Flourish Conference Agenda
Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
8:30a – 9:00a Registration and Breakfast
9:00a – 09:15 Opening Ceremony
The Science of Flourishing: Exploring the Six Dimensions of Flourishing and the trends and insights regarding the impact of women in leadership.
Morning Keynote: Women in Leadership: The Aspiration vs. The Reality.
9:45a – 11:45 Executive Fireside Chat: Intimate discussions in assigned small groups with the top executives and entrepreneurs in their industries. This is a unique element of the Flourish Conference Day.
11:45a – 12:00p Break
12:00p – 1:30p Luncheon Keynote and Flourish Awards Ceremony: Flourish Keynote Conversation: How Women Lead in Dynamic Environments. We also recognize the Flourish Executive of the Year and Flourish Entrepreneur of the Year.
1:30p – 3:00p The Art of Flourishing: Women will either join the Flourish Forward group for those who have participated in Flourish to design their 3-year plans, or first-time participants join together to understand the domains of flourishing.
Collaborative exercises. Career and Work-Life Assessments. Continuing through Flourish 100-Day Action Plans™ while working with Executive Coaches and Flourish Accountability Partners.
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:30 The Mastery of Flourishing: Leveraging insights learned throughout the day for positive impact in the future. Participants strategize their top three (3) professional and personal priorities – and the impact these will have on their lives over next 100 days.
Participants will be scheduled to record a customized Flourish Letter-to-Self stating what they commit to accomplish in the next 100 days.
4:15 Closing Ceremony
4:30 – 6:00p VIP Champagne Toast: Featuring special guests, champagne and appetizers and a Flourish Spa Experience (makeovers, massages and mingling).
Welcome to Flourish Indianapolis!
We know that when women flourish, we change the world….Well, this will be the resounding mantra of the powerful women executives who gather at the Alexander Hotel for the Flourish Conference for Women in Leadership. Women leaders from public, private and nonprofit sectors will join forces to learn the art and science of flourishing, helping them attain the highest levels of excellence in their careers, businesses and lives.
Each conference is focused on the region it serves. So the Flourish Indianapolis is focused on issues related to the advancement of women in the Crossroads of America, and the Indianapolis surrounding area.
- Indianapolis is growing! Meetings & Conventions magazine recently wrote, “If there were a competition among cities for the title of overachiever of the decade, the winner would be Indianapolis.”
- In just the last decade, we’ve opened a major new international airport terminal. We’ve vastly expanded our convention center, which—coupled with Lucas Oil Stadium—now offers 745,000 square feet of exhibit space, making it one of the largest convention facilities in the United States. It all comes together to make ours a natural, top-pick convention city.
The Facts about Flourishing Women Leaders:
You are a leader who values the advancement of women – for your organization’s culture, its brand, and importantly, its bottom line. You’re in great company, recent research suggests that when examining the financial returns of companies with three or more women on the board, those companies outperform companies with homogenous boards by 60 percent in return on invested capital, 84 percent in return on sales, and 60 percent in return on equity.
The largest industry sectors by employment in Indianapolis are manufacturing, health care and social services, and retail trade. Compared to Indiana as a whole, the Indianapolis metropolitan area has a lower proportion of manufacturing jobs and a higher concentration of jobs in wholesale trade; administrative, support, and waste management; professional, scientific, and technical services; and transportation and warehousing.
Many of Indiana’s largest and most recognized companies are headquartered in Indianapolis area employers include Indiana University Health, Sallie Mae, Cook Group, Rolls-Royce, Delta Faucet Company, Ice Miller, Raytheon,Carrier and General Motors.Indianapolis, including pharmaceutical manufacturer Eli Lilly and Company; wireless device distribution and logistics provider Brightpoint; health insurance provider Anthem Inc.; retailers Marsh Supermarkets, Finish Line, and hhgregg Inc.; Republic Airways Holdings (including Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines, and Shuttle America); and REIT Simon Property Group. The U.S. headquarters of Roche Diagnostics, CNO Financial Group,
Indianapolis area employers include Indiana University Health, Sallie Mae, Cook Group, Rolls-Royce, Delta Faucet Company, Ice Miller, Raytheon,Carrier and General Motors.
Indianapolis is a prime center for logistics and distribution facilities. It is home to a FedEx Express hub at the Indianapolis International Airport, trucking company Celadon, and distribution centers for companies such as Amazon.com, Foxconn, Finish Line, Inc., Fastenal, Target, and CVS Pharmacy.
Before Detroit came to dominate the American automobile industry, Indianapolis was also home to a number of carmakers, including Duesenberg, Marmon Motor Car Company, Stutz Motor Company, American Motor Car Company, Parry Auto Company, and Premier Motor Manufacturing.[ In addition, Indianapolis hosted auto parts companies such as Prest-O-Lite, which provided acetylene generators for brass era headlights and acetylene gas starters.
ATA Airlines (previously American Trans Air) was headquartered in Indianapolis prior to its collapse.
Indianapolis Business Climate and Real Estate
Forbes magazine ranked Indianapolis the sixth-best city for jobs in 2008, based on a combined graded balance of perceived median household incomes, lack of unemployment, income growth, cost of living and job growth.[ However, in 2008, Indiana ranked 12th nationally in total home foreclosures and Indianapolis led the state.
The National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo ranked Indianapolis the most affordable major housing market in the U.S. for the fourth quarter of 2009. That year, Indianapolis also ranked first on CNN/Money’s list of the top ten cities for recent graduates.
In 2010, Indianapolis was rated the tenth best city for relocation by Yahoo Real Estate, and tenth among U.S. metropolitan areas for GDP growth.
In 2011, Indianapolis ranked sixth among U.S. cities as a retirement destination, as one of the best Midwestern cities for relocation, best for rental property investing, and best in a composite measure that considered local employment outlook and housing affordability.
A 2013 analysis by site selection consulting firm The Boyd Company, Inc. ranked Indianapolis as the most cost competitive market for corporate headquarters facilities in the United States. Also in 2013, Indianapolis appeared on Forbes’ list of Best Places for Business and Careers.
In 2014, a report by Battelle Memorial Institute and Biotechnology Industry Organization indicated that the Indianapolis-Carmel Metropolitan Statistical Area was the only U.S. metropolitan area to have specialized employment concentrations in each of the five bioscience sectors evaluated in the study: agricultural feedstock and chemicals; bioscience-related distribution; drugs and pharmaceuticals; medical devices and equipment; and research, testing, and medical laboratories.
Municipal and state government agencies offer incentives to startup firms and other small businesses in Indianapolis. Four facilities designated as Indiana Certified Technology Parks are located in the city: CityWay and Downtown Indianapolis Certified Technology Park/Indiana University Emerging Technologies Center, both in the downtown area; Intech Park, in Pike Township, Marion County; and Purdue Research Park of Indianapolis – Ameriplex, in Decatur Township, Marion County.
2017 Conference Speakers
Dr. Francoise Adan
UH Connor Integrative Health Network and University Hospitals
Dr. Sue Ellspermann
Ivy Tech Community College
Dr. Una Osili
Associate Dean, Research and International Programs and Professor of Economics and Philanthropic Studies
Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Women’s Fund of Central Indiana
President and CEO
Indiana Latino Institute
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Vice President Consumer Experience
Chief Diversity Officer
Tavonna Harris Askew
Chief of Staff and General Counsel
Health & Hospital Corporation
Scenario B. Adebesin
Senior Vice President, Community & Economic Development
Fifth Third Bank
Angela C. Cooper
CEO / Executive Designer
CWO, Chief Writing Officer
Erika Parsons School of Creative Writing