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Podcast Features Prominent Women in Indianapolis

Community leaders, executives, and professionals share their experience and advice

18 March 2021

INDIANAPOLIS – "All ideas are relevant."

"I try to be a role model, for sure."

"At the end of the day, you're going to make the decision to respect your body."

These are just brief samples of the kind of life lessons and great advice available on the Indiana Conference for Women podcast, Unlimited. With new episodes every two weeks, listeners meet tremendous, accomplished, successful women in every

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field, from different backgrounds. 

"We want to highlight women who inspire us, women people maybe don't know about but definitely should," says ICFW Executive Director Chelsea Anderson. "Interviewing these people offers me a chance to dig deeper and get behind their success to share those insights with the listener. Plus, it's just a lot of fun." 

The Unlimited podcast gives listeners a taste of the conference experiencethe poignant conversation with keynote speakers and breakout leaders–on their schedule. With episodes under 60 minutes, subscribers can unwind on the commute home or start the day with a bit of inspiration. And there is no shortage of subject matter. 

"The goal is for every episode to offer something unique. We feature women from the financial sector, health & fitness, the arts, business, etc. The lessons learned in one discipline usually carry over in some way to every other career field," Anderson says. "The more women we interview, the more I can see how the core principles of hardwork, flexibility, and collaboration come up again and again. Every story proves that however easy it looks on the outside, that person had to struggle to achieve their success. It's the definition of inspirational."

Catch the newest episode on March 25th, featuring Lee Ernst, Senior Consultant at Johnson, Grossnickle & Associates. Listen to past and new episodes on Spotify or through the website here

If you'd like to attend the conference, get tickets by clicking here!

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ICFW 2021 Goes Virtual with Live Online Tickets 

In-person tickets available as well with strict safety measures

12 February 2021

INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time in conference history, ICFW will offer live online tickets for the 2021 event. Guests can attend in-person with health & safety measures in place or choose a live online ticket to stream

content virtually. Virtual attendees enjoy the same programming as in-person attendees through the organization's free mobile app, and content will be available on-demand for 30 days after the conference. 

Also through the app, all attendeeswhether in-person or onlinecan submit questions to the live Q&A with keynote speakers and breakout leaders, network with attendees, connect with sponsors, and explore resources from the conference including our podcast and webcasts. 

The 2021 Indiana Conference for Women features keynote addresses from Taraji P. Henson, Betsy Johnson, and Cynthia Germanotta. Breakout sessions are led by Tara Schuster, Michelle King, Jordan Lee Dooley, and Emily Balcetis. Attendees can also enjoy an exhibit hall and bookstorevirtually and in-person.

Tickets will be available beginning March 8, 2021. Take advantage of the one-day sale on International Women's Day (March 8) and enjoy $100 an in-person ticket or $50 off a live-online ticket. Get tickets by clicking here!

New ICFW Podcast Highlights Strong Leaders and Good Ideas 

Intersecting education, entertainment, and inspiration for all

28 January 2021

INDIANAPOLIS – Being first is never easy, but Karen Mangia makes it look like a breeze as the first guest on the new Unlimited podcast.

"Unstated expectations always go unmet," Mangia, the Vice President of Customer & Market Insights for Salesforce, says in the interview

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as she shares a story of being "passed over" for a promotion. The published author (three times over) and Customer Whisperer (as we are sure she will soon be known) did not have an easy ride to build her impressive career. Ultimately, those clearly stated expectations made her an invaluable asset to any team, a leader in her field, and, frankly, a really interesting person. We're taking Karen's advice and setting our expectations for this venture. 

Unlimited, the new podcast from ICFW, will take an in depth look at what makes its guests successful, how they view the world, and what thoughts they can offer to budding professionals with stars in their eyes who want a bit more direction. But don't think we're limiting ourselves to business alone (the podcast is called Unlimited, after all). The ICFW mission is focused on living a rewarding, healthy, and fulfilling life; that only happens when we branch out from business and become well rounded humans. Upcoming guests come from all areas of life: fitness, money management, technology, law, the arts, fashion--no stone left unturned! One part education, one part entertainment, and a dash of inspiration make Unlimited your new favorite listen. 

New episodes will drop every two weeks on Thursdays beginning January 28. Our list of upcoming guests grows longer each day; be on the lookout for episodes with Bethany C. Meyers, Cindy Konich, Lee Ernst, Angela Freeman, and many more. It's easy to listen: subscribe on Spotify, iTunes, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.


As Karen suggests in episode one, "Why not?"

