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LUNCHEON December 12, 2018

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that serving the community makes a lasting impact. PNC is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 15th Annual Visionary Awards Luncheon. We congratulate today’s award winners and all the previous winners. You’ve shown us how Indianapolis women continue to “Rise Up” in our business community through hard work and persistence.

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| 2018 PROGRAM

Visionary Awards Program Welcome

Denise Herd and Lisa Whitman—NAWBO-Indianapolis Members

Invocation

Tammy Butler Robinson—Past President, NAWBO-Indianapolis Board of Directors

President’s Address

Jessica Nickloy—President, NAWBO-Indianapolis Board of Directors

Special Remarks

Angela Smith Jones, J.D., Deputy Mayor of Economic Development, City of Indianapolis

Lunch Presenting Sponsor Insights

Nadine Givens, Market Leader, PNC Wealth Management

Keynote Presentation

Rebecca Fleetwood Hession

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: Denise Herd and Lisa Whitman

NAWBO-INDIANAPOLIS

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, and membership size.

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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

©2017 Southwest Airlines Co.

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| 2018 SPONSORS

PRESENTING SPONSOR

CHAMPION SPONSOR

The Official Airline of NAWBO-Indianapolis

EXHIBIT HALL SPONSOR

ENTREPRENEUR SPONSOR

IN-KIND SPONSORS

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OUR COMMUNITY Congratulations to the

NAWBO 2018 Visionary Award Recipients!

IS TRULY SOMETHING TO

CELEBRATE

Indianapolis International Airport celebrates women business owners and their supporters.

We are proud supporters of women and minority owned businesses. We appreciate all of the outstanding work that you do!

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.

Division of Supplier Diversity

Indiana Department of Administration

Adding Value to Indiana’s Economy 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-Stevens Sr. Director of Human Resources

Holli Harrington Director of Supplier Diversity

Stay connected and follow us on your favorite social media platform! Facebook: @IDOA.MWBE

Twitter: @Indiana_DSD

Instagram: @Indiana_DSD

mwbe@idoa.in.gov 317-232-3061

www.in.gov/idoa/mwbe

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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.

www.lilly.com

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| LETTER FROM THE BOARD PRESIDENT

Jessica Nickloy

President, NAWBO-Indianapolis Board of Directors Welcome to our 15th 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 Rise. On behalf of the NAWBO-Indianapolis Board of Directors, we would like to thank the event organizers, corporate partners, sponsors, and you for supporting the 2018 Visionary Awards nominees and this inspiring day. Today we also celebrate our Chapter’s 21st 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. NAWBO-Indianapolis is the second largest NAWBO chapter in the nation. We are frequently a model for other chapters. We have received national recognition for our one-page business plan, our member engagement and retention success, and our educational programs. None of these accomplishments would be possible without the vision and leadership of our founding members and board of directors, and the 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, advocating for small business, and educating women in business. Watch for our growth and new programs this year! The possibilities of what we can achieve in the next twenty-one 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 and corporate partner directories, on our website, for products and services. Congratulations to the 2018 Visionary Award nominees and recipients. We wish you growth and success as you continue to Rise.

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| 2018 EMCEES

2018 Visionary Award Emcees Denise Herd Owner, Herd Strategies

Lisa Whitman, Founder/President, Digital Stories Media Group

Utilizing decades of experience

Lisa Whitman is the Founder and

strategic communication, Denise

Group, a video strategy and

in marketing, public relations and Herd launched Herd Strategies, a

full-service public relations firm, in 2011. Since then, Herd Strategies has developed a reputation for

President of Digital Stories Media content agency and the co-owner of the Midwest’s largest float

therapy spa, A Place To Float. She has spent thirty years exploring,

being the go-to firm for companies or individuals

writing, filming and sharing the stories of people,

strategies that will separate them from the competition.

narrative to life and position brands is the cornerstone

looking for innovative marketing and public relations, Herd is a highly sought-after public speaker and

workshop facilitator. Known for her transparency, honesty and wit, Denise delivers common sense

strategies while offering simple solutions for achieving your personal and professional goals. With a unique ability to help individuals and companies to find the

confidence to celebrate their inner voice, she brings

diverse opinions and first hand experience on current

issues such as mentoring, entrepreneurship and small business development, and being heard.

