Saturday, June 23, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Vim Mood is excited to present the Bold Women Who Lead event. There will be networking and an interactive panel focusing on topics surrounding women and leadership across various industries among art, fashion, beauty, business and lifestyle. Learn more about our Speaker Line-up below:
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I graduated from college and shared the news with my parents: I’m not going to grad school OR getting a job! I’m gonna travel the world in a rock band. I played drums on a pool table in Mexico City, played in maximum security prisons, and underground clubs in Europe. I found my love and passion was actually in the people we’d talk to before and after concerts. I realized that I wanted to help them feel something new and fresh.
I left the road after 6 years and went back to school to be a career coach. My colleagues became executive coaches and I took all that I learned and brought it to Millennials. The youngest generation in the workplace. I built a private practice with young professional clients and after a few years, realized that bosses and company owners wanted to get in on the changes they were seeing in my clients. I now work with several companies in Indianapolis and speak regularly on how to design the career you want (that’s more exciting than binging on Netflix!)
Juanita Ingram, Esq. is an US licensed attorney and author. She is the founder and Board of Trustee Chairman of Dress for Success Greater London. She is also the current Assistant General Counsel at Allegion PLLC. She was awarded the Up and Coming Leadership in Law Award as well as Top 40 under 40 Professional Award. As an advocate for young girls and women, she travels internationally speaking on various topics regarding female empowerment and self-worth throughout the US, Europe & the UK. She is originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Tennessee State University, along with her MBA and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Memphis. She is a wife and mother of two currently resides in America after living in London for the past four years.
Juanita is the first African-American woman to compete and win the title of Mrs. Indiana United States in 2007, national title of Mrs. US Beauties 2009, and has since gone on to compete and become the first African-American Ms. World International 2012, Mrs. Great Britain World 2011, Mrs. Universe UK 2013, and Mrs. UK International 2014. She was also the fitness, interview, photogenic, and career achievement award winner at the 2011 and 2017 Mrs. Indiana America competition. Madame Noir acknowledged her as one of the Top 7 Black Women in Pageantry to turn Beauty into Business along with Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, and Vanessa Williams.
She recently concluded her international book tour having published a multi-ethnic Christian children’s series The Wonderfully Made Pals Presents, which includes the publications Kind Kinsley, Wonderfully Made Wanita, Confident Kenan, and Generous Gregerio. She also published two Christian inspirational books for women, Winning with Christ – Finding the Victory in Every Experience and Beauty for Ashes – Transforming Testimonies for Every Woman. Her third inspirational book for women, Fabulous, Faithful, and Free, will be released next month.
To learn more visit www.iamjuanitaingram.com.
PANELIST & moderator LINE-UP
Tales & Turbans is a lifestyle blog created with the millennial mom in mind. It’s a space to come for inspiration, conversation, tips and how-to’s on all things motherhood, fashion, travel, and even food.
Aicha, the creator of Tales & Turbans, captures the moments that matter the most, to the modern mom. She, like many moms, gives all she has to her family. So, she understands that moms need love too. After working, going to school, being a super mom (and wife if you’re like Aicha) and everything things else that needs to get done, moms need a space to relate, be creative, share ideas, and just hang out. T & T is that space. It’s not just a lifestyle blog, it’s a community.
Danelle French is an Indianapolis based makeup artist and esthetician. She graduated From IU with a BA in Communication then went on to Honors Beauty College to get a license in Esthetics. Her makeup work has been published in numerous fashion magazines and she works with high end clients such as Macy's and Finishline. She also makes time to regularly raise money for charities and recently produced and directed a documentary with all the proceeds going to the Human Rights Campaign.
Lexi Hiland is an Indianapolis based filmmaker and editor with a love for adventure, mission and the conversation of home and family. Before the age of four, she had lived in two different countries and four different houses. As a cross-cultural citizen, the themes of identity and culture are prominent topics that she enjoys discussing with others. Her adoption from Colombia has led her to share her story through the art of film and she encourages others to share their story too. She is a fellow with the Mitch Daniel's Leadership Foundation, striving to create an Indianapolis where everyone (especially the younger generations of women) are able to thrive in their vocation. She currently lives in Broad Ripple with her furry child, Maven.
Kat Marris is a local Indianapolis chef, e-cookbook author and food blogger. She focuses on meal prepping healthy food that is easy to make and delicious. She writes and develops healthy recipes for her blog Fresh and Balanced, www.freshandbalanced.com, and shares meal prep and healthy eating tips and tricks on her Instagram (@katmarris). She also creates weekly meal prep menu’s and cooking instructions for her Ready, Set, Go! Meal Prep Program. Kat teaches private cooking lessons and presents group cooking demos that focus on healthy cooking techniques and other topics. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communication and attended the Art Institute of Indianapolis culinary school to become a chef. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two cats.
Deonna Craig is an Indianapolis based visual artist and the owner of DC's heARTbeat. She graduated from Cathedral High School and DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology. Her eclectic spirit let her down various career paths from production assistant for the Jerry Springer talk show to Insurance where she honed her leadership skills in management and training. After spending 14 years in Corporate America, Deonna's creativity and love for adventure caused her to pursue art full-time.
As an entrepreneur, Deonna is able to pursue her passions of community building, teaching, public speaking, and of course visual art. She has received great recognition for her work in the cultural community. She also serves as a mentor, a dance instructor, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.
DC's heARTbeat provides original artwork, live painting experiences, painting classes, and art therapy. Her unique work has been featured in various galleries and trade shows over the past 8 years. To learn more about Deonna Craig be sure to connect with her!
Natalie is a rising Junior at Purdue University. She is currently majoring in Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is also pursuing a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She enjoys singing, writing, and is deeply invested in her relationship with God. Natalie will be serving as the Vice President of the Students of Purdue Against Racism Coalition in the fall at Purdue, and she was most recently named the 2018 500 Festival Queen Scholar. She is thrilled to serve in any capacity and is looking forward to serving you.