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May Wright Sewall Leadership Award Event honoring Dr. Jamia Jasper Case Jacobsen & Glenda Ritz

The Indianapolis Propylaeum

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)

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12th Anniversary May Wright Sewall Leadership Award Event honoring Dr. Jamia Jasper Jacobsen & Glenda Ritz

Each year the Indianapolis Propylaeum selects one or more individuals who are outstanding examples of civic leadership and innovation for the May Wright Sewall Leadership Award. This year Dr. Jamia Jasper Case Jacobsen and Glenda Ritz will receive this honor at the May Right Sewall Leadership Award Event on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.

About Dr. Jamia Jasper Case Jacobsen

Dr. Jamia Jasper Case Jacobsen actively contributes to American society in such fields as education, civic improvement, child advocacy and addiction counseling. She founded the Central Indiana Family Support Center, serving as director of this eight-county child abuse and neglect center from 1980 until 1986. President Ronald Reagan appointed her to the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, and she served from 1986 to 1990. After completing this term, Jacobsen founded the Family Counseling Center, serving as its president until 2004. She currently is the Principal Manager of American Behavioral Counseling, LLC in the Indianapolis area. Jacobsen has published hundreds of articles and has written three books. She has taught at Indiana University campuses in Bloomington, Indianapolis and Kokomo, as well as Kaplan College and Indiana Wesleyan University. She earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from IU. Jacobsen is a member of many organizations, has served on numerous boards and received many awards. Her  memberships include the Propylaeum, to which she has belonged for 28 years.

About Glenda Ritz

Glenda Ritz served as Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction from 2013 to 2017.  During her tenure, her work focused on providing increased support for public schools, families, and communities. Over her education career, she has always been a student advocate.  Ritz believes all children should have access to an education that is equitable, student-centered, and of high quality.  Earning national board certification and two master’s degrees, Ritz taught at all levels in MSD Washington Township in the areas of general education, special education, and library science.  Ritz also championed teacher rights as president of the Washington Township Education Association, and she served on the executive board of directors for the Indiana State Teachers Association. Guided by her passion for public schools and experience as an educator and policy influencer, Ritz founded Advancing Public Schools in March 2017.   Following in the steps of educator May Wright Sewall, she demonstrates a passion for making education a priority for Indiana youth. 

About May Wright Sewall

In 1888, May Wright Sewall encouraged a group of women to form The Indianapolis Propylaeum, Inc. for the purpose of “providing a love of literature, music, science and the fine arts; to emphasize a sense of civic responsibility and to furnish our city with a women’s social and cultural center.” Mrs. Sewall, a former one-room schoolhouse teacher, was an educator who in September 1882 founded the Girl’s Classical School of Indianapolis. She was the leading organizer of female volunteers in Indianapolis starting not only the Propylaeum, but also The Indianapolis Council of Women, Inc., Indianapolis Woman’s Club, Contemporary Club of Indianapolis, and was instrumental in launching the Art Association of Indianapolis which was the forerunner of the Herron School of Art and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  On the national level, Mrs. Sewall founded the International Council of Women and worked with the National Woman Suffrage Association.

May Wright Sewall Leadership Award Honorees

2005 - Dr. Mary Busch

2006 - Lt. Governor Becky Skillman

2007 -  Mary V. Anderson, Meme Kramer, Janice Michael, & Cheryl Sparks

2009  - Doris Dimond

2010 - Barbara Oliphant

2011 - Kathleen Prechtel

2012 - Bonnie Carter

2013 - Rose Marie Pennington

2014 - Phyllis Geeslin

2015 - Elaine Bedel

2016 - Myra Borshoff


Have questions about May Wright Sewall Leadership Award Event honoring Dr. Jamia Jasper Case Jacobsen & Glenda Ritz? Contact The Indianapolis Propylaeum

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The Indianapolis Propylaeum
1410 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)

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The Indianapolis Propylaeum

Nestled in the Old Northside historic district, the Propylaeum, is a vital part of the city’s future as well as a cornerstone of its history. Founded in 1888, our mission is “to advance educational and cultural opportunities for women and the community and to maintain and preserve the historic Propylaeum.”


The Propylaeum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for free self-guided tours of the mansion and grounds. Visitors may also stop in our tearoom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch.

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