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The Interview Issue: Angela Braly

Angela Braly, an attorney by trade, served as CEO of health insurer WellPoint Inc. from 2007 to 2012, when she resigned amid pressure from shareholders. Braly has continued serving in corporate boardrooms since her departure, albeit with a lower profile.

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Local entrepreneur Dragoo takes helm of national group

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

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 road

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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Event-planning vet Maribeth Smith has impressive resume

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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