LI Audio Book Club: Self-Made/ On Her Own Ground

Join Leadership Indianapolis for an engaging discussion of Self-Made / On Her Own Ground by A’Lelia Bundles. We will be utilizing the audiobook version of Self-Made / On Her Own Ground.


Date: Thursdays, May 13th – June 10th

Time: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Cost: $25

Location: Virtual – After signing up for the LI Audio Book Club through Eventbