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Honoring Marianne Glick

Two things you notice before you meet Marianne Glick: The first is her broad, gleaming, ever-present smile. The second: her colorful clothes and jewelry. She sparkles. And she wears dazzling art.

At any opening, you can spot her in the crowd. Her later-in-life passion for art prompted her to take up a brush and make her own palettes.

You see her in her work – all the bright, rich colors. “I feel exuberant and joyful when I'm painting,” she said. And it shows. She explores the interplay between transparent and opaque warm and cool, brush work and pouring. Her personal mission is to “ignite, inspire and direct energy” for positive action, and her paintings colorfully express that mission and bring joy to people who view them.

But she does more than dabble. Her work has been selected for juried exhibitions by the Hoosier Salon, the International Society of Acrylic Painters, the Watercolor Society of Indiana and the Midwest Abstract National Exhibit, to name a few. She has won awards in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Florida. These are high honors for someone who first picked up a brush when she was 55. Now she runs GlickArt, an online art gallery and custom art business.

Like her art, Glick has had a varied career, but she always focused on getting things done. For 25 years, she lead Glick Training Associates, a company she founded in 1986. She revamped, reenergized and is president of TeenWorks, which provides young people with jobs, professional development training and college application help. She is board chair for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Family Foundation and serves on the boards of the Gene B. Glick Co., Ivy Tech Community College, Central Indiana Community Foundation and Community Health Foundation, as well as the IUPUI Chancellor’s Advisory Board. The Indianapolis Business Journal honored her as a Woman of Influence.

She has worked to improve opportunities for women. In the mid-1980s, Marianne started a corporate training business and became impressed with the level of support provided to female-owned businesses through the Women’s Business Initiative. The next year, she chaired its annual conference and entered into the organization’s leadership. She was making a difference in women’s lives. Business leader Tom Binford asked Marianne to head the first women’s division of the local United Way campaign; it was the first in Indiana and one of a few in the country. Marianne became one of three women on the 90-member United Way board.

Men said they didn’t know women qualified for board positions. Marianne and Ellen Annala of United Way rose to the challenge, creating the Executive Women’s Leadership Program to provide training for women to serve on volunteer boards. The program still exists. Within five years, the United Way board was one-third female.

Marianne chaired two record-setting United Way campaigns, including the first one to raise over $40 million. In 2011, she created the theme “Dream Big and Give Gleefully.” In support of that sentiment, she frequently wore a multi-colored “dream coat” at fund-raisers.

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