The 2010 “Making Herstory” Touchstone Awards presented by the Indianapolis Colts honors greater Indianapolis women who have made herstory — girls’ and women’s history — in their personal and professional lives.
Myra Borshoff Cook, APR, Fellow PRSA, is the “go-to” person for crisis communications management in Indiana. With 40 years of communications experience, she has provided counsel for owners and CEOs and is the founding principal of the state’s largest public relations firm, Borshoff, established in 1984.
Borshoff Cook has served as outside public relations counsel to Jim Irsay and the Indianapolis Colts since 1996, leads the account for J.D. Byrider, and handles several crisis situations annually. The firm has grown from three employees to more than 44 and serves a client list that includes St. Francis Hospitals and Health Centers, Indianapolis Power & Light Company, and Eli Lilly and Company.
Before founding the firm, Borshoff Cook was an assistant vice president for an Indianapolis bank and worked previously as a classroom teacher, computer programmer, trade association communications assistant and newspaper reporter.
She graduated from Ball State University and has been honored as an Outstanding Journalism Alumna and inducted into the school’s Journalism Hall of Fame. In 2008, she was named one of three distinguished alumni.
Borshoff Cook is a past president of the local chapters of the Public Relations Society of America and International Association of Business Communications (IABC). She was named to the PRSA College of Fellows in 2005 and remains the only woman in Indiana with that designation. In 2008, she was inducted into the Junior Achievement Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame.
She serves on the board and executive committee of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. She is also a board member of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, The Phoenix Theater, and the Professor Garfield Foundation, as well as the advisory Board for Indianapolis Woman magazine. Borshoff Cook is a charter board member of the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation and has served as its president for 10 years.
Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis is proud to honor Myra Borshoff Cook at the 2010 “Making Herstory” Touchstone Awards presented by the Indianapolis Colts.
Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman is serving her second term as the 50th Lieutenant Governor of Indiana. Since 2005, she has served as the state’s second in command with a clear vision to move Indiana forward. A native of southern Indiana, Skillman understands the importance of bringing economic development to all regions of the state.
One of her first accomplishments in office was to defend our state’s military installations, including Crane Naval Base, through the 2005 federal Base Realignment and Closure process. Her efforts saved more than 5,500 jobs at Crane alone. Her work with the defense community has earned her respect both nationally and locally, where she participated with the Department of Homeland Security and the National Guard in a large-scale disaster scenario, preparing Hoosiers to protect and defend against enemy attacks.
Working in close partnership with Governor Daniels, Lt. Governor Skillman has shepherded much of the administration’s initiatives through the legislature, including three consecutive balanced budgets, property tax cuts, funding for full-day kindergarten and increasing benefits to Hoosier veterans and service members.
In 2009, Gov. Daniels called on Lt. Gov. Skillman to coordinate all state agencies’ use of federal stimulus dollars. Despite significant federal restrictions on the funds, Indiana has won praise for its speed and creativity in using stimulus money.
Before being elected Lt. Governor, Skillman held county offices for 16 years, serving as president of the Association of Indiana Counties, and serving 12 years in the Indiana Senate, where she held unprecedented leadership roles for a woman.
She has served on the Board of the Bedford Urban Enterprise Association and the Board of Directors of the Bedford Federal Savings Bank and helped create economic opportunities, recruit new businesses, renovate buildings and construct neighborhood parks.
She has been named the Champion of Small Business by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and a Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business/Indiana. The Indiana Minority Business Magazine gave her the Champion of Diversity Award, and the Indianapolis Business Journal named her one of 2007’s Influential Women.
Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis is proud to honor Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman at the 2010 “Making Herstory” Touchstone Awards presented by the Indianapolis Colts.
Dr. Juana O. Watson, Ed.D. is a professor of Latino affairs with the Graduate Theological Foundation, an adjunct professor at Marian University, and vice president of Eye2theWorld, Inc. She directs Eye2theWorld’s Michiana Office for Multiethnic and International Affairs.
Born in Calnali, Hidalgo, Mexico, Dr. Watson has dedicated her life to educating non-Latinos about Latino issues. After arriving in Indiana in 1978, she founded Badges Without Borders (Placas Sin Fronteras), an organization which helps public safety personnel improve their services to the Latino community by educating them in the Spanish language and culture. She also founded Friends of Hidalgo, an organization which aids the Mexican village where she was born, and two Latino/Hispanic community centers. She co-founded the Indiana Diversity Women’s Network.
From 2009, Dr. Watson served as senior advisor for Latino and immigrant affairs for Governor Mitch Daniels. Her responsibilities included advising the governor on Latino affairs, counseling the governor on policy issues related to the Hispanic community, and representing the interests of the Latino community to various local organizations. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Watson served on the Indiana Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs. Dr. Watson has also served as advisor to President Vicente Fox Quesada of Mexico, representing Mexican immigrants from Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. In 2009, Dr. Watson was recognized by the Indiana Commission for Women as one of six outstanding women in Indiana.
Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis is proud to honor Dr. Juana O. Watson, Ed.D. at the 2010 “Making Herstory” Touchstone Awards presented by the Indianapolis Colts.
Throughout her career, Fay H. Williams has made herstory – girls’ and women’s history – for Indianapolis in numerous ways.
Her civic involvement includes membership in the Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis, the Kiwanis Foundation Development Committee, Alpha Mu Omega, and the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association.
She is also a founding board member of the National Women’s Education Fund, the Indianapolis Urban League, and Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis.
Her prior professional experience includes positions as the Marion County Municipal Court Analyst and adjunct professor for both Butler University and Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI).
Today, Williams practices law (specializing in family law) through her privately owned firm.
Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis is proud to honor Fay H. Williams at the 2010 “Making Herstory” Touchstone Awards presented by the Indianapolis Colts.