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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.  The theme for the 2022-23 series is "Lifelong Learning". 

2022-2023 Marilyn K. Glick Women's Enrichment Series

Maureen Weber

President & CEO of Early Learning Indiana

Thursday, October 27, 2022​

Presidential Panel featuring Deborah J. Curtis, Sue Ellspermann, Lori S. White, and moderated by Diane Willis

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Angela B. Freeman

Partner, IP/Patent Attorney,  Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Podcast Host

Thursday, April 20, 2023​

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Become a 2022-2023 Women's Enrichment Series sponsor!


Click Here to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities for the 2022-2023 Women's Enrichment Series, as well as the opportunity to Honor a Significant Woman in your life. 

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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 - 2022 awardees


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Janet Allen is the Margot Lacy Eccles Artistic Director at the Indiana Repertory Theater. Allen has solidified the Indiana Repertory Theater’s reputation as a top-flight regional theatre dedicated to diverse programming and production quality, but also has significantly diversified the theater’s services to adults and children. She began at the IRT in 1980 as the theatre’s first literary manager–dramaturg. Named the IRT’s fourth artistic director in 1996, she is now in her 27th season in that role. In March 2020, she was named the Margot Lacy Eccles Artistic Director. named an Indiana Living Legend by the Indiana Historical Society.

Katherine Kiang demonstrates the positive effects a young woman can have on the next generation of females. Katherine is a bioengineer who provides technical support for making medicine and manufacturing at Eli Lilly. Outside of job responsibilities, Katherine is involved in Eli Lilly’s Women Engineering Network where she’s implemented a reverse mentoring program and her manufacturing site’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion team where she’s championed community volunteer partnerships that all folks can participate in. Outside of work Katherine has been the outreach director for the Society of Women Engineers since 2018 and has shifted the outreach priorities to have more focus on accessibility and diversity, including promoting STEM for girls in her outreach efforts. Katherine is also a Big Brothers Big Sister mentor.


2022 May Wright Sewall Leadership Award Sponsors


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

Silver Sponsors

Roni Embry and Tom Burns

Old National Bank

Bronze Sponsors

House Democratic Women

Senate Democratic Caucas

Table Sponsors

Indiana Repertory Theatre

Roni Embry and Tom Burns

Susan Mahan Fasig

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