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Visionary Awards Luncheon

DRIVING BUSINESS FORWARD

TOGETHER

Presented by


Southwest Airlines® is dedicated to your community. Our mission is to make the connections that empower communities to thrive. Through our meaningful relationships, we proudly support your efforts in the many communities we call home. Whether in the air or the ground, we believe community is more than a place – it’s at the Heart of what brings us together. Southwest Airlines is the proud Official Airline of NAWBO Indianapolis

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PROGRAM

Visionary Awards Program

Welcome Invocation Special Remarks President’s Address Lunch Presenting Sponsor Insights Awards Presentation Entrepreneur Scholarship Indianapolis Choice Avatar of the Year Member of the Year Woman Business Owner of the Year

Closing Remarks Special thanks to our emcees: Erika Flye and Rafael Sanchez Today’s music, Orvis and Friends, provided by the Mr. Canary Company.

NAWBO-INDIANAPOLIS impacts, influences and propels Indiana to be a leading state for women-owned businesses. We accomplish this through our advocacy efforts, economic impact, diversity, influence, membership size and power. 3 | 14TH ANNUAL VISIONARY AWARDS LUNCHEON

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TWENTY YEARS

Celebrating 20 Years of NAWBO-Indianapolis

“There are women who make things better, there are women who change things, there are women who make things happen, who make a difference. I want to be one of those women.” —Vera Farmiga, Academy Award-nominated actress

In In1997, 1997,the theDow DowJones JonesIndustrial IndustrialAverage Averageclosed closedabove above7,000 7,000points pointsfor forthe thefirst firsttime, time,Madeleine MadeleineAlbright Albright became becamethe thefirst firstfemale femaleSecretary Secretaryof ofState Statein inU.S. U.S.History Historyand andthe theworld worldmourned mournedthe theshocking shockingdeath deathof of Princess PrincessDiana Dianafollowing followingaacar caraccident. accident. Locally Locallythat thatsame sameyear, year,aasmall smallgroup groupof oflocal localfemale femaleentrepreneurs entrepreneursfocused focusedon ondriving drivingbusiness businessforward forwardto to an anunprecedented unprecedentedlevel levelestablished establishedthe theIndianapolis IndianapolisChapter Chapterof ofthe theNational NationalAssociation Associationof ofWomen Women Business Owners Owners(NAWBO). (NAWBO).This Thisnewly newly formed formed Indianapolis IndianapolisChapter Chapteroffered offeredwomen womenthroughout throughoutthe theCircle Circle Business City and andthe the state stateof of Indiana Indiana aa leadership leadership platform platformto toconnect, connect, engage, engage,influence, influence,and and advance advance positive positive City growth in inthe the business business community. community. More Moreimportantly, importantly,NAWBO NAWBO propels propelswomen women entrepreneurs entrepreneurs into into growth economic, social socialand and political political spheres spheresof ofpower. power. economic, Twenty years yearslater, later,NAWBO-Indianapolis NAWBO-Indianapolis remains remains true true to to our our original originalvision, vision, and andhas has evolved evolved to to become become far far Twenty more. We We are are committed committed to to providing providing timely timely and and relevant relevant educational educational programming programming for for our our members, members, we we more. care deeply deeply about about the the political political environment environment influencing influencing small small business, business, we we established established the the Visionary Visionary care Awards ceremony ceremony to to publicly publicly recognize recognize the the achievements achievements of of female female business business leaders leaders — — an an event event now now Awards replicated by by other other NAWBO NAWBO chapters chapters in in the the US, US, and and we we have have become become the the second second largest largest NAWBO NAWBO chapter chapter in in replicated the nation. nation. the None of of the the accomplishments accomplishments that that have have occurred occurred during during the the past past two two decades decades would would be be possible possible without without None the vision vision and and leadership leadership of of our our founding founding members. members. These These milestones milestones would would also also not not be be possible possible without without the theengaged engagedsupport supportof ofour ourmembership membershiptoday, today,and andthe thesupport supportof ofour ourcorporate corporatepartners. partners. the As Aswe welook lookto tothe thefuture, future,we we remain remaindedicated dedicatedto to helping helpingour ourmembers membersthrive thriveand andachieve achieve their theirgreatest greatest potential,both bothpersonally personallyand andprofessionally. professionally.We Wealso alsolook look forward forwardto to continuing continuingto to grow grow our ournetwork networkof of potential, dynamic, dynamic,accomplished accomplishedwomen women interested interestedin indriving drivingbusiness business and andpositive positive change change for forbusiness business in inour our city, city, together. The Thepossibilities possibilitiesof of what what we we can canachieve achieve in inthe the next nexttwenty twenty years years are are limitless…and limitless…andours oursto to create. create. together.

