The Indiana Conference for Women, a one-day professional development gathering, gets underway Wednesday morning in Indianapolis. The conference, considered one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest, was postponed last year because of the pandemic. Organizers say the event is a “practical, inspiring and educational” resource for women.
In an interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, executive director Chelsea Anderson explained why the conference is important to Hoosier women in the workforce.
“This is something that really works for women and men and whomever else who are in that early stage of their career development or mid-level in their career,” said Anderson. “Perhaps they’re looking to move into a new field. This is the perfect opportunity for them.”
She says the conference, now in its 10th year, provides networking opportunities and educational programs to help attendees who are in the workforce, but might be looking to grow.
“Because you really walk out of the conference with tangible resources and skills that you can put into practice right away. And we’re not asking you to buy a book or buy anything else, it’s ready and waiting for you,” said Anderson.
One of the breakout sessions this year involves mental health. Anderson says organizers try to respond each year to things happening in communities across the nation.
“So many folks are dealing with that mental health issue after the pandemic and all the economic woes that we’re looking through right now,” added Anderson.
Anderson says the conference offers the best talent possible, including actress Taraji Henson, who starred in the TV series Empire and portrayed Katherine Johnson, a NASA mathematician, including Academy Award-nominated Hidden Figures.
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