Dr. Linda Babcock, Carnegie Mellon University
James M. Walton Professor of Economics &
Chair, Department of Social and Decision Sciences
Babcock’s 2003 book, Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide was named by Fortune Magazine as one of the 75 smartest business books of all time. This book also was an Honorable Mention for the Independent Publisher Book Awards and Biz Journal’s top 20 most important business books ever written. In 1991 and 2001 she received the Heinz School’s award for teaching excellence.
Babcock’s research is conducted at the interface between economics and psychology. Her recent work focuses on barriers to women in the workplace. Her research has appeared in the most prestigious economics, industrial relations, psychology, organizational behavior, and law journals. Her research has been discussed in hundreds of newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and abroad and she has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs discussing her work. She has received numerous research grants from the National Science Foundation.
Jodi Bondi Norgaard, Entrepreneur, Speaker & Activist
Founder, Dream Big Toy Company
Creator, Go! Go! Sports Girls
Jodi is a leader in the toy industry breaking gender stereotypes since 2009, when she launched the plush sports dolls built in specification to a real girl’s body. Her inspiration came in 2007 after shopping for a doll with her then 9-year-old daughter and finding a doll with belly baring clothing, high heels and make-up, named ‘Lovely Lola.’ Jodi knows girls are strong, smart and adventurous and the importance of emphasizing what a girl’s body can do versus what her body looks like.
She has been featured on national media including The Today Show, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, Forbes, Upworthy, Parents, Shape, Self, Runner’s World, Advertising Age, Good Housekeeping, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, and Huffington Post. In 2016, Jodi was invited by The White House to participate in a conference on breaking down gender stereotypes in media and toys.
She is a board member of Girls on the Run – Chicago and is a founding member of The Brave Girl Alliance, a think tank of girl empowerment experts. In October 2016 the Go! Go! Sports Girls brand was acquired by Jazwares, an established cutting edge toy company.
Ginger Graham, Two Trees Consulting
President & CEO
Ginger Graham is the President and CEO of Two Trees Consulting. She consults to first-time CEO’s in the areas of leadership, strategy, board-effectiveness, and organization-building. She is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company based in San Diego, CA, focused on diabetes and obesity. During Ginger’s tenure at Amylin, the company launched two first-in-class medicines for people with diabetes, was listed on the Nasdaq 100 and was rated as one of the Top 10 places in the industry for scientists to work. Prior to her time at Amylin, Ms. Graham was Group Chairman, Office of the President for Guidant Corporation, a major cardiovascular medical device manufacturer based in Indianapolis, IN. She has received numerous awards and honors including being named as the Emerging Company Executive of the Year by the Global Health Council in 2005, a Finalist in Marketwatch’s CEO of the Year in 2006, and named as the American Diabetes Association’s Woman of Valor award in 2006. She was included in Pharma VOICE’s “100 of the Most Inspiring People” list in 2006 and World Pharmaceuticals magazine named her number 10 on a list of 40 most influential people in the industry in 2007. Ms. Graham was the first woman CEO named to the PhRMA Board and Executive Committee. She serves on the Boards of Directors for numerous companies and is part of on a number of academic committees at Harvard, Kellogg and other universities. Ms. Graham taught entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School and has written forthe Harvard Business Review. She received a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from the University of Arkansas, and holds an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard University.
Steven Humke, Ice Miller LLP
Chief Managing Partner
Steve Humke serves as the chief managing partner of Ice Miller and is a senior corporate lawyer with extensive experience in negotiating, managing and completing complex business and financing transactions. Most of his clients are entrepreneurs, but he also represents several private equity firms and has played a role in many of the larger business transactions completed in Indiana during the past decade.
Many of his clients do not employ inhouse counsel and Steve serves as the primary legal advisor to the board of directors and CEOs of these companies. He serves both as lead lawyer on issues involving commercial contracts, financing, corporate governance and acquisitions/joint ventures and manages the legal projects involving litigation, labor and employment matters and other issues outside his areas of substantive experience.