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SPONSORS

PRESENTING SPONSOR

VISIONARY SPONSOR

The Official Airline of NAWBO-Indianapolis

CHAMPION SPONSOR

EXHIBIT HALL SPONSORS

SUPPORTING SPONSOR

IN-KIND SPONSORS

MEDIA SPONSORS

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Going above and beyond.

Real progress starts with people who are inspired to make a difference. At Duke Energy, inspiration is our fuel. It’s what drives us to generate the power of innovation. Here’s to those who look at things differently. Those who set the example. Those who inspire and serve others. And with that, Duke Energy is proud to support the National Association of Women Business Owners Indianapolis 2017 Visionary Awards Luncheon.

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LETTER FROM THE BOARD PRESIDENT

Tammy Butler Robinson President, NAWBO-Indianapolis Board of Directors

Welcome to our 14th Annual Visionary Awards Luncheon. The Indianapolis Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners established the Visionary Awards luncheon to publicly recognize the achievements of female business leaders. This year’s theme is Driving Business Forward Together. On behalf of the NAWBO-Indianapolis Board of Directors, we would like to thank the event organizers, corporate partners, sponsors, and you for attending the 2017 Visionary Awards Luncheon. Today we also celebrate the Chapter’s 20th Anniversary. The Chapter received its charter in 1997 focused on offering women throughout the Circle City and the state of Indiana a leadership platform to connect, engage, influence, and advance growth in the business community. Twenty years later, NAWBO-Indianapolis has become the second largest NAWBO chapter in the nation while consciously striving to build an inclusive table for all women. We have also received national recognition for our one-page business plan and member engagement and retention success. None of the accomplishments would be possible without the vision and leadership of our founding members, board of directors, and support of our engaged membership and corporate partners. As we look to the future, this chapter remains dedicated to being THE resource for women business owners when it comes to developing strategic relationships, prospecting and education. The possibilities of what we can achieve in the next twenty years are limitless…and ours to create. We invite you to THINK NAWBO FIRST as you consider partners who can support you and your business. When there is a procurement opportunity, search our member or corporate directory, on our website, for products and services. Congratulations to the 2017 Visionary Award Recipients. We wish you all continued growth and success as you drive business forward together.

Tammy Butler Robinson President, NAWBO-Indianapolis Board of Directors

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STATE OF INDIANA OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR State House, Second Floor Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

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LETTER FROM THE GOVERNOR

Eric J. Holcomb Governor

Greetings, It is a pleasure to welcome you to NAWBO-Indianapolis’ 2017 Visionary Awards Luncheon. It is an honor to host this group of outstanding women business owners, corporate members, and community leaders who have committed themselves to the betterment of communities throughout Indiana. Please take advantage of the networking opportunity that this event presents. Your friendships, collective networks and shared experiences are important to the vital work you do in your communities. Hoosiers, as well as your friends and neighbors in other states, benefit greatly from the work of NAWBO. I would like to congratulate all of this year’s award winners on your well-deserved recognition. I join Hoosiers all across the state in wishing each and every one of you continued success in the future.

Sincerely,

Eric Holcomb

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LETTER FROM THE MAYOR


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LETTERS FROM NAWBO NATIONAL

Kathy Warnick

NAWBO National Board Chair Dear NAWBO Sisters,

On behalf of the NAWBO National Board of Directors, congratulations on hosting your 14th Annual Visionary Awards Luncheon. This highly

anticipated event showcases the accomplishments of your members and the vision of your chapter.

As a national organization with a local experience, our members develop personally and

professionally when chapters invest time and resources to create an environment of support and celebration. Thank you for building a strong table of inclusion in Indianapolis.

