Women's Leadership

Women's leadership is an integral part of the work that we do here at the Indianapolis Propylaeum. Our programming for Women's Leadership works to inspire the next generation of female leaders and provide direct access to these leaders, promoting individual networking, and strengthening community and industry partnerships in Indianapolis.​


Marilyn K. Glick Women's Enrichment Series


The Marilyn K. Glick Women's Enrichment Series is an annual three-part lecture series featuring Indiana women who have broken the moldThis series offers a chance for the community to meet and hear from women leaders who hold all types of positions, from top philanthropists, to pioneers in the judiciary, to business leaders, athletes, and activists.  The Marilyn K. Glick Women’s Enrichment Series is a one-of-a-kind program that is unmatched in Indiana for its innovation, scope, and focus.  This is a not-to-be-missed experience.

2021-22 Marilyn K. Glick Women's Enrichment Series Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Marianne Glick

Gold Sponsor

Bedel Financial

Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Renkens

Silver Sponsor

Barnes & Thornburg

Dawn Bennett

Bose McKinney & Evans

pegg kennedy

In Honor of the Speakers

Bronze Sponsor

Indiana State Building & Construction Trades Council 

Joanne & Gerry Solomon


Rowland Design 

Veronica Embry & Tom Burns 

Marjorie & James Kienle 

Marcia Rice

Rose Wernicke 

May Wright Sewall Leadership Award


The May Wright Sewall Leadership Award is given to a woman in Indiana who is an outstanding example of civic leadership and innovation. May Wright Sewall set the bar for civic engagement, and her accomplishments include:

  • founding the first-class mid-western Girls Classical School to provide an ivy league education to girls.

  • introducing a physical education curriculum for girls.

  • founding member of the Indianapolis Woman’s Club.

  • presiding at the National Council of Women 1897-1899.

  • fighting diligently beside Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton for a woman’s right to vote not just in the United States but across the world.

  • founding the International Council of Women.

  • hosting the International Woman’s Congress at the 1893 World’s Fair.



May Wright Sewall Leadership Award Winners




Cordelia Lewis-Burks 2021

Sallie Rowland 2021

Debora Hearn Smith 2020

Vi Simpson 2020

Marianne Glick 2019

Pearl Bassett 2018

Dr. Sue Ellspermann 2018

Judy O'Bannon 2018

Dr. Jamia Jasper Case Jacobsen 2017

Glenda Ritz 2017

Myra Borschoff   2016

Elaine Bedel   2015

Phyllis Geeslin 2014

Rose Marie Pennington   2013

Bonnie Carter   2012

Kathleen Prechtel   2011

Barbara Oliphant   2010

Doris Dimond   2009

Cheryl Sparks   2007

Janice Michael   2007

Meme Kramer   2007

Mary V. Anderson   2007

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman   2006

Dr. Mary E. Busch   2005

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