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Executive Women's Forum: Connections

  • 07/20/2023
  • 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Harrison Center, 1505 N. Delaware, Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Registration for this Executive Women's Forum has closed. We look forward to seeing our registered attendees on Thursday July 20! 

At Harrison Center, the City Gallery will be used for the networking/happy hour and the Speck Gallery will be used for the speaking/presentation portion of the event. It is recommended to enter either the City Gallery entrance in the front (blue-grey square in the map below) or the Artmix/parking lot entrance in the back of the building (red square in the map below). 

In the building rendition below, you can see arrows leading into the parking lot from 16th street. Note that there is an overflow parking lot directly across from Foundry Provisions coffee down the street as well. 

Google defines CONNECTIONS as “a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else.” Simple enough right?

For Women & Hi Tech, Connection is about bringing people together, sharing ideas, learning from each other and creating lasting relationships. 

On Thursday, July 20, we are hosting our first in-person Executive Women’s Forum (EWF) of 2023 at the beautiful Harrison Center For the Arts in downtown Indy to create Connections. 

We’re hosting 4-5 women-owned businesses so attendees can connect and discover how these businesses can assist in their personal/professional development or entrepreneurial endeavors. We are also excited to have speaker, Alex Perry, CEO of Practically Speaking, help attendees with difficult conversations with her keynote, Communicating Through Conflict. 

After the event, attendees can connect with each other, women-owned businesses, and browse the art gallery while enjoying a cocktail and beautiful charcuterie. And yes, you can buy art! Bring your credit card or checkbook.

One lucky attendee will also win an  Individual Executive Leadership Coaching session with Caroline Dowd-Higgins! From high-potential professionals to seasoned executive leaders, Caroline Dowd-Higgins helps clients navigate their unique journey to overcome challenges, hone signature strengths, and mitigate blind spots to perform as an impact player. From building a deep leadership bench for company succession planning to retaining top talent, executive coaching empowers individuals to expand self-awareness, discover solutions, and make and implement better decisions. Certified by the International Coaching Federation, she uses statistically valid psychometric career assessment tools to help clients self-actualize including Clifton Strengths, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, and custom 360 Assessment Reviews. You must be present at the time of the raffle to win!

We are so excited to host this in-person event at this beautiful gallery. There’s plenty of free parking behind, in front and across the street from the Center. After the event, if weather permits, the doors to the patio will be open for connecting over charcuterie and chardonnay. 

Registration is free for Women & Hi Tech members and $25 for non-members. 

Event Agenda

  • 3:00 pm-3:30 pm  – Registration and Connection with women-owned businesses in Harrison Art Center City Gallery
  • 3:30 pm - 3:40 pm – Words of Welcome from new incoming Women & Hi Tech President and Harrison Art Gallery Manager
  • 3:40 pm -3:45 pm – Introductions, Linda Calvin, Executive Women's Forum Director
  • 3:45 pm - 4:35 pm – Program in Harrison Art Center Speck Gallery, “Communicating Through Conflict” with Alex Perry, CEO, Practically Speaking 
  • 4:35 pm - 4:45 pm – Wrap-Up
  • 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm – Connecting with women-owned businesses, Networking, Happy Hour
  • 5:30 pm – End

Keynote Topic: Communicating Through Conflict

Have you ever had a tough conversation and thought, "Dang it, I wish I'd said that differently." Maybe you're avoiding a difficult conversation, hoping your problem will "go away on its own." Are you exhausted from doing verbal gymnastics to "keep the peace" at work? Or even worse, are you considering quitting your job to avoid having a tough conversation? 

If so, you're not alone. Research from leadership training company VitalSmarts found that "one in four people have been putting off an uncomfortable conversation for at least six months, and one in 10 have been doing so for a year." Avoiding tough conversations in our workplaces leads to lower engagement, satisfaction, and productivity. 

But what would happen if you reframed the way you thought about difficult conversations? What would it be like to walk away from a conversation knowing you said what you needed to say the way you wanted to? How much better would work be if we didn't allow the fear of difficult conversations to limit us? 

In this sixty-minute interactive keynote, Alex uncovers the mindset shift needed to hold difficult conversations with ease. She shares practical and tactical examples of language you can use immediately and helps you navigate challenges along the way. 


You'll create a plan for your next difficult conversation and walk away feeling empowered to tackle difficult conversations confidently. 

Participants will: 

1.) Discover the mindset shift needed for productive conversations.
2.) Learn phrases to help you quickly start and finish a difficult conversation.
3.) Plan for a difficult conversation using a simple 4-part strategy. 

About Alex Perry

Alex is the CEO of Practically Speaking, LLC, host of Crash Courses in Communication podcast and author of Minivan Mogul: A Crash Course in Confidence for Women. Her passion for communication comes from spending nearly two decades as a Speech-Language Pathologist, helping people regain the ability to talk after illness or injury.

Alex is a motivational TEDx speaker, facilitator, and mentor. She helps others speak and share their stories with confidence using strategies she’s learned the hard way throughout her career. Her background includes advanced work in adult neurology and emotional intelligence. Alex blends her scientific approach speaking with her love of storytelling and humor into her work with individual clients and corporate teams. Most importantly, she’s a mom, minivan driver, and front-row fan of her clients.

Learn More:
Instagram: @pswithalex
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-perry-9a62787/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/251755472650476


Meet our featured Women-Owned Businesses in this virtual guide, or visit their websites below! 

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