Steve advises his clients in obtaining financing through a variety of alternative funding sources, including equity capital, mezzanine capital, and senior loans. He has led a variety of transactions, ranging from relatively straightforward “friends and family” equity rounds and senior loan financings to larger equity raises with venture capital funds in amounts ranging from $2 million to $85 million, to multitiered equity and debt financings involving equity, senior debt and mezzanine debt tranches, to initial public offerings and Rule 144A debt placements. Steve has participated in approximately 40 venture capital financings, 12 IPO’s, 4 144A transactions and 60 private equity or debt placements.
He also is an active mergers and acquisitions lawyer, with a particular focus on middlemarket deals. He has led more than 100 completed transactions, representing the buyer about 50 percent of the time and the seller about 50 percent of the time. Approximately 40 percent of the transactions have involved private equity funds and the remaining 60 percent have involved strategic buyers.
Transaction sizes have ranged from less than $50 million to $3.8 billion, with the majority being $100 million or less, and have involved companies in various industries including business services, consumer products, manufacturing, construction and building materials, agribusiness, as well as software and technology.
Steve graduated summa cum laude from Duke University in 1981. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Between college and law school he practiced as a certified public accountant. He graduated cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School in 1985. He spent the first seven years of his practice in Washington, D.C. where he spent the bulk of his time in New York City conference rooms negotiating, structuring and documenting large transactions. He returned to the Midwest in 1992 with the goal of becoming more involved in participating in the strategic decisions that drive transactions, not simply documenting them.
Steve has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America since 2006 and has been named to the Indiana Super Lawyers list each year since 2004. In 2007, he was profiled by Super Lawyers for his work on the Indiana Toll Road transaction, one of the first and largest public infrastructure transactions in U.S. highway history. In addition, he has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of the leading attorneys in corporate/mergers and acquisitions.
In his free time he enjoys reading American history, about which he knows a good deal, and playing golf, about which he knows nothing. He is admitted to practice law in the state of Indiana and in Washington, D.C.
Kim Graham Lee
Interim CEO, IWL Foundation
President, KGL Partners
Kim has over 30 years of diverse business experience including c-level leadership of start-up and growth companies and account management for some of the largest corporations in the world. Building upon a successful career at Walker, which is what brought her to Indiana, she led client service teams, global marketing and sales, and new measurement efforts tied to corporate social responsibility/
citizenship, corporate reputation, and business integrity. During that first chapter of her career, Kim identified her professional passion as helping grow other “good” businesses and is focused on doing that through a focus on people and culture and developing more effective leadership skills.
For over the past 15 years she has led emerging Indiana-based companies primarily in the technology sector. Her “tours of duty” include serving as the CEO of Vontoo, President of OneBridge, President of Hufford Financial Advisors, CMO of Bluelock, and Interim CEO of NPower Indiana. Most recently, Kim was handpicked to launch and grow trueU, a membership-based community of like-minded companies that are committed to growing their business by growing their people. In just over 3 years, trueU’s membership grew to nearly 60 companies and countless stories of personal and business impact have been shared.
In addition to her support of IWL as Interim CEO, she is helping a new company launch out of Phoenix, Futurity, also a “people-focused” business helping companies grow to their future by growing their current talent. She is also leading efforts to launch an Indiana Chapter of Conscious Capitalism, a “movement” focused on bringing together companies that recognize stakeholders, culture, and a purpose greater than profits is what will lead to sustainable success and the elevation of humanity.
Kim has been a key contributor to the growth of IWL. Her first involvement was as a panelist for the 2011 Indianapolis conference. She joined the IWL Foundation Board that same year and has served as program chair twice, emceed the annual conferences in both Indianapolis and Louisville, and has also led several board committees. She is excited to be serving as Interim CEO during this exciting time of transition.
Active in the community, Kim has served on several boards and has received several awards and recognition. She is particularly interested in helping children in poverty and mentoring other women in their careers. Kim has also been recognized for her groundbreaking leadership efforts to build an anti-bullying program at her children’s high school before bullying captured the national spotlight.
Kim is proudest of her role as mom to her two children–Brent, a CPA at Katz, Sapper & Miller, and Brittany, a Sales Operations Specialist, at Guidepoint, an IT security company. She is also crazy about her two grand-dogs, Penny and Pearl. Kim believes that life is an exciting adventure, even with its ups and downs, and that every day is truly a gift.