Indiana Minority Business Magazine to honor women business leaders

The Indiana Minority Business Magazine will honor 12 women who have excelled as business professionals and community leaders during the 2017 Summer Golden Laurel Professional Reception: Women Excelling in Business.

The recipients of the Golden Laurel distinction will be awarded on Thursday, July 27th at the Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council office, located at 2126 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46202. A networking reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the awards presentation will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.

This event is presented in partnership with the Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council and sponsored by IndyGo – Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation.

“The feminist movement of the 1960’s led women to the workforce en masse, presenting women with agency and access outside of their homes. Since then, women have not stopped fighting for equal representation in their respective fields,” said IMBM President Shannon Williams. “As a woman in leadership I have experienced firsthand the struggles that women are subjected to compared to our male colleagues. In spite of disparate treatment and insurmountable odds, we rise and uplift each other along the way. I find that it is my both my honor and responsibility to congratulate these 12 extraordinary women who represent exactly what women are capable of during this seasons Golden Laurel Professional Reception honoring women excelling in business.”

Below are the 2017 Summer Golden Laurel award recipients:

Kim Borges – Vice President, Area Marketing Manager, Regions Bank
Joan Carter – Owner, The Jewelry Lady
Tamika Catchings – Founder, Catch the Stars Foundation and Owner, Tea’s Me Cafe
Sonia Chen-Arnold – Counsel-Litigation and Legal Compliance, Eli Lilly and Company
Susan Decker – CEO, Susan Decker Media
Deb Hallberg – Business Development Manager, Barnes & Thornburg LLC
Tavonna Harris Askew – Chief of Staff and General Counsel, Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County
Denise Herd – President, Herd Strategies
Deborah Hearn-Smith – CEO, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
Jackie Morales – Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, Morales Group
Deborah Oatts – Owner, Nubian Construction Group
Angela Smith-Jones – Deputy Mayor of Economic Development, City of Indianapolis

Admission to the Golden Laurel Professional Reception is free of charge, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Visit goldenlaurelwib.eventbrite.com to register.