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Summer Series Coming to ICFW

Three new events for development, play, and family

13 May 2021

INDIANAPOLIS – Even with the annual conference quickly approaching, ICFW is offering three programs to pique your interest before the event on November 3. The summer series is designed for safe interaction and opportunities for different areas of living a rewarding, healthy, fulfilling life. 

June 24, join Felecia Roseburgh for an interactive webinar to Unleash the Inquisitive Spirit. Felecia will lead a 40-min presentation about what we have gained, what we have neglected, what joys we rediscovered over the last year, and how we can forge a path out of the COVID-blues. Breakout sessions with other participants will encourage discussion and implementation of the ideas. Networking with other participants encourages a cohort of like-minded, supportive people to turn to when in need. This event is perfect for professional development!

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. 

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End the summer with a family outing to celebrate Women's Equality Day! In partnership with The Indianapolis Propylaeum, ICFW presents the Suffragette Social, a family-oriented, outdoor gathering all about women earning the right to vote. Play games, compete in trivia competitions, enjoy storytellers and presentations and listen to some music for a goregous afternoon outdoors to soak up the last of the summer sun. 

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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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. 

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!