Women of Influence

2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Jennifer Burk

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
Jennifer Burk gave up a job as a top executive with Duke Realty Corp. to head up Junior Achievement of Central Indiana.
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2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Carol Curran

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
Like the mythological bird that rose from the ashes, Carol Curran's 2001 startup, Phoenix Data Corp., rose from what would have led a weaker-kneed entrepreneur to give up.
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2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Barb Cutillo

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
Stonegate Mortgage Corp., which Barb Cutillo co-founded with her husband, has become one of the fastest-growing privately owned companies in the United States for three years straight (according to Inc. magazine) and topped IBJ’s list of fast-growing private firms in Indiana.
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2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Francina Dlouhy

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
As the first woman appointed to the management committee of what was then Baker & Daniels—and as one of the firm’s first two women to become a partner—Francina Dlouhy sees helping others as a key part of her job.
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2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Sue Ellspermann

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
Sue Ellspermann uses her training as a facilitator often in her role as Indiana's lieutenant governor.
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2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Melissa Greenwell

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
Melissa Greenwell likes to change people's perceptions of human resources--from policy and handbooks and administration to helping employees be more productive.
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2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Thea Kelly

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
In the legal profession—the least diverse of all white-collar professions—Thea Kelly has proven a strong advocate for inclusion.
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2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Connie Lawson

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
Indiana's Secretary of State, Connie Lawson, has made financial literacy a big priority.
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2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Tania Castroverde Moskalenko

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
Arts have always been part of life for Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, president and CEO at the Center for the Performing Arts.
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2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Brenda Myers

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
For Brenda Myers, executive director at the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, promoting the county goes well beyond visitors.
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2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Jane Niederberger

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
Jane Niederberger, chief operating officer at Thrive HDS, prefers the constantly change world of health care to a "boring" field.
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2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Dr. Una Osili

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
Dr. Una Osili, director of research at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and a professor of economics and philanthropic studies, knows a thing or two about what it means to be charitable.
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2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Debra Ross

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
Debra Ross is executive vice president and chief financial officer at The National Bank of Indianapolis.
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2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Loretta H. Rush

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta H. Rush loves to talk about the law, and she gets to do it a lot as the court's newest justice.
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2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Karin W. Sarratt

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
Karin W. Sarratt is vice president of talent management and chief diversity officer at WellPoint Inc.
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2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Sherry Seiwert

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
Sherry Seiwert held a variety of metropolitan planning and organizational leadership positions before landing the role of president at Indianapolis Downtown Inc.
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2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Jacqueline A. Simmons

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
Jacqueline A. Simmons, Indiana University vice president and general counsel, approaches her job and life with a global perspective.
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2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Cynthia 'Cindy' Simon Skjodt

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
Cynthia "Cindy" Simon Skjodt is founder and president at the Samerian Foundation and serves on the board of more than a dozen other not-for-profit organizations.
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2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Jennifer G. Straumins

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
Jennifer G. Straumins is the president and chief operating officer at Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP.
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2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Connie Bond Stuart

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
A banking executive who returned to Indianapolis after a 33-year hiatus.
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2013 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Beth T. Young

October 31, 2013
Lou Harry
The accomplished attorney rose to partner at Robinson Wolenty & Young.
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2012 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Karen Crotchfelt

November 1, 2012
Marc and Martha Allan / Special to IBJ
The newspaper industry veteran is responsible for steering the state’s largest daily through a tumultuous time for media properties.
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2012 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Sheri Alexander

November 1, 2012
Marc and Martha Allan / Special to IBJ
Alexander is a top local insurance executive who specializes in employee benefits and in opening doors for women in a male-dominated field.
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2012 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Keira Amstutz

November 1, 2012
Marc and Martha Allan / Special to IBJ
Amstutz leads a statewide organization whose goal is to deepen the connection between Hoosiers and their communities.
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2012 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Marcia Barnes

November 1, 2012
Marc and Martha Allan / Special to IBJ
In her role as the top executive at a fast-growing local company, Barnes preaches leadership and public service.
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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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