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Invent Your Future Enterprises

September 19, 2013 09:00 ET

Martha Stewart to Keynote 2013 Indiana Governor's Conference for Women November 5th

Midwest's Premier Event for Businesswomen and Entrepreneurs Offers Education, Inspiration and Community

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwired - Sep 19, 2013) - The Indiana Governor's Conference for Women (#INGC13) today announced that Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living OmniMedia and Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur and best-selling author, will join an extraordinary line-up of dignitaries and iconic business leaders speaking at the inaugural event on November 5, 2013. Charlotte Beers, a legendary figure in advertising known as "the queen of Madison Avenue" will join Stewart for a lively keynote luncheon conversation to explore opportunities for women in business, share lessons from their rise to the top, and offer advice for the next generation of women leaders. Hosted by Governor Mike Pence, First Lady Karen Pence and Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, the event is the largest women's conference in the Midwest and will take place at the JW Marriott hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. Register at

The 2013 Indiana Governor's Conference for Women offers community, connection and inspiration to women who are passionate about achieving new career heights, expanding or launching a business and catalyzing their personal growth. Best-selling authors and business experts will share remarkable success stories and interactive how-to sessions on topics that matter most to women, including: leadership lessons, personal branding, entrepreneurship, innovation, work/life balance, business funding, and more.

Other speakers and topics include:

  • Lessons of Leadership - Margaret Heffernan, Author, The Naked Truth and Willful Blindness;
  • Practical Genius: A 5-Step Plan to Turn Your Talent and Passion into Success - Gina Amaro Rudan, Founder/President, Genuine Insights, Inc.; Author, Practical Genius;
  • 168 Hours: Succeeding at Work and Life, 24/7 - Laura Vanderkam, Author, What the Most Successful People Do at Work and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast;
  • The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money and Power - moderated by Lisa Belkin, Senior Columnist on Life/Work/Family, Huffington Post;
  • Quiet Influence: The Introvert's Guide to Making a Difference - Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D., Speaker; Coach; Author, Quiet Influence;
  • The Girlfriend's Guide to Life's Little Surprises - Congresswoman Jackie Speier; Carol Curran, President & CEO, Phoenix Data Corporation; and Patty Prosser, Managing Partner, Career Consultants OI Partners;
  • Raising Money for Your Business - Lila Ibrahim, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Trish Costello, CEO, Portfolia; Amy Millman, CEO, Springboard Enterprises; moderated by Ting Gootee, Vice President of Investments, Elevate Ventures;
  • The Dolphin Tank - four diverse businesses give 2-3 minute pitches to a panel of experts.

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Registration and Details

Individuals, groups and students may register at Save $50 with early bird online registration through September 30. Attendees enjoy educational sessions, non-stop networking opportunities, book signings, keynote luncheon, exhibits and more.

Book signings will include luncheon keynote speakers Martha Stewart, author, "Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others," and Charlotte Beers, author, "I'd Rather Be in Charge: A Legendary Business Leader's Roadmap for Achieving Pride, Power, and Joy at Work."

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The conference is generously underwritten by corporate, academic, community and media partners including, Ambassadors: Barnes & Thornburg, LLP; Indiana University; Indiana University Alumni Association; Indiana University Kelley School of Business; Contributors: Bingham, Greenbaum Doll, LLP; PNC Bank; Friends: Chase; Citizens Energy Group; ExactTarget, a company; Fifth Third Bank; Finish Line; First Internet Bank; Ice Miller, LLP; Donor: First Merchants Bank; Community Partners: Elevate Ventures; Girl Scouts of Central Indiana; Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis; Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) - Indiana Chapter; Ivy Tech Community College; Maurer School of Law - Indiana University; Indy Chamber; Levo League; National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Indianapolis; Venture Club of Indiana; Women & Hi Tech; Media Partners: Inside INdiana Business; and In-Kind: Indianapolis Business Journal and Miles Printing.

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Comments on the Event

Governor Pence added, "Women-owned businesses and corporate women leaders are a powerful economic engine in our state. National research shows women entrepreneurs will create 5 to 5.5 million new jobs across the U.S. by 2018 -- more than half of the total new small-business jobs expected to be created during that time, and about one-third of the total new jobs anticipated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Indiana, we mean business and women are leading the way not only in job creation but also in the corporate world where they are moving into leadership roles. I am committed to furthering that growth."

Hoosier women business leaders Deborah Collins Stephens and Billie Dragoo, Co-chairs and Co-founders of the event, added, "We are thrilled to bring national thought leaders and powerful resources to the women in our state who are leading innovation and paving the way for growth. The Indiana Governor's Conference for Women will be an outstanding opportunity to share new ideas, learn new skills, and build our social networks. Indiana will continue, through this conference, to be recognized nationally as a pioneer and benchmark for economic and social awareness of women-owned businesses and leadership."


The Indiana Governor's Conference for Women is a nonpartisan event focused on education and leadership development for women. The conference is presented by Invent Your Future Enterprises, a career and community accelerator offering interactive programs, products, simulations and services, including corporate speaker programs, webinars and conferences. The Invent Your Future team helped spearhead Governor's conferences for women in California and Texas attended by tens of thousands of women (

Invent Your Future is a trademark of Invent Your Future Enterprises. Other names and brands may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Program and speakers are subject to change.

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