Gloria Feldt, Take The Lead
Co-Founder & President
People magazine calls her the “voice of experience.” Gloria’s expertise in women, power and leadership comes from a deep well of personal knowledge gained on the frontlines. Her journey from teen mom and high school dropout from rural Texas to president and CEO of the world’s largest reproductive health organization, to best-selling author and visionary leader for women’s equality inspires both men and women. Named by Vanity Fair as one of “America’s Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers” and Glamour’s “Woman of the Year,” she’s a world changer who helped pave the way for women today. She believes this is women’s moment to achieve parity. Her passion is to remove the last remaining obstacle: women’s learned resistance to embracing their own power. It’s why women are stuck at 18% of top leadership positions and why the loss of high-performing female employees keeps organizations from optimal success. Once women “stand in their power and walk with intention,” they can lead unlimited lives and reach parity from the boardroom to the bedroom for good – their own, and society’s as well.
Author of four books, she teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University. Her keynotes and Power Tool workshops offer fresh insight, inspiration, and practical takeaways participants can instantly use as leadership skills, concrete solutions and goal achievement plans. Both a newsmaker and a commentator, Gloria has been widely quoted and published in media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, Salon, The Daily Beast, and magazines including More, Glamour, Elle and Ms. She has appeared extensively on television, including CNN, MSNBC, the Today Show, Good Morning America and The Daily Show. On her website www.GloriaFeldt.com, she writes a popular blog, “Heartfeldt.” She hangs out on social media far too much. So follow her on twitter @GloriaFeldt; connect on Facebook and LinkedIn.
She and her husband Alex Barbanell share a combined family of six children and many grandchildren; they live in New York City and Scottsdale, AZ.
Jennifer Wolfgram, Roche Diagnostics Corporation
Vice President, Commercial Education
Jenny joined Roche Diagnostics in 1998 and since that time has held various leadership positions across several business units and products. Prior to her current role, she served as Vice President, Quality and Regulatory Compliance, ensuring the highest standards of compliance and quality were delivered at our Indianapolis headquarters and throughout North America.
Prior to joining Roche, Jenny worked in the hospital laboratory setting in roles ranging from research to clinical at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. There, she was a sought-after resource within the microbiology, virology and molecular laboratories.
An advocate for gender diversity in the workplace, Jenny serves on the advisory board for the Roche’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) and is the executive sponsor for the WLI Mentoring Program. She also serves on the Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council (IMDMC) Board of Directors.
Jenny earned a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana and is an American Society for Clinical Pathology board-certified medical technologist.
A global leader in healthcare with combined strengths in diagnostics and pharmaceuticals, Roche is focused on helping patients live longer, healthier lives. The company has about 80,000 employees worldwide and is leading the way in developing tests and customized treatments that enable personalized healthcare solutions, tailored to the needs of unique groups of patients.
Maura G. Robinson, MPA, M.G. Robinson Inc.
CEO & President
That’s what clients say about the value Maura brings through her speaking and consulting services. An award-winning CEO and the author of the Inclusion Revolution is Now™, Maura events are standing room only. Maura teaches her systemic process of change to help businesses create a climate of inclusion that goes beyond color, race, gender or respect. Her framework weaves the understanding of inclusion as key components of healthy and productive organizations.
Whether she is speaking about retention, a healthy workforce, employee productivity, meeting or exceeding the organization’s bottom line, this National Speaker member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and The National Society of Human Resources shares rich content in a straight-talking way that speaks the truth and gets people moving forward fast to achieve big bottom-line impact.
A featured expert on Lifestyle Fox News, Maura is also one of the columnist for El Informador Latino newspaper. In 2009 she was honored as The Willie Effie Thomas Diversity Award for the Human Rights Commission, and the Lieutenant Colonel Reginald Gibson Evansville Leadership award in 2010. She was also the finalist in 2009 and 2010 for the ATHENA award, and one of the 100’s Phenomenal Women of the University of Southern Indiana in 2011. She received the Leadership of Evansville 2013 Alumnus of the year.
