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Bloomington Woman of the Year Awards

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2015 Women Leadership Development Event:


February 22, 2015

For more information, contact:

Cathi Crabtree, City of Bloomington's Commission on the Status of Women, 272-1600

Sue Owens, Program Specialist, Community & Family Resources Dept., City of Bloomington, 349-3468

Commission on the Status of Women Sponsors "Lead With a Story!"

Women's Leadership Event

Bloomington, IN - The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women is holding a women's

leadership event on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall Showers Building.

This is an annual event, and this year's theme is "Lead With a Story". There is no fee for this opportunity

to learn how to get involved and make a difference in our community.

The event will begin with a reception at 5:00 p.m. during which time participants can enjoy refreshments,

network and learn more about getting involved with City of Bloomington Boards and Commissions as

well as other local agencies. The event will include presentations followed by panel questions and answers.

There will also be an award presentation to the 2015 Emerging Leader, Alycin Bektesh.

The presenters include Dr. Audrey T. McCluskey, African American and Diaspora Studies "Mary McLeod

Bethune and Fannie Lou Hammer: The Inner Light of Leadership", Caroline Dowd-Higgins, Director of

Career and Professional Development for the IU Alumni Association "Fail Forward, Fast and Often!" and

Jessica Levandowski, film and Media Producer "A Woman in Film: Exploring the Characters That Shaped


Over the past four years, the 2015 Emerging Leader, Alycin Bektesh has led the WFHB News Department

and covered issues surrounding women's health, equal rights, and sexual assault and was a mentor and

role model to the hundreds of women who join WFHB. Alycin has done daily reports on topics of health,

science, politics, and business and has provided a strong female voice within the Bloomington community.

Outside the workplace, Alycin serves on non-profit boards including the Bloomington Press Club and

the Bloomington Arts Alliance. She volunteers her time at the Interfaith Winter Shelter and Community

Kitchen. Alycin has emerged as a strong leader in both the field of journalism and as a volunteer in the


Co-sponsors of this event include AAUW of the Wabash Valley, City of Bloomington Commission on the

Status of Women, City of Bloomington Community & Family Resources Department, City of Bloomington

Office of the Clerk, Indiana University Women's Student Association and Middle Way House.

For more information contact Sue Owens at

Bloomington Woman of the Year Award Recipients 1988- Present