Writer\u00a0 \/\u00a0 Kara Reibel Keynote speaker Kathy Ireland, CEO and Chief Designer of Kathy Ireland Worldwide Billie Dragoo and Deborah Collins Stephens created the Indiana Conference for Women (ICW) to create a platform for women to connect, engage, discover, get inspired and innovate. Dragoo was named one of the top 10 women entrepreneurs in our nation by Fortune Magazine. She was a winner of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur\u2019s Award, former national Chairwoman and CEO of NAWBO and her firm Repucare was recently cited as one of the fastest growing in the nation. Collins Stephens is a best-selling author of six books. As an executive coach and leadership development expert, she has worked with CEOs and entrepreneurs across the nation. It was their vision that brought this conference to life four years ago. The list of speakers is a \u201cWho\u2019s Who\u201d of national and state leaders, business owners, authors and top executives who shared their stories and experiences. Here are comments and quotes overheard at the event: Leadership Lessons presented by Dragoo and Collins Stephens: \u201cTo be outstanding, get comfortable with being uncomfortable.\u201d \u201cYour life is your message to the world. Make sure it\u2019s inspiring.\u201d \u201cOnly dead fish go with the flow! You don\u2019t get into something to test the waters; you go into things to make waves!\u201d \u201cWorrying is literally betting against yourself.\u201d \u201cDon\u2019t wait for opportunity to find you. Go out and create it!\u201d \u201cSeek to be worth knowing rather than being well known.\u201d Master of Ceremonies Gerry Dick says, \u201cThe Indiana Conference for Women has become one of those rare events that both empowers and inspires. It is an extraordinary experience.\u201d \u201cIt\u2019s all about women supporting women,\u201d says WTHR13 Anchor Andrea Morehead. Sallie Krawcheck, Founder of Ellevest and former Wall Street Analyst, says she has interrupted a lot of group discussions by walking into a room filled mostly with men, and \u201cnever once was I told that I\u2019d interrupted a conversation of how they could increase diversity within the company.\u201d \u201cCummins relies on innovation,\u201d says Melina Kennedy, GM of Global Rail and Defense for Cummins. \u201cWe achieve this successfully because of the diversity in our company.\u201d \u201cGirl, you\u2019ve been given gifts. Use them. You will fall on your face, but you will get back up,\u201d said Beth Brooke-Marciniak\u2019s father to her as a young girl. \u201cTake your success and figure out how you can positively impact the world with these gifts.\u201d Krawcheck\u2019s father said to her when she was in third grade and feeling awkward, \u201cYou are pretty. Look at Gloria Steinem. She has glasses. She\u2019s pretty, and she is changing the world.\u201d Keynote speaker Kathy Ireland, CEO and Chief Designer of Kathy Ireland Worldwide, was 40 years old when she learned that \u201cNo.\u201d is a complete sentence. Ireland says, \u201cOur failures should not define us, but neither should our successes.\u201d \u201cCrises come up,\u201d says Ireland. \u201cYou don\u2019t break down. You break through.\u201d The day included the Dolphin Tank where six female startup companies pitched their business. Advice: branding is critical. You must have a compelling story. \u201cWe are all dolphins in this room. Dolphins work in a gam which is their family and are sensitive to other species in trouble,\u201d shared Dolphin Tank moderator Amy Millman, CEO of Springboard Enterprises. Aimee Kandrac, Founder of What Friends Do, who pitched in the 2014 Dolphin Tank, says, \u201cThe connections, advice and confidence I gained from the safe pitching environment like the Dolphin Tank allowed me to secure $500,000 in funding and gain experience to share with the next generation of female entrepreneurs.\u201d \u201cYou can\u2019t make change if you are not at the table,\u201d says Brooke-Marciniak, Global Vice Chair of Public Policy for Ernst & Young. \u201cSo be courageous enough not to be removed from the table.\u201d It\u2019s time to Lean In. Please visit indianaconferenceforwomen.com to register for 2016.