The team of chapter volunteers who organized today’s event are true examples of servant leaders. Thank you for every hour spent, the decisions made, and the countless other ways you gave to your NAWBO sisters and community partners this year.

Across the country, NAWBO celebrates with you and congratulates your members on the exceptional year of growth and achievement. We are confident you will continue to “Drive Business Forward Together” in 2018.

Warm Regards, Kathy Warnick

NAWBO National Chair

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of over 10.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States representing the fastest growing segment of the economy.

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LETTERS FROM NAWBO NATIONAL

Jen Earle

NAWBO National CEO Dear NAWBO-Indianapolis, NAWBO’s mission aims to celebrate member accomplishments,

encourage growth and innovation, and bring women business owners together for accelerated success. The 14th Annual Visionary Awards Luncheon highlights the women and partners who bring this to life.

By sharing your stories of success, even through adversity, women business owners around

the globe are encouraged to press forward toward their goals. We congratulate each woman recognized tonight on her dedication to pursuing her professional dreams. Being a woman

business owner is not for the faint of heart. The NAWBO nation is with you each step forward. Thank you, women and community partners that worked tirelessly to make the Visionary Awards

possible. We understand the many entities that compete for your attention. NAWBO is grateful for your continued support and commitment to elevate women into greater economic, professional, social and political spheres worldwide.

Congratulations to the NAWBO Indianapolis members and partners on another incredible year propelling women business owners.

In Service, Jen Earle

NAWBO CEO

NAWBO is the only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries; and with chapters across the country. With far-reaching clout and impact, NAWBO is a one-stop resource to propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. 12 | 14TH ANNUAL VISIONARY AWARDS LUNCHEON


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TABLES, EXHIBITORS, COMMITTEE

2017 Table Sponsors and Exhibitors FULL TABLE SPONSORS

HALF TABLE SPONSORS

Anthem (2) Barnes & Thornburg BMO Harris Bank Bose Public Affairs CAD-Vantage, Inc. Choreo/Business Furniture (2) Citizens Energy (3) Commercial Office Environments CORE Planning Strategies DaMar Staffing Solutions of Indianapolis Duke Energy Eli Lilly and Company Engaging Solutions Eskenazi Health etica group (2) Faegre Baker & Daniels Federal Home Loan Bank Frost Brown Todd Hathaway Strategies / Accent On Business Indiana Pacers / Fever Indianapolis Airport Authority Inside INdiana Business and RTV6 IU Health JP Parker Flowers Meyer Najem Construction, LLC Morgan Stanley netlogx Northwestern Mutual (2) Nubian Construction Management Phoenix Data Corporation (2) PNC RCR Technology Corporation Regions Salin Bank & Trust SmithAmundsen Southwest Airlines (2) Viable Education Solutions, LLC Westpointe Financial Whatever It Takes Consulting, Inc.

Cabello Associates CC Holdings, Inc. Eclipse Staffing Geyer Fire Protection McGowan Insurance Purdue University Simons Bitzer & Associates Total Reward Solutions

EXHIBITORS Advanced Payroll Systems Citizens Energy City of Indianapolis Conexus Indiana Foster Results, Inc. Frost Brown Todd Great Lakes Women’s Business Council Harness Leadership Hubler Chevrolet Indiana Energy Association Indiana Wesleyan University JP Parker Flowers KeyZones Training & HR Solutions McGowan Insurance Mr. Canary NAWBO-Indianapolis Pivot Point PNC Premier Designs Jewelry Regions Salin Bank & Trust Small Business Administration (SBA) Southwest Airlines State of Indiana Thomas & Reed, LLC

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VISIONARY AWARDS COMMITTEE Co-Chairs: Patty Greene and Jan Long Kim Borges Norma Boyd Dana Conway Johna Brewer Cripe Cristi Downing Lindsay Farley Cassandra Faurote Patricia Fields Jenny Goss Julie Kratz Angie Ku Tracy Land Ann Milborn Getz Jessica Nickloy Jennifer Ping Lisa Purichia Lisa Rollings Andrea Sloan Anne Tipton Starla West


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Passion. Commitment. Vision. Abandoned by a husband battling addiction, left with six children, massive debt, and no money, Lori did not give-up. Using the art of a deal and hard work, she rose from the brink of bankruptcy to create a small AirBnB empire on the Georgia-Tennessee border. DaMar Staffing Supports Women Business Owners.

