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Spring Networking Event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

  • 05/19/2022
  • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 4790 W. 16th Street Indianapolis, IN
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Registration for this event is now closed. Thank you to those who registered to join us for our Spring Networking Event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) on May 19, 2022.

Thank you so much to the Presenting Sponsor for our event, Sonatype!

Women & Hi Tech has a wonderful day of fun, inspiring and motivational activities planned for members and guests. The agenda includes personal enrichment sessions, career development opportunities, a focused networking program, and of course, a great racing experience including practice runs and behind-the-scenes tours, all with the backdrop of the iconic IMS Pagoda.

The dress code for the event is casual. However, if you plan to visit the garages, no shorts or open-toed shoes are allowed.

This event is open to Women & Hi Tech members and non-members.

Ticket pickup for late registration will be 8:45am on May 19th at the Speedway Public Library parking lot. 5633 W 25th St, Speedway, IN 46224.

Please review the information below outlining the program agenda, IMS ticket pickup and required waiver, and COVID disclaimer.

Program (Attend any or all of the events with your paid registration.)

  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am General Registration
  • 10:00 am –   6:00 pm Garages Open, Practice Runs on Track, Experience the IMS
  • 11:00 am – 11:50 am Enrichment Session 1: Culture Change with Accountability
  • 12:00 pm – 12:10 pm Welcome
  • 12:10 pm – 12:50 pm Grab Your Boxed Lunch and Have a Seat*
  •  1:00 pm –   1:30 pm Keynote Speaker: Allison Melangton, Sr. Vice President, Penske Entertainment
  •  1:40 pm –   2:30 pm Enrichment Session 2: Evaluating Stagnation: When is it time to move on?
  •  2:30 pm –   3:00 pm Break
  •  3:00 pm –   4:00 pm Focused Networking: Get To Know Your W&HT Career Peers
  •  4:00 pm –   6:00 pm Garage Self-guided Tours
  •  4:00 pm –   6:00 pm Wine and Chat in the Pavilion

*Order your meal of choice during registration. Arriving late? No problem. Pick your lunch up when you arrive. Eat in our pavilion, outside while watching the practice runs, or take it with you.

IMS Protocols

IMS requires paper tickets for entry. Ticket distribution will be conducted May 9-13 only. When you register, you will be able to select the most convenient of three or four ticket pick-up locations around Indianapolis. You will need to pick up your ticket. We will reach out to registrants as a reminder closer to the event.

IMS also requires each registrant to sign a waiver. Please read the waiver by clicking this link. When you register, you will select the checkbox acknowledging that you read and agree to the waiver.

COVID-19 Protocols

Right now, we are anticipating that this event will be mask-optional for all attendees, but this is subject to change depending on IMS protocols, Marion County Health Department mandates, and Center for Disease Control recommendations at the time of the event. Please review our release of liability by clicking this link.   When you register, you will select the checkbox acknowledging that you read and agree to the release.

About Allison Melangton

Allison Melangton was named senior vice president of Penske Entertainment in October 2020. She is responsible for the oversight of several business areas within the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and NTT INDYCAR SERIES, including marketing, communications, video content production and corporate partnerships, as well as human resources for Penske Entertainment.

Melangton joined Penske Entertainment, formerly Hulman & Co., in November 2014 as senior vice president of events. Her responsibilities included the overall production of major events at the Racing Capital of the World, as well as special NTT INDYCAR SERIES events such as the preseason kickoff and postseason celebration.

Most notably, Melangton led the planning and execution of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016, which was recognized as Sports Business Journal’s Sports Event of the Year and featured the event’s first-ever sold-out crowd since its inception in 1911.

Melangton served on the Executive Leadership team of Indiana Sports Corp. for 20 years, serving the final two years as president from September 2012 until October 2014. She spent four of those years serving as CEO and president of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee from 2008-2012.

Melangton was honored with a “Sagamore of the Wabash” by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels in 2012 and recognized as a “Living Legend” by the Indiana Historical Society in 2014. Sports Business Journal, the nation’s industry-leading publication, named Melangton a recipient of its “Game Changers” award in 2012. In 2017, Melangton received recognition for two Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Jefferson Award for Community Impact and College Mentors for Kids.

Melangton also serves on the board of directors for OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc., the 2022 College Football Playoff, the 2024 NBA All-Star Game, the St. Vincent Foundation, the 500 Festival and the Indianapolis Economic Club.

Melangton was nationally recognized with the 2011 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for working as a liaison between the NFL and the Indianapolis community for the 2012 Super Bowl.

Additionally, Melangton has worked nine Olympic Games, including six as an associate producer for the gymnastics broadcast by NBC Sports, with the most recent being the 2016 summer games in Rio de Janeiro. She has won five Emmy Awards for her work as a member of the NBC Sports broadcast team.

Melangton is a graduate of Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts in sports administration. Melangton and her husband, Tom, have one son.

Enrichment Session 1: Culture Change with Accountability

Women have always worked below a glass ceiling. Now, organizations across the nation are touting their diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. But, are these initiatives actually working? Or do these initiatives simple better mask the problems. This seminar will explore ways to infuse accountability into corporate culture change initiatives to ensure that change actually happens and is sustainable. 


Kathy Miller, Author: Steeltoes & Stilettos

Rupal Thanawala, Trident Systems

Paula Rivera, Eli Lilly

Enrichment Session 2: Evaluating Stagnation: When is it time to move on?

They call this the time of The Great Resignation. They say that COVID-19 and the pandemic have caused Americans to reprioritize their responsibilities and reevaluate their professional goals. They say that it is an employee’s job market and employees across the nation are taking advantage by moving to new companies at an alarming rate. But is this the best move for you? If you are evaluating whether to stay in your current role or company or take a risk in a new environment or perhaps a whole new career field, this seminar is for you. Listen to our panelist as they share their experiences and tips for consideration as you explore your professional options.


Linda Hicks, ECC Horizon and President of Women & Hi Tech

Aisha Mohyuddin, Rolls Royce 

Emma Clust, Tanium

Click here to see full bios for all of our incredible panelists!

Terms of Participation:

·   Paid event registration is non-refundable and non-transferable.

·   By registering for this event, you acknowledge that you may be photographed, videotaped, and audio-taped during the course of this event and hereby give permission for your image, and voice to be used in education, training, promotion, advertisement, or trade and communications media by Women & Hi Tech in any and all media outlets.

·  Cancellation Policy:  In the event you are unable to attend a high demand, at-capacity, and/or sold-out event, please send a "Notice of Absence" email to whtinfo@womenandhitech.org at least 24 hours prior to the start of the event. We often have people waitlisted for events and appreciate your professionalism in communicating your absence to us with enough time to allow others to attend.

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