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 2024 Leading Light Awards and Scholarship Gala - Silver Jubilee

On October 3rd, 2024, Women & Hi Tech will host our signature biennial event, the Leading Light Awards (LLAs). This prestigious event recognizes women of achievement in STEM who have made great innovations in their industries, and have shown qualities of expertise, professionalism, leadership, service, courage, and tenacity as they built their careers. Women receive awards for excellence as mentors, risk takers, and more. We also award scholarships during this ceremony, as do our sponsors. We would be delighted to have you and your organization join us for this remarkable evening at the Indiana Roof Ballroom!

The theme of this year’s event will be focused around Women & Hi Tech’s 25th Anniversary celebration! Our silver jubilee will recognize our founders who planted a seed in Indianapolis a quarter of a century ago to elevate women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)!


Table sales are open now for the 2024 Leading Light Awards & Scholarship Gala! This is a wonderful opportunity to treat your employees, customers, or clients with a celebration of Indiana's diverse and powerful women in STEM.

1. Click here to reserve your table:  RESERVE A TABLE
2. You can move through the registration experience as a guest 
3. Click on a chair of the table of your preference
4. Please enter your main contact in Seat A  who will be attending. All other seats please try to do your best to name those individuals that you believe will attend. Changes can be sent to Kayci Spandau later, or the QR Code PDFs can be shared to other members of your team if you have last minute changes. These can be found on the confirmation page after your table has been confirmed. 
5.  Please save your table seat PDFs within your records. 

6.  If your company needs to pay via invoice, please send the table number of your choice to Kayci Spandau at events@womenandhitech.org

At this time, only table sales are open. Individual seat sales will be open at a later date. 

We also invite organizations throughout Indiana to become a sponsor for the 2024 Leading Light Awards. There are several Leading Light Awards (LLA) sponsorship opportunities. This includes supporting a portion of the LLA event such as a Signature, Media, Table, Bar, Treats, and In-Kind Sponsorships. Additionally, there are opportunities to sponsor a scholarship or a grant for professional development.

The 2024 Leading Light Awards, with an expected attendance of around 700 guests, is an outstanding opportunity for your organization to gain, maintain, and/or enhance brand recognition as an Indiana STEM trailblazer, to meet and/or connect with other leading STEM organizations, companies, and professional individuals in Indiana, and to celebrate and inspire your employees, clients, and customers. For a list of Women & Hi Tech corporate sponsors and/or past Leading Light Awards sponsors, please visit: https://www.womenandhitech.org/sponsors.

    Event Sponsors - Thank You For Your Support! 

    Signature Sponsor:

    Scholarship and Grant Sponsors:







    Scholarships and Grants - Applicatons are Now Closed

      Women & Hi Tech exists to change the landscape of women represented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and related Hi Tech fields to be equally inclusive to all. In support of this mission, Women and Hi Tech will award at least $55,000 in scholarships and grants to women in STEM in Indiana at the 2024 Leading Light Awards and Scholarship Gala (LLA).

      At least the following Scholarships/Grants will be awarded:


      Women and Hi Tech Undergraduate Scholarship ($5,000) - Awarded to an aspiring woman pursuing an undergraduate degree in STEM in Indiana, who intends to remain in the state after graduating to put her education to work in our community.

      Women and Hi Tech Graduate Scholarship ($5,000) - Presented to a woman pursuing a graduate or professional degree in a STEM field in Indiana, who plans to stay in the state after graduation.

      Women & Hi Tech High School Senior Scholarship ($5,000) - Awarded to a young woman who has just finished high school and is entering her first year of college in a STEM field in Indiana, and plans to stay in the state after graduation.

      Women & Hi Tech Rare Nickel Scholarship ($5,000) - This scholarship recognizes and honors the recipients of the first Leading Light Awards winners in 2000 - Laura Larimer, Carol Curran, Dr. Catherine Olmer, Dr. Erica Villareal and Amy Conrad Werner. Their boldness, brilliance, innovations and advancements in STEM have established a unique legacy of STEM leadership over the past two decades.

      The Barnes & Thornburg Scholarship ($3,000) - Presented to an outstanding female law student studying corporate or patent law in Indiana – with patent law being the only legal practice that requires a STEM background.

      The Bell Techlogix Scholarship ($2,500)- Awarded to a young woman attending an Indiana college or university for her first year of study in a STEM field.

      The Girl Scouts of Central Indiana Scholarship ($3,000) - Awarded to an Indiana Girl Scout pursuing study in a STEM field. 

      The Central Indiana ISACA Scholarship ($2,500) - Awarded to a female undergraduate student pursuing a cybersecurity or information technology audit related degree.

      The Ivy Tech Community College Scholarship ($2,500)  Awarded to a student pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math at Ivy Tech Community College.

