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  • 09/12/2018 9:00 AM | Lori Boyer (Administrator)

    Women & Hi Tech is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2018 Leading Light Awards. The number of award nominees is up 25% from 2016.  In addition, the expansion of scholarship categories to include professional development as well as undergraduate and graduate scholarships has increased the number of scholarship nominees by over 50% from 2016.  The full list of award and scholarship nominees can be found online at

    The Leading Light Awards recognizes and celebrates women of achievement in STEM- women who are innovators in their industries, and have shown expertise, professionalism, leadership, service, courage, and tenacity throughout their careers.
    "We’re thrilled that this year’s award nominees represent a vast array of women in STEM in Indiana. Although there will only be one winner in each of the seven award categories, an important part of the evening is celebrating and recognizing the achievements of all the nominees, because each and every one of them is making an impact in their field," said Ali Hromis, Leading Light Awards Director of Women & Hi Tech.

    Winners will be announced during a ceremony and gala emceed by Gerry Dick on Thursday, October 4, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom – Indianapolis.

    During the ceremony, Women & Hi Tech will award at least two $5,000 scholarships to women pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in STEM-related fields. Additionally, and new to 2018, two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to women looking to take their careers to the next level or to change the direction of their career.

    Darcy Lee, President of Women & Hi Tech, remarked, "By focusing on women pursuing higher education in Indiana with intent to stay in Indiana, we’re really helping to ensure a strong talent pipeline. We’re re-investing in our community and supporting girls and women in STEM at all stages of their careers."

    For more information about the Leading Light Awards, please visit our website at

  • 09/07/2018 1:00 PM | Lori Boyer (Administrator)

    Mentorship is an important way to contribute to women’s growth and success, and to help increase the presence of female leaders in STEM fields. In partnering with Pass the Torch for Women Foundation (PTTFW), Women & Hi Tech is pleased to provide opportunities for mentorship (including mentoring certification programs), networking and leadership training to its members through three key programs:

    Project Grow – female college students receive mentoring and leadership development opportunities to keep them on their path of completing their education goals, and to propel them in their careers post-graduation. Many of the students the Foundation serves are 21st Century Scholars.    

    Developing Professionals –professional women in the entry-level to mid-level of their career are paired with an executive mentor while also serving as a mentor to a student, with additional opportunities for networking and sharing best practices with others in the community.    

    500 Circle – senior female and male executives serve as mentors in both the Project Grow and Developing Professionals programs, support Pass the Torch for Women’s programming initiatives, connect with other executives to share best practices, participate in peer mentoring, and support Pass the Torch for Women Foundation through tax-deductible contributions.    

    Mentors are paired with mentees three times per year, at one hour per month (either by phone or in person), with a minimum 4-month commitment. Pass the Torch is currently accepting applications for mentors and mentees for the October 2018 – January 2019 mentorship period. Applications are due by August 21, 2018.

    “Through this partnership, and with the participation of our members, we can support women throughout their career lifecycle; and attract, retain and grow women in STEM fields in Central Indiana.” -- Darcy Lee, President, Women & Hi Tech

    To sign up to become a mentor/mentee* or to learn more, please contact:

    Erica Williams-Orzulak
    Client Success Manager
    Pass the Torch for Women Foundation
    (877) 796-1592

    * Members of Women & Hi Tech should be sure to mention they are members when reaching out to Pass the Torch for Women. 

  • 07/25/2018 8:00 AM | Lori Boyer (Administrator)
    "I'm super excited and honored to be a winner of a 2018 Tech25 Award", said Lori Boyer, Communications Director for Women & Hi Tech.  "It's amazing to be included with such an outstanding group of individuals from the Indianapolis tech community.”  Now in its fourth year, the Tech 25 Awards honor a prestigious selection of twenty-five individuals who are critical and exceptional performers helping to grow our community’s tech and tech-enabled companies, but who — not being the CEO or other top executives — don’t get celebrated publicly as often. 

    "In addition to her job as a .NET Developer, Lori is a tech leader who works tirelessly every day as a member of our Board of Directors to give other women and girls in Indiana opportunities in STEM fields," said Darcy Lee, President of Women & Hi Tech. "Her passion for the work we do is admirable, and we're very proud of her achievements! She is most definitely an exceptional performer helping to grow our tech community."

    For more information on the TechPoint Tech25, please go to their website at

  • 07/16/2018 8:00 AM | Lori Boyer (Administrator)

    Women & Hi Tech is pleased to announce that Gerry Dick will emcee the 2018 Leading Light Awards on October 4, 2018 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. Gerry is the host and creator of Inside INdiana Business television, Indiana's only statewide television business program.  Of his many accolades, Gerry has been awarded the state’s top honor, the Sagamore of the Wabash, three times, by Governors Kernan, Daniels and Pence. He has been awarded Ernst and Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award and recognized by the Small Business Administration as its Journalist of the Year. Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick has received an EMMY four times for best interview/discussion program/series or special.

    "Gerry is a visionary who has had a tremendous impact on the state of Indiana. He’s been a longtime supporter of Women & Hi Tech," said Darcy Lee, President of Women & Hi Tech. "As we push forward in our mission to change the landscape of women represented in STEM to be equally inclusive to all, we need male allies like Gerry to facilitate change in our workplaces, and our culture. We’re honored to have him emcee the 2018 Leading Light Awards."

    The Leading Light Awards recognize and celebrate women of achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) - women who are innovators in their industries, and have shown expertise, professionalism, leadership, service, courage, and tenacity throughout their careers.  Women & Hi Tech also supports the next generation of women in STEM through scholarships (undergraduate, graduate, and professional development scholarships).  For more information about the Leading Light Awards, please visit our 2018 LLA Overview page

  • 07/13/2018 8:00 AM | Lori Boyer (Administrator)

    On June 30, 2018, Audrey's year-long presidency of Women & Hi Tech came to a close, but not after quite an exciting and eventful year of working toward our goal of changing the landscape of women represented in STEM to be equally inclusive to all. 

    Read the open letter to Women & HI Tech from Audrey

  • 07/11/2018 8:00 AM | Lori Boyer (Administrator)

    Angela was recently announced as a member of Class XLIII of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Series® (SKL).  SKL is a 10-month flagship program that is organized by Leadership Indianapolis and brings together 25 emerging leaders annually to learn about the issues that drive Indiana.  Rebecca King, President & CEO and SKL Program Director at Leadership Indianapolis stated “we are proud to support these emerging leaders and their key role in Central Indiana’s future. Our community will be strengthened by their passion, insight, and leadership.”  John Lechleiter, former President and CEO of Eli Lilly & Co. will serve as Moderator for SKL Class XLIII. 

    For more information about SKL please go to their website at   

  • 07/01/2018 8:00 AM | Lori Boyer (Administrator)

    Women & Hi Tech is pleased to announce the Board of Directors for the term that commenced July 1, 2018. 

    Elected Officers of the Women & Hi Tech Board of Directors:

    • President:  Darcy Lee, Director of Accounts & Business Development, Metonymy Media
    • President-Elect:  Angela B. Freeman, Intellectual Property/Patent Attorney, Barnes & Thornburg LLP 
    • Treasurer: Bobbie LaFollette, Senior Business Analyst, Baker Hill
    • Secretary:  Kelly Ragle, Project Coordinator, Pondurance

    Elected Directors of the Women & Hi Tech Board of Directors:

    • Communications Director: Lori Boyer, Software Applications Developer, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
    • Corporate Engagement Director: Rebecca Bormann, Managing Director of Sales and Services, Bell Techlogix, Inc.
    • Executive Women's Forum Director: Linda Hicks, Vice President of Midwest Operations for ECC Horizon
    • Individual Membership Director: Wendy Maple, Outreach Consultant, netlogx
    • Leading Light Awards Director: Ali Hromis, Release Manager, Salesforce
    • Membership Administrator: Carol Ganz, Director of Client Experiences, Six Feet Up, Inc.
    • Networking Events Director: Maria Alvim-Gaston, Principal Research Scientist, Eli Lilly and Company
    • Outreach - Collegiate Director: Barbara J. Alder, Director, Office of Engagement for Metropolitan Indianapolis, Purdue University
    • Outreach - K - 12 Director: Janette Allen, Manager Requirements Analysis and Engineering, Roche
    • Past President: Audrey Taylor, Founder and CEO, netlogx
    • Volunteer Director: Karen Harris, Vice President & Information Officer Manufacturing and Quality, Eli Lilly and Company

    Elected Emeritus of the Women & Hi Tech Board of Directors:
    • Jo Basey, Retired, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
    • Angie Engel, Sales Executive, Perficient
    • Gail Farnsley, Senior Executive Partner, Gartner
    • Deb Hallberg, Business Development Manager for Industry Groups, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
    • Tonya Hanshew, Founder & CEO, Write 4 the Win, LLC
    • Rajinder Heir, Enterprise Security Program Consultant, Information Services Agency, City of Indianapolis | Marion County
    • Melissa Lavella, Quality Supervisor, Roche
    • Patsy Lentz, Retired Business Development Professional
    • Jayne Merryman, Enterprise Account Executive, Dell EMC
    • Jane Richardson, IT Strategy and Corporate Strategic Alignment Leader, Cummins Inc.
    • Tiffany Trusty, President, Trusty Applications and Android Architect, Eli Lilly and Company
    • Susan Vaughn, CEO, The Project Authority
    • Tiffany White, Head of DaVinci, Rolls-Royce

  • 06/28/2018 11:00 AM | Lori Boyer (Administrator)

    Our friends at Ladies in SaaS, IWiT, and Powderkeg have put together a survey to analyze the state of the Indiana tech workforce, and we'd like to ask you to complete the survey which can be found online at 

    The purpose of the survey is to analyze the state of the Indiana tech workforce regarding pay, promotions, opportunities for advancement and leadership role, and more. By contributing your responses, you are helping the Indiana technology industry to drive better programming and incentives to drive Indiana to become a tech leader in the nation!
    Please be sure to complete the survey by July 18, 2018, and then keep an eye out for the results, which will be launched in mid-August.

  • 06/11/2018 9:00 AM | Lori Boyer (Administrator)

    ICYMI: Here's our segment from Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick where Darcy Lee and Ali Schultz Hromis talk about Women & Hi Tech and the upcoming 2018 Leading Light Awards. 

    Know an amazing woman in STEM? Be sure to nominate her for a 2018 Leading Light Award or Scholarship at #WomenInSTEM #2018LLA


  • 05/23/2018 8:00 AM | Lori Boyer (Administrator)

    Women & Hi Tech (W & HT) would like to thank everyone for making the 2018 Spring Networking event a huge success.  Dressed in brand new, ladies-cut W & HT t-shirts, event attendees began their evening at the Legends Club in Bankers Life Fieldhouse with all-you-can-eat food and beverages, including an ice cream sundae bar, as attendees enjoyed an action packed basketball game where the Indiana Fever succumbed to the LA Sparks. 

    During half-time of the game, Women & Hi Tech was featured with an official announcement about the organization as the W & HT Board waved to the audience and to attendees in the Legends Club from the game floor. 

    After the game, W & HT attendees met at center-court of Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the following pictures.  (Click the pictures to see a larger version). It was a great night of food, fun, and networking with members of Women & Hi Tech and ladies of the Indiana Fever!   More pictures from the event can be found online here.


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