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.

Herd is the recipient of numerous awards including the

companies and organizations. Her ability to bring a of her media company.

She is passionate about not only communicating, but helping people connect.

Lisa has been a writer and video producer for

Indianapolis Woman Magazine and was the host for Fox59’s ‘Indy’s Marketplace’ television program.

Having been a video journalist in Moscow, Russia, and through her experience in teaching, advertising,

television and marketing, she has a broad business

perspective and has served in multiple brand strategy

roles. She is active in NAWBO and women’s mentoring organizations and is an advocate for women in

business. Her favorite role, however, is being the mom to 5 children. Lisa is a native Hoosier and loves Indianapolis as if it were her 6th kid.

Public Relations Society of America—East Central

District Diamond Award and Hoosier Chapter Pinnacle Award, the Pass the Torch—Ignite the Torch award for Entrepreneurship and the Golden Laurel Award from Indiana Minority Business Magazine.

She holds a B.A. from Clark-Atlanta University and an M.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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| LETTER FROM THE GOVERNOR

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

Eric J. Holcomb Governor

Greetings, It is a pleasure to welcome you to NAWBO-Indianapolis’ 2018 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

December 12, 2018 Greetings! On behalf of the City of Indianapolis, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2018 NAWBO-Indianapolis Visionary Awards luncheon. It is an honor to recognize and celebrate local women business owners and their advocates at this annual luncheon. In Indianapolis and communities across the country, women business owners are the backbone of our economic growth and continued vitality. And for more than a decade, NAWBO-Indianapolis has provided critical support to these women, showcasing their many successes and paving the way for even brighter futures. This luncheon celebrates the dynamic, passionate women business owners who continue to drive our city forward. I would like to congratulate all of today’s honorees—your innovative and hardworking spirit makes a difference in our city not just today, but for years to come as the next generation of leaders are inspired by your success. Thank you to NAWBO-Indianapolis for your ongoing commitment to propelling women entrepreneurs toward opportunities of economic, social, and political influence. Again, congratulations to today’s honorees, and I wish you all the best for an enjoyable luncheon. Warm regards,

Joe Hogsett Mayor City of Indianapolis

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| LETTER FROM NAWBO NATIONAL

Molly Gimmel

NAWBO National Board Chair

Dear NAWBO Indy sisters,

Congratulations on this year’s Annual Visionary Awards Luncheon! I so

enjoyed being in Indianapolis to swear in Jessica and the rest of your Board back in June, and

wish I could be there with you to celebrate today. This spectacular event honors the successful and dynamic women business owners who are doing great things in their companies and community and who exemplify the best of NAWBO.

As a national organization with a local experience, NAWBO provides members the opportunity to develop both professionally and personally, through educational programming, leadership

opportunities, and an environment of support and encouragement. The Indianapolis chapter is a shining example of the great things that happen when women work together. Congratulations to all of the awardees and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Warm Regards, Molly Gimmel

NAWBO National Chair

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of over 10 million women-owned businesses in the United States representing the fastest growing segment of the economy.

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| TABLE SPONSORS, EXHIBITORS, COMMITTEE

2018 Table Sponsors and Exhibitors FULL TABLE SPONSORS

HALF TABLE SPONSORS

Anthem Barnes & Thornburg Bose Public Affairs CAD-Vantage, Inc. Citizens Energy CORE Planning Strategies Eli Lilly and Company Engaging Solutions Etica Group (2) F.A. Wilhelm Construction Faegre Baker Daniels Federal Home Loan Bank Frost Brown Todd Hathaway Strategies Health and Hospital/ Eskenazi Herd Strategies Indiana Department of Administration, Division of Supplier Diversity Indianapolis Airport Authority IU Health JP Parker Flowers Meyer Najem NAWBO Phoenix Data Corporation PNC Regions RepuCare, Inc. Sapphire Strategy Southwest Airlines Sponsel CPA Group, LLC

A Sign by Design, Inc. / COE B&W Plumbing & Heating Co. Build Fund DaMar Staffing Eclipse Staffing & Security Edify Hair Care Factory Four Four Point Design Mitsch Design Regions Sensory Technologies

EXHIBITORS Chernoff Cosmetic Surgeons City of Indianapolis Cruise Planners Edify Hair Care Etcetera IDOA JP Parker Flowers Kicky LLC Market Wagon Me&Mo NAWBO-Foundation NAWBO-Membership Nikki Blaine Couture Premier Designs Jewelry Premikati Regions Stand Out Custom unsoaped, LLC Whatever It Takes Consulting Witty by Kodi YECIN Accessories

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VISIONARY AWARDS COMMITTEE Carol Curran—Chair Jessica Nickloy—Co-Chair Tiffany Thompson—Support Lisa Rollings—Communication Liaison Diana Ricks—Non-Corporate Partner Outreach Tamara Hoffbauer—Exhibit Sales Cassandra Faurote—Member/Past Member Table/Ad Outreach Johna Cripe—VAL Hospitality Katherine Kuhn—New Nonmember Exhibit Outreach Kerrie Best—Event Sponsorship Outreach Stacey Carey—Member Table/Ad Outreach Ann Milborn Getz—Member/Nonmember Exhibit Outreach


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Citizens Energy Group is a proud sponsor of the NAWBO-Indianapolis Visionary Awards Luncheon. Congratulations to this year’s winners of the NAWBO-Indianapolis Visionary Awards. Established in December 2004, the program honors the success of women business owners and those that support them.

CitizensEnergyGroup.com

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| AWARD PRESENTERS

2018 Visionary Award Presenters Denise Herd Herd Strategies—presenting Entrepreneur Scholarship

Kimberly Dunning Vectren Corporation— presenting Indianapolis Choice

Utilizing decades of experience

Kimberly joined Vectren

strategic communication, Denise

Economic Development team,

in marketing, public relations and Herd launched Herd Strategies, a

full-service public relations firm, in 2011. Since then, Herd Strategies has developed a reputation for

Corporation in 2010 as part of the today she is the current driver of Supplier Diversity and

Development, a position she has

held for four years. Headquartered

being the go-to firm for companies or individuals

in Evansville, Indiana Vectren is an energy delivery

strategies that will separate them from the competition.

and Development Manager Kimberly is responsible for

looking for innovative marketing and public relations, Herd is a highly sought-after public speaker and

workshop facilitator. Known for her transparency, honesty and wit, Denise delivers common sense

strategies while offering simple solutions for achieving your personal and professional goals. With a unique ability to help individuals and companies to find the

confidence to celebrate their inner voice, she brings

diverse opinions and first hand experience on current

issues such as mentoring, entrepreneurship and small business development, and being heard.

She is passionate about developing businesses, and

(electric & natural gas) provider. As Supplier Diversity 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.

is a certified facilitator of the Kauffman Foundation

Kimberly advances inclusion of diverse suppliers

entrepreneurs through all phases of business

metrics with high visibility from an engaged executive

FastTrac New Venture program guiding startup

through purchasing policy changes, supplier inclusion

ownership.

team, companywide accountability to Vectren’s

Herd is the recipient of numerous awards including the Public Relations Society of America—East Central

District Diamond Award and Hoosier Chapter Pinnacle Award, the Pass the Torch—Ignite the Torch award for

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.

Entrepreneurship and the Golden Laurel Award from Indiana Minority Business Magazine.

She holds a B.A. from Clark-Atlanta University and an M.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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| AWARD PRESENTERS

2018 Visionary Award Presenters Arin Lindauer Transformation Fitness and Wellness— presenting Avatar of the Year Award

Audrey Taylor netlogx—presenting Member of the Year Award

Arin started Transformation

Audrey has served in the

ago in 2007 with her husband

for over 25 years. A strong

Fitness and Wellness 10 years

Information Technology world

Tony. Arin was 23 at the time! Arin

advocate for women, education

had been working at a big box

and children, she founded

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.

