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Trailblazers 2018

Thursday, April 19, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom

What gold nuggets do successful women entrepreneurs and business leaders have for those wanting to grow their business and themselves? Our panel of diverse women business leaders at Trailblazers 2018 will share stories of their paths to success, lessons learned, strategies for survival, business and personal philosophies and how they “pay it forward.”

Check back for photos and a recap of the event.

Registration for this event is now closed.

A portion of the event’s proceeds benefitted our Entrepreneur Scholarship fund.

2018 Trailblazer Panelists

Barbara Coury National Director of Foundation and Federated Giving, American Red Cross

Coury is a recognized leader on a national level at the American Red Cross. She has not only helped raise millions of dollars—with the Indiana fundraising team receiving the organization’s top award in 2016 for its significant increase in fundraising revenue.

Coury is also a dedicated volunteer and advocate for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She serves as a member of the Tiffany Circle, a group of women leaders who advance the American Red Cross’ mission, and the Tocqueville Society, with the highest level of support for the United Way of Central Indiana.

Deborah J. Daniels Partner, Krieg DeVault

Deborah Daniels is a former U.S. Attorney and U.S. Assistant Attorney General, and has lengthy experience in criminal and civil investigations and public safety. Her work has included responsibilities at the U.S. Department of Justice directly related to the nation’s response to the September 11th attack on the U.S., data and communications interoperability, and the nation's ability to detect, prevent and respond to future terrorist acts.

Joyce Irwin EVP, President, Community Health Network Foundation

Joyce Irwin has served as Community Health Network Foundation’s President and CEO since October of 2012.

Joyce was born and raised in Seymour, Indiana, where most of her family still lives. At the age of eight, she contracted meningitis and was hospitalized at Riley Children’s Hospital, not expected to live. From that experience, one brother became a minister and the other a physician. Joyce has always had a love of healthcare and a purpose of giving back. This role is the fulfillment of two passions.

Myasha Smith as a NAWBO-Indianapolis 2018 Trailblazer

Myasha L. Smith Owner & Operator, McDonald's

In 2016, Mya became the 1st African American in the McDonald’s Next Generation program to become an approved Owner Operator in the Indianapolis Region. She currently owns 3 restaurants.

Mya speaks to children at several High Schools, Middle Schools, Elementary Schools, Girl Youth Programs, and Boy Youth Programs. She has received numerous awards of recognition and “Thank You’s” from the various organizations and schools.

Rupal Thanawala Account Executive, Accenture

Rupal is a visionary and goal oriented IT executive with a track record of planning, developing and implementing cutting edge solutions in Fortune 500 corporations. Previous entrepreneurial leader, capitalizing on a need in her native country. Fascinating story.

Rupal holds BS in Biomedical Engineering from Mumbai University and Executive MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.