Dick and Snyder receive ‘Women of Influence’ awards

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Two Carmel community leaders have received “Women of Influence” awards from the Indiana Business Journal.

Cheri Dick, the executive director of the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, and Luci Snyder, Carmel City Council member and finance chair, have been recognized as extraordinary women in their professions and communities.

The award from the IBJ “recognizes central Indiana women who have become leaders in their chosen fields. All have overcome obstacles to achieve success – and all have a level of influence in the community that extends beyond the organizations they work for.”

The distinction also requires experience, integrity, and leadership of its recipients, who come to the attention of IBJ by way of nomination, and then are evaluated and finally selected for the award.

Dick is the executive director of the 98-year-old Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre. She has been the executive director since 2005 and has overseen Civic’s move from the campus of Marian University in Indianapolis to its permanent home at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. Since its move, ticket sales have risen 32 percent.

In addition to inspiring excitement for the theatric arts, she also manages a staff of professionals whose exceptional skill sets make for unique and memorable experiences for patrons of the theater. Dick worked as marketing director in an architectural engineering firm and has worked at the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, now Indiana Landmarks, an organization dedicated to preserving historical buildings and architecturally unique structures. Her influence in the community combined with Civic’s reputation have added an important dimension to the city’s vibrant arts scene making Carmel a center of culture and entertainment for visitors and residents alike.

This is Snyder’s second “Women of Influence” award, the first coming in 1998. Snyder has lived in Carmel for 38 years and has served the community as a council member for 17 of those years. She has 20 years experience in commercial real-estate and serves on the board of the Hamilton County Alliance, an organization promoting economic development. In addition, she is a member of the board of the Hamilton County Humane Society where she has boosted the awareness of the agency and animals in need. She also runs a consulting firm.

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