We’re Starting a Conversation to Change the Conversation
The Policy Circle is a nationwide network of small circles that consist of concerned, engaged women coming together to discuss the important issues facing our communities and nation. Guided by Policy Briefs summarizing the work of researchers, Circle members will emerge more knowledgeable about a wider ranges of issues.
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The Policy Circle is a non partisan 501(c)(3), cultural organization that seeks to build a grassroots network of “circles” for women to meet and learn from each other, and to share ideas around the core principle that free market practices and policies create greater opportunities, provide more choices and help develop fulfilling and rewarding lives for everyone, especially the most vulnerable in our community. A freedom-based economy and the free enterprise system is the only system that can lift all people.
What about social issues? We think the former Governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels has the right idea.
“I submit the suggestion temporarily to set aside our social issues only as a matter of prioritization in the face of what I believe to be a genuine emergency, and in the cause of assembling the extraordinarily broad coalition that will be needed to do ‘the impossible.’ If America goes broke, suffering will come to gays and straights, men and women, pro-life and pro-choice advocates, and to people of all races.” Source: Keeping the Republic, by Mitch Daniels, p.175 & 178
What is it like to be part of a circle? Here’s a quote from Lisa who is part of a Wilmette, Illinois circle that calls itself the Rose Friedman Society:
“Thank you for hosting us last night. More importantly, thank you for having the vision to organize this group. I can’t tell you how inspiring it is to have an outlet for intelligent, constructive and educational conversation about the serious issues we all face today. For so long, I have silently worried about where our state and country is headed and, as an individual, the problem seems overwhelmingly impossible to tackle. With others, there is strength and power – both in ideas and actions – and, suddenly, the potential for change seems very possible.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and all of the wonderful women of Rose Friedman. I look forward to exploring issues and identifying ways we can all pitch in to make a difference.”
The Policy Circle is similar to a book club about economic issues affecting our community, state and world. We encourage you to get engaged! Here’s how it works.
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The Policy Circle is a member supported, 501(C)(3) organization that provides you the facts and framework to learn and get involved, all members agree that grassroots and direct lobbying is done in the member’s individual capacity and not as a member of the Policy Circle.
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Meet the Co-Founders and Team
The Policy Circle was started by:
A recognized leader in business, Angela serves on the board of directors of Brookfield Asset Management, Inc., ExxonMobil, Lowe’s, Procter & Gamble and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Angela formerly served as the Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer of WellPoint, Inc. (now called Anthem). During Angela’s tenure, WellPoint achieved more than $60 billion in revenue and was the nation’s largest health insurer by membership, with approximately 34 million or 1 in 9 Americans. Anthem operates primarily through its Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in 14 states.
Angela has been named many times, once as high as 4th, on the list of most powerful women in both Forbes and Fortune. She is also listed as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare and one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare.
Her leadership reaches beyond the private sector. Angela is passionate about giving back in ways that will have a lasting and positive impact. She has been a leading supporter and advocate of United Way for over two decades. Angela and her husband call Indiana home and have three children.
Kathryn Hubbard is a cofounder of the Bridges of Understanding Foundation, a non-profit, nonpolitical organization dedicated to fostering better understanding between the United States and the Arab world. The focus of Bridges of Understanding is to support projects, specifically in the areas of education, youth and culture, which create mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the Arab world.
Kathy serves on the Board of Trustees of DePauw University and chaired the Nominations and Trusteeship Committee. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Federation for Children, an organization that promotes school choice and better educational opportunities for all children. Kathy also serves on the Board of the Choice Charitable Trust, a foundation which provides scholarships for low income students to attend private schools In 2006, she was appointed by President George Bush to the J. William Fulbright Board.
In addition to her work in non-profits and in business, Kathy has a long history of political involvement at all levels of government and in political campaigns. Her political activities have included fundraising and political work for numerous state and national political leaders.
Kathy graduated with a B.A. degree from DePauw University. She attended the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland. Kathy is married to Allan B. Hubbard and they reside in Indianapolis, Indiana and have three children.
Sylvie Légère is very familiar with corporate America as well as the policy world.
She has more than 20 years experience working in technology, process and change management for Accenture, TD Ameritrade and JP Morgan Chase. As co-owner of a bicycle shop outside Chicago, and developer of an app for people with developmental disabilities, she knows the challenges small businesses face. And as a parent, Sylvie feels the pressure all parents do — how do we leave the world a better place for our children?
In answering that question, she’s discovered a passion to help those without a voice find their own and get out of their comfort zone. After personally encountering the unique challenges women face in the policy sphere, she co-founded The Policy Circle to provide women with opportunities to gain the confidence to join the public policy dialogue.
Sylvie earned an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and a Master’s in Computer Science with a specialization in the Learning Sciences from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois.