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Press Release

Announcing the 2019 Women’s Leadership Initiative

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Indiana
Honoring and Empowering Women and Men of All Levels of Federal Service

Indianapolis - United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler is pleased to announce this year’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) Steering Committee members:  Assistant United States Attorneys Cindy Cho, Kate Olivier, Kelly Rota, Gina Shields, U.S. District Court Law Clerk Sarah Dame, and FBI Special Agent Victoria Madtson.  The WLI concept was conceived and implemented in 2016 by a Steering Committee that consisted of First Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Ridgeway, Civil Chief Shelese Woods, Assistant U.S. Attorneys MaryAnn Mindrum and Michelle Brady, and Financial Litigation Unit Supervisor Tracy Jones, as a way to encourage and foster professional development, leadership acumen, and camaraderie. 

Programs to-date have included presentations by Judges of the United States District and Bankruptcy Court, including the Honorable Sarah Evans Barker, the Honorable Tanya Walton Pratt, the Honorable Jane E. Magnus Stinson, Chief District Judge, Chief Bankruptcy Judge Robyn Moberly, Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks, Deborah Daniels of Krieg DeVault LLP (#Metoo), Anderson University President John Pistole (leadership and courage), John Trimble of Lewis Wagner LLP (unconscious bias), and Judy Shepard the mother of Matthew Shepard (diversity & inclusion), among others.

“Words of Advice for My Younger Self,” a Women’s Leadership Initiative event, will take place on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 12:00 p.m., at the United States Attorney’s Office located at 10 West Market Street, 20th Floor, Indianapolis, Indiana.  The panel will be moderated by WLI Steering Committee members and will feature Michelle Brady, Assistant United States Attorney, Laura A. Briggs, Clerk of Court, United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Joe Cleary, Indiana Federal Community Defenders, and Kenneth Riggins of The Law Office of Kenneth Riggins.

“These public servants are charged with a daunting and critical task – to serve their community selflessly and completely, putting aside personal endeavors to pursue justice,” said Josh J. Minkler, U.S. Attorney.  “We are pleased to support this continued partnership with and on behalf of our federal family in order to arm these civic-minded servant soldiers with the tools they need to nimbly strike the right balance on behalf of our community.”

Updated May 6, 2019