Jennifer Pope Baker '89 and Myrta Pulliam Named 'Women of Influence'

Jennifer Pope Baker '89 and Myrta Pulliam Named 'Women of Influence'

November 4, 2010

87351November 4, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — "During these tough economic times, Jennifer Pope Baker, executive director of the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, has managed an impressive financial trick," reports the Indianapolis Business Journal. "Under her tutelage the organization’s endowment has grown from $3 million in 1998 to $11 million at present. That expansion allowed the fund to distribute some $3.2 million via 336 grants to 89 central Indiana organizations serving women and girls." (at left: photo of Jennifer Pope Baker by Perry Reichanadter)

Baker, a 1989 graduate of DePauw University, is featured as one of IBJ's "Women of Influence," along with Myrta Pulliam, a member of DePauw's Board of Trustees.

The publication points to Pulliam's commitment to charitable causes, noting, "One of her proudest achievements is her work on the Indianapolis Prize, for which she was formerly the chairwoman and now serves as prize chair. Established by the Indianapolis Zoo, it is arguably the world’s leading award for animal conservation. It offers a biennial, unrestricted $100,00087350 payment (funded by Eli Lilly and Co.) to an individual animal conservationist making significant achievements in advancing the sustainability of an animal species or group of species." (at right: photo of Myrta Pulliam by Eric Learned)

Jennifer Pope Baker, meanwhile, is "working to make Indianapolis the third community in the country to initiate the micro-lending program Grameen America, an offshoot of a similar concept founded as Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, which offers extremely small (at least by traditional standards) loans, mostly to women, to improve their education or found small businesses. Baker hopes that here, just as in Bangladesh, a little cash can go a long way."

"This has the power to make multi-generational change" Baker states. "Women will be positioned to control their financial destiny and not be dependent on the goodwill of others. I can’t think of a better gift to give to a woman: the ability to create a healthy future for herself and her family."

Learn more about Baker, Pulliam and the other 2010 Women of Influence by clicking here.