Board of Directors Member

Carol D’amico

Executive Vice President of Strada Education Network

Conference Co-Chairs

Conference Co-Chair Member

Carol D’amico

Executive Vice President of Strada Education Network
Conference Co-Chair Member

Laurie Burns McRobbie

First Lady of Indiana University
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