The 4th Annual Indiana Awards of Distinction

The Annual Awards of Distinction is an opportunity to recognize our Indiana WBEs, corporate members and volunteers for their outstanding achievements and support of the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council. Be encouraged by an engaging keynote speaker, hear the achievements of your WBENC community and enjoy special entertainment, networking and much more.

Event at a Glance

11:30 am Registration Opens / Buyers Meet and Greet

12:00 – 2:00 pm Annual Awards of Distinction Luncheon


Corporate of Honor - Cummins Inc.
The Stellar Award - Jesse L. Moore, Purdue University
Ambassador of the Year – Michele Howell, Aon
Distinguished Business Leader of the Year – Cinda Monday, Monday Voigt
Corporate Volunteer of Distinction - Debbie Cowan, Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis
WBE Volunteer of Distinction – Thresette Briggs, Performance 3 LLC

Keynote Speaker

Karen Hough
Founder and CEO, ImprovEdge

Karen Hough is the Founder & CEO of ImprovEdge, a #1 Amazon bestselling author, contributor to the Huffington Post and recipient of the Silver Stevie International Award for Most Innovative Company of the Year 2012 as well as the Athena PowerLink Award for outstanding woman-owned business and the Outstanding Women award from the WNBA’s Indiana Fever. Karen’s second award-winning book, “Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever” was published by Berrett-Koehler in 2014. Her new book on Innovation and Improvisation will be published in 2017 by the Association for Talent Development.