‘Hoosier Women Forward’ Announces Sixth Class of Leaders


INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier Women Forward announced its sixth class of leaders earlier this month for its training program aimed at elevating Democratic women across the state.

Over one hundred alumnae have completed the Hoosier Women Forward program since its 2018 launch. Over the history of the program, 80% of HWF alumnae who have run for the office in the primary and general election have won their races. In the 2023 Indiana primary elections, 16 HWF women came out on top in their 16 races for everything from mayor’s offices, city and town council, and clerk. 

HWF graduates are also impacting their communities with local efforts to address growing challenges like poverty, food insecurity, climate change, and healthcare access.

“HWF has crossed an exciting benchmark, having now positioned 111 alumnae to lead Indiana towards a brighter future. It is with great pride that we announce our next class of outstanding women leaders with personal and professional backgrounds that reflect the economic, geographical, ethnic, and cultural diversity of our state,” said HWF Executive Director Amy Levander. “Our state’s leadership needs to reflect the citizens it serves. Class 6 joins a powerful network of alumnae stepping up to lead our state and improve Indiana’s political and policy landscape.”

Following are the 22 women who will be participating in the HWF leadership program:

Lydia Bell, Indianapolis

Rohli Booker, Fort Wayne

Autumn R. Carter, Indianapolis

Monica Casanova, Lafayette

Meredith Fox, Fishers

Jessica Harlan-York, Indianapolis

Hilary Horrey, Indianapolis

Allissa Impink, Indianapolis

Esa Jones, Indianapolis

Amy Kintz, South Bend

Temeka Lomax, Indianapolis

Millicent Macon, Gary

Kristie McKillip, Indianapolis

Ti’Gre McNear, Carmel

Nadine McSpadden, Indianapolis

Hollie Payton, Greensburg

Leslie Salazar, Indianapolis

Sonia Santana, Indianapolis

Kelly Shaw, Indianapolis

Kourtney Teegardin, Fort Wayne

Jocelyn Vare, Fishers

Alexis Weaver, Indianapolis

A Section 527 nonprofit political organization, Hoosier Women Forward raises funds through private donations and fundraising events. To learn more about the nonprofit, you can go to www.hoosierwomenforward.org, or visit the organization on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.


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