We are strong, smart, and compassionate. We care equally about fashion and families. About business and health. About our personal lives and our passions. We’re Mavens.
Leslie Bailey is a seasoned writer, editor, and media consultant. Before launching Indy Maven, she worked as lifestyle editor at Indianapolis Monthly and as a columnist for The Indianapolis Star where she penned a popular series called “The Adventuress.”
Originally from Michigan, she lives in the heart of the city with her husband, son, two cats, and one very large slobbering dog.
Crystal Grave is a nationally recognized tech founder with 20+ years of marketing, sales, and branding experience. She lives as a digital nomad, residing in some of the country’s most vibrant cities (we know, we’re all jealous), and brings the best lifestyle trends back to the Circle City and our team on a regular basis. She is an Indianapolis native, and lover of furry creatures. (She’d like to give shout outs to her Warren Central Warriors, University of Indianapolis Greyhounds and Butler Bulldogs!) What can we say? She’s spirited and loyal.
Amanda Kingsbury is an experienced, award-winning journalist who spent an afternoon in a dressing room with Diane Von Furstenberg, nine days covering a Harley ride from San Diego to Milwaukee, and a year doing cartwheels in public places.
Most recently, she was a lifestyle, arts and entertainment editor at The Indianapolis Star before joining Newfields: A Place for Nature and the Arts.
Her longtime passion is writing about women who do interesting things. Amanda lives in Irvington, a historic neighborhood on Indy’s Eastside, with her daughter and black cat. She also has a black-cat tattoo.
Abby Gardner has spent years covering beauty, health, fashion, and lifestyle. She started her career in print at magazines like Jane, Allure, and YM before diving into the digital world at The Daily Front Row, Fashionista, Glo, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan.
Currently she is a freelance writer, editor, and consultant with several magazines and brands, based in her hometown of Indianapolis after spending many years as a New Yorker.
Her work is frequently featured at places like Glamour, where she is a contributing writer. You can also find her spending way too much musing on all things beauty, fashion, sports, and pop culture on Twitter (@abbygardner) or in her weekly newsletter, We Have Notes.
Faith Blackwell is an artist and photographer specializing in business, commercial, fashion, and event photography. (psst…You’ll see her at Indy Maven events, too, serving as our event photographer!)
She holds a position on boards for the Stutz Artists Association and Fashion Arts Society at Newfields. Faith has also been actively involved at Dress for Success Indianapolis for over 10 years.