By Michael S. Maurer

The 19 striking modern Hoosier ladies profiled through Michael S. Maurer—one for every megastar within the Indiana nation flag—are leaders and pioneers who've excelled in quite a few goals, together with legislations, enterprise, philanthropy, executive, drugs, song, artwork, athletics, faith, and schooling. one of the inspiring lifestyles tales are these of the 1st lady named leader pass judgement on of the U.S. District court docket in Indiana, the 1st to set up a Holocaust museum within the country, and the 1st lady elected Indiana's lieutenant governor. Maurer additionally introduces foreign golfing and billiards champions, opera singers, a rabbi, the founders of Vera Bradley Designs and For naked toes, and others. a lot of those girls led heart-pounding lives. All labored challenging, and with zeal, to accomplish their desires. Indiana ladies of each new release will take pleasure in and enjoy their stories.

Sarah Evans Barker
Mary Bolk
Angela M. Brown
Alecia A. DeCoudreaux
Christel DeHaan
Nancy Shepherd Fitzgerald
Eva Mozes Kor
Jeanette Lee
Sylvia McNair
Patricia R. Miller
Nancy Noël
Mercy Okanemeh Obeime
Jane Blaffer Owen
Ora Hirsch Pescovitz
Ernestine Raclin
Sharon Rivenbark
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Becky Skillman
Carolyn Y. Woo

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DeHaan serves as CEO of the not-for-profit, which she insists must be run with the same sharp management practices she applied to RCI. Its annual report notes that Christel House International received a perfect four-star rating from Charity Navigator for two consecutive years, in recognition of its efficient and effective management. The report is packed with bar charts showing students’ improving achievements. 24 ★. . CHRISTEL DEHAAN . ★ DeHaan plans to remain CEO for the next several years.

She balanced a variety of activities and responsibilities successfully during college, preparing herself well for the life she would carve out for herself in later years as a wife, mother, and lawyer. For most of college, she envisioned herself entering one of the traditional career paths for women at the time, such as nursing or teaching. Not many women became doctors or lawyers, but the lucky ones married them—as she would eventually. Barker never considered going to law school until one of her dorm counselors suggested it during her junior year at IU.

For years, DeHaan wasn’t interested. “I had a great love of the company, and I felt I wanted to take it to several of the next plateaus,” she said. But after she met Henry Silverman, the CEO of New Jersey–based HFS, for lunch in the summer of 1996, she began giving the idea of selling the company serious consideration. Publicly traded HFS was in a host of businesses—including hotels and rental cars— that complemented RCI’s, opening up new growth opportunities. DeHaan made quite an impression on Silverman during their get-together.

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