One Southern Indiana has unveiled the lineup for its annual Pearls of Wisdom leadership series. Speakers include the presidents of a nonprofit focused on poverty and education, an insurance agency and a graphic design firm. March 2, 2015

News Release

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – One Southern Indiana (1si) today announced the program line-up for the fifth year of its popular Pearls of Wisdom program which kicks off Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Sharing their diverse paths to success, this year's speakers include several prominent women in various industries and stages of their careers. These women will share their stories as entrepreneurs and leaders and will entertain, educate and inspire attendees to continue to learn and grow, regardless of age, position or industry.

“This event gives attendees opportunities to connect with each other in a non-traditional format, encouraging guests to share their impressions and the insights gained from the speaker,” said Wendy Dant Chesser, President and CEO of 1si. “Each of our speakers is a successful business person who will share not only the path they took to their success but also the bumps in the road.”

This year's dynamic speakers include:

-Wednesday, March 18 – Cathe Dykstra, Chief Possibility Officer, President & CEO of Family Scholar House, Inc.

-Wednesday, June 17 – Karen Lawrence, Owner, Camp Hi Ho

-Wednesday, September 16 – Ingrid Hernandez, President, Ingrid design

-Wednesday, December 2 – Pam Bennett Martin, President, Bennett & Bennett Insurance

After each enlightening forum, volunteers who serve as “Table Facilitators” will lead table discussions identifying the key points that resonated best with their table mates.

Table Facilitators for the March event include: Sharon Allen, Indiana University Southeast; Annette Ball, Dare to Care; Cathi Bingaman, inSync; Kate Caufield, Kids Dentistree; Jennifer Fahling, Kemp Title; Crystal Guenther, Community Foundation of Southern Indiana; Kate Kane, Southern Indiana Tourism; Annie Kirchner, Kirchner Dental; Gina Scott, Northwestern Mutual; Michelle Sollberger, Level 3 Communications Sharon Sparrow, Jefferson Community and Technical College; Andrew Takami, Purdue College of Technology; and Marty Tichenor, Brown Forman Corporation.

The 2015 Pearls of Wisdom program is sponsored by: Corporate: PNC Bank and Rodefer Moss CPAs; Premier: L&D Mail Masters, Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services, Kentuckiana Broadcasting and WAY-FM and Gold: Park Community Credit Union, Koerbers Fine Jewelry, First Savings Bank and John Kenyon American Eye Institute

The March event takes place in Kye’s I at 500 Missouri Avenue in Jeffersonville, Ind. from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and includes breakfast, networking opportunities, speaker's presentation and roundtable discussion. Registration is $30 for 1si Members, $45 for guests or $100 for all four events. For additional information, or to register, call 812-945-0266 or visit the 1si website at

About One Southern Indiana

One Southern Indiana (1si) was formed in July of 2006 as the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization serving Clark and Floyd Counties. 1si's mission is to provide the connections, resources and services that help businesses innovate and thrive in the southern Indiana/Louisville metro area.

Since its inception, the organization has evolved to include a three-prong approach to serve its members and investors. Business Resources, as the chamber side of the organization, encompasses membership, signature events and programs which support and encourage business growth; Economic Development works to grow the regional economy through the attraction of new commerce and assists with retention and expansion of existing businesses; Advocacy supports businesses at the government level by engaging in initiatives to preserve, protect and promote a business friendly environment free of obstacles to growth and development of commerce.

Source: One Southern Indiana

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