Hazelett Forum

2019 Hazelett Women in Leadership Forum speaker is award-winning journalist and writer Elaine Weiss

Elaine Weiss Photo courtesy of Nina Subin

The 2019 Hazelett Forum event marked a historic anniversary: the 99th anniversary of the final events leading up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. The speaker for the 12th Annual Hazelett Forum was award-winning journalist and writer Elaine Weiss, who discussed her new book, "The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote."

Currently under development for television, Weiss's book is "the nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote." Weiss lectured on the final push for the ratification of the 19th Amendment, as told by those who supported and opposed it, providing insight into how the historic event relates directly to modern political and societal issues.

Launched in 2006, the Hazelett Forum connects the community with distinguished women leaders. The presentations address a wide range of leadership issues. All are welcome. Throughout her writing career, Elaine Weiss has been a powerful voice in a variety of media and brings a compelling perspective to the history of women's leadership.

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The battle for the vote

The annual Hazelett Forum provides a public arena for knowledgeable and creative speakers to celebrate the achievements of women leaders. Learn about the most recent forum in 2019 that featured Elaine Weiss in this blog by the IU Kelley School of Business Indianapolis.

Past speakers

Past speakers for the Hazelett Forum have included:

  • 2006 - Cheryl Batchelder, chief executive officer and president of AFC Enterprises Inc. (Popeye’s Chicken)
  • 2007 - Joanne Ciulla, founding faculty, Jepson School of Leadership, University of Richmond
  • 2008 - France Cordova, scientist, former president of Purdue University
  • 2009 - Patricia Miller, co-founder of Vera Bradley, Inc.
  • 2010 - Angela Brown, international opera singer
  • 2011 - Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever basketball player
  • 2012 - Marianne Glick, philanthropist, businesswoman, artist
  • 2013 - Dr. Ora Pescovitz, CEO, University of Michigan Health Systems
  • 2014 - Angie Hicks, founder and chief marketing officer, Angie’s List
  • 2015 - U.S. Congresswoman Susan Brooks and City of Gary Mayor Karen Wilson-Freeman
  • 2017 - Alecia A. DeCoudreaux, president, Mills College
  • 2019 - Elaine Weiss, author, journalist

Who was Suzie Hazelett?

The Hazelett Forum was established in honor of the late Suzie Hazelett, former executive director of the Randall L. Tobias Foundation. She was instrumental in helping to establish the Tobias Leadership Center, and this important leadership forum honors her outstanding work for the foundation, the community of Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, and the women in these communities.