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ICFW Through the Years



ICFW was pleased to dedicate the conference to Martha Hoover.  Closing Keynote, Nicole Lynn met or exceeding the expectations of 99% of surveyed attendees.

Keynote Speakers

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Woniya Thilbeault
Wilderness Enthusiast,
Author, Entrepreneur

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Minka Kelly
Author, Actor, Philanthropist

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Nicole Lynn
Sports Agent, Author, Attorney

Breakout Leaders

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Neha Sangwan, MD
Author, CEO and Founder
Intuitive Intelligence

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Joanne Lipman
Journalist, Author, Speaker,
Media Executive

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Susan Magsamen
Author, Professor, 
Founder of IAM Lab


ICFW was pleased to dedicate the conference to Joyce Rogers.  Carla Harris met or exceeding the expectations of 99% of surveyed attendees.

Keynote Speakers

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Carla Harris
Business Leader, Author


Susan David
Author and Psychologist

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Title IX Panel
Chantee Eldridge, Ed.D
Allison Melangton
Karin Sarratt
Ruth Watkins Ph.D
Dr. Amy Wilson

Breakout Leaders

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Hannah Austin
CEO and Founder,
SheShatters, LLC

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McKenna Sweazey
Author Business Leader

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Marta L. Tellado
President and CEO,
Consumer Reports


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.

Keynote Speakers

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Taraji P. Henson

Academy Award-nominated & Golden Globe-winning Actor, Director, Writer, & Producer

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Jameela Jamil

Actress, Performer, & Activist

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Mae Whitman
Award-winning Actor

Breakout Leaders

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Emily Balcetis

Associate Professor of Psychology, New York University; Author

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Michelle King

Leading Global Expert in Gender Equity; Head of UN Women's Global Innovation Coalition for Change


Tara Schuster

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!

Keynote Speakers


Miki & Radha Agrawal

Social Entrepreneurs & Authors

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Dr. Tererai Trent

Scholar, Educator, Humanitarian, Speaker,

& Author

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Rachael Ray

Internationally-known Chef

& Author

Breakout Leaders

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Sam Horn

Founder/CEO of the

Intrigue Agency

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Dr. Jenni Berebitsky

(via the documentary Grateful: The Jenni Berebitsky Story)

Advocate, Doctorate of Naturopatheic Medicine

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Joy Bauer

Nutrition & Health Expert

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Sheri Salata

Writer, Producer, Co-Founder of The Pillar Life, Cohost of The Sheir + Nancy Show Podcast


This year, the conference theme was BRAVE. BOLD. BRILLIANTHeld at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN, the event chairpersons were Dr. Sue Ellspermann and Joyce Rogers, and the dedication honored Eva Kor. 

Keynote Speakers

Gretchen Carlson

International-known News Anchor, Activist


Actor, Comedian, Author

Erin Brockovich

President, Brockovich Research & Consulting; Author

Breakout Leaders

Leah Weiss, Ph. D.

Researcher, Lecturer, Consultant, & Author

Sally Helgesen

Author, Speaker,

Leadership Coach,

Women's Leadership Expert

Amber Rae

Motivational Speaker, Artist, Author, Entrepreneur

Catherine Sanderson, Ph. D.

Manwell Family Professor of Life Science at

Amherst College


This year, the conference theme was INSPIRE. MOTIVATE. ACHIEVEHeld 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.

Keynote Speakers

Gretchen Rubin

Author, Podcaster, Speaker, & Blogger

Diane Keaton

Academy Award-winning Actor & Author

Maureen Chiquet

Former Global CEO, Chanel

Breakout Leaders

Kathryn Minshew &

Alexandra Cavoulacos


J. Kelly Hoey

Networking Expert & Author

Jocelyn Glei

Founding Editor &

Director of ggU

Nan Alexander Doyal


The International Forum

Dr. Tererai Trent


Tererai International


This year, the conference theme was DARE. DREAM. DOHeld at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN, the event chairpersons were Melina Kennedy and Terri Bruksch, and the dedication honored the Indiana Suffragettes.

Keynote Speakers

Arianna Huffington

Founder, The Huffington Post; Founder & CEO of

Thrive Global

Jessica Herrin

CEO & Founder, Stella & Dot

Moira Forbes

President & Publisher, ForbesWoman

Miki Agrawal

CEO & Co-founder, THINX

Gina Rudan

President, Genuine Insights Inc.

Breakout Leaders

Linda Kaplan Thaler

Advertising Hall of Famer

Robin Koval

CEO & President,

Truth Initiative

Whitney Johnson

Co-Founder, Rose Park Advsiors; Author

Scott Stanford

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Sherpa Capital

Carol Kinsey Gorman, Ph.D.

Motivational Speaker 

& Author


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!

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