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AWARD PRESENTERS

2017 Visionary Award Presenters Jill Hall Co-Owner, Repro Graphix—presenting Entrepreneur Scholarship Jill earned a B.S. degree in secondary education from Indiana State University, but immediately pursued starting Repro Graphix with her husband, Brian. In December 1985 they established their first business in Evansville, Indiana, then opened shop in Indianapolis three years later. On their 30th anniversary, daughter Caroline joined the business, which has been an outstanding addition to the company! Repro Graphix’ core business is print and distribution of construction documents, and they offer a wide range of graphics for indoor/outdoor signage and display graphics. Through Repro Graphix, the Halls sponsor/support many industry organizations and serve on numerous boards and committees for charitable organizations. Jill is proud of the involvement and contributions her company makes by supporting over 50 not-forprofit groups in the community. It has always been their philosophy to support and give back to local businesses and organizations.

Jennifer Magley Owner, OPEN GYM INDY—presenting Avatar of the Year Award Jennifer Magley is the owner of “OPEN GYM INDY” Indiana’s

Fitness Concierge where you can go to unlimited fitness classes at over 40 different gyms.

A University of Florida graduate,

former professional athlete, Division I head coach,

author, and activist, she has received national media coverage by USA Today, ESPN, Heart & Soul

Magazine, BRIO Magazine, Active Life Magazine, The Kansas City Star, The Indianapolis Star, and IndyStyle TV, among others.

Magley is an in-demand speaker scheduled to share

more than 400 times in 2018 and serves on the board

of local non profits COBURN Place and The Patachou Foundation in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Jill previously served in various roles on the NAWBOIndianapolis board and is now serving as President for the NAWBO Foundation Board.

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AWARD PRESENTERS

2017 Visionary Award Presenters Jessica Nickloy President & CEO, the etica group— presenting Indianapolis Choice Jessica Nickloy serves as the President & CEO of Etica. Her professional background includes business operations management and hands-on work with architecture/engineering/ survey/inspection, which she has used to lead Etica’s operations since 2008. Most recently, Jessica completed the acquisition of PCS Engineers in early 2017, which has enhanced the services offered by Etica and increased from a staff of nearly 20 to over 55. Jessica directly manages daily business operations and assists with marketing efforts. She works closely with clients and staff, in addition to sub and prime contractors to ensure the timely delivery of projects and to develop and maintain business relationships. Under her direction, Etica has consistently been recognized for continued growth, leading the firm to be named one of IBJ’s FAST 25 for 2015 and 2016. Jessica obtained her formal education at Purdue University. She is a Certified Water & Sewer Construction Inspector, National Associational of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Executive Board Member, member of the Purdue University Supplier Diversity Advocacy Council, subcommittee member for the American Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC), subcommittee member for the Construction Roundtable Foundation, Make-A-Wish Board Member, and in 2016 was a Women Inspiring Strength and Hope (W.I.S.H.) woman.

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Mona Long Director of Sales, UPS Ohio Valley District— presenting Member of the Year Award Mona Long is a Director of Sales with demonstrated success in developing strong client

relationships, successful business development strategies and

garnering profitable market share for UPS.

Mona’s supply chain and logistic career with

UPS has provided her an opportunity to work

on many assignments directly impacting Global Transportation, Sales & Marketing. She has

studied and traveled to many international markets partnering with global alliances and agencies.

She has worked on teams to launch projects and products on time and often before the scheduled

launched dates. The aforementioned has provided her organization and customers with a favorable competitive landscape and profitable return on investment.

Mona has a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in

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AWARD PRESENTERS & JUDGES

2017 Visionary Award Presenters Elaine Bedel IEDC President—presenting Woman Business Owner of the Year Award Elaine Bedel, Indianapolis,

Throughout her career, Bedel has been recognized

Eric Holcomb in 2017 to serve

She was inducted into the Indiana Academy of

Economic Development

as the 2015 Women Business Owner of the year

economic development agency.