Karen Hough, ImprovEdge
Founder & CEO
Melissa Proffitt Reese, Ice Miller, LLP
Her benefit practice is concentrated in employee benefits on both regional and international levels. Her primary focus includes, but is not limited to, guidance in the design and formation of qualified pension and welfare benefit plans; compliance with the new health care reform act (PPACA); general consulting on benefit matters; administrative and compliance benefit advice; benefit issues involved in acquisitions and mergers; implementation of welfare benefit plans including cafeteria plans, health plans, and VEBAs; tax and benefit issues regarding independent contractors; issues regarding plan qualification, private letter rulings and plan terminations; design and implementation of nonqualified employee plans such as funded and unfunded deferred compensation agreements and supplemental retirement plans; communication issues; plan audits; and Medicare coordination.
As co-chair of the Energy Group, Melissa has represented energy, utility and pipeline companies including Citizens Energy Group, Indianapolis Power & Light Company, Energy Systems Group, Inc. and Vectren Corporation with many of their legal needs. Specifically, Melissa represents the energy industry with regard to performance contracting, human resources, legislative, benefit, and labor and employment issues.
Her practice as chair of the Agribusiness Group involves representation of numerous agriculturerelated clients with regard to all legal needs. She is involved in economic development initiatives and coordinates with state and federal agencies focused on agricultural and energy initiatives. She is active in the Indiana Governor’s and Lieutenant Governor’s agricultural trade missions and initiatives.
Melissa is an accomplished attorney and community leader. She is active in politics and the Republican party, from the community to a national level. She is often invited to share her knowledge at speaking events for a wide variety of professional organizations and has been recognized in a number of business journals and community publications as an outstanding leader and attorney. Melissa
also participates on the boards of many community organizations and volunteers her time for causes supporting economic development, diversity, and women’s issues.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts, with distinction, from Indiana UniversityBloomington, where she was the recipient of a merit scholarship and consistently made the Dean’s List, graduating in 1982. She received her juris doctorate in 1985 from the Indiana University School of LawIndianapolis, cum laude. Melissa is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, and Alpha Lambda Delta honorary fraternities.
Traci Dolan, ExactTarget, Inc.
Former Chief Administrative Officer
Traci currently serves on the board of directors of Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ). She also serves on the boards of Central Indiana Community Foundation and the ExactTarget Foundation.
Monique Hunt McWilliams, Eli Lilly and Company
Chief Diversity Officer
Prior to her role as chief diversity officer, McWilliams was assistant general counsel, litigation and legal compliance at Lilly, where she has worked in a variety of legal positions since joining the company in 1998.
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, McWilliams has a law degree from Indiana University.
McWilliams has been recognized for her commitment and advocacy for diversity within the legal profession, receiving the Pepper Hamilton 2009 Champion of Diversity Award.
At Lilly, she has led or participated in various initiatives to increase diversity, including developing the first round table forum where Lilly and outside counsel discussed law firm challenges to hiring, developing, and retaining diverse lawyers.
In her time away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family. McWilliams and her husband have two children.
Tracy J. Edmonds, MBA, SPHR, WellPoint, Inc.
Staff Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
Having served in various leadership roles within the business, Tracy redirected her career to human resources eventually serving as Staff Vice President of Human Resources leading a team of more than 30 Human Resources professionals supporting over 15,000 associates in operations, IT and the chief administrative office organization. And, at a time when the company is embarking on historic changes to the health care industry, Tracy has led several complex organizational restructures aimed at ensuring the company is effectively positioned to meet the needs of its consumers. As partner to the business, Tracy has driven and executed talent succession plans resulting in the movement of high potential talent into critical leadership roles across the enterprise. Her leadership in diversity drove expansion of WellPoint’s associate resource group membership by 53% in one year.
Committed to personal growth and development, Tracy serves as both a formal and informal mentor for several associates across the organization, believing it’s her responsibility to pay forward the support she received during her career.
Tracy has been featured Working Mother Magazine on Best Companies for Multicultural Women and she is a 2011 National Eagle Leadership Institute (NELI) Eagle Award recipient.
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Tracy is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and holds an MBA from Xavier University. Tracy also holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. Currently living in Indianapolis, she spends her free time doing boot camps and spending time with her husband Anthony, and their three children, Devan, Adrian, and Alynne.
Sandra Perry, Bose McKinney & Evans
Partner, Labor and Employment Group
While in law school, Ms. Perry clerked for a large law firm and the National Labor Relations Board. Ms. Perry began her legal career clerking for the Honorable John G. Baker of the Indiana Court of Appeals. Prior to pursuing her law degree, Ms. Perry worked for several international companies in Australia, specializing in international trade and personnel recruitment. Ms. Perry is admitted to practice in all federal and state courts in the State of Indiana.
