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.
Tracy Edmonds, Anthem, Inc.
Chief Diversity Officer, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion
With a career that spans nearly three decades at Anthem, Ms. Edmonds has held a variety of leadership roles across the organization. Most recently serving as staff vice president of Human Resources, managing a team of more than 30 Human Resources professionals and supporting over 15,000 associates, Ms. Edmonds led several complex organizational restructures to ensure a better-aligned, more consumer-focused organization. As an ongoing partner to the business, Ms. Edmonds has also been an advocate for succession planning that positions high-potential talent to accept critical leadership roles across the enterprise.
Ms. Edmonds has been featured in Working Mother Magazine’s Best Companies for Multicultural Women and was a National Eagle Leadership Institute (NELI) Eagle Award recipient in 2011.
Ms. Edmonds is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and holds an MBA from Xavier University.
Steve Alonso, Fifth Third Bank
Group President & CEO (Northern Group)
Steve Alonso is the group president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank’s Northern group, which includes operations in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri and Kansas and $36 billion in deposits. In this role, Steven is responsible for the growth and strategic alignment of the Bank’s Commercial, Wealth & Asset Management and Consumer businesses to deliver distinctive value to our customers and community impact in the region.
Prior to this role, Steven was the head of Fifth Third Bancorp’s Consumer Bank, comprised of Retail Banking, Mortgage, Auto Lending, Bankcard, Collections and Credit Centers. He has been a member of the Bank’s Enterprise Committee and the senior executive sponsor of Fifth Third’s Diversity and Inclusion Councils.
Steven has been a resident of central Indiana for more than 20 years and joined Fifth Third in November 2008 as executive vice president and head of Mortgage and Consumer Lending. He also has been responsible for Business Banking for the Bancorp.
Steven previously served as founder, chairman and CEO of the Oak Street group of companies, which included Oak Street Mortgage, Oak Street Funding (a commercial lender) as well as a debt-buying and collection company. Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of Bank One’s (now JP Morgan Chase) Consumer Finance Group, which included Bank One Mortgage, student loans, home equity, consumer loans and tax-related lending. Steven started his financial services career with Household Bank FSB and Household Finance after his employment with Procter & Gamble in manufacturing.
Steven received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University. He received his master’s degree from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Steven serves on the board of directors and executive committee of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP) and the 500 Festival. He also serves on the Indianapolis Zoo Board of Trustees. He formerly was on the board of the Indiana Hospital Council (appointed by former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels). He is a board member of the Young Presidents Organization and has been a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Enrique A. Conterno
Senior Vice President and President, Lilly Diabetes
President, Lilly USA
Enrique Conterno is a senior vice president of Eli Lilly and Company. He also is president of Lilly Diabetes and president of Lilly USA.
Enrique joined Lilly in 1992 and has held a range of roles in sales, finance, marketing, business development, and general management. He served as marketing and sales director for Lilly’s Peru and Brazil affiliates, as executive marketing director for the intercontinental region and Japan, and as general manager for Lilly Mexico. He also was vice president of the company’s U.S. neuroscience business unit and vice president for health care professional markets.
In addition to his role as president of Lilly Diabetes, Enrique was named president of Lilly USA in January of 2017. He also was president of Lilly USA in 2009.
Enrique earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University.
He is a member of the Board of Governors at the American Red Cross and on the Board of Visitors at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Enrique also is on the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, having served as board chair in 2016. He’s also on the board of the National Association of Manufacturers.
Stephen Standifird, Butler University
Dean, Lacy School of Business
Stephen Standifird is Dean of the Butler University’s Lacy School of Business. Prior to joining Butler University in 2014, Standifird served as the dean of the business school at the University of Evansville. He previously held the positions of Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Programs and Director of Undergraduate Programs, both at the University of San Diego. Standifird earned the B.S. in chemical engineering from Purdue University before earning the Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in Organization Studies from the University of Oregon. During his career in higher education, he has served as a visiting lecturer at the Academy of Entrepreneurship and Management in Warsaw, Poland, has been published more than two dozen times in nearly as many publications, and has presented at numerous conferences. He serves on the editorial board of Corporate Reputation Review, as chair of the Speakeasy downtown advisory board and on the board of the Julian Center.