      The Professional Management Enterprises Scholarships (2, $1,000 each) - Awarded to two young women who have recently finished high school and are entering their first year of STEM study at an Indiana college or university. PME is a professional services and personnel staffing company that supports organizations with continuous process improvement, project management, behavioral science insights and applications, innovation and implementation support, and management consultation.

      The Sallie Mae Scholarship ($3,000) - Awarded to a female student pursuing a STEM degree.

      The SIM Indy Leading the Future Scholarships (2, $2,500 each) - These scholarships will be presented to female STEM students in Indiana studying in a field related to information technology, computing or MIS. These students - one an undergraduate and one a graduate student - have demonstrated academic success, school or community leadership, and will lead and influence future STEM students and professionals.

      The Jo Basey Spirit Scholarship ($3,000) - Honoring Jo Basey, who demonstrates passion for service to the academic and business information technology communities. These traits will be personified by this scholarship recipient, who demonstrates excellence in academic scholarship, leadership, and management of business information technologies through her studies, experiences, and intended career path.This scholarship will be awarded to the overall top junior or senior undergraduate or graduate female STEM student studying in a field related to information technology, computing, or management information systems.

      The #InThisTogether Scholarship (amount TBD) - A scholarship that is fully funded by donations from Women & Hi Tech members and individuals in our Indiana STEM community. It gives an opportunity for each of us to invest together in supporting future generations of women in STEM in Indiana. Click here to make your donation! Consider making a $25 donation in celebration of our 25th Anniversary ($25 for 25!)

      See grant opportunities below the tracker!

      2024 #INThisTogether Scholarship

      Collected: $1,215.00
      Goal: $5,000.00


      Women and Hi Tech Professional Development Grant ($5,000)- Awarded to a woman or women pursuing professional development in science, technology, engineering, or math and who intends to remain in Indiana.

      Techpoint Professional Development Grant ($5,000)- Awarded to a woman or women based in Indiana who actively pursue the development of career skills in STEM, with the goal of enhancing their job and career advancement opportunities.

      The RB Consulting & Vita Nova Consulting STEM Sales & Marketing Professional Development Grant ($2,500) - Awarded to a woman working in sales or marketing in a STEM field seeking to further her knowledge and expertise in a STEM field or to improve her sales/marketing capabilities.

      The CareerCircle Professional Development Grant ($500)  - Awarded to a woman interested in pursuing professional development through one of CareerCircle's Google Professional Certificate courses. View courses and career paths here

      Startup Ladies One-Year Membership Grant ($540)- Presented to an extraordinary female pursuing entrepreneurship. The Startup Ladies is a membership organization that identifies, educates, connects, and increases investment in women entrepreneurs starting up and scaling businesses.

      Awards Categories - Nominations are Now Closed

      • Equity and Inclusion Champion Award

      This category honors women that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to mentor, recognize, champion, and promote diverse female students or professionals in STEM.

      • OperationALL™ Male Ally Award

      Celebrating a male ally who actively supports and advocates for women in STEM and is recognized to have positively changed the career trajectory of women in STEM.

      • Mentor Me! Award

      Recognizing an exemplary female leader for their role in fostering intellectual, creative, and professional growth for women in STEM in Indiana.

      • Leadership Award

      Honoring an exemplary female leader who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills by increasing the impact, representation, and effectiveness of women in STEM throughout our community.

      • Risk Taker Award

      Celebrating a woman who has demonstrated courage in promoting change for which success was not guaranteed within the STEM-related fields in face of personal or professional sacrifice.

      • Rising Star Award

      Shining the light on an individual who has demonstrated exceptional and substantive achievements early in their professional STEM career and who shows promise for future contributions to the field.

      • You Inspire Us! Award

      This category highlights a woman who has demonstrated success in inspiring others in STEM to look beyond their own horizons and set professional and personal goals that exceed those originally conceived.

      • Outstanding Educator in STEM Award

      Celebrating a woman who has made a significant impact on the lives of their students and in building students’ interest, success, and leadership in STEM.

      • Outstanding Achievement in STEM Award

      Honoring a woman who has positively provided significant value or innovation in a STEM field through their noteworthy contributions within their industry.

      • Change the Landscape Award

      Celebrating a female who has made a significant impact to positively change the landscape of women represented in STEM

      Member Volunteer Opportunities

      • Sponsorships LLA Committee: Help us engage and communicate with sponsors in all business sectors to gain support and visibility for this event across Indiana.
      • Awards & Scholarships LLA Committee: Help us administrate the awards and scholarships nomination processes, market these opportunities, and honor recipients the day of the gala. 
      • LLA Communications Committee: Help us boost the signal of the Leading Light Awards through copywriting, graphic design, and/or video and their applications on web, social media, and in print. 
      • Event Experience Committee: Help with the full attendee experience including event planning, volunteer and vendor relations, and day-of support at the Indiana Roof. 

      If any of these sounds like an intriguing growth opportunity, please reach out to our Signature Events Director Kayci Spandau

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