Owners (NAWBO). She was inducted into the

was appointed by Governor

for dedication to her profession and her community.

as president of the Indiana

Arts and Sciences in 2016. Bedel was recognized

Corporation, the state’s lead

by the National Association of Women Business

Prior to serving the state in her current role, Elaine

served as president, chief executive officer and chief compliance officer of Bedel Financial Consulting, a role held since she founded the company in 1989.

Bedel is an author of a personal finance book and is a nationally-recognized speaker, providing financial

Business Hall of Fame by the Junior Achievement of Central Indiana and received the Financial Planning Association’s “Heart of Financial Planning” Award in 2013.

Bedel is a graduate of Hanover College and earned an MBA from Butler University.

expertise at conferences hosted by Schwab Impact, the University of Indianapolis and the Financial Standards Board.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 VISIONARY AWARDS JUDGES Liz Ellis

Julie Petr

Tedd Grain

Yolanda White

Executive Director The Indianapolis Propylaeum

Deputy Director Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Executive Director Pass the Torch for Women

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Partnering with diverse suppliers Through Supplier Diversity Development, Lilly aspires to broaden participation of small and diverse-owned businesses in the Lilly supplier base to levels more reflective of the diverse business community. Our Supplier Diversity Development program is focused on three key areas: » Commitment to seeking out and working with small and diverse suppliers » Community engagement » Compliance to our annual government goals. To learn about Lilly’s commitment to diverse suppliers and the services we purchase, visit supplierportal. lilly.com/Pages/Supplier-Diversity.aspx.

©2015, Eli Lilly and Company. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Hubler Chevrolet is a proud sponsor of the

National Association of Women Business Owners

“Let my family help your family drive better.”

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Indianapolis Chapter

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AWARD WINNERS

2017 Visionary Award Winner

NAWBO-INDIANAPOLIS ENTREPRENEUR SCHOLARSHIP Denise Herd Herd Strategies Utilizing decades of experience in marketing, public relations and strategic communication, Herd launched Herd Strategies, a full-service public relations and marketing firm, in 2011. Since entering the market, Herd Strategies has become the go-to agency for companies and individuals that want to stand out from the competition and yield a strong return on investment. Outside of the business, Herd is a highly sought-after public speaker and workshop facilitator. She is passionate about developing businesses, and is a certified facilitator of the Kauffman Foundation FastTrac New Venture program guiding startup entrepreneurs through all phases of business ownership.

NAWBO-INDIANAPOLIS ENTREPRENEUR SCHOLARSHIP AWARD CRITERIA

PAST RECIPIENTS

This scholarship is awarded by the NAWBO-Indianapolis

2016 Cassandra Faurote, Total Reward Solutions

Foundation to an outstanding member with 51% ownership of

2015 Michelle Coy, Eclipse Staffing

her business for at least three years. The scholarship assists with educational programs to improve business management skills, obtain access to new markets, or recognize and capitalize on opportunities for growth and expansion. The scholarship awarded is up to $1,200 to be used in the next year. Funds raised today will go toward future scholarships.

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2014 Tiffany Thompson, DaMar Staffing Solutions 2013 Sola Adelowo, ImageCube 2012 Jessica Nickloy, the etica group 2011 Sahara Williams, Enginuity Management & Consulting Corporation 2010 Melissa Brown, Relocation Strategies, Inc.

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AWARD WINNERS

2017 Visionary Award Winner

INDIANAPOLIS CHOICE Kimberly Dunning Vectren Corporation Kimberly joined Vectren Corporation in 2010 as part of the Economic

Development team, today she is the current driver of Supplier Diversity and Development, a position she has held for four years. Headquartered in

Evansville, Indiana Vectren is an energy delivery (electric & natural gas)

provider. As Supplier Diversity and Development Manager Kimberly is responsible for growing and

developing a diverse vendor base for Vectren’s wholly owned subsidiary, Vectren Utility Holding Inc., which is comprised of three operating utilities Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana - North, Vectren Energy Delivery

of Indiana – South, and Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio. Kimberly’s leadership style is based on the simple principles of managing and cultivating relationships with small and diverse businesses through outreach,

active participation in influential advocacy groups and collaborative and transparent internal communication. Kimberly advances inclusion of diverse suppliers through purchasing policy changes, supplier inclusion metrics with high visibility from an engaged executive team, companywide accountability to Vectren’s corporate goal to be a leader in diversity.