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

The belief at TFW is taking personal responsibility for

by the staff recognition for the third time as a Best

strong relationships, a sense of community and,

Contributing back to the community, Audrey has

everything in life, having grit and integrity, building

lastly, KAIZEN, which is a philosophy of continuous improvement.

Companies to Work, most recently for 2017.

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

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| AWARD PRESENTERS & JUDGES

2018 Visionary Award Presenters Mary Beth Oakes Choreo and Business Furniture—presenting Woman Business Owner of the Year Award As CEO of Choreo and CEO of

The result of Choreo’s program was a huge success

a successful entrepreneur, trusted

project resulted in subsequent work and eventually

Business Furniture, Mary Beth is

and the client was more than pleased. This one

advisor, and respected mentor.

word spread to other organizations facing the same

Mary Beth’s career in workplace

strategy began in 1992 when she

joined Business Furniture. Throughout her tenure

challenges. Almost ten years later, Choreo has been

engaged by over 40 clients, improving the work lives of thousands of employees.

at BF, she has held key positions in marketing and

A Hoosier for nearly all her life and graduate of

multi-office consolidation and relocation. In 1998,

lifelong friendships. She is the youngest daughter

largest client approached Mary Beth with a unique

fan, who passed away in 2015. Mary Beth and

program that would help their employees adjust to

and are the proud parents of three Cavalier King

from the best and brightest people she knew, Mary

goddaughters, three sisters, a niece, a nephew

client’s leadership team to strategize, communicate

world.

communications, leading the company through a

DePauw University, Mary Beth has hundreds of

Choreo was founded when Business Furniture’s

of Mary McCormick, her closest friend and biggest

request that she create a change management

her husband Dick have been married since 1999

their upcoming workspace transformation. Pulling

Charles Spaniels. She has two stepchildren, three

Beth put a dream team in place to work with the

and a great niece … her family is at the heart of her

and support the company’s work place changes.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2018 VISIONARY AWARDS JUDGES Michael Babcock

David Hooper

Emily Biehn

Denesa Webber

Office of Supplier Diversity Development Purdue University

Relationship Manager Stockyards Bank and Trust

Partner Barnes and Thornburg

President D’s Design

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Congratulations 2018 Visionary Award Recipients!

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| 2018 AWARD WINNERS 2018 Visionary Award Winner

NAWBO-INDIANAPOLIS ENTREPRENEUR SCHOLARSHIP Johna Cripe Harmony Senior Relocation Services Johna Cripe is a founding partner of Harmony Senior Relocation Services established in 2015. After orchestrating the downsizing move for her in-laws, Johna realized that other senior adults might also welcome assistance with their own transition. Johna knows first hand that downsizing is not only physically demanding and time-consuming, but is also an emotional job for many seniors and their familes. Johna is an active board member of the Boomers & Beyond association, and a member in good standing of the National Association of Senior Move Managers. Prior to starting Harmony, Johna spent 25 years in the marketing research industry, and for 13 of those years was the partner/owner of a qualitative marketing research company, Blue Sky. She led project initiatives both domestically and internationally for key clients such as Eli Lilly, Merck, MedImmune, Centocor and others. Johna has a Master’s Degree in Market Research from The University of Georgia.

NAWBO-INDIANAPOLIS ENTREPRENEUR SCHOLARSHIP AWARD CRITERIA This scholarship is awarded by the NAWBO-Indianapolis Foundation to an outstanding member with 51% ownership of 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, which can be used in the next year. Funds raised today will go toward future scholarships.

PAST RECIPIENTS 2017 Denise Herd, Herd Strategies 2016 Cassandra Faurote, Total Reward Solutions 2015 Michelle Coy, Eclipse Staffing 2014 Tiffany Thompson, DaMar Staffing Solutions 2013 Sola Adelowo, ImageCube 2012 Jessica Nickloy, Etica Group 2011 Sahara Williams, Enginuity Management & Consulting Corporation 2010 Melissa Brown, Relocation Strategies, Inc.

