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2011 Forty Under 40: Joy Fischer

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About me...
Joy Fischer
Director of marketing and communications
Ice Miller LLP
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Web sites:
Social media:
On my hip:
iPhone
Most-used apps:
Groupon
Google Maps
Favorite stuff:
Books, including "My American Journey: An Autobiography" by Colin Powell; movies, including "Saving Private Ryan" and "A River Runs Through It;" TV shows, including "Seinfeld" and "The Office;" and the Meridian Kessler, Broad Ripple and Village Farms neighborhoods
 

Among Joy Fischer’s favorite projects as director of marketing and communications for law firm Ice Miller LLP is spearheading an annual survey of Indiana CEOs.

Started in 2007 with Butler University and “Inside Indiana Business,” the project picks the brains of Indiana business leaders to learn where they think the state is headed, how competitive it is and what the state might need to improve on.

Fischer became acquainted with Ice Miller in 2006 when she had a public relations consulting business. In 2007, she closed her business and joined the firm full time.

“It’s a very woman-friendly workplace, which goes back to the firm’s founders,” she said. In addition to handling media relations, she manages sponsorships, the website, advertising, corporate listings and crisis communications for the general corporate firm, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010.

A Michigan native and University of Michigan graduate, she found her way to Indianapolis in 1996 working for the American Legion National headquarters. It would prove to be a defining time in her career.

“Having the opportunity to work with veterans in general is an inspiring experience,” she said.

While helping Medal of Honor recipients draft testimony concerning a flag protection amendment, she was struck by their commitment to their cause. The experience “redefined for me the definition of a hard worker” to include not just success in a profession, but involvement in one’s community, as well.

Since then, Fischer has been involved in numerous local organizations, from the Indianapolis Tennis Championships to the 2012 Super Bowl Committee as volunteer co-chairwoman of a communications committee, to Giving Sum, a volunteer and grant-making organization. She also worked on Democrat Terry Curry’s successful campaign for Marion County prosecutor.

Juggling work, outside activities and raising two young children would not be possible without a supportive, involved husband, she said.

“I talk to my children about what I do,” she said.

“I find that a lot of what I do in my professional life—communication—is just as important in my personal life.”•
 

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