Honors / Awards
Staff editor for the Indiana Law Journal; finalist in the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition; The Scribes Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
Appearances / Publications
Ms. Perry has spoken on various employment law issues including workplace violence, harassment, recordkeeping, handbook policies, social media, FMLA/ADA, wage-hour, and workplace investigations. She has spoken on labor and employment related topics for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Lorman Education Services, the Indiana Manufacturers Association, Indianapolis Motorsports Association, Indiana Livestock, Forage, and Grain Forum, Indiana Bankers’ Assocation, Eastern Indiana Human Resources Assocation, American Public Power Assocation Business and Financial Forum, FlashPoint HR, CEO-Net, CFO and HR Strategy Forums, and various other industry associations. She also has written several articles about labor and employment issues, including “Recent Developments Under the FMLA.” (Hoosier Banker, 2003); “Time Out: Deciphering the Department of Labor’s new regulations for white collar exemptions.” (Smart Business Indianapolis, 2004); “Mentally Ill Employees Who Threaten Co-workers are Not Protected by the ADA,” (Indiana Manufacturers Association Newsletter); and various articles on the FLSA published in the Hoosier Banker and The Indianapolis Business Journal. She also co-authored Model Employee Policies for Indiana Employers, 5th Ed. for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce in 2007, and updated the publication for the sixth edition in 2012.
Appointments / Memberships
Member: Indianapolis and Indiana State Bar Associations
Lori Sutton, Vectren Corporation
Manager, Diversity & Inclusion
In 2013, she was selected to be the state’s Utility Chair within the Indiana Energy Consortium which consist of other utility companies and Ivy Tech Community College. She is also a Board Member for the Evansville Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series where she serves as the Treasurer. She is also a board member for HOLA and the UNCF Southwest Leadership Council. In the past, Lori has also participated with the following organizations: Nazarene Baptist Church-Youth Group Event Coordinator, Raintree Girl Scouts – Daisy & Brownie Leader, YMCA- Live Y’ers Mentor, Boom Squad-Financial Consultant, United Way-Panel Member, Youth Services Bureau-Board Member, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)-Board Member, Ruth’s House-Board Member, Gilda’s Club-Volunteer Bookkeeper, Sowing Seeds of Empowerment Women’s Conference-Event Co-Chair, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
In 2012, she became recognized as a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) and in March of this year she received the USI Phenomenal Women Award for her work in diversity within her community. Lori graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a BS in Accounting and received her MBA from Indiana Wesleyan.
Jack Needham, trueU
“Jack Needham will turn your world upside down… in a good way. Jack’s business experience and spiritual curiosity have a lethal impact on old paradigms. If you ask Jack to coach you and/or your employees, you better be ready to open yourself to new realities and shift your old thinking that hasn’t worked in the past. I’ve used Jack to help me and my team, and the outcomes have been nothing short of transformational.”
Paul Campbell , Director
“The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”
-William James , Psychologist
Allison Barber, WGU Indiana
An Indiana native, Allison’s portfolio includes more than 25 years of experience in education and public service. Prior to her position at WGU Indiana, Allison was the president of her own strategic communications firm in the Washington, D.C. area. She was also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, teaching in the master’s program for Public Relations and Corporate Communications.
Allison spent more than seven years at the Department of Defense. She was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Internal Communications and Public Liaison. In this position, she was responsible for the Department’s worldwide communications to the men and women of the military, and for community relations programs that linked citizens to members of the Armed Forces at home and abroad. Allison worked to establish the Pentagon Channel, created the New Media division for the Pentagon, and provided oversight to the Defense Media Center, Armed Forces Radio and Television, and Stars and Stripes newspaper. She was also responsible for national programs that protect and enhance the morale of the military members and their families.
Allison worked at the White House during the early stages of the war in Afghanistan and again during the buildup phase of the war in Iraq. She helped create the Office of Global Communications, which provided a coordinated communication effort for the Administration.
In her work in the public and private sectors, Allison has initiated strategic corporate partnerships, launched national campaigns, created new media platforms, and engaged in international programs.