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| 2018 AWARD WINNERS 2018 Visionary Award Winner

INDIANAPOLIS CHOICE Billie Dragoo RepuCare

Billie Dragoo is the founder/CEO of RepuCare, a proven staffing partner to Fortune 500 clients and managed health care program providers and ranked one of the fastest-growing U.S. staffing firms by Staffing Industry Analysts. Named by Fortune Magazine as one of the top 10 women entrepreneurs in the U.S., Billie was one of 720 entrepreneurs throughout the world invited by the President to attend the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit. She has been a National Judge for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and was an E & Y recipient of the award in 2008. Recognized for her entrepreneurial impact in Indiana, Billie has been awarded the Starkey Entrepreneurial Women’s Award and the Torchbearer Award for Entrepreneurial Advocacy, the IBJ’s 2009 Women of Influence Award, the 2011 Girls’ Inc. Touchstone Award, and a 2014 Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame Laureate. A recognized leader for women’s advocacy, she is the co-founder of the Indiana Conference for Women, now in its 9th year and a one-day professional development conference for women. Billie is the past Chair and CEO of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) in Washington D.C. She is the past president and emeritus board advisor of the Indianapolis Chapter of NAWBO, an executive board member of The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC), and a board member of the Indiana State Chamber, Indianapolis Chamber, Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing. A business industry leader and serial entrepreneur, Billie is also the founder and Chairman of the Board of Verve Health, a worksite wellness provider with onsite health centers and wellness teams.

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 2017 Kimberly Dunning, Vectren Corp. 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, IPS 2008 Todd Rokita, Secretary of State, State of Indiana 15TH ANNUAL VISIONARY AWARDS LUNCHEON | 23


| 2018 AWARD WINNERS 2018 Visionary Award Winner

AVATAR OF THE YEAR Michelle Farley Edify Hair Care

Michelle is a second generation hairstylist, the daughter of two small

business owners and is the founder of Edify Hair Care, sharing insightful

and practical hair care and styling advice to help people make the most of their time and money in regards to their hair.

Her background as a Stylist, Industry Educator (teaching color and product knowledge to other

stylists), and Business Development Manager for a salon software company, has allowed her the unique access to cosmetic chemists, the CEO’s of beauty brands and insiders.

This knowledge and experience has allowed her to transform the lives of her clients by providing them ways to make educated decisions on the care and styling of their hair at home. She has also scoured the globe and tested thousands of products on herself and clients, allowing her to make recommendations to all hair types and lifestyles.

Michelle believes there is a lack of unbiased, quality information on hair care, styling, and products. She created Edify as a way to share her insight with the masses.

AVATAR OF THE YEAR AWARD AWARD CRITERIA

PAST RECIPIENTS

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

2017 Arin Lindauer, Transformation Fitness and Wellness

Indianapolis member under the age of 40 who represents

2016 Amanda Parker, Collective Alternative

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

2015 Rosemily Geyer, Geyer Fire Protection 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.

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2010 Laura Sniadecki, A.G. Maas Co.


| 2018 AWARD WINNERS 2018 Visionary Award Winner

MEMBER OF THE YEAR Beth Rovazzini B&W Plumbing and Heating Co., Inc.

Beth Rovazzini is the President and owner of B&W Plumbing and Heating Company. The company was founded by Beth’s parents in their Eagledale garage in 1961. Upon her graduation from IU with an accounting degree, Beth began her career as a staff accountant at Arthur Anderson. It didn’t take long for her to realize that she loved accounting, but not being a staff accountant. An opportunity for change presented itself soon after to run a struggling restaurant that her parents had invested in. She began managing with the intent to organize and sell it. The excitement and challenge involved in running a restaurant kept her busy and she continued there for 5 years. In 1988, the restaurant was sold and Beth made the jump to B&W, initially in an accounting role. As time passed, she gradually took on more of a leadership role in the company. As her parents began making plans for retirement, she along with 2 partners, purchased the business. Owning a small business is both a challenging and exhilarating process! Being a woman that owns a construction business is like being at the top of the roller coaster every day! It is the human connection that matters most to Beth. The interaction with customers, staff and business associates is what brings her to work every day. The satisfaction of helping a customer solve a problem is like none she has ever experienced. She is equally committed to her peers in business. She currently serves in the Programs Committee of NAWBO, where she’s been a member since 2003. She is also the Vice President of the Speedway Chamber of Commerce and on the Better Business Bureau’s Board of Directors.

MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD AWARD CRITERIA

PAST RECIPIENTS

The Member of the Year award honors one outstanding

2016 Ellyn Ludden, Team Summit

member who has elicited powerful change and strengthened the presence of NAWBO via her support of the vision and ongoing engagement with the organization.

2017 Audrey Taylor, netlogx

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

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| 2018 AWARD WINNERS 2018 Visionary Award Winner

WOMAN BUSINESS OWNER OF THE YEAR Debra Kunce, FAIA CORE Planning Strategies Through her innovative business, community involvement and mentoring efforts, Debra Kunce, FAIA, helps people and organizations succeed and positions them for the future. Deb’s firm, CORE Planning Strategies, helps organizations navigate the complexities of their building projects and improve their processes. In just six years, Deb has grown CORE to a team of 10 contributing their technical expertise to helping anchor institutions transform their communities. From driving projects that allow nonprofit organizations to increase their programming to planning transformational redevelopment efforts that advance cities and towns, Deb feels most accomplished helping others. In addition to impacting communities through her business, Deb works to improve communities and her industry through service. Much of her nonprofit involvement includes organizations and institutions serving Indiana women and youth. For NAWBO’s Indianapolis chapter, Deb contributed expertise gained from national service to other organizations and expanded an already successful Trailblazers event in 2015 and 2016. A Fellow in the American Institute of Architects—a designation held by just 3% of its members—Deb is a leader in multiple associations in the design and construction industry, with a particular focus on fostering the advancement of women in a male-dominated industry. A driven and inspiring leader, Deb also mentors fellow women business owners and up-and-coming professionals. She regularly shares her expertise through presentations and publications, consistently working to take her business, community and industry to a higher level.

BUSINESS OWNER OF THE YEAR AWARD AWARD CRITERIA

PAST RECIPIENTS

The Woman Business Owner of the Year award honors one

2017 Mary Beth Oakes, Choreo and Business Furniture

outstanding NAWBO-Indianapolis business owner who has

2016 Jeryl Mitsch, Mitsch Design, Inc.

built a successful and sustainable business.

2015 Elaine Bedel, Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc.

Recipients of this award have a demonstrated history of driving

2014 Jill Hall, Repro Graphix

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.

2013 Jennifer Foster, Foster Results 2012 Karen Cooper, Smart IT Staffing, Inc. 2011 Michele Meyer, CSCI Consulting 2010 Bev Miller, A Sign by Design 2009 Carol Curran, Phoenix Data Corporation

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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 Disabled-Veteran 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.

Congratulations to NAWBO-Indianapolis and all of the Award Recipients on the occasion of the 15th Annual Visionary Awards Luncheon December 12, 2018

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Trailblazers 2019

Thursday, April 24, 2019 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom  Registration opening soon

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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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| NAWBO-INDIANAPOLIS BOARD 2018-2019

NAWBO-INDIANAPOLIS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DIRECTORS

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jessica Nickloy President

Lisa Purichia President-Elect

Jennifer Ping Vice-President

Aimee Woehler Treasurer

Julie Ashmore Director

Anushree Bag Director

Jamyce Banks Director

Cassandra Faurote Director

Patricia Fields Director

Jen Lisak Golding Director

Christy Gormal Director

Anne Hathaway Director

Tiffany Thompson Director

BOARD ADVISORS

Ellen Dunnigan Secretary

Thresette Briggs Parliamentarian

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Billie Dragoo RepuCare

Jennifer C. Goss PNC Bank

Jamie Samuels Eli Lilly and Company

Amy Wilson Frost Brown Todd

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| NAWBO MEMBER MILESTONES

2018 NAWBO-INDIANAPOLIS MEMBER MILESTONES

5-Plus Year Members

NAWBO-Indianapolis is proud to recognize the many long-term members

Sandra Smith Shadley

who are a vital part of our organization’s growth and success. Members listed are in chronological order of the date of their NAWBO membership anniversary.

