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Behind the Scenes with Julie Sabatino


In 2003, Julie launched “The Stylish Dresser” and “The Stylish Bride” to help young women navigate the exciting and emotional experience of shopping for the perfect bridal gown. We cannot wait to learn about current and upcoming bridal trends and how to incorporate them into the various aspects of your events! 


 What does your company do and what makes is different than others like it? 

See service description on my website. What makes me different is that: I founded the industry of Wedding Fashion Styling, I’ve been doing it for 13 years, and I focus only on weddings and events. Many other stylists do lots of different things, and I feel it is better to be the best at one small thing than do many things that you are only ok at doing. I also think that our level of customer service really differentiates what I do.


What lead you to your current career and how long have you been in the field? 

I was married in 2001 and couldn’t find my own wedding dress. I started the business in 2004 after leaving finance and going to fashion school. 


What is your most memorable event/project? Why? 

There have been many, but a recent one was a wedding I did two summers ago in Istanbul which was a city I had always wanted to see. We had all of the fashion for the bride and wedding party custom made, and it was stunning. And getting to spend time in Istanbul was incredible


What is one thing people do not know about you?

I seriously considered being a stay-at-home mom.


If you were not in your current career, what would be your dream job?

I would absolutely love to be a costume designer for period movies.


Anything else we should know about you?

I absolutely love what I do, and a big part of why is because I am always trying to grow and change and make it better. For me, that keeps it fun and exciting.


Come meet Julie on February 15th for our luncheon at the Columbia Club!

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Behind the Scenes with Sandi Ballard


Introducing our speaker for our first get together of 2017, Sandi Ballard! Sandi Ballard, ACC, (associate certified Coach) has had a diverse career background, always filled with entrepreneurialism, in focus and spirit. She began with a degree in graphic design, quickly becoming the art director of a small print shop. At age 24, she started her first business, Visual Communication Design Studio. With the tagline, "We make YOU look good", she was constantly looking for ways to help others. Sandi always had a passion for networking and connecting others and the innate ability for keeping clients on-task and accountable.

Prior to starting Growing Forward Success Coaching, Sandi ran multiple businesses simultaneously. Being in different industries with completely different and unique target markets, Sandi quickly learned traditional marketing efforts were not working. Creative efforts to gain attention were the only way to become successful. With so much going on, she also quickly learned how to manage her calendar to balance her personal and professional life as well as when and how often to work in and on the businesses.

 Focus, motivation and accountability are the key to achieving success and Sandi has that and thrives on the success of others she has helped.

 Sandi achieved many of her goals in 2015, including speaking on a National stage for SMPS’s National Conference in LA and publishing two books. The first titled, “From There to Here” where she came clean about her own fears and lack of having a PLAN, and the second, “How Badly Do You Want “IT”?”


Come meet Sandi on January 18th for our luncheon at Howl at the Moon!

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