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December 12, 2019
Bloomington, Indiana
United States

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FAR Center for Contemporary Art
202 S. Rogers
Bloomington, Indiana, 47404
United States
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Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Caroline Dowd-Higgins is committed to helping people enjoy their careers, so they can love their lives! A proud career reinventor, her first love was singing opera and now she helps others navigate their professional journey to play to their strengths so they can thrive. Caroline authored the book and maintains the blog: This Is Not the Career I Ordered. She writes for: Medium, Ellevate Network, Thrive Global, and a column for The Chronicle newspaper in Indiana. Her podcast, Your Working Life was awarded one of the Best Career Podcasts of 2017, 2018 and 2019 by Mac’s List, and she hosts an online video series with Pro-Tip wisdom about life and career on YouTube. She is Vice President of Career Coaching and Employer Connections for the Ivy Tech Community College system serving 18 campuses across Indiana.

Dana Rubin

Dana Rubin is a speaker, coach, and advocate for women’s voices and speech. She’s the founder of Speaking While Female, a consultancy that helps organizations develop their female talent. She also created the Speaking While Female Speech Bank, an online collection of contemporary and historical speeches by women.

Ellise Antoinette Smith

Ellise Antoinette Smith did her doctoral studies at Indiana University, studying Urban Education from Detroit, MI with a research focus on the experiences of bodies that identify as fat. With an interdisciplinary focus, Smith uses photography (#VisualActivism), podcasting, spoken word poetry, hip-hop culture, freestyle lyricism and social media as a catalyst to center the narratives of fat bodies. As an emerging artist and scholar, Smith has dedicated her life to creating celebratory spaces for marginalized identities that she also holds using frameworks such as Black Feminist Thought and Critical Race Theory to ensure the work and narratives around bigger bodies are included in academia and challenging the dominant narrative around body image acceptance.

Katie Ingram

Katie Ingram is a seasoned ironman triathlete and experienced coach, having completed nine ironman races, dozens of half-ironman races and a multitude of other distance events which include swimming and triathlon National and World Championships appearances. Her athletes have competed worldwide and are national and world championship qualifiers in triathlon, swimming, cycling, and running. She is the author of the popular blog, Run this Amazing Day ( After a decade coaching athletes all around the world as head coach of Team Amazing Day, Katie returned to Bloomington to get her Ph.D. from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business Management and Entrepreneurship program.

Nikki Pohl

Nikki Pohl is Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University, where she leads a group doing carbohydrate research. She loves applying and sharing knowledge of chemistry to make life sustainably beautiful and a little simpler.

Tiffany Monique Quash

Tiffany Monique Quash is the Director of Operations with the International Water Safety Foundation ( and a doctoral candidate at Indiana University in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies Program. Her research is an invitation to understanding the experiences of Black Womyn Collegiate Swimmers from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and primary white institutions.

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