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Maven to Know: Karen Young

Karen Young is the Founder and CEO of Hayes Young Law where she’s not just an attorney, she’s her clients’ ally.


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Leslie Bailey

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Leslie is the woman behind everything you see here at Indy Maven. She has more than 15 years of experience as an award-winning writer, editor, and media consultant. She has been honored on the Forbes Next 1000 list and as one of Indiana’s 250 Most Influential Leaders by the Indianapolis Business Journal. 

Leslie has worked as the lifestyle editor at Indianapolis Monthly magazine and as a columnist for The Indianapolis Star where she penned a popular column called “The Adventuress.”

She started Indy Maven because she saw a gap in the market when it came to storytelling and news for women…and because she really likes parties.

Originally from Michigan, Leslie lives in the heart of Indianapolis with her husband, sons, and one very large slobbering dog. She enjoys traveling, cooking (and eating) as well as connecting with women, and sharing recommendations for all Indianapolis has to offer.


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Kelsey S.

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Elizabeth J.

“I love the Indy Maven newsletter. It definitely provided a virtual sense of community for me while I was living in Indy and I think you all put out such fun, interesting content. Your newsletter is still one of the few that I actually open and read through each time, even though I don’t live in Indy anymore.”

Madison H.

“Your post and articles are such a great outlet during these crazy times!” 

Laurren D.

“I’ve enjoyed everything that you are doing – especially during this unpredictable time. I feel like I’ve gotten to know so many women and their businesses through your publication.” 

Elise S.

“First, thanks as always, for all the great Indy Maven content! It is my favorite email I open and it is doubly enjoyable to know it is fueled by so many local badass bosses.” 

Angela H.

“Indy Maven is the only newsletter I get on a weekly basis that I read through start to finish.”


“I joined Indy Maven early on because it meets a need in the Indianapolis community for women in business to be seen, heard, and supported.”


“I joined Indy Maven early on as I saw them meeting a need in the Indianapolis community for women in business to be seen, heard, and supported.”