10-Plus Year Members

Jannett Keesling

Denise K. Pierce Tasha Phelps

Sue Burkhart Muse Barbara Smith Billie Dragoo Ann Fisher Nancy L. Beck Diana M.H. Brenner Ellen K. Dunnigan Jeryl Mitsch Jill Wilhite Hall

Karen R. Cooper Cheryl A Cunningham Beverly A. Miller Mary Beth Poe Laurie Rice-Salemi

20-Plus Year Member

15-Plus Year Members

Jennifer Androne

Brenda Stallings Florence Onochie Ms. Karri Beth McNelly Anne Sellers Laura Sniadecki Colleen Hittle Liz Hoover Deborah D. Oatts Yasmin L. Stump Carol Curran Pam Parker Janet South Audrey Taylor Kimberly Hendren Kathy Cabello Rachel Sebree Jessica Ann Nickloy Elizabeth Rovazzini Penny C. Lutocka Melissa St. John Jan Long

Mary F. Zurbuch Krysten Overly-Armour Linda Worrell Christina Gormal Mary Beth Oakes Gayle Ross Laura Ciriello-Benedict Rachel Doba Denise Herd Tammy Butler Robinson Jennifer Ping Starla West Sharon Laukhuff Kristin VanSoest Kristie Smith Tiffany Thompson Elaine Bedel Arin Lindauer Lora Gandy Kelly Lynn Thresette Briggs, SHRM-SCP, DDI Amanda Parker Marie Davis Lisa Purichia Lisa Whitman Debra Kunce Rosemily Geyer Amy Higdon Joyce Foster, CFP, MBA

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Linda A. Sullivan


Unique perspectives. Common goals.

Supplier diversity is about more than the products or services you bring to our company. It’s about working together to develop innovative solutions and strengthening the economic vitality of the communities we serve.

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| CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF H.R. 5050

30 YEARS OF H.R. 5050 It’s hard to believe, but as recently as the 1980s, women who

dreamed of owning businesses faced myriad barriers, including the inability to get a business loan without a male co-signer,

difficulty getting federal contracts, not having a seat at the policy

table and a lack of gender-sensitive entrepreneurial education and

training. These obstacles were due, at least in part, to a lack of understanding about the impact of female business owners.

The National Association of Women Business Owners had long

been advocating for better business policy. The Small Business

Administration report demonstrated how little was known about the complexity and diversity of women-owned businesses and the off-base thinking and approach to public policy that had

resulted. This became the catalyst for a more concerted effort. Led by NAWBO’s then-president, Gillian Rudd, a group of

women, including Littlejohn, pushed presidential candidates

Carey Stacy, Virginia Littlejohn, Susan Solomon

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| CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF H.R. 5050

30 YEARS OF H.R. 5050

White House Briefing — Carey Stacy with George Bush — May ‘90

and members of Congress to provide more policy support of female entrepreneurs.

At a news conference on the steps of the

US Capitol in late 1988, Rudd called out the SBA on its misguided report. “She said we

need data and research on women business owners, banks need to stop demanding that men sign for loans for women and we need

more education and...[business] counseling across the country to help women to grow their businesses even more,” explains Dr.

Terry Neese, a serial entrepreneur and CEO/ president of the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women.

Through intense lobbying, strategic communications and grassroots political action,

NAWBO educated elected officials and agency staffers on the economic impact of womenowned businesses (WBOs). They showed how much more job growth, wealth generation and trade could be produced if women had the same support and access to business ownership as men.

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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.

“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

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