2023 Conference Speakers
Andrea Butcher, CEO of HRD Advisory Group, to our line up of speakers for this years Conference on Friday, September 29, 2023. Andrea was the 2021 Indiana Chamber Volunteer of the Year and author of The Power of the PIVOT: Leadership Lessons from Being [at Work]. Andrea brings over 20 years of experience in Corporate, mid-market and Enterprise; High growth environments with a focus on scale; Executive with Regional Oversight; P&L, Operations, HR, Talent Management; Global Leadership and Operations and No-profit start-up and Growth. She holds a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Human Resource Development from Indiana State University. She is an Associate Certified Coach (ICF), a Certified Executive Coach (iPEC), a Certified Master for the Leadership Challenge and the Leadership Practices Inventory and Certified in DiSC and MBTI.
Leah Curry is honored to serve as president of Toyota Indiana, where she leads all production and administrative functions at the manufacturing facility in Princeton, Indiana, which produces the Toyota Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, all-hybrid Sienna and later this year the all new Grand Highlander plus a new Lexus SUV .
Previously, Curry served as president of Toyota West Virginia, a transmissions and engines manufacturing plant located in Buffalo, West Virginia.
During her 25-year career with Toyota, Curry has held several management positions at Toyota Indiana.
Additionally, Curry serves on several boards, including Evansville Regional Economic Partnership, Deaconess Health Systems and The Evansville Regional Business Committee. In 2013, she received the Manufacturing Institute’s Step Ahead award that recognizes female leadership in manufacturing. And, in 2022, she was inducted into the Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame.
Other accolades include, being twice named one of the top 100 women in Automotive by Automotive News (2015, 2020) and she was named one of the 250 most influential people in Indiana by Indiana Business Journal in 2022.
Leah was born and raised and currently resides in Gibson County with her husband, Dave.
Ashley Elliott is a sought-after author and speaker who devised and published a theory to help individuals gain insight to the thinking patterns that prevent people from reaching success in relationships at work and home. She also consults with business leaders regarding underperforming employees, using her unique perspective as a licensed counselor with over a decade of higher education teaching and leadership experience to help increase employee engagement and retention.