Rafael Sanchez, Indianapolis Power & Light Company
President & CEO
Prior to IPL, Rafael was a partner at Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP and he was also Vice President of Business Development & Legal Affairs for Fineline Printing Group. He has a good outlook of IPL as he served on the IPL Advisory Board for the past five years. He also serves as Secretary for the Indy Chamber, Co-Chair for Plan 2020, Chair for Cancer Support Community, Executive Committee member for the United Way of Central Indiana and a board member of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Methodist Health Foundation.
Sanchez holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico and a law degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
Katie Culp, KSM Location Advisors
Katie Culp is president of KSM Location Advisors, part of the Katz, Sapper & Miller Network. Previously, Katie led Cassidy Turley’s (now Cushman & Wake eld) nation Location Advisory and Incentives Practice, working with corporate clients to make fully informed location decisions and maximize state and local incentives packages. Katie has also led economic development e orts in central Indiana for organizations such as The Indy Partnership/Indy Chamber, Boone County EDC, and the city of Indianapolis.
Katie joined KSM Location Advisors in 2015 to expand her client services capabilities. Sensitive to the urgent nature of real estate transactions, Katie is adept at coordinating site selection and incentives timeframes with real estate and operational deadlines. She commands swift and ethical expertise in the incentives, site selection, and state and local tax arenas.
Katie has secured close to $500 million in economic incentives for 16 million-plus square feet of o ce and industrial space and has worked with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small, privately owned rms. With 16 years of economic development experience in 48 states, Katie understands the regional di erences in uencing location decisions.
Katie is a commissioned member of the Zionsville Redevelopment Commission and teaches youth classes for Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. She has held various leadership positions in the following organizations: Indy Chamber, Develop Indy Council, Indiana NAIOP Chapter, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business Women’s MBA Alumni Advisory Board, Zionsville Boys and Girls Club, Indiana Economic Development Association, EmployIndy Workforce Investment Board, and International Economic Development Council. She also serves as a regular contributor to Inside Indiana Business’ INsiders panel.
Katie was named a 2016 Woman of In uence by the Indianapolis Business Journal and has previously been selected for inclusion in its “Forty Under 40” special report. She is a consecutive award winner of Cassidy Turley’s top producer’s club (Cassidy Turley President’s Club 2008-2014) and has been recognized by Real Estate Forum as a “Woman to Watch” in its “Women of In uence” category.
Katie received a Bachelor of Science degree in public policy from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana University.
Tracy Betz, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Tracy routinely represents companies and individuals in matters involving a wide variety of commercial litigation, including: business and contract disputes, injunctive relief, creditors’ rights and collections, receiverships, intellectual property, non-compete and securities litigation. Tracy is also experienced in matters involving product liability and personal injury, fiduciary and probate litigation, and criminal defense. She has extensive first chair experience and has enjoyed significant courtroom time in both
state and federal courts.
- Women4Change Indiana, Steering Committee Member, 2017-present
- Women4Change Leadership Series, Inc., Board Member, 2017-present
- Child Advocates of Marion County, Board Member, 2014- present
- Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Brownie Scout Leader, 2013-present;
- Heather Welch for Judge Campaign, Treasurer, 2011-2017;
- Marion County Democratic Judges' Re-Election Campaign, Campaign Coordinator, 2011-2012;
- Terry Curry for Marion County Prosecutor, Finance and Fundraising Committee, 2009-2012;
- Planned Parenthood Young Leaders, Board Member, 2010-2011;
- Marion County Democratic Vice Precinct Committee Person, WAS-31, 2010-present;
- Indianapolis Bar Association
- Counsel to the Board of Directors, 2012
- Visibility Committee, 2012-present
- Bar Leaders Series VIII, Graduate, 2011
- Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Division, 2006-2010
- American Lung Association, Lung Walk Committee, 2010;
- Marion County Democratic Judges’ Re-Election Campaign, Campaign Coordinator, 2007-2008;
- Protective Order Pro Bono Project, volunteer, 2005-2007
- Best Lawyers in America – Litigation, Estates and Trust 2018 Indiana Super Lawyer, 2015-2017
- Indy’s Best and Brightest, winner, 2014
- Indy’s Best and Brightest, finalist, 2013
- Distinguished Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation
- Indiana Rising Star, 2010-2012, 2014
- Up and Coming Lawyers 2008, The Indiana Lawyer
- Indiana “Future Star” in Litigation 2008, Benchmark Litigation
Marian Hodges, Data Realty
Vice President, Operations
Agility is Marian’s mantra for leading and leveraging technology. She serves as VP of Operations for Data Realty, a data management and analytics company that helps senior leaders experience material business impact from data-driven strategies. In her role, Marian builds the organizational operating system that drives superior execution.
