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On April 9, 2018, the Soroptimist Club of Indianapolis Metro hosted a leadership dinner event called,
“Presenting your Best self”, for nearly 40 teen girls from greater Indianapolis area and nearby Dayton,
Ohio. The event was held at the historical Indianapolis Propylaeum hall, which is owned by the
Indianapolis Propylaeum Historic Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is “To
advance educational and cultural opportunities for women and the community and to maintain and
preserve the historic Propylaeum.”

The Propylaeum is one of those synergetic organizations with Soroptimist International, building its
foundation from a local Indianapolis woman named Mary Wright Sewall, who in the early 1900’s was an
activist that campaigned for a woman’s right to an education equal to that of men.

The attendees included club members, members of the Propylaeum, community mentors,
teachers and parents. To start the evening, the girls and other guests were treated to a tour of the
grounds and historical home that was originally a three-story residence to a local wealthy brewery
owner and his family in the late 1800’s.

In addition to a catered meal with a formal dinner setting, the teens received some basic etiquette tips
from their adult mentors at each table. The speakers shared their practical insights on social media and its impact on teens and adults with respect to safety and avoiding bad outcomes from those who prey on others.

This event was a follow up to the Dream It Be It Workshop in October 2017. We hope to continue to make connections to help the girls in our community and expose them to culture and other learning opportunities to build their confidence and awareness beyond their current circumstances.

Special Guests & Speakers

  • Shaunestte Terrell, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Resource Prosecutor for the Indiana Prosecuting Attorney’s Council

  • Kristen Martin, Deputy Prosecutor in Marion County, Indiana

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