Indy Maven launched with a small but mighty team in October 2019. Our mission is to uplift women in Central Indiana through content, community, and curated events. Our team remains small, but our impact is big.
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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.
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.
Stefani has spent most of her life somewhere in Indiana, with the exception of the semester she spent attending school in London— her favorite city in the world! She has lived in the Indianapolis area since graduating from IU in 2005 and currently resides on the northeast side with her husband, three kids and two VERY hyper dogs.
Before working at Indy Maven, Stefani spent several years in the investment world as a financial advisor and financial analyst before stepping back to stay at home with her kids. She loves Mexican food, self-help books, volleyball, and coffee.
When not working, she can usually be found at one of her kids sporting events, researching all she can about a holistic lifestyle, sitting by the pool, or planning her next vacation.