Marian’s interest in tech and data began in the early 90s at the dawn of the commercial Internet, when she asked, “Why would I want to send email?” As technology evolved, so did her leadership journey driving outcomes that matter in the education sector, the Fortune 100, a top five consulting firm and high tech/entrepreneurial start-ups. Navigating two mergers, multiple reorgs and layoffs, a manager from hell and a failed business partnership serve as character-building merit badges in resilience.
Since moving from Silicon Valley to South Bend in 2011, Marian joins a community of leaders establishing an entrepreneurial ecosystem and creating economic opportunities that fuel regional growth. She serves on the board of directors for Career Academy in South Bend, the Data Science advisory team at St. Mary’s College and the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Northern Indiana Regional Development Authority. Marian Hodges earned her B.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, an MBA from MIT Sloan and a “Get-Sh*t-Done” attitude from growing up outside the US with
a parent in the armed forces.
Jennifer Zinn, Roche Diagnostics
Senior Vice President, Specialty Business
Jennifer has a long history in medical diagnostics, including her leadership responsibility at Roche. Prior to her current role, Jennifer was Senior Vice President, Point of Care, focusing her team on providing innovative solutions when and where they’re needed most. She was a principal architect of the new commercial strategy when Roche reshaped the POC business, providing strong leadership when her team brought the cobas® Liat® system to the POC market, an integral part of developing Diagnostics That Follow the Patient.
As Vice President, Strategic Affairs, Jennifer was responsible for development, execution and communication of the strategic direction of Roche Diagnostics in North America, including business and strategic planning, market research and competitive intelligence, corporate and marketing communications, customer engagement, digital marketing, and product launches to new segments and customers. Before that, she was Vice President for Commercial Education and Communications. She directed a transformation that fundamentally changed how the organization approaches learning and development for marketers, clinical
and technical support, sales representatives and customers.
She has led other critical projects, such as the integration of Tissue Diagnostics into Roche Diagnostics, the strategic marketing approach for the Centralized Diagnostics business, commercial IT strategy, and all communications activities, including the company-wide restructuring of the communications process to better serve marketers and our customers.
Jennifer is a member of the CEO’s leadership team, the North America Diagnostics Executive Committee, where she works directly with the CEO and other senior leaders to craft Roche’s unique value proposition to the marketplace. She led an initiative to develop an integrated brand identity strategy for Roche Diagnostics in North America.
Before joining Roche, Jennifer held leadership roles in the Ortho Clinical Diagnostics division of Johnson & Johnson. She also spent 13 years in the pharmaceutical industry, working in sales, sales management, marketing and training.
Jennifer holds several industry certifications and was president of the Society of Pharmaceutical and Biotech Trainers (SPBT). She graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in opera performance.
Her focus continues to be on making a difference in the lives of the patients we serve.
Dr. Peggy Stockdale, IUPUI
Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department of Psychology
Rob Muller, Roche Diagnostics, North America
Digital Marketing Manager, Strategy & Communications
Rob is internationally recognized as a thought leader in the use of social media for patient engagement. In 2012, industry peers listed Rob among the world’s Top 10 Social Media Innovators in healthcare.
Rob kindled his passion for social media while working in Southern California’s music industry where he helped several artists and labels develop social media efforts and digital marketing strategies.
