Lt. Governor to Honor Entrepreneurs at LEADS Day

The Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center (Southeast ISBDC) today announced that Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann will be the keynote speaker for the 3rd Annual Leadership & Entrepreneurial Awards Day of Southern Indiana (LEADS Indiana).

Blayr Barnard, Regional Director of the Southeast ISBDC says, “We are excited to have one of the State of Indiana’s strongest entrepreneur advocates join us in Southern Indiana to celebrate small businesses and share her personal story of entrepreneurship.”

Lt. Governor Ellspermann was raised in Ferdinand, Indiana and is one of six children. A graduate of Forest Park High School, she worked her way through Purdue as an engineering cooperative education student with General Motors. She graduated Purdue as an industrial engineer and established a career in engineering and management at Michelin and Frito-Lay. After earning her master’s degree and doctorate in industrial engineering at the University of Louisville, she established Ellspermann and Associates and began a 20-year consulting practice. She later became the founding director of the University of Southern Indiana’s Center for Applied Research and Economic Development.

As Lt. Governor, Ellspermann manages six state agencies including the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the Office of Defense Development, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Office of Tourism Development and the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She also serves as President of the Indiana Senate and chairs the Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council.

During her first year in office, Lt. Governor Ellspermann completed a 92-county “Listen and Learn” tour where she met with business, agriculture and government leaders. In addition to her oversight of her six state agencies, Governor Pence appointed her co-chair of his Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation Infrastructure. She also serves as co-chair of the Indiana Career Council that is overseeing the State’s workforce development and training initiatives.

LEADS Indiana will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at Kye’s located in Jeffersonville, Indiana. For more information and to register, visit