A native of the beautiful state of Virginia, Kimberly lives in Evansville with her husband and daughter.

INDIANAPOLIS CHOICE AWARD AWARD CRITERIA The Indianapolis Choice award honors one outstanding individual who serves as a powerful advocate for NAWBO-Indianapolis and woman-owned businesses throughout the state. Recipients of this award have a demonstrated history of helping woman-owned businesses reach their full potential while improving the overall business climate via contracting opportunities and/or advocacy efforts. Both NAWBO members and non-members are eligible.

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PAST RECIPIENTS 2016 Dr. Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech Community College 2015 Ronalda Minnis, Duke Realty 2014 Richard Wise, Citizens Group 2013 Gregory Wilson, City of Indianapolis 2012 Brenda Jackson-Morrissey, Stewart & Irwin, P.C. 2011 Amie Peele Carter, Baker & Daniels 2010 Joyce Rogers, Esq., Ivy Tech Community College 2009 Holli Harrington, Eli Lilly and Company  LaTricia Hill-Chandler, Indianapolis Public Schools 2008 Todd Rokita, Secretary of State, State of Indiana 14TH ANNUAL VISIONARY AWARDS LUNCHEON | 23


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AWARD WINNERS

2017 Visionary Award Winner

AVATAR OF THE YEAR Arin Lindauer Transformation Fitness and Wellness

Arin started Transformation Fitness and Wellness 10 years ago in 2007

with her husband Tony. Arin was 23 at the time! Arin had been working at

a big box gym, unhappy with how she was able to care for her clients and felt there was a better way.

Transformation Fitness and Wellness was built on strong values, integrity and PASSION! Arin and her husband decided they wanted a training facility that would give clients an educated solution while maintaining the integrity of the fitness industry. All their Fitness Professionals have a degree in Exercise Science or Kinesiology.

With perseverance, commitment and hard work, they opened their doors in the middle of a recession. They had a vision and a passion to help our community become healthier and that continues to drive the direction of TFW. They continue to give their clients hope in an uncertain world.

The belief at TFW is taking personal responsibility for everything in life, having grit and integrity,

building strong relationships, a sense of community and, lastly, KAIZEN, which is a philosophy of continuous improvement.

AVATAR OF THE YEAR AWARD AWARD CRITERIA

PAST RECIPIENTS

The Avatar of the Year award is presented to a NAWBO-

2016 Amanda Parker, Collective Alternative

Indianapolis member under the age of 40 who represents

2015 Rosemily Geyer, Geyer Fire Protection

the organization’s mission and vision in all facets of business ownership including innovative leadership and community involvement.

2014 Kelly Lynn, Kelly Lynn Photography 2013 Tiffany Thompson, DaMar Staffing Solutions 2012 Starla West, Starla West International 2011 Laura Ciriello-Benedict, Ciriello Plumbing Co., Inc. 2010 Laura Sniadecki, A.G. Maas Company

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AWARD WINNERS

2017 Visionary Award Winner

MEMBER OF THE YEAR Audrey Taylor netlogx Audrey has served in the Information Technology world for over 25 years. A strong advocate for women, education and children, she founded netlogx, your consulting partner for Information risk management services, in 1998. She is passionate about data, has extensive experience in IT service delivery, sales and client relationship management. A veteran in the healthcare services arena and State Government, Audrey’s pragmatic understanding of data governance and data compliance requirements, enables clients to leverage their data into actionable information, which positively impacts their business decisions. She has led by example seeing netlogx grow from a local organization here in Indianapolis to a thriving business active across the United States and opening netlogx Limited in the UK on leap day 2016. She is proud that as netlogx has grown she has been able to maintain the company culture as demonstrated by the staff recognition for the third time as a Best Companies to Work, most recently for 2017. Contributing back to the community, Audrey has focused her efforts to support women and diversity. In addition to serving on the Women & Hi Tech board currently as President, she serves on the board of Coaching Women to Leadership Excellence Advisory Group and Indy Chamber Membership Council, the Employ Indy Workforce Investment Board, Regional Entrepreneurship Council and Private Sector Technology Group (PSTG).

MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD AWARD CRITERIA The Member of the Year award honors one outstanding member who has elicited powerful change and strengthened the presence of NAWBO via her support of the vision and ongoing engagement with the organization.

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PAST RECIPIENTS

2016 Ellyn Ludden, Team Summit 2015 Penny Lutocka, Houlihan Valuation Advisors 2014 Ann Fisher, HR Alternative Consulting 2013 Janet South, DECO Group, Inc. 2012 Jennifer Ping, Bose Public Affairs Group 2011 Lynn Zettler, LifeAction Coaching, Inc. 2010 Deb Walton, Indy City Gift Baskets 2009 Pam Parker, JP Parker Flowers 2008 Erin Smith, The Stitch Smith 2007 Liz Hoover, Hoover Financial Advisors 14TH ANNUAL VISIONARY AWARDS LUNCHEON | 25


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AWARD WINNERS

2017 Visionary Award Winner

WOMAN BUSINESS OWNER OF THE YEAR Mary Beth Oakes Choreo and Business Furniture As CEO of Choreo and CEO of Business Furniture, Mary Beth is a successful entrepreneur, trusted advisor, and respected mentor. Mary Beth’s career in workplace strategy began in 1992 when she joined Business Furniture. Throughout her tenure at BF, she has held key positions in marketing and communications, leading the company through a multi-office consolidation and relocation. In 1998, Choreo was founded when Business Furniture’s largest client approached Mary Beth with a unique request that she create a change management program that would help their employees adjust to their upcoming workspace transformation. Pulling from the best and brightest people she knew, Mary Beth put a dream team in place to work with the client’s leadership team to strategize, communicate and support the company’s work place changes. The result of Choreo’s program was a huge success and the client was more than pleased. This one project resulted in subsequent work and eventually word spread to other organizations facing the same challenges. Almost ten years later, Choreo has been engaged by over 40 clients, improving the work lives of thousands of employees. A Hoosier for nearly all her life and graduate of DePauw University, Mary Beth has hundreds of lifelong friendships. She is the youngest daughter of Mary McCormick, her closest friend and biggest fan, who passed away in 2015. Mary Beth and her husband Dick have been married since 1999 and are the proud parents of three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. She has two stepchildren, three goddaughters, three sisters, a niece, a nephew and a great niece … her family is at the heart of her world.

BUSINESS OWNER OF THE YEAR AWARD AWARD CRITERIA The Woman Business Owner of the Year award honors one outstanding NAWBO-Indianapolis business owner who has

PAST RECIPIENTS 2016 Jeryl Mitsch, Mitsch Design, Inc. 2015 Elaine Bedel, Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc.

built a successful and sustainable business.

2014 Jill Hall, Repro Graphix

Recipients of this award have a demonstrated history of driving

2012 Karen Cooper, Smart IT Staffing, Inc.

business forward and creating job growth. They assertively break through barriers and overcome challenges and actively support other women business owners. They seek out opportunities to give back to their communities.

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2013 Jennifer Foster, Foster Results

2011 Michele Meyer, CSCI Consulting 2010 Bev Miller, A Sign by Design 2009 Carol Curran, Phoenix Data Corporation

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Indiana University Health is a proud sponsor of NAWBO-Indianapolis. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are committed to working with and growing opportunities for woman-, minority- and veteran-owned businesses.

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Proud Supporter

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Morgan Stanley is proud to support NAWBO Indianapolis.

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Advancing Women We believe in the strength of women’s leadership and are committed to ensuring that women ascend to the top of the legal profession and the corporate ladder.

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Vision The Division of Supplier Diversity acts on behalf of the State of Indiana to actively promote, monitor and enforce the standards for certification of Minority-, and Women- owned business enterprises (“M/WBE”). The Division was developed in 1983 by the State of Indiana in response to Public Law 34 (I.C. 4-13-16.5 and 25 IAC-5) to provide equal opportunity to M/WBE’s in the state’s procurement and contracting process.

