Office for Women Pacesetter Award
This award was established in 2004 when the Office for Women was re-staffed and restarted after a two year hiatus. It was announced at the “Back on Track” reception in May 2004 and presented to our guest of honor, Indy Car Racer Sara Fisher.
This award honors women with a strong Indiana connection and who exemplify initiative, courage, perseverance, and excellence in their chosen fields. Since 2004, three awards have been presented.
2004 Sarah Fisher, IndyCar Racer
Sarah Fisher has competed as a driver in nine Indianapolis 500 Mile races, been voted “Most Popular Driver” four times in two separate Series (IndyCar and NASCAR). She is the fastest woman to ever qualify for the Indy 500 and is the youngest woman to compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 2008 Sarah became a car owner starting her own team Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. In 2009 she was awarded the Spirit of Leadership Award from the Women’s Automotive Association International (WAAI) Sarah and her team has also partnered with the Motorsports Engineering Program at IUPUI and IUPUI has joined as a sponsor of her car at the Indianapolis 500 for several years.
2007 Ora H. Pescovitz, MD
Ora H. Pescovitz, M.D., was the President and CEO of Riley Hospital for Children from 2004 – 2009. Since 2000 she was also the Executive Associate Dean for Research Affairs at the IU School of Medicine. Pescovitz is a nationally recognized expert in disorders of growth and puberty with nearly 180 research manuscripts and books published. She was the Edwin Letzter Professor of Pediatrics and served as the director of pediatric endocrinology and diabetology at IU School of Medicine and Riley Hospital between 1990-2004. She has served as president of the Society for Pediatric Research, the nation's largest pediatric research organization, and president of the Lawson Wilkins (North American) Pediatric Endocrine Society. In 2009 she was named executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Michigan and CEO of the U-M Health System.
2010 Peg Zeglin Brand, PhD.
Peg Brand is a pioneer in the fields of feminist aesthetics. She was an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at IU Bloomington from 1994-2005 and an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at IUPUI from 2005 -2011. Brand is the author of Beauty Matters (Indiana University Press, 2000) and Beauty Revisited (Indiana University Press, 2011) and the editor of Beauty Unlimited (Indiana University Press, 2012)
She is the spouse of the late Myles Brand, 16th Indiana University President. During her tenure as “first spouse” Peg helped found the Colloquium for Women, a biennial program of Indiana University Bloomington focusing on women and philanthropy. After the passing of her husband in 2009, Peg helped establish the Myles Brand Endowed Chair in Cancer Research at Indiana University School of Medicine.
In 2011, Brand became a courtesy associate professor at the University of Oregon School of Law and the Robert D. Clark Honors College at UO.