Earlier experience: Allison was President of the Washington D.C. office of PlowShare, a Connecticut-based advertising agency. Before that, she was Public Relations Director for the American Red Cross. Allison began her career as a grade school teacher at Merrillville Public School in Indiana and served as Vice President of the Teachers Association.
Allison serves on the TechPoint and Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation boards. She also volunteers the Elizabeth Dole Military Caregivers Foundation, Operation Homefront and other civic causes.
Education: Allison holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Tennessee Temple University, a M.S. in Elementary Education from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in Leadership from Tennessee Temple University.
Gerry Dick, Inside INdiana Business
Host & Creator
Today, more people get their Indiana business news from Inside INdiana Business than from any other source. You can now watch his television show on 15 Indiana network and public stations, listen to daily radio reports on 27 statewide stations or get your news on-demand from a collection of email, web and mobile business news products.
Gerry is recognized across the state as an Indiana business leader and a respected business journalist. He has twice been awarded the state’s top honor, the Sagamore of the Wabash, most recently from Governor Mitch Daniels. He has been awarded Ernst and Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award and recognized by the Small Business Administration as its Journalist of the Year. Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick has also received an EMMY for best interview/discussion program/series or special.
He is a frequent keynote speaker and moderator on issues related to Indiana business and the state’s economy and also serves as a business news analyst for WTHR-TV (NBC) and 93 WIBC Radio in Indianapolis.
Tracy Embree, Cummins Inc.
Vice President and President Cummins Turbo Technologies
Shelly Aristizabal, Integrating Woman Leaders, Inc.
Director of Partnerships, IWL
President & CEO, Business Women Connect
Allyson Spellman, Unleash Your Voice
CEO & Founder
Jennifer Zinn, Roche Diagnostics Corporation
Vice President, Strategic Affairs
In order to successfully communicate Roche’s strategic direction internally and externally, Jen also has oversight for all communications activities at Roche, including media relations, charitable giving, executive and employee communications, marketing communications, digital media and event planning. She recently led a company-wide initiative to develop an integrated brand identity strategy for Roche Diagnostics in North America, which is serving as a model for other Roche divisions.
Prior to her current role, Jen was VP for Commercial Education and Communications, where she supervised the development of training programs for customers and employees in commercial operations, as well as directing strategies for corporate communications and brand management across North America.
Within Commercial Education area, Jen led a significant transformation that fundamentally changed how the organization approaches learning and development for marketers, clinical/technical support, sales representatives and customers. She also pioneered the development of Roche Diagnostics University, a centralized learning platform designed to help business units meet their performance goals.
Prior to joining Roche, Jen held numerous roles in the Ortho Clinical Diagnostics division of Johnson and Johnson, including her most recent position as North America Marketing Director. Prior to J&J, she spent 17 years in the pharmaceutical industry, where she held a variety of positions in sales, sales management, marketing and training.
Jen graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware with a bachelor of music degree and holds several industry certifications. She is also a former President of the Society of Pharmaceutical and Biotech Trainers (SPBT).
A global leader in healthcare with combined strengths in diagnostics and pharmaceuticals, Roche is focused on helping patients live longer, healthier lives. The company has about 80,000 employees worldwide and is leading the way in developing tests and customized treatments that enable personalized healthcare solutions, tailored to the needs of unique groups of patients.
Bill O’Donnell, Butler University
Prior to joining Butler in 2006, Bill spent over 30 years in various Human Resource leadership roles, including 25 years as a Worldwide Partner with Mercer Consulting where his duties included heading the Global Human Capital practice. He also spent 4 years as ATA Airlines Senior Vice president of Human Resources, joining ATA immediately before September 11.
Bill has his undergraduate degree in Economics from Purdue University and his Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota.
Carma Wentzlaff, Merrill Lynch
Indiana Complex Director
Prior to her current position, Carma was the Market COO for the Mid America Market based in Chicago, Illinois. She has also served as Regional Business Manager and Regional Client Relationship Manager for the Mid West Region in Carmel, Indiana, and as Regional Client Relationship Manager for the Heartland Region in St. Louis, Missouri.
Carma joined Merrill Lynch in 2004 as a Registered Client Associate and quickly moved into leadership positions. She was promoted to Client Relationship Manager in 2006 and promoted to Regional Client Relationship Manager in 2008.