Mission The Division of Supplier Diversity assists Minority-, Woman-owned businesses by: • • • •

Creating a fair, competitive and equitable business environment; Providing networking opportunities to clients; Working to increase utilization; Monitoring and enforcing program compliance.

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NAWBO-INDIANAPOLIS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

NAWBO-INDIANAPOLIS BOARD

DIRECTORS

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Tammy Butler Robinson President

Jessica Nickloy President-Elect

Lisa Purichia Vice-President

Aimee Woehler Treasurer

Julie Ashmore Director

Thresette Briggs Director

Ellen Dunnigan Director

Cassandra Faurote Director

Anne Hathaway Director

Sharon Laukhuff Director

Jan Long Director

Tiffany Thompson Director

Starla West Director

BOARD ADVISORS

Carol Curran Past President

Jennifer Ping Parliamentarian

Billie Dragoo RepuCare

Jennifer C. Goss PNC Bank

Kandi Hidde Frost Brown Todd

Jamie Samuels Eli Lilly and Company

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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OUR COMMUNITY

IS TRULY SOMETHING TO

CELEBRATE phoenix noun 1. (in classical mythology) a unique bird that lived for five or six centuries in the Arabian desert, which then burned itself on a funeral pyre and rose from the ashes with renewed youth. 2. a person or thing regarded as uniquely remarkable in some respect.

Indianapolis International Airport celebrates women business owners and their supporters. We work hard to reflect and support our community’s diversity. You see it in our leadership at the Indianapolis Airport Authority and in our commitment to providing meaningful opportunities to certified disadvantaged-, minority-, women-, veteran-owned business enterprises (D/M/W/VBE) and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) in all airport-related services. Find out more about IAA’s supplier diversity program at http://supplierdiversity.ind.com.

Phoenix Data Corporation congratulates the women being recognized today as uniquely remarkable.

WBE | WBENC | 8(a) STARS II | GSA

Barbara Glass IAA Board President

Mario Rodriguez IAA Executive Director

Marsha Stone Sr. Director of Commercial Enterprise

Maria Wiley Sr. Director of Compliance and Audit

Rachel Hernandez Sr. Director of Human Resources

Holli Harrington Director of Supplier Diversity

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www.indianaenergy.org

Supplier Diversity & Development Committee

Mission Statement The goal of the IEA Supplier Diversity Committee shall be to provide a forum for member companies to exchange ideas and share information to advance company and association goals with respect to diversity issues. To further achieve this goal, the committee members shall seek opportunities to encourage the development and utilization of viable, competitive Minority, Women-Owned, Small, Small Disadvantaged, Veteran Owned, Service DisabledVeteran Owned, and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUB Zone) businesses in such a way that reflects the diversity of member company customer bases. The committee will undertake these efforts recognizing the importance of key elements of the “Total Cost Equation” and the balance of a diversified supply chain.

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Our diversity is leading the transformation. Your partnership. Our impact. It’s a powerful combination that is enabling us to drive the future of health care. The unique and innovative perspectives of our associates and partners are the building blocks that contribute to our success.

Anthem, Inc. is a proud sponsor of NAWBO. “As a leading health care company serving diverse populations across the U.S., Anthem knows how important it is to foster an affirming and inclusive workplace – one that provides opportunities for all associates to grow, lead and realize their maximum potential. We support NAWBO’s mission of empowering women business owners because we understand how vital they are to strengthening our communities and building our economy, all while opening new doors of opportunity and success for future leaders.” Gail K. Boudreaux President and CEO

Drive the future of health care. antheminc.com/careers

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Citizens Energy Group is a proud sponsor of the NAWBO-Indianapolis Visionary Awards Luncheon. Congratulations to the winners of the NAWBO-Indianapolis Visionary Awards for your respective achievements as citizens, business owners and leaders in our local community. CitizensEnergyGroup.com

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PNC is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2017 Visionary Awards Luncheon and we congratulate today’s award winners for “Driving Business Forward Together.” You’ve shown us what’s possible through hard work and persistence.

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2017 Visionary Awards Pre-Event Program  
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NAWBO-Indianapolis 2017 Visionary Awards Luncheon Pre-Event Program