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. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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