He remains a voting member of NARAS (Grammys) and publisher of Pale Yellow Music (ASCAP). Rob lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with wife, Mikala, daughter Sydney, and family dog, sir William McScruff.
Dr. Kim Saxton, IU Kelley School of Business at IUPUI
Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing
M. Kim Saxton is a Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing at Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Kim holds a Ph.D. and MBA in Marketing from Indiana University, as well as a B.S. in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has 25 years’ experience in Competitive Intelligence, Market Research and Marketing. Kim started her career in consulting. Other roles have included VP at Walker Information, Global Market Research Manager at Eli Lilly and Company, Executive Director of Marketing at Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals and Partner of her own Competitive Intelligence and Strategic Planning consulting firm. She has provided insights to the decision making of a variety of Fortune 500 firms. Kim has published in Marketing Science, Journal of Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Corporate Reputation Review, Reputation Management, Psychometrika and Journal of Research in Science Teaching.
Kim has enjoyed adult training in many venues and at many levels. She has taught both undergraduate and master’s courses at IU and the University of Wisconsin- Madison (UW). She has facilitated executive education at UW, WalkerInformation and Lilly, where she received an award for teaching excellence. Her favorite courses include Brand Championing, Segmentation, Marketing Research, Marketing Strategy, Marketing Engineering and Innovation.
Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow, IU Kelley School of Business at IUPUI
Clinical Assistant Professor, Business Law and Management
Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow is a foremost authority in the fields of negotiation, cultural competency, diversity and inclusion, leadership and team dynamics. She serves on the faculty at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University-Indianapolis as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Business Law and Management, and consistently receives teaching evaluations in the top 10% of her department.
Her previous senior leadership experience includes facilitating solutions to human relations problems and creating professional development programs at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), University of Iowa, Purdue University and Rockwell Collins.
As President of ChangePro, LLC., Charlotte advises organizations and associations on how to launch and support diversity initiatives, design and administer diagnostic surveys informing companies about inclusion-related issues, conducts focus groups with employees at all levels, and develops and delivers research-based, interactive workshops.
Charlotte’s high energy, wealth of expertise and ability to connect with audiences of all ages and stages of their careers result in stellar audience evaluations and comments such as “engaging”, “thought-provoking”, and “dynamic.”
Charlotte also contributes articles to professional and association journals such as the Indiana Business Journal, Hamilton County Business Magazine, INside INdiana Business, Indianapolis Recorder and has blogged for Fast Company.
Charlotte holds a law degree from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University-Bloomington, and M.Ed. and B.S degrees from Ohio University.
In her spare time, she enjoys watching team sports, traveling, cooking, gardening, spending time with her family, and day-dreaming about getting back out on the golf course and hitting the links again.
Nathan Bobay, Delta Faucet
Customer Solutions Manager
It sounds like the beginning of a good joke, instead it’s a colorful way to describe Nathan Bobay, a purpose-driven leader focused on influencing growth and evolvement in the workplace. He also happens to be a cross between two generations and born in the wrong decade – as is evidenced by his love of ‘70s & ‘80s rock music. As Customer Solutions Manager for Delta Faucet Company, he’s also passionate about developing a people-oriented culture, knowing that employees perform better (and companies are more successful) when there is trust and common ground in a collaborative environment.
While his career path hasn’t been a straight one, it’s certainly been adventurous. With experience in the military, accounting, finance, international business and customer service, Nathan has the unique ability to develop an organization’s culture and its people while also understanding the intricacies of its bottom line. His additional areas of expertise include: servant leadership; leadership development; customer experience; innovation in service; and employer branding. Nathan serves on the Board of Directors and is Vice President of Communications for the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals in Business (SOCAP International), Indiana Chapter. This member-driven organization is committed to promoting customer care and engagement as a competitive advantage in business.
Most recently, Nathan co-founded the Conscious Capitalism-Indianapolis Chapter, which is focused on the philosophy that businesses have a higher purpose – to create value and provide opportunities for social cooperation and human progress. The chapter provides a local infrastructure for the development of the Conscious Capitalism movement and will be hosting a launch event in Indianapolis this fall.
