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How It Started

Our founders, Angela, Kathy and Sylvie, are often asked: “How did you start this?” and “Why are you ladies doing this?”

Here’s our story…


The Policy Circle was founded on the belief that the free market is the best means to unleash human potential. What started five years ago in two states has grown into a thriving women’s network of more than 3,500 women in 42 states in 4 countries.

Inform.

We founded The Policy Circle because we met so many intelligent, concerned women looking for a starting point to engage in dialogue about the impact of public policy. The Policy Circle model is built on a foundation of fact-based civil discourse. The Policy Circle Briefs are uniquely designed to drive conversation, ignite personal responsibility, question the role of government and increase civic engagement.

Inspire.

The Policy Circle’s strategic, grassroots framework provides a forum for women to lead in their communities and build confidence to voice their informed opinions on policy issues. The Policy Circle is a forum for women to go beyond the headlines and discuss ideas, enabling participants to find allies, and inspiring members to become influencers in their communities.

Develop Civic Leaders.

The Policy Circle meets women where they live and work, provides a path to develop an ecosystem of relationships, and helps to establish them as civic leaders. We hear stories from across the country from our members who are taking on leadership roles that are transforming the conversations in their communities and helping to advance policies that provide greater opportunities and better lives for all Americans – especially the most vulnerable.


The Policy Circle Founders

Angela Braly

Co-Founder and Board Secretary

A recognized leader in business and healthcare, Angela serves on the board of directors of Brookfield Asset Management, ExxonMobil and Procter & Gamble. Angela formerly served as the Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer of WellPoint, Inc. (now called Anthem).

Angela has been named one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare, one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare, and has appeared many times, once as high as 4th, on the list of most powerful women in both Forbes and Fortune. Her leadership reaches beyond the private sector.

Angela is a co-founder of The Policy Circle™, a grassroots network starting conversations across the country to educate, engage and empower women to be a force for positive change in their communities.

Kathryn Hubbard

Co-Founder and Board Treasurer

Kathryn Hubbard is a Co-Owner of E and A Companies in Indianapolis which specializes in growing small companies. She is a Co-Founder of the Bridges of Understanding Foundation, a non-profit, nonpolitical organization dedicated to fostering better understanding between the United States and the Arab world. Bridges was acquired by Soliya, a global leader in the field  of virtual exchange.

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 (AFC) which supports educational choice.   AFC works in 25 states to encourage and support educational freedom for all families.

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

Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board

Visionary and philanthropist Sylvie Légère Ricketts is laser-focused on developing innovative solutions that unite people for the common good and advance the next generation of female changemakers. Sylvie’s 20 years of experience in technology, process, and change management with Fortune 500 companies helps shape her vision and strategy to build organizations and movements that ignite potential in others. She co-founded The Policy Circle in 2015, which has grown to become a thriving nonpartisan, non-profit organization transforming communities in 42 states. Sylvie is deeply committed to economic and educational opportunities – especially in her hometown of Chicago. She is a member of the Board of the Chicago Cubs Charities, which supports people and organizations improving the lives of children and families across Chicago and beyond. Sylvie also serves on the Board of the Bradley Impact Fund. She earned a Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems from the University of Ottawa and a Master’s in Computer Science with a specialization in the Learning Sciences from Northwestern University. Sylvie recently launched a podcast called The Civic Leader, and is frequently sought after as a speaker focused on leadership and civic engagement. A healthy living advocate, Sylvie enjoys running, cycling, camping, and traveling with her husband Todd and their three children.