Have a suggestion for a guest or a question for our team? Let us know at

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Karen Olivo adds voice to exceptional group of panelists for Jan. 14 event

5 January 2021

INDIANAPOLIS – ICFW is known for bringing in big names. Rachel Ray, Dr. Tererai Trent, Gretchen Carlson, Retta–the list goes on and on. While you usually see such impressive figures at our annual conference, this month's UNLIMITED webcast brings them right into your living room. 

Karen Olivo, Tony Award-winner for her electric Anita in the 2009 revival of West Side Story on Broadway, currently stars in Moulin Rouge! The Musical (and will again don her sequins when Broadway reopens in September). Her long career in the theatre is littered with big hits including In the Heights, the Tony Award-winning musical by Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda, and the Chicago run of Hamilton itself. Olivo is also known for recurring roles on television in shows like

Harry's Law with Kathy Bates, The Good Wife with Julianna Margulies, and Law & Order: SVU

Don't think Indy can't keep up with the likes of Karen Olivo. Our panel boosts local heavy hitters with equally long résumés. Olivo joins Arts Council of Indianapolis President Julie Goodman, nationally-recognized spoken word artist Manon Voice, Dance Kaleidoscope dancer and choreographer Mariel Greenlee, and Off-Broadway and regional playwright Jennifer Blackmer for a discussion about the small business nature of the arts. Artists in any discipline serve as their own best advocate to get their work out and in the world. These experts will share their stories of how they get there and what you can do to make the most of your career. 

Blackmer will moderate the hour-long discussion, inviting conversation on all areas of art. Get your questions ready for an interactive Q&A during the panel. The chat feature during the webcast allows you to connect with other attendees and our panelists to let your voice be heard. 

The webcast will be broadcast live on Thursday, January 14, at 6:00pm EST. Register for a link to join here, and mark your calendars to start your year off right!


ICFW offers free virtual event during COVID-19

8 December 2020

INDIANAPOLIS – Four women in a male-driven field have a lot to say about the female recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Namely: this cannot stand. 

Deborah Daniels, Partner at Krieg DeVault and former U.S. Assistant Attorney General; Felecia Roseburgh, Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager at Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis; and Paula Moan, Market President at Stock Yards Bank and Trust join moderator Joyce Rogers, Interim Vice 

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President of the Indiana University Foundation for this interactive discussion. Free to the public, the event is intended to cast a light on this phenomenon and help women find their way back to the workplace at the same levels they left. 

Why are women–particularly Black and Latina women–more likely to lose their jobs during times of crisis? Even in 2020, women still bear the brunt of family care and management. Women are also more likely to be in service positions; the pandemic has hit the service industry particularly hard with layoffs, pay reductions, and full closures to many restaurants and hotels in particular. The panel will offer further information about the deep effects of this female recession and advice for what women can do to get back to work. 

Registration has passed for this event. To listen to the audio recording as a podcast, download our app or find Indiana Conference for Women on Spotify

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Chelsea Anderson to lead nonprofit organization and 10th anniversary

28 October 2020

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Conference for Women (ICFW) welcomes its new executive director, Chelsea Anderson, who brings extensive experience in fundraising, directing, event management, community outreach, marketing and education. As the largest conference of its kind in the Midwest, the event will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 featuring confirmed keynote speakers including Taraji P. Henson, Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor, writer and producer and Betsey Johnson, business woman, author and internationally known fashion designer.

“Chelsea brings a strong skill set and vast amount of experience with proven results to the Indiana

Conference for Women team,” said Billie Dragoo-Garcia, co-founder of the Indiana Conference for Women with Deborah Collins Stephens. “As we prepare for our 10th anniversary, we are confident in Chelsea’s ability to continue helping grow the Conference and making an even bigger impact in the lives of women.”


Most recently, Anderson served as the artistic manager for the Phoenix Theatre where she assisted with the capital campaign to build a new facility in Downtown Indianapolis, served as the primary grant writer during her tenure and developed marketing strategies for productions and programs. Anderson continues to serve as an adjunct professor at the University of Indianapolis after also teaching at University of Wisconsin – Madison and Butler University.


“I am passionate about advocating for empowerment, equitable opportunities, and accessibility for all,” said Chelsea Anderson, executive director of the Indiana Conference for Women. “My experience in artistic, educational, and nonprofit fields has prepared me to lead the Indiana Conference for Women. I am honored and excited to continue creating a positive, progressive, and inspiring environment where all folks can come together and thrive.”

The 10th annual Indiana Conference for Women will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 3,  2021, at the Indiana Convention Center. Tickets are $350 each and can be purchased online.

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