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Jenny Vance '00 and Nichole Wilson '99 Among Indy's 'Forty Under 40'

February 8, 2011

4741February 8, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — Two DePauw University graduates -- Jenny Vance '00 and Nichole Wilson '99 -- are among the Indianapolis Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" for 2011. "From hundreds of candidates, IBJ has chosen 40 budding superstars who log more than the typical share of e-mails, blog posts, Facebook 'Likes' and late-night business calls," according to the paper. "We asked each of these high-achievers to sit for video interviews and reveal their goals, challenges and how the prospect of 24-hour availability has affected their lives, for better or worse." (at left: Jenny Vance; below left: Nichole Wilson)

"Jenny Vance started LeadJen in 2004 to provide sales leads and prospecting support to business-to-business sales and marketing executives," write Marc and Martha Allan. "Today, it's a multimillion-dollar lead-generation services company serving more than 200 clients in the United States, Europe and Australia," notes the IBJ summary, which states that Vance "honed her entrepreneurial instincts at DePauw University."

90479"Our real focus as a business is helping our clients get value out of every single prospecting call," says Vance, who was a Management Fellow at DePauw. "In many cases, we hope that’s an appointment for our clients to go in and sell their solutions, but even if it's not, our mind-set is, ‘What can we learn and share back with our clients’ that will help them understand their market, their strategy in those markets, and optimize our efforts with those clients?"

The publication adds, "LeadJen's service is catching on with the high-technology industry it serves; in 2010, LeadJen tripled its growth, expanding from 20 employees to 60."

The profile of Nichole (Nicholson) Wilson, director of rehabilitation and sports medicine  for Community Health Network in Indianapolis, points out that "she is responsible for business development, growth and operation of 11 outpatient clinics for physical-, occupational-, speech- and massage therapy-services in the Indianapolis metro area. Her work involves frequent travel to the north, east and south sides of town to visit the Rehab & Sports Medicine85850 Centers, four or five of which have opened under her watch ... Wilson came to work at Community Health Network in 2005 as a physical therapist while working on her clinical doctorate from the University of Indianapolis. She did her undergraduate work at DePauw University, majoring in sports medicine."

Wilson tells the Journal, "One of the reasons I got into physical therapy is I like the ability to help people return to what makes them happy. Even though I [no longer] work directly with patients, I feel a lot of what I do is still for patients."

Read more here.

Also available are this October 2010 Indianapolis Star feature on Wilson and a 2007 article on Vance.

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