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Katie Coffin - 1/14/2016

Join Indiana INTERNnet in celebrating internship excellence at the 10th Annual IMPACT Awards luncheon, sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College, on February 3.

The IMPACT Awards shine light on the importance of internships and applaud the individuals who make these experiences meaningful and successful. Indiana INTERNnet will recognize nominees in the categories of Intern of the Year (high school, college and non-traditional), Employer of the Year (for-profit and not-for-profit) and Career Development Professional of the Year during the luncheon.

Angie Hicks, namesake and face of Angie’s List, will deliver the keynote address – Local Talent, Local Opportunities: Succeed Right Here in Indiana – complementing the luncheon’s theme: Homegrown Talent. Hicks credits an internship with Bill Oesterle as the stepping stone that led to her success at Angie’s List. She so impressed Bill as an intern that he asked her to join him in co-founding Angie’s List in 1995. The company – which seeks to solve the age-old homeowners’ problem of how to find reliable, local service – today serves more than three million paid households. It delivers an e-commerce marketplace as well as reliable consumer reviews covering everything from home improvement to health care.

Hicks, now CMO of Angie’s List as well as co-founder, earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from DePauw University, which named her a 2007 Distinguished Alumni for Management and Entrepreneurship. She won the Indiana Commission for Women Torchbearer Award in March 2009 for entrepreneurial accomplishments.

“Experiential learning is a key piece of Indiana’s workforce development plans, and Angie Hicks is a shining example of why that is,” declares Indiana INTERNnet Executive Director Janet Boston. “The IMPACT Awards showcase some of Indiana’s best and brightest, and fuel our optimism for the state’s future. Internships are making a difference in our young professionals’ skill levels, and often these opportunities are leading to full-time jobs either with the intern employer or another Indiana employer. Everyone, including the state as a whole, benefits from meaningful internships.”

Gerry Dick, president/managing editor of Grow INdiana Media Ventures, and host of Inside INdiana Business, will present the awards.

Check-in for the luncheon begins at 11 a.m. at the Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Center, located at 2820 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis. There will be designated free parking on-site.

The registration deadline is January 29. Reserve your seat today.