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Keynote Speakers and Breakout Leaders for the

2024 Indiana Conference for Women 




Valerie Bertinelli was the Emmy Award–winning host of the Food Network shows Valerie’s Home Cooking and Kids Baking Championship. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Enough Already, Losing It, and Finding It, plus fan favorites Valerie’s Home Cooking and One Dish at a Time. She has starred in TV classics One Day at a Time and Hot in Cleveland.

When Valerie turned 60, she said “Enough already!” and ended her battle with the scale for good. She stopped counting calories. She stopped thinking of certain foods as good or bad. She quit saying no and began saying yes, finally learning how to enjoy the pure pleasure of being alive – starting in the kitchen.


In short, she learned how to indulge.


Written in Valerie’s warmhearted and intimate style, this instant New York Times bestseller, indulge,  includes heartfelt essays about how to savor moments big and small—her latest cookbook is a permission slip to enjoy food, and more importantly, enjoy life.

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Grace Puma & Christiana Smith Shi
“Career Forward: Strategies from Women Who’ve Made It.”


Former PepsiCo COO Grace Puma and former Nike President of Consumer Direct Christiana Smith Shi will take the stage to share their keynote presentation: “Career Forward: Strategies from Women Who’ve Made It.” They will offer a groundbreaking, empowering guide for women that shows how to prioritize a career path, build professional value, and enjoy a full life both in and out of the workplace.


Some of the key takeaways from their keynote address include:

  • How women can maximize their career journeys.

  • Strategies to navigate shifts and changes in any company.

  • How to build a strong leadership identity.

  • Ways to achieve a fulfilling life in and out of work.

Grace Puma's impressive career includes Global Chief Operations Officer at PepsiCo as well as senior positions with renowned companies such as United Airlines, Kraft Foods, Motorola, and Gillette. She has been recognized as one of the "Most Powerful Latina" by Fortune Magazine

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Christiana Smith Shi, prior to her tenure as the President of Consumer Direct at Nike, served as a senior partner at McKinsey & Co., and has been honored as one of the Most Influential Corporate Directors by Women, Inc. Currently, she leads Lovejoy Advisors, where she focuses on digitally transforming consumer and retail businesses

Laura Mae Martin
"Uptime... A Practical Guide to Personal Productivity and Well-being"


Laura Mae Martin is the Executive Productivity Advisor at Google in the Office of the CEO. She coaches Google’s top executives on the best ways to manage their time and energy and sends out a weekly productivity newsletter that reaches over fifty thousand employees. During her thirteen-year tenure at Google, Laura has worked in sales, product operations, event planning, and now executive coaching. She holds a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and three children.

During her breakout session, Laura Mae Martin will draw from her experience working with tens of thousands of Google employees, ranging from executives to interns, who have relied on her insights and best practices to make the most of their time. Attendees can expect to learn practical strategies to thrive regardless of their work environment, enabling them to focus on priorities and establish effective systems, routines, and tactics.


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