INDIANAPOLIS - The 2018 Indiana Conference for Women will take place Thursday at the JW Marriott Indianapolis. Keynote speakers include national television personality and Miss America Organization Executive Chair Gretchen Carlson, actress and author Retta and legal researcher and the inspiration for a Hollywood biopic bearing her name, Erin Brockovich. This year's conference is dedicated to Terre Haute-based CANDLES Inc. founder and Holocaust survivor Eva Kor.

The event was launched in 2011 by founders Deborah Collins and Billie Dragoo-Garcia. It focuses on educational and professional development of women. The nonprofit behind it bills the conference as "the largest gathering of professional and entrepreneurial women in the Midwest." Co-chairs are Ivy Tech Community College President Sue Ellspermann and Indiana University Vice President for Development and External Relations for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs Joyce Rogers.

Additional speakers during breakout sessions include: Leah Weiss, Laura Vanderkam, Suzanne Johnson Vickberg, Catherine Sanderson, Sally Helgsen, Sylvia LaFair, Amber Rae and Joy Fitzgerald. Inside INdiana Business host Gerry Dick will serve as the conference opener and Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick Executive Producer Tracy Chen will lead an interview Retta. You can connect to more about the event by clicking here.