Presented by the Sagamore Institute and the Center for Families at Purdue University

Status of Indiana Families: Issues and Answers

October 19, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ivy Tech Community College Conference Center
2820 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, Indiana

What are the issues Indiana families face every day? What are the tools they need to navigate these challenges? The 2017 Status of Indiana Families symposium will provide insight into critical issues facing Indiana families from infants and children to the aging and elderly. Topics also include issues of military families, low income families seeking higher education, low income single moms and issues of rural and urban families.

Speakers include researchers from Indiana University, Ivy Tech Community College, Marian University, Purdue University, and Sagamore Institute.

Cost – $50; lunch included

Register for the Status of Indiana Families Conference

Sponsorship opportunities available – includes table, visibility, and recognition.
For information about sponsorship opportunities, download the sponsorship form here, or contact Lorene Burkhart at

For electronic payment, please complete the sponsorship section on the registration page or send your check, paid to the order of “Sagamore Institute” to

Sagamore Institute
c/o Anne Raway
2902 North Meridian St
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208

America's Generation book cover Featuring Lunch with Keynote Speaker Chuck Underwood

Author of “The Generational Imperative” and “America’s Generations in the Workplace, Marketplace and Living Room”, Chuck Underwood is one of the handful of pioneers who created, developed, and popularized the field of generational study. The principles he established over the past quarter-century – from his formal research and front-line work with clients in all industries – are now a permanent part of this discipline. He is also considered by audiences in the U. S., Canada, and western Europe to be the best presenter of these strategies: in his training seminars, workshops, and keynote speeches.




9:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Dr. Jay Hein, President, Sagamore Institute
Dr. Christine Ladisch, Dean College of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue University 
Military Families
Dr. Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth Director of Military Family Research Institute, Purdue University
Infants and Children
Dr. Paul Halverson Professor and Founding Dean of Fairbanks School of Public Health, IUPUI
Low Income Families and Higher Education
Dr. Andrew Bowne Sr. Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Ivy Tech Community College
Dr. Mary Jane Michalak
Vice President of Government Relations, Ivy Tech Community College
12:00 p.m.
Lunch with Keynote Speaker Chuck Underwood
Author of “The Generational Imperative” And “America’s Generations in the Workplace,  Marketplace and Living Room”
Rural and Urban Families
Dr. Heather Eicher-Miller Assistant Professor of Nutrition Science, Purdue University 
Aging and the Elderly
Dr. Libby Richards, Assistant Professor, Nursing; Faculty Associate, Center on Aging and the Life Course at Purdue University
Low Income Mothers
Dr. JoAnna Brown, Senior Fellow, Sagamore Institute
Rep. Robert Behning, Director of External Affairs, the Educators College, Marian University
Sagamore Institute’s “Mobile Moms” Research
Symposium concludes