The global COVID-19 pandemic rescheduled what would have been our 2020 event. In 2020, we all stayed home to prevent the spread of the virus and keep our community safe. The event that was planned for 2020 was transplanted to 2021 and included the speakers listed below.
Taraji P. Henson
Academy Award-nominated & Golden Globe-winning Actor, Director, Writer, & Producer
Actress, Performer, & Activist
Associate Professor of Psychology, New York University; Author
Leading Global Expert in Gender Equity; Head of UN Women's Global Innovation Coalition for Change
Vice President of Talent & Development, Comedy Central
The conference hosted 1850 attendees this year and honored Senior Judge Sarah Evans Barker. 97% of attendees rated the conference as good/excellent—a reputation we love upholding!
Miki & Radha Agrawal
Social Entrepreneurs & Authors
Dr. Tererai Trent
Scholar, Educator, Humanitarian, Speaker,
Founder/CEO of the
Dr. Jenni Berebitsky
(via the documentary Grateful: The Jenni Berebitsky Story)
Advocate, Doctorate of Naturopatheic Medicine
Nutrition & Health Expert
Writer, Producer, Co-Founder of The Pillar Life, Cohost of The Sheir + Nancy Show Podcast
This year, the conference theme was BRAVE. BOLD. BRILLIANT. Held at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN, the event chairpersons were Dr. Sue Ellspermann and Joyce Rogers, and the dedication honored Eva Kor.
International-known News Anchor, Activist
Actor, Comedian, Author
President, Brockovich Research & Consulting; Author
Leah Weiss, Ph. D.
Researcher, Lecturer, Consultant, & Author
Women's Leadership Expert
Motivational Speaker, Artist, Author, Entrepreneur
Catherine Sanderson, Ph. D.
Manwell Family Professor of Life Science at
This year, the conference theme was INSPIRE. MOTIVATE. ACHIEVE. Held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN, the event chairpersons were Carol D'Amico and Laurie Burns McRobbie, and the dedication honored past & present female Lieutenant Governors.
Author, Podcaster, Speaker, & Blogger
Academy Award-winning Actor & Author
Former Global CEO, Chanel
Kathryn Minshew &
J. Kelly Hoey
Networking Expert & Author
Founding Editor &
Director of ggU
Nan Alexander Doyal
The International Forum
Dr. Tererai Trent
This year, the conference theme was DARE. DREAM. DO. Held at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN, the event chairpersons were Melina Kennedy and Terri Bruksch, and the dedication honored the Indiana Suffragettes.
Founder, The Huffington Post; Founder & CEO of
CEO & Founder, Stella & Dot
President & Publisher, ForbesWoman
CEO & Co-founder, THINX
President, Genuine Insights Inc.
Linda Kaplan Thaler
Advertising Hall of Famer
CEO & President,
Co-Founder, Rose Park Advsiors; Author
Co-Founder & Managing Director, Sherpa Capital
Carol Kinsey Gorman, Ph.D.
The event was held at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN with the theme "Leadership & Mentoring Across the Generations." Keynote sessions included panel discussions with prominent leaders and ICFW Board Members as well as an address from Kathy Ireland, CEO & Chief Designer of kathy ireland Worldwide.
Breakout sessions included conversation with Sallie Krawcheck, CEO & Founder of Ellevest & Chair of the Ellevate Network; Sam Horn, Communications Strategist & Author; Marylene Delbourg Delphis, Serial Entrepreneur & CEO; Susan Shapiro Barash, author of Tripping the Prom Queen; Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D., author of The Genius of Opposites; Bonnie Marcus, Certified Executive Coach, Speaker, Writer & Self-Promotion Expert; and multiple panel discussions.
Before becoming the Indiana Conference for Women, the event was called The Indiana Governor's Conference for Women. The conference was held at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN with the theme "The Power of Connection." Keynote sessions included a panel discussion with significant business strategists; an address from Katty Kay, BBC World News America Anchor, and Claire Shipman, "Good Morning America" & ABC News Contributor; and a closing address from Judy Smith, Founder & President of Smith & Company.
Breakout sessions included conversation with Sam Horn, CEO of The Intrigue Agency; Whitney Johnson, Speaker, Innovator, & Author; Melissa Greenwell, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Finish Line, Inc.; Pamela Ryckman, Journalist & Author; Sydnie Kohara, Media Strategist; and multiple panel discussions.
The Indiana Governor's Conference for Women was held at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN with the theme COMMUNITY. CONNECTION. INSPIRATION! Keynote sessions included a panel discussion with prominent business leaders and addresses from Jim Citrin, author and Chairman of Spencer Stewart; Martha Stewart, author and Founder of Martha Steward Living OmniMedia; Charlotte Beers, Former CEO, Chairwoman, Undersecretary of State, and author.
Breakout sessions included conversation with Gina Amaro Rudan, Founder & President of Genuine Insights, Inc.; Laura Vanderkam, author; Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D., Speaker, Coach, and author; Margaret Heffernan, author; Sydnie Kohara, Media Strategist; Aliza Sherman, Web & Social Media pioneer; and multiple panel discussions.
The first conference was called The Midwest Invent Your Future Conference for Women and was held at the Crowne Plaza in Indianapolis, IN. Featured speakers included Charlotte Beers, Betsy Myers, Laura Vanderkam, Karen Lubin, Selena Rezvani, and Gina Amaro Rudan.
Deborah Collins Stephens & Billie Dragoo-Garcia founded the event in 2010 and spent time building their mission and network to bring the best resources, inspiration, and ideas to the event. Planning an event of this size takes time, and our Co-Founders wanted to get it right!