Jennifer Palmieri was the keynote speaker for an event at the Indiana Roof Ballroom on Sept. 28. The event was a big deal. The ballroom was filled with 600 people who were excited to be there…
The event was the inaugural kickoff luncheon for Hoosier Women Forward, a new training program designed to increase the number of Democratic women in elected and appointed positions and in positions of influence in the community and private sector.
In modern America, we shouldn’t have a need to address the shortage of women in leadership roles. America should already be benefiting from women’s natural intellect, conviction and decision-making skills.
But that is not our current reality. And our communities are suffering as a result.
Liane Groth Hulka, 39, thought she needed to do more to help Democrats, especially Democratic women, after the 2016 election. So, in 2017, she spearheaded the launch of Hoosier Women Forward, a program designed to help Democratic women become better and stronger leaders in community and professional settings. She now chairs the board.
How did Hoosier Women Forward get started?
I actually met with the founder of the Lugar Series, the Republican training program for women. I think Judy Singleton said something to me like, “Don’t ask permission, just do it.” And so I did. I decided in early January  that starting a Democratic training program for women to counter the Lugar Series was what I wanted to focus on…
We are a working board, so we haven’t hired an executive director yet. That is coming in the future.
I’m just so proud of everything these women have done to get where we are today, and I feel like now we’re on the map. We are here and we’ve got a class of 22 incredible women that we’ve selected.
Twenty-two (22) Democratic women from across Indiana – a diverse group with impressive and varied backgrounds – have been selected to become Hoosier Women Forward’s inaugural class.
Launched earlier this year, the Hoosier Women Forward leadership program is aimed at preparing and propelling Democratic women into influential roles in the public and private sectors. More than 100 women applied to be part of the first HWF class, and all applicants demonstrated an interest in public policy, political advocacy and advancing Indiana forward with progressive policies and ideas.
“Selecting this class was no easy task for our board of directors,” said HWF Board Chair Liane Hulka. We’re so grateful to everyone who applied and humbled by their desire to make a positive impact on Indiana’s communities.”