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Leslie Bailey is a seasoned writer, editor, and media consultant. Before launching Indy Maven, she was the managing editor for AAA Crossroads magazine, lifestyle editor at Indianapolis Monthly, and a reporter for The Indianapolis Star where she penned a popular column called “The Adventuress.”
Originally from Michigan, she lives in the heart of the city with her husband, two sons, two cats, and one very large slobbering dog. Her hobbies enjoy cooking, reading, organizing (yes, really), and binging all the TV shows and Masterclasses she can find time for.
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.
She was a lifestyle, arts and entertainment editor at The Indianapolis Star before joining Newfields: A Place for Nature and the Arts before joining the Arts Council of Indianapolis as the director of communications and marketing.
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.
Longtime Indy Maven contributor, Maura is a seasoned writer with a diverse background in corporate, collegiate, and entertainment fields. At 35 weeks pregnant, she gave a TedX Talk that spoke of her path to simple living, and she continues to explore that in her work at Less is Maura.
She lives in the heart of Indy with her husband, daughter, and dog. She loves mugs of hot water, large blocks of unstructured time, and Cafe Patachou’s cobb salad.
Jalysa is originally from Northwest Indiana but now considers the Indy area home. She is a proud two-time IUPUI graduate with two degrees in Communication Studies. Jalysa’s time in Indy has been full of rewarding experiences from her days working in radio, sales, research, and now higher education. She truly believes each piece has shaped who she is today.
During the day, you can find Jalysa working with the Indiana School of Medicine and AHEC as their Program Outreach Manager. She loves to write and has had the honor of contributing to platforms such as @huffpost, @elitedaily, and @indymaven. Jalysa is so excited to not only write for Indy Maven but to now join their team and help spread their mission that she believes in so much.
Jalysa is a published author and released her first children’s book “When I Grow Up I Can Be Anything” in March 2021. She finds joy in writing about the tough topics and representation with the hope her work creates a dialogue that leads to a sense of belonging and community.
Jalysa hosts the podcast @letstalkaboutrepresentation where she addresses many topics to create awareness and ways we can bridge the gap to be more inclusive. Jalysa is also a licensed Zumba instructor and loves to dance, loves a good Netflix binge, and will never get tired of Indian food.
Jalysa strives to show up authentically to build relationships and community both personally and professionally. She believes that we all have something in us that makes us special and she hopes to inspire others to see that in themselves.
Rachel Hickey is the Director of Digital Marketing at Pulp Functions where she works with small and medium-sized businesses to create customized digital strategies. She is also a Board Director for the Broad Ripple Village Association and on the board for RecycleForce, a social enterprise focused on the re-entry of returning citizens from incarceration.
When not at work, she’s trying to convince her husband to let her adopt more Dobermans, planning her next trip, and trying (but mostly failing) to keep her houseplants alive.
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.