Carma and her husband, Scott, live in Westfield, Indiana, with their son Caden. She enjoys running, cooking, reading and spending time with her family.
Elaine Bedel, Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc.
President & CEO
Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her dedication to both her profession and her community in Central Indiana. During 2013, Elaine was inducted into Junior Achievement Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame, was a Girl Scouts of Central Indiana honoree and received the Financial Planning Association’s “Heart of Financial Planning” Award. In 2011, she was a Torchbearer Award Recipient presented by then-Governor Mitchell Daniels and the Indiana Commission for Women in 2011.
She was named to Wealth Manager’s 2008 “50 Distinguished Women in Wealth Management” list and recognized by The Indianapolis Business Journal as a “Woman of Influence” in 2009. Medical Economics has included her on the list of “150 Best Financial Advisors for Doctors” every year since 1998.
Currently, she is a weekly guest on Your Money on Channel 13, WTHR as well as a contributor to Inside Indiana Business e-newsletter, The INside Edge. Elaine’s first book, Advice You Never Asked For…But wished you had!, was released in April, 2009.
Elaine has been an active participant in the leadership of the financial planning profession. She was the Chairperson of the national Foundation for Financial Planning for 2011 to 2012, member of the Schwab Institutional Advisory Board from 2010 to 2012, past chair of the international Financial Planning Standards Board (2006), and past chair of the U.S. CFP Board of Standards (2002). Elaine also served on the board of the International Financial Planning Association (currently known as the Financial Planning Association). She is a long time member of NAPFA and the FPA.
Elaine graduated with a Bachelor degree in Liberal Arts and a Mathematics major from Hanover College and received a Master of Business Administration from Butler University.
Sally Tassani, The Strategy Forums
Founder & President
After graduating with a degree from American University in Washington, D.C., Tassani taught underprivileged children in the nation’s capital. Three years later she moved to Chicago to begin her business career. There she worked for several com-panies before founding her own marketing agency and graphic design firm, Nexus.
In 1984, Inc. Magazine recognized Nexus, later named Tassani Communications and then Tassani & Paglia, as one of America’s fastest growing privately owned companies. The firm achieved double-digit growth
for over 15 years. The company earned a reputation in integrated communications and pioneered the offering of Advertising, Public Relations, Direct Marketing, Sales Promotion and Graphic Design under one roof. This approach, which was unique at the time, branded the agency and attracted Fortune 500 clients.
Tassani merged the agency in 1995 with a larger, publicly held firm. After transitioning her clients, she headed to Leo Burnett, a top ten global agency as Senior Vice President of Direct Marketing and Sales Promotion, reporting to the Vice Chairman. At Burnett, Tassani identified and recruited key talent and led an acquisition team to identify, evalu-ate and conduct due diligence on potential acquisitions in the direct marketing arena.
While Tassani served on a number of not-for-profit boards, she also served on the public board of Paul Harris Stores. Precipitated by Paul Harris’ stock drop in 1998, Tassani yielded to the Board’s request to take a Senior Vice President and inside Director role at the com-pany headquarters in Indianapolis. With Board approval, she restructured senior management and provided leadership during the transition. Tassani along with the CFO, also, led the effort to obtain the assets of The J. Peterman Com-pany, a $10 million acquisition sans liabilities.
In 2001, Tassani leveraged her business experi-ence and became a consultant with Vistage International, the world’s largest CEO peer ex-change organization. Tassani was also selected by Eli Lilly to improve the leadership compe-tency of their global marketing leaders.
Today, Tassani is president of The Strategy Forums a membership organization where CEOs and key executives meet monthly to exchange ideas, knowledge and perspectives to profitably grow their businesses.
Personally, Tassani, lives with her two teenage daughters, Flinn and Royce, that she adopted as a single parent. Later she adopted Peter from Vietnam when he was 12 years old. Today, Peter serves in the U.S. Navy.
Julie Browning Bova, Julie Browning Bova Design
Extending her brand into the product design and the world of brand licensing, Bova has brand representation and now has successfully produced signature style branded collections in fine furniture, lighting and accessories, fine paper, blankets, belt buckles , tech cases and numerous other gift items. A classic, elegant, modern aesthetic while combining a unique detailing reflecting her love of flowers, travel, fashion, and passion for the equestrian lifestyle.
