Women in Business

Angie’s List namesake extends company brand with nationwide how-to segments

May 17, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Chief Marketing Officer Angie Hicks-Bowman spends an hour and a half each month recording consumer-advice segments hat are downloaded by more than 100 television stations around the country and incorporated into their own consumer news segments.
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Firm that figured out how to sell hair-salon products online is snapped up by giantRestricted Content

April 26, 2014
Dan Human
Indianapolis startup Loxa Beauty was barely generating revenue last year when one of the biggest companies in its industry offered to buy it.
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Attorney emerges as key player in international adoptionsRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Dan Human
Michele Jackson's quest to stem child exploitation led her into arranging international adoptions.
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Trio of women now owns Borshoff, city’s biggest ad firm

August 10, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Founding principal of 29-year-old Borshoff advertising agency, Myra Borshoff Cook, 65, and senior principal Erik Johnson, 62, have sold their ownership interest in recent years to three top executives at the firm, all of them women.
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Anderson woman churning out dog chews made from elk antlers

July 6, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Cindy Dunston Quirk spent a decade coming up with an allergy-free dog chew idea, then, within two weeks of deciding on elk antlers, had a product packaged and ready to sell.
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Local entrepreneur Dragoo takes helm of national group

June 8, 2013
Dan Human
Already one of the most influential women entrepreneurs in the country, Billie Dragoo will work herself even deeper into professional networking in July as she takes a new role as board chairwoman for the National Association of Women Business Owners. She hopes the connections she’s made over 18 years in business for herself will benefit the group’s members.
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Explanations vary for dearth of women in top rungs of business

June 1, 2013
Dan Human
Of 112 public and large private-company CEOs, only four are women, although women make up 47 percent of Indiana's work force. The four Indiana companies with a woman as CEO at the end of 2012—Bioanalytical Systems, Fortune Industries, Defender Direct and HP Products Corp.—were among a tiny group nationwide with women at the helm.
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Mobile boutique takes pop-up retail on the roadRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Jill McCarter
Heather Hogan Pirowski, owner of Retro 101, is among a growing number of retailers who have chosen the nomadic lifestyle . Looking for an alternative to the fixed overhead of a permanent location, they set up shop at a site for a few days or weeks, then pack up and move on.
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Indy publishing legend exits after 32 years

April 5, 2013
Chris O'Malley

Deborah Paul blazed a trail as editor in chief of Indianapolis Monthly, and later headed similar magazines across the country. She cleaned out her desk at Emmis Publishing this week. "It's a mistake to get off the stage too late," she said.

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Carmel insurer looks within to find new CEORestricted Content

March 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indiana Farmers Mutual picks executive vice president and legal counsel to replace long-time leader Daniel Stone.
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Ice Miller finds utility in Kay Pashos' executive pastRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Member of firm's emerging energy practice was once president of PSI Energy.
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Sisters put sophisticated spin on popcornRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Just Pop In! retail stores feature traditional, popular flavors like caramel and cheddar—and an “Indy Style” mixture of the two—but a dizzying array of more imaginative concoctions sets the local chain apart.
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Life sciences finance pro heading to startupRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Chris O'Malley
If a biotech startup were akin to a rock band, Kristin Sherman might be the keyboardist. She’s not front-and-center on the stage, but the ballad wouldn’t be as dynamic without her pounding the chords.
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Event-planning vet Maribeth Smith has impressive resumeRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Scott Olson
Maribeth Smith’s introduction to the world of event planning sure was a doozy—coordinating the city’s first significant Final Four in 1991. In the 20 years since, Smith has planned some of Indianapolis’ biggest soirees, highlighted this year by several events surrounding the Super Bowl, which helped cement her status as one of the city’s leading meeting planners.
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Real estate firm's niche is commercial Hispanic clientsRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
Dan Human
Real estate entrepreneur Kelli Membreno, a bilingual native of northern Indiana, has built a business on helping Hispanic entrepreneurs navigate the barriers of language and American business customs.
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Rival's strong results have WellPoint playing catch-up

August 25, 2012
J.K. Wall
UnitedHealth has been enjoying healthy profits, growing customer rolls and a rising stock price—things the Indianapolis insurer has been unable to match. That tough comparison lies behind some of the investor attacks on WellPoint CEO Angela Braly.
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United Way's Annala planning ambitious final monthsRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Dan Human
Ellen Annala has less than a year to lead United Way of Central Indiana through a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign and launch a five-year strategy. At the same time, the not-for-profit’s board has its own challenge: finding someone to take over when Annala retires April 1.
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Fairbanks leader Cross stepping down after impressive runRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Scott Olson
When Helene Cross arrived to lead Fairbanks Addiction Treatment Center in 2001, the alcohol and drug rehabilitation hospital was as sick financially as its patients were physically.
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Image consultant aims to meld personal, professional stylesRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Sola Adelowo, a certified image consultant and owner of Indianapolis-based ImageCube LLC, uses a surprisingly scientific process that starts with a personality-type assessment and results in custom-style kits and an illustrated wardrobe guide.
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Schneider Corp. CEO's caring ways help firm survive tumultRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Ann Finch
Victoria Schneider Temple's 50-year-old family engineering firm, The Schneider Corp., survived drastic cutbacks during the recession through a culture of respect and integrity.
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Progress spotty in narrowing tech field's gender gapRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Most technology firm startups are birthed by men in their 20s and 30s who have a background in computer science. To what degree women are underrepresented in the ranks of tech entrepreneurs is hard to quantify, but it’s a small universe.
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INSIDE DISH: Husband-wife team revive sushi joint's reputation

May 4, 2012
Mason King
Dish_Yokohama_WatchVideoScott and Debbie Bennett sank their savings into purchasing Greenwood's Yokohama, which had a past peppered with disappointed patrons.
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Ice Miller lawyer contributes far and wideRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Ann Finch
Melissa Proffitt Reese joined Ice Miller LLP straight out of law school, and has spent the next three decades juggling an employee-benefits practice there with a whirlwind schedule of community involvement.
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CEO helps Conner Prairie educate by creating 'social experience'Restricted Content

March 10, 2012
Ann Finch
Conner Prairie President and CEO Ellen Rosenthal has brought to the Fishers museum her passion for creating great visitor experiences.
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Serial entrepreneur builds more than business

February 25, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Westfield resident Jenn Kampmeier is a CEO—that’s “chief everything officer” in the get-it-done world of startups—who prefers an even-loftier title: Mom.
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