Join Michiana Women Leaders, Inc. and Dr. Lorraine Celis for the first Michiana Women Leaders WomenSpace, a night to meet other women leaders, share stories, and come together in celebration of the myriad ways women lead.

While women are pivotal to the development of society, their contributions are often labeled as merely “women’s work” and their stories often ignored. In some ways, this makes sense as the ways women lead and contribute to society often look different from typical historical narratives. Because women often lead quietly behind the scenes, their contributions are often overlooked or soon forgotten, yet fundamental to society and life as we live it.

Michiana Women Leaders, Inc. WomenSpace opens up a space for women to informally share their stories of leadership – the good and the bad – while also hearing the stories of other women. Unlike a networking event, Michiana Women Leaders WomenSpace offers time and space for personal sharing.

Too often, in this era of self-promotion and Instagram Influencers, opportunities to come together are reduced to a version of networking in which self-promotion overshadows community and personal sharing. WomenSpace is designed to pause this self-promotion and privilege conversation and community. The focus is on meeting and talking with others, rather than promotion. You are welcome, of course, to leave business cards or promotional materials on a table, but we encourage you to take this time to meet and talk with others in our community.

This first Michiana Women Leaders, Inc. WomenSpace is sponsored by Dr. Lorraine Celis and Jefferson Dental Center. Born in El Salvador, Dr. Celis and her family immigrated to the United States in 1970. She graduated from Indiana School of Dentistry in 1996 and established Jefferson Dental Center in 2002. Her practice provides comprehensive dental care and also serves patients with special needs and language barriers. She speaks both English and Spanish fluently.

Women have driven Michiana history since its beginning, and Michiana Women Leaders, Inc. collects oral life stories of living women and mines our history for the stories of those who have passed. On a mission to make sure the unforgettable stories of Michiana women are never forgotten, we’re sharing stories, celebrating women, and building community. We hope you’ll join us for WomenSpace May 17, 2019, at 5:30pm, at Jefferson Dental Center, 2628 E Jefferson Blvd, South Bend. Questions? Send an email to

WomenSpace Set for May 17