Women's Impact Project - About


Conviction in Action Series

The Women’s Impact Project: Conviction in Action is a quarterly series of lectures focused on educating, empowering and encouraging women to use their passions and leadership skills to make a difference in northeast Indiana. The series features discussion on contemporary topics and networking opportunities.
Women's Impact Debut Speaker

The debut event in May, 2015 featured Carolene Mays-Medley, vice-chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, who spoke about how faith empowers her to persevere “beyond the bumps in the road.”

She addressed dozens of northeast Indiana women who gathered for inspiration and insight, sharing her story that includes rising from a past with domestic violence to being elected to the Indiana House of Representatives and being offered a job in the Obama administration that she ultimately turned down – to remain on the state regulatory commission and stay in Indiana to raise her children.

Here’s what a few of those attending had to say:

“Manchester University’s Women’s Impact Project: Conviction in Action Series inaugural event with guest speaker Carolene Mays-Medley was educational and inspiring.  Medley’s personal story of perseverance was empowering and motivating.  The forum provides women in the community an opportunity to network, celebrate diversity, and mentor others.  In true Manchester University fashion, the event was well-organized and well done!”  – Staci Beiswanger, Employee Development Manager, Steel Dynamics Inc.

"As a female business owner I always appreciate transparent leaders who reveal their wisdom, humor and challenges as they navigate personal and professional success. Women's Impact Project series provided dynamic interaction with such a leader in their inaugural event. I am thrilled to have a local series that speaks profoundly to the issues of professional women of various ethnicity, social strata and generations. This series is a gift to the women of our community, and I will encourage all my friends to attend." – Beth Goldsmith, Sold by the Gold, North Eastern Group Realty

“Carolene Mays-Medley kicked off the Women's Impact Project with authenticity, energy and a whole lot of laughs! Carolene shared several personal stories which allowed for unique, open-ended conversations. Her testimony of faith and perseverance reminded me that in spite of my trials, I am not alone. I spent the evening catching up with college connections and making new ones! I look forward to your next event.” – Frances Peel Brooks, Director of Operations & Business Development, McMillen Center for Health Education

You are invited!

Events are free of charge. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP.

For more information, please contact:

Lisa C. Schall
Manchester University Fort Wayne Campus
Fort Wayne Facilities Coordinator & Human Resources Liaison
10627 Diebold Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46845

T 260-470-2702
F 260-470-4426
E lcschall@manchester.edu