A war veteran, Nathan enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard in 1999, and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2002. He served overseas in Iraq and Kuwait in 2003, and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service. He was honorably discharged in 2005. Nathan earned a B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University, and an MBA in International Business from Butler University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and avid IU basketball fan. He also enjoys traveling and spending time with his family (a wife and two small children), whom he considers to be his main purpose in life.
Sally Tassani, The Strategy Forums
Sally Tassani is an accomplished entrepreneur and executive whose accolades include an Inc. 500 ranking, Entrepreneur of the Year, Advertising Woman of the Year, and 100 Best and Brightest in Advertising.
In 1984, Inc. Magazine recognized Sally’s company as one of America’s fastest growing privately owned companies. The firm achieved double-digit growth for over 15 years. Tassani merged the agency in 1995 with a larger, publicly held firm. She headed to Leo Burnett, a top ten global agency as Senior Vice President reporting to the Vice Chairman.
While serving on the public board for Paul Harris Stores, Tassani accepted the role of Senior Vice President and inside Director, which meant moving to Indianapolis. In 2001, Tassani leveraged her business experience and became a consultant and was selected by Eli Lilly to improve the leadership competency of their global marketing leaders.
Today, Tassani is President of The Strategy Forums a membership organization where CEOs and key executives meet monthly. Members exchange ideas, knowledge, and perspectives to profitably grow their businesses. In addition, Tassani is certified in Emotional Intelligence assessments and uses that knowledge in her coaching practice.
Personally, Sally lives with her two daughters in Carmel 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.
Andrew Dahlem, D.V.M. (h.c.), Ph.D.
Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Lilly Research Laboratories, LRL Europe
Dr. Dahlem received a bachelor of science degree from The Ohio State University in 1982 and a doctor of philosophy degree in toxicology from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989. In 2014 he was awarded a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree (honoriscausa) from the College of Veterinary Medicine of Purdue University.
Dahlem began his career in pharmaceutical research in the metabolism group of Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals and then joined Lilly in 1990 as a senior pharmacologist where he worked on improving the ADME properties of molecules to treat Alzheimer’s Disease and HIV/AIDS. He became head of biochemical toxicology in 1992. He was named director of drug disposition and biochemical (investigative) toxicology in 1993. He was promoted to executive director for toxicology and drug disposition in 1998, and he assumed responsibility for LRL in Europe in 1999 and for discovery operations in 2000. In December 2001, he was promoted to Vice President.
Dr. Dahlem currently has responsibility for portfolio enablement, clinical trial design optimization, competitive intelligence, due diligence, academic outreach, as well as the core operational support function of Lilly Research Laboratories, and is a strong advocate of decision science methodology to drive portfolio outcomes.
Dr. Dahlem serves as adjunct professor of toxicology in the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and at The Ohio State University. He is a member of The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy Corporate Council and The Ohio State University’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science External Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Indiana University Clinical and Translational Sciences Advisory Council.
Dr. Dahlem currently serves on the board of directors for Indigo Biosystems and is a member of the Indiana State Museum Foundation Board of Directors. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine Forum on Drug Discovery, Development and Translation and the Translational Research and the Critical Path for Tuberculosis Drug Regimens for the Gates Foundation.
In addition to his scientific interests, Dr. Dahlem is passionate about driving gender parity in the workforce and has been the executive sponsor for the Women in Lilly Discovery and Development support group in Lilly Research Laboratories for more than a decade.
Anne White, Eli Lilly and Company
Vice President of Project Management and Next Generation Development
Network Award for her efforts in mentoring and supporting women in the workplace and was nominated to the first President’s Council in Lilly Research Laboratories, in recognition for her leadership of others.
Dr. Rona Howenstine, OneAmerica
Vice President Operational Excellence & Transformation
Dr. Rona Howenstine is an improvement expert, holding a Lean Sigma Master Black Belt and a PhD in Industrial Engineering. She has over 25 years of experience in large scale business transformation, operations, quality, process improvement, project management and organizational change management for national and global corporations; including 17 years with Rolls-Royce. Rona currently serves as the Vice President of Operational Excellence and Transformation for OneAmerica Financial Partners.
