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. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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