Named to Home Fashion Forecast’s Industry list of Top Tastemakers in 2011 “A group of influential creative forces in the Interiors Business” (Fall 2011, p. 58-61) , Julie Browning Bova and her signature designs have been published in Furniture Today, Furniture World, HomeStyle Weekly, Gifts and Decorative Accessories, Practical Horseman, EquiStyle, Pattern Magazine Indianapolis Monthly, Sophisticated Living, Kitchen and Bath Ideas, Better Homes and Gardens and numerous other industry blogs and print publications.
WithIt Women’s Leadership Development Network
Bova enjoys membership to this organization which promotes networking, education and support of women in the home furnishings Industry.
Julie Browning Bova is married with four children and is proud to call Indianapolis her home.
Vanita M. Banks, Allstate Insurance Company
Vanita is Past President of the National Bar Association. She served as the 65th President of the National Bar Association (NBA), the oldest and largest national association of predominately African American lawyers and judges. Vanita served as the Chief Executive Officer and spokesperson for the NBA which is the voice of over 45,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students. She is only the second female attorney from corporate America to be elected as NBA President, and was the 9th female since the organization was founded in 1925.
Under the theme, “Carrying the Torch: Power Through Collaboration”, Vanita worked with the leadership of government, private and public organizations interested in leveraging their efforts toward making a positive difference in the African American community. Shortly after taking office, Vanita led meetings with White House Counsel to advocate for diverse judicial candidates and equal justice for the Jena 6. Vanita met with the Louisiana Attorney General, other state officials and civic organization leaders in Louisiana to develop solutions to the problem of youth incarceration. Vanita hosted the NBA’s inaugural reception during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation annual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, attended by over 1000 guests. At this seminal event, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont received special recognition, and the NBA presented leadership awards to Congressional Black Caucus members.
The legal community turned its attention to the accreditation challenges faced by historically black law schools under proposed American Bar Association rule changes. Vanita led the NBA’s response at the ABA conference held in Los Angeles, one of the most important debates on the House of Delegates floor in recent history. On the corporate diversity front, Vanita advocated for increased access to corporate business by diverse attorneys and firms, and the NBA issued its first diversity Scorecard to the largest 27 law firms in Illinois.
During her term, the National Bar Association convened its annual International Affiliate Conference in Toronto and Cuba. Commencing in Toronto, this historic meeting hosted by The Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, an NBA international affiliate, focused on strategies to increase diversity in the legal profession, expand the pipeline of attorneys of color into the profession, and to ensure opportunity for their success. From Toronto, Vanita led a delegation of 60 lawyers, judges and law professors to Havana and Trinidad, Cuba on a humanitarian mission to promote civil society, and to build bridges of cooperation and professional affiliation.
Vanita earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law in Valparaiso, Indiana, and L.L.M. in Taxation from DePaul College of Law in Chicago, Illinois.
Vanita is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute, (FLMI) and is a graduate of Menttium, a national corporate mentoring and development program for high performing female professionals. She is a frequent participant on national and international professional panels regarding her practice areas and diversity. In May, 2011, she delivered the Valparaiso University College of Law class commencement address, and in June, 2009, she delivered the Southern Illinois University Law School class commencement address.
In 2006, Vanita was designated a Purdue University Old Master. She is a member of the American Bar Association and North Shore Labor Counsel. Her civic and community involvement also include memberships in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated, national service organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Black Women’s Agenda, Josephson Institute of Ethics, and The Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO). She has received numerous awards including the Women Making History Award from the National Council of Negro Women, Chicago-Midwest Chapter, the National Bar Association Executive Director Award, the CLEO Legacy Diversity Award, and Ebony Magazine Who’s Who Among Organization Leaders. She is the 2012 recipient of the National Bar Association Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award, and the 2014 recipient of the Gertrude E. Rush Award.
Linda Hajduk, EDGE Mentoring
Presently, Linda works with young women through the EDGE mentoring organization where she passes on leadership lessons and experiences by providing guidance, teaching and support to emerging leaders.
Linda is president of the Board of Trustees at Alternatives, Inc. Alternatives is a domestic violence shelter whose mission is to eradicate family violence in all its facets through education, prevention, and intervention in Central Indiana. She is actively involved in working with the Hamilton County Domestic Violence Shelter Task Force in seeking a site for a satellite shelter location in Hamilton County. She also sits on the board of trustees of Truth at Work, a not for profit organization that helps business leaders build stronger businesses while improving their lives professionally, personally and spiritually.
