Lead By Design

See You Next Year for Lead By Design 2020

We want to thank all of the people who helped make Lead by Design 2019 a success, including our panelists, moderator, and all of the sponsors. We look forward to bringing you more Lead by Design events in the future. 

In the meantime, here are some photos and highlights from this year's event.

Read all about the event in The Republic.



Nicole Pence Becker

Nicole Pence Becker owns and operates Pence Media Group. Pence Media Group is a digital and media consultancy focused on helping organizations, companies, and people connect with their audiences.

Nicole is a 4-time Emmy Award winner with more than a decade of experience as a journalist, communications, and social media expert. Most recently, Nicole was the anchor for CBS4 This Morning (WTTV)  in Indianapolis owned by Tribune. Nicole first joined Tribune (FOX59/CBS4) in June 2014 to launch & anchor a brand new newscast, FOX59 NewsPoint at 11PM. Before working at CBS4/FOX59, Nicole worked at WTHR, WLEX & Indiana's NewsCenter.

Nicole hit pause on her journalism career in March 2017 after she and her husband Jason welcomed home their third son in 13 months after having twin boys the year before. As a proud Hoosier, Nicole grew up in Columbus, Indiana. She graduated Cum Laude from DePauw University and also earned a Master’s of Public Affairs from SPEA at IUPUI.  Nicole lives in Carmel with her husband Jason and sons Andrew, Colin, and Matthew.


Julie Abedian, MHA – Vice President, Community Partnerships & Corporate Responsibility, Columbus Regional Hospital


Julie Abedian is Vice President for Community Partnerships and Corporate Responsibility for Columbus Regional Hospital. In her role, Julie leads the development of community partnerships and resources that support CRH’s strategic priorities and community mission, leads corporate responsibility initiative and investments and oversees workforce community engagement opportunities. Julie is involved in the Columbus community as a member of the Columbus Rotary, BCSC Advisory Board Member, Columbus Plan Commission, Economic Development Board, Healthy Communities Council, and serves as Vice Chair of the Columbus Park Board.

Ryan Brewer, Ph.D. – Associate Director of Finance; MBA Director, IUPUC


Dr. Ryan Brewer is an Associate Professor of Finance at IUPUC where he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Corporate Finance, Investments and Derivatives. Dr. Brewer has also has testified as a valuation expert in the U.S. Federal and Indiana State court systems. Dr. Brewer has also worked as a Risk Manager for a Fortune 50 Corporation in Michigan and Indiana, attaining worldwide responsibilities for the development of policy compliance programs. His work has been published in academic journals and showcased in the national media.

Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, Ph.D. – Professor of English; Affiliate Faculty in Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Director of the Office of Student Research, IUPUC


Dr. Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick is Professor of English, affiliate faculty in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the director of the Office of Student Research at IUPUC. She is the recipient of the Inspirational Woman Award, which is a leadership award from IUPUI, as well as IUPUC's Excellence in Diversity Award. She is the author of 2 books and more than 30 articles and book chapters regarding feminism and women's studies. Her current scholarly project is an edited volume that is grounded in feminist recovery efforts.

Chatney Gelfius, B.A. – Independent Mary Kay Senior Sales Director


Chatney Gelfius is an Independent Mary Kay Senior Sales Director in the Columbus, Indiana area. She received her BA in Communication Studies from IUPUI. Chatney has worked for Mary Kay for 21 years and has a passion for showing women how to run a successful business. She leads a unit of over 200 women with annual sales in excess of $750,000. Mary Kay was recently ranked on the Forbes list of Best Employers for Diversity 2019 and believes that diversity is one of their greatest strengths.

Kevin Jones, Ed.D.  Associate Professor of Management, IUPUC


Dr. Kevin Jones is an Associate Professor of Management at IUPUC and a human resource development leader who applies organizational development practice and organizational communication theory to deliver results for organizations. Dr. Jones has over 25 years of experience in leadership, management, and human resource development roles and seeks to inspire and challenge students to apply the concepts covered in his courses, with a goal of bringing to students “real world” practitioner’s perspective supported by leading-edge research.

Hanna Omar, MBA – Member, Columbus Board of Zoning Appeals; Commercial Banking, JP Morgan Chase Bank


Hanna Omar works at JP Morgan Chase Bank in Commercial Banking, and was on the November ballot for Bartholomew County Council – District 1. Hanna cares about improving the infrastructure of Bartholomew County. Hanna received her MBA from IUPUC and has served as an adjunct faculty member at IUPUC.

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

Contact Information

Melissa Fairbanks, MA
Director, Center for Business & Economic Development
Office phone: ​​812.348.7354
Email:​  mcfairba@iupuc.edu
Lesley Bradley, JD
Coordinator, Office for Women
Office Phone: ​​812.348-7208
Email: lbradle@iupuc.edu
IUPUC Event Committee Members:  

Lesley K. Bradley, MBA, JD – Coordinator, Office for Women
Melissa C. Fairbanks, MA – Director, Center for Business of Economic Development 
Ellen M. Graham – Communication Assistant, Center for Business of Economic Development
Kelly Hickman – Event Coordinator and Food Service Manager 

This event is sponsored in part by Innovate Indiana https://engagement.iu.edu/initiatives/innovate/index.html.