The Board of Commissioners of the Indiana Commission for Women will honor seven women at this year’s annual Torchbearer Awards Ceremony, tonight at 5 p.m. at the Indiana Historical Society and two of them are Indiana University employees.
The award is given to women around Indiana who have broken down barriers and overcome obstacles to make the state a better place.
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is the director of religion, spirituality and the arts initiative at the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute. She is rabbi emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis, a past president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and Gleaner’s Food Bank, and a past chair of the Spirit and Place Festival. Sasso serves on numerous boards including the Indiana Humanities Council and is a co-founder of Women4Change Indiana.
Brandi Smith is the senior assistant director of IU Bloomington’s Career Development Center. She is the founder of IUB Women Rising, a program that promotes leadership and career development for women as well as teaches all students about the gender equity pay gap. Smith wrote the grant that funded the first year of the program.