She recently authored “Absolutely Achievable: Making Your Desired Future Your Reality.” Rona has mentored widely and believes that the primary focus of her personal legacy is to empower people to achieve more than they thought possible.
Rona has published and lectured in her field, including fifteen conference papers, refereed journal articles, and book chapters in publications such as the International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Computers and Industrial Engineering, and the Engineering Management Journal. She is currently a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
Rona serves on the Children’s Bureau Board of Directors, the Pass the Torch for Women Board of Directors and the University of Indianapolis Industrial Advisory Board for Engineering. She participates in and volunteers for Women & Hi Tech, Habitat for Humanity, Pack Away Hunger and Gleaners Food Bank in the local Indianapolis community. Rona also has a passion for engaging youth in STEM education and career paths.
In 2012, Rona was awarded 1) the inaugural Institute of Industrial Engineers Middle Career Leadership Award for Industry, 2) Women & Hi Tech Outstanding Achievement in Science, Technology, or Engineering Award, and 3) the Manufacturing Institute Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, Production) Award. In addition, she was recognized in 2004 as the recipient of the Women & Hi Tech Outstanding Contribution to Manufacturing Industry Award.
Nathaniel A. Turner, JD, MALS, The Raising Supaman Project
Parent Empowerment Coach
Nate is an entrepreneur and has operated a financial services practice for two decades. Notwithstanding his professional accomplishments, Nate’s greatest passion is helping children realize what he rarely experienced growing up in Gary: feeling valued as a human being and knowing his life had meaning.
Nate’s counsel and advice are included on his blog “The Raising Supaman Project”, and in his books “Raising Supaman” and “Stop The Bus”. Nate also shares parental and educational strategies through several programs he designed such as “The G.P.S. (Great Parenting Strategy) and The A.S.S. (The Academic Success Strategy).
Nate is the “parent whisperer”. He encourages and coaches parents, guardians, and the community to raise enlightened children so that they may become great world citizens. He also challenges all adults to maximize our abilities to their fullest societal beneficial potential. Nate considers it a calling to make certain that OUR future has a chance to live the future of their choosing. Nate is changing the world one parent, one child, at a time!
Jennifer Butler, Roche Diagnostics
Manager, Learning and Development
In her time outside of work Jennifer volunteers with Alpha Phi, spends too much money at the mall and is loving time with her 4 month old daughter, Davis, and 12 year old black lab, Reese.
Demetria Miles-McDonald, Decide Diversity
Founder and CEO
Demetria has been in the business of helping people bring their best selves to work every day, for over 10 years in various leadership and organizational development positions. Demetria has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Instructional Design. Demetria’s unique perspective as an intersectional employee, leader, and researcher brings clarity, freshness, and focus to diversity issues at work that may otherwise go unnoticed.
To learn more about Demetria and her work visit decidediversity.com or follow @Decide Diversity on Facebook and LinkedIn. Contact Demetria directly for speaking engagements, training, and consulting at [email protected]
Stefanie Krievins, The Problem Solvers School
Founder and Coach
April Olt, ImprovEdge
April received her B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University and her M.F.A. in Directing/Dramaturgy from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
Julie Kratz, Pivot Point
From there, she earned her MBA at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Following Kelley, Julie led marketing strategy development for the annuity product line at Nationwide Financial. She then pivoted to management consulting at Adayana, where she led a team of business analysts, and was responsible for P&L of the $6M strategy business. Again, she found great passion and purpose in leadership, and was offered a role as a leadership coach with the organization’s largest client, Zoetis.
Having experienced multiple career and leadership “pivot points,” she built her coaching business, Pivot Point, which exists to develop leaders and coach high potential women in career transition through building winning career game plans. She then wrote the book that she always wanted to write, Pivot Point: How to Build a Winning Career Game Plan. Julie is passionate about helping leaders and women with their “what’s next” moments in their career and leadership journeys. Her daughters and husband are the continued inspiration for her coaching work.