Linda is a registered nurse and earned her Masters of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan. She lives in McCordsville with her husband Rick. She has a married daughter Amanda, who is a fashion stylist living with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee.
Nancy S. Fitzgerald, Anchor’s Away, Inc.
Founder & Executive Director
Nancy is the founder and executive director of Anchors Away, Inc. Anchorsaway is a not for profit organization whose mission is to teach biblical worldview to high school juniors, seniors and college students. Being an atheist with a strong distrust of Christians and Christianity, she was challenged to do her own research into the claims of Christ. Not only did she find them verifiable but also transformational. From her research, she wrote and taught classes for 15 years in her home to hundreds of students. With classes growing, Nancy decided to publish the Anchorsaway curriculum (2006) with the hope of educating and motivating students to become strong Christian leaders who live and speak hope into a broken world. The goal is that students would better understand who they are, who God is and how to make a significant difference in culture by the way they live and love others. The Anchorsaway curriculum is currently being taught in all 50 states and in 14 countries and is now offered as a college course.
In addition to Nancy’s first book entitled, “What God, finding your faith”(2008), she has also authored a new project that is geared to those who have questions that have never been answered about life, God, hope, purpose, suffering and love. It is called, “Unanswered, smoke, mirrors and God”(2014). This includes a book, small group study guide and videos. It is available through their website: anchorsaway.org.
Nancy teaches several different Bible studies and speaks to youth and adults throughout the country. She has taught at Summit Ministries in Colorado and speaks at numerous women’s groups and retreats. She has served and continues to serve on community boards. For several years, Nancy was president of AGAPE, a therapeutic horseback riding program for special needs children. She served on the FCA state and national conference boards. Nancy founded a public policy office, the Indiana Family Institute in 1989 in association with Focus on the Family where she served as President for several years. She also received the prestigious Angel Award for maintaining moral, ethical and spiritual values in the field of education. She continues to serve on the Heartland Film Festival board in Indianapolis as well.
Nancy is married to Ed Fitzgerald and is the mother of 4 grown children and 8 grandchildren who all live in Denver, Colorado.
Cindy Roser, MedAssets
Senior Vice President, SCM
Reg Stump, Roche Diagnostics Corporation
Vice President, North American Support Network
Reg previously worked for the General Electric Company for over 20 years in multiple industries, including GE Healthcare, NBC, GE Capital, GE Aerospace, and GE Nuclear. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, California.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the Broad Ripple Village. Since she travels extensively for work, she enjoys running half-marathons, cycling, and surfing in the different cities she visits.
Ann Fonfara, Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
Vice President, Finance
Dr. Quiona Stephens, PhD, Smith & Nephew Biotherapeutics Wound Management Division
Senior Medical Science Liaison (MSL)
Dr. Stephens was formally trained as a research physiologist at Old Dominion University, Howard University and THE Ohio State University. Additionally, Dr. Stephens did her post doc & residency training in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Medical School, which is the only military medical school in the country, where she later became an Assistant Research Professor.
Dr. Stephens has published in peer-reviewed journals, worked on a multidisciplinary research team for clinical trials, and conducted pre-deployment health research analysis on US soldiers.
Lisa Huse, Roche Diagnostics Corporation
Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Professional and Patient, Diabetes Care
She pursued her interest in healthcare as an Account Executive at Publicis Advertising serving leading cardiovascular stent manufacturer and large metropolitan hospital clients. Within Roche and the Diabetes arena, she has served in various marketing positions spanning retail, managed care and healthcare professional customer segments. Her sales experience is connected to the healthcare professional market of physicians, educators and pharmacists. In her current role as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, she is responsible for sales and marketing strategy, sales effectiveness, marketing planning, and patient and professional customer experience design. In this role she is also involved with cultural transformation and readiness for evolving business models and healthcare transformation.
Lisa has served on the Roche Diagnostics Women’s Leadership Initiative board since its inception in 2012.
Lisa received her BA in Economics from DePauw University where she studied abroad in the UK and Switzerland. Carrying her passion in the Diabetes space, Lisa also proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She and her husband reside in Indianapolis with their two children.