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INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS FEATURES CO-FOUNDER

Billie Dragoo-Garcia and Executive Director discuss conference on local program

21 June 2021

INDIANAPOLIS – Gerry Dick is the first to promote the Indiana Conference for Women. His support for years has extended to even serving as emcee during the conference, and he never misses an opportunity to highlight ICFW. Last week, he invited Conference co-founder Billie Dragoo-Garcia and Executive Director Chelsea Anderson to his program, Inside INdiana Business, to discuss the 2021 event and upcoming keynote speakers.

Dragoo-Garcia spoke of the impact the conference has had on women from all walk's of life. "This conference has become an ecosystem of strategic thinking and leadership," she said. "We have attendees now doing business with folx in New York... One of the students at Heron is now a mentee of Amber Rae, of the past conference speakers. It's changing their lives."

Anderson spoke of the keynote speakers featured for this year's 10th anniversary

event including Taraji P. Henson, Jameela Jamil, and Betsy Johnson. Speakers will focus on mental health, business prowess, and creating a life that is equal parts fulfilling, successful, and supportive. 

View the full video here. or find where to watch the full program locally by visiting here.

Tickets for the conference on November 3rd are available now here.

Summer Series Coming to ICFW

Three new events for development, play, and family

13 May 2021

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If you miss having a social life, check out the ICFW Sipping Social on July 8. Following our webcast on women in spirits, join us live and in-person (masks required) for a bourbon and wine tasting event. Try bourbons and wines from all over the country while enjoying music and small bites. Must be 21 to attend; dry tickets available. 

Tickets for each event will be available in soon. More information will be available on the ICFW website, or you can sign up for our mailing list for all of the updates delivered right to your inbox. See you this summer!

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JAMEELA JAMILA JOINS KEYNOTE SPEAKERS for '21

Actress, Performer, and Activist will serve as luncheon keynote

12 April 2021

INDIANAPOLIS – Actor, writer, host and activist Jameela Jamil will serve as the luncheon keynote speaker during the 10th annual Indiana Conference for Women (ICFW) on Wednesday, Nov. 3. Morning and closing keynote speakers for the conference include Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor, writer and producer, Taraji P. Henson, and business woman, author and internationally famous fashion designer, Betsey Johnson.

 

“Jameela’s passion and advocacy for women finding their true value is so imperative to creating strong ecosystems for women,” said  Deborah Collins Stephens, co-founder of ICFW with Billie Dragoo-Garcia. “She uses her platform to start important conversations and we look forward to the conversation she’ll bring to our audience.”

In 2009, an English Teacher at the time, Jameela was chosen to host the British breakfast TV program “Freshly Squeezed,” where she quickly became a fan favorite. In 2016, Jamil made her move to United States television where she was

cast as Tahani on the Golden Globe-nominated series  “The Good Place,” opposite Ted Danson and Kristen Bell. Since 2019, Jamil has hosted the TBS game show “The Misery Index.” She is also the voice of the character Auntie Pushpa in the Disney series “Mira, Royal Detective,” which features an all-Indian cast, including Freida Pinto and Kal Penn. Additionally, she is one of the judges on HBO Max’s competition show “Legendary.”

 

During her presentation, Jameela will have a conversation focused on freedom, shame and the power of identity, similar to the discussions she has on her movement and activism platform, “I Weigh.” What started as an idea and an Instagram page has become a platform and community of changemakers who come together to share ideas, experiences and ultimately mobilize activism. Through original content, editorial and podcasts, the platform explores social issues that stem from mental health to climate change to the representation of marginalized groups. 

 

In April 2020, Jameela launched the “I Weigh with Jameela Jamil” podcast in which she speaks to different thought-leaders, performers, activists, influencers and friends about how they are working through their past shames to find where their value truly lies. The podcast has featured Gloria Steinem, Reese Witherspoon, Demi Lovato, Billy Porter, Tarana Burke, Ashley Ford and Deshaun Wesley. With hilarious and vulnerable conversations, “I Weigh with Jameela Jamil” amplifies and empowers diverse voices in an accessible way to celebrate progress, not perfection. 

 

The Indiana Conference for Women will be held at the Indiana Convention Center. During the last nine years, the one-day Conference has featured speakers including Arianna Huffington, Martha Stewart,  Dr. Tererai Trent, Erin Brockovich and more. Tickets are $350 each and tables for 10 people are available online. The promo code “JJ25” provides $25 off the purchase of an individual conference ticket from Monday, April 12 - Friday, April 16 at checkout.