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ICW > External Events > NACW 45th Annual Conference NACW 45th Annual Conference


On July 19-23, 2015, the Indiana Commission for Women (ICW) is hosting the 45th Annual Conference and Empowerment Summit for the National Association of Commissions for Women (NACW). Open to all women’s organizations, the conference offers three full days of workshops in professional skills development, women’s issues briefings and creative programming ideas. For quick links, click on the following bookmarks: 


DATE:   July 19-23, 2015

Crowne Plaza Downtown Indianapolis
123 West Louisiana Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225

PROGRAM:    To view the complete up-to-date conference agenda, click here



On Sunday, July 19, activities are kicked-off with a Welcome Reception. Invited guests include Indiana state legislators and state elected officials, women mayors and other special dignitaries.

Breakout sessions on Monday, July 20, will focus on issues briefings on topics such as human trafficking, trauma-informed care, pregnancy discrimination, preserving women’s history and women in politics. The opening plenary luncheon will feature Dr. Corey Hebert, a nationally known medical broadcast journalist, who has appeared on numerous TV shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Good Morning America, and The Today Show. Dr. Hebert will speak on Women’s Health concerns. IUPUI professor, Kristina Horn Sheeler, will lead a general session on Gender, Sex, and Politics Heading toward Campaign 2016, with special guest U.S. Representative Susan W. Brooks, Indiana 5th District, and Co-Vice-Chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues. Monday’s evening plenary will feature Jennifer Browning Holmes, President and Founder of Integrating Women Leaders, as she addresses Making Impact through Your Personal Brand.

On Tuesday, July 21, attendees will have an opportunity to focus on topics such as resiliency, keeping girls safe on the internet and military families. Participants will also take part in an interactive general session on Empowerment through Partnerships to discuss ways in which organizations at all levels can collaborate on critical community issues. At the luncheon plenary luncheon, Jennifer Pope Baker of the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana will speak on their innovative NEXT initiative that will help emerging adult women (ages 18-24) move from economic instability to economic stability.

Breakout sessions on Wednesday, July 22, will help participants increase professional skills with such topics as: using social media to strengthen an organization’s mission, creating partnerships with key stakeholders and engaging girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Wednesday’s Luncheon will celebrate NACW’s 45th Anniversary, featuring a panel of prominent sports personalities in a discussion on Leadership through Sports.  In the afternoon, participants will discuss how to start a movement during the final General Session of the conference. During an afternoon general session, Latifa Lyles, Director of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, will provide an update on current Women's Bureau activities, including their Lead on Leave initiative. Wednesday’s Closing Plenary Dinner and Celebration will feature Dr. Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, Executive Director of the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and President of the American Medical Women’s Association.

A highlight of this year’s conference is the addition of the Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders Girls Forum on Wednesday, July 22. Open to forty (40) high school girls, the Girls Forum will provide opportunities to learn about mentoring, leadership and reputation safety.

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There is a way for everyone to participate in the conference! Early bird registration for the full conference is open until July 18, 2015, and is $390 for NACW members and ICW partners and $415 for non-members. After July 18, registration increases to $415. Registration for any one of the three conference days is $200.00. Registration for the Girls Forum is $85; sponsorships of $500 will cover the cost of four girls and a chaperone or parent. Individual luncheon registrations for the Monday Opening Plenary Luncheon and the Wednesday 45th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon are available for $40 per person or $500 for a table of 10. 

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For information about NACW, the Indiana Commission for Women, or women’s commissions in local communities, contact ICW at (317) 232-6720 or

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