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Inspire Her

Join Hank during Women’s History Month, as we pay tribute to the women who enrich the fabric of the Indianapolis society.

Inspire HER is a testament to the strength, grace, and dedication exemplified by these exceptional individuals.

As we honor the Indianapolis Women who have left a mark on our community, we invite you to join us in commemorating their achievements during Women’s History Month. 

1. Anna Cage

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As the Vice President of Radio Promotion for Warner Music Nashville, Anna Cage
supervises her team in securing National airplay for Warner’s roster of artists and their
music. Her team is responsible for delivering countless #1 singles for well-established
superstars such as Blake Shelton, rising stars like Dan+ Shay and newcomers like
Bailey Zimmerman. In addition to this, Anna and her husband Dan own and operate 4
restaurants and bars throughout Indianapolis, also of legacy and newcomer status;
from MassAve’s newest bar Nowhere Special to Broad Ripple’s longtime staple,
Ambrosia Italian Restaurant, whichAnna’s immigrant grandparents and father founded
in 1979.

2. Leslie Carter-Prall

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Meet Leslie Carter-Prall, the driving force behind Private Wealth Management at Regions Bank! 💼 With over 25 years of industry expertise, Leslie leads a team delivering top-notch financial services. A proud alumna of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Leslie’s leadership extends beyond the boardroom. 🎓 She’s dedicated to her community, serving on prestigious boards like the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the 500 Festival. 🏛️ She’s a trailblazer in finance and a beacon of empowerment for women everywhere. 👩💼💪

3. Else Cole

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Meet Else Cole, the visionary founder and CEO of Meridian Medical Services, on a mission to make healthcare accessible to all! 💫 Today, Meridian stands tall as a beacon of comprehensive care, employing over 60 dedicated professionals. 🌍 Her commitment to equitable healthcare knows no bounds – Else remains steadfast in her advocacy, embodying unwavering dedication to her cause. 🌟 

4. Stephanie Daily

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Meet Stephanie Daily. From insurance to social media marketing, Stephanie’s path took a turn when her love for cooking was reignited. 🍝 What started as a hobby in 2019 blossomed into a booming lasagna-making business, fulfilling Stephanie’s lifelong dream and spreading comfort far and wide. 🏡 But her impact doesn’t stop there – Stephanie’s heart of gold shines through her dedication to philanthropy. 💖 Partnering with Coburn Place, she’s making a real difference in her community, one lasagna at a time. 🌟 Cheers to Stephanie for embodying the spirit of generosity and entrepreneurship!  

5. Joyce Irwin

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Meet  Joyce Irwin. With over 30 years of experience, she rose to become President and CEO of the Community Health Network Foundation in 2012, leading fundraising efforts for 200+ healthcare sites.💖 Through her leadership roles in organizations like the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and Indy Chamber, Joyce champions community health and women’s empowerment, leaving an indelible mark through her volunteer work. 👏 

6. Ellen Saul

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Meet Ellen Saul, a true icon in the Indy events and sports scene! 🏁 Ellen shines as the Vice President of Premium Services at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), where she crafts unforgettable experiences, including the prestigious Indianapolis 500. Beyond her professional achievements, Ellen is a dedicated community leader, serving on the boards of esteemed organizations and advocating for women’s participation in sports and events. 

7. Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

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Meet Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso. As the second woman ever ordained as a rabbi, she’s a true trailblazer in her field. 💫 Currently directing the Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts at IUPUI, Rabbi Sasso’s influence transcends boundaries, impacting lives far beyond her congregation. From being named one of the “Influential Women in Indiana” to receiving the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash award, Rabbi Sasso’s accolades speak volumes.

8. Courtney Rissman

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Meet Courtney Rissman, the powerhouse behind Downtown Indy’s events scene! 🌟 As Events Director, she orchestrates the magic of Monument Circle and nearby public spaces, bringing to life iconic events like Circle of Lights, July 4th Fireworks, and SPARK on the Circle. Here’s to Courtney for her unwavering dedication to making Downtown Indy shine!

9. Mayor Sue Finkam

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Meet Mayor Sue Finkam, a true leader making waves in Carmel! 🏙️ Since her election to city council in 2012, Mayor Finkam has been a beacon of transparency and community engagement. Finkam is also the co-founder of and CarmelPorchfest, fostering connections and vibrancy within the community. Let’s applaud Mayor Finkam for her unwavering dedication to our city’s growth and prosperity! 👏

10. Battalion Chief Rita Reith

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Battalion Chief Rita Reith (60) is a 30-year veteran of the Indianapolis Fire Department and a merit rank Battalion Chief since 2015. In 2008, Reith was appointed to the Office of the Chief, Ernest V. Malone, as the Director of Media Relations and serves as the department’s sole Public Information Officer.  She is a 2018 graduate of the Master PIO program at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and a 1985 graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, with a B.A. in Journalism. 

Reith is responsible for the departments outgoing communication, regarding emergent, non-emergent and proactive risk reduction messaging. On average she responds on 400 incidents per year – each with a corresponding media release, photos and videos. Her duties also include all event planning, content curation and management of the departments social media, in addition to the IFD pages on the city website. 


Reith has completed the following programs, in leadership development and education.2022 – Awarded the “Public Information Officer” Designation by the Commission on Professional Credentialing. The 2nd person to receive this credential in the U.S. and one of 9 internationally. 

2022 – Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI) Cohort 102020/21 – Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Executive Leaders Program (#ELP2001) 2017/18 – Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series Class #28. 2016 -Indiana University’s Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Development and was awarded designation as a Hoosier Fellow. 2016 to 2019- DHS Social Media Working Group for Emergency Services and Disaster Management (SMWGESDM) Subcommittee.


Prior to her current assignment, Reith served on a tactical engine where she acquired various certifications in firefighting and tactical rescue. These include, Firefighter, EMT, Rescue Diver, Top Water Rescue, High and Low Angle Rope Rescue Technician, Haz Mat Technician and Extrication. She is also a member of the Region Five All Hazards Incident Management Team. She has been awarded multiple service awards and commendations, including a Medal of Bravery, for her efforts, both on the fire ground and in her role as PIO. She most recently was awarded the 2021 “Leadership in Public Information” award from the National Information Officers Association (NIOA).


Reith is the proud mother of 33 year old identical twin daughters, Madeline and Morgan Reith who both live in Nashville,TN and work in the liquor industry.