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United States Attorney’s Office announces creation of the Women’s Leadership Initiative, 2016

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Indiana
Federal Women’s Leadership Initiative set to “RAISE THE BAR” in April 2016, in recognition of National Volunteer Month

      Indianapolis – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler, announced the creation of a Women’s Leadership Initiative today that will bring together employees of the United States Attorney’s Office, the Indiana Federal Community Defenders, the U.S. District Court, and federal investigative agencies to encourage a spirit of leadership through bi-monthly presentations aimed at enriching the skills these public servants bring to bear.  Minkler is pleased to welcome several distinguished guest speakers who have been invited to share personal insight about the value of mentor/mentee relationships, professionalism, leadership, the art of a balanced life, and effective communication, among other topical discussions.

Speakers include:

  • The Honorable Sarah Evans Barker, U.S. District Court, SDIN

  • The Honorable Tanya Walton Pratt, U.S. District Court, SDIN

  • The Honorable Jane Magnus Stinson, U.S. District Court, SDIN

  • John Pistole, President of Anderson University, formerly employed as the Executive Director of TSA and the Deputy Director of the FBI

     The Women’s Leadership Initiative is managed and directed by a steering committee comprised of female assistant U.S. attorneys and support staff.  Its members unanimously agreed to devote a significant portion of their collective time together to continue serving the community at large.  To this end, in January the members donated cold medicine and cellular telephones to the Julian Center and travel-size amenities to the Centers of Hope—organizations found within hospitals that offer solace and treatment to victims of sexual assault.  At the March meeting, members will be invited to attend a human trafficking workshop in Fishers, Indiana.  The Women’s Leadership Initiative members are also excited to “RAISE THE BAR” in April 2016, in celebration of National Volunteer Month, when its members will participate in the following community service outreach efforts:

April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2016: Art with a Heart, Mentor/Mentee Program at Daniel Webster Elementary School, IPS #46

April 20:  Gleaners Food Bank

April 28:  Southeast Side Community Organization Park Clean-Up.

            Minkler encourages Women’s Leadership Initiative members to continue acting as catalysts for good and challenges the legal community and community at large to continue “RAISING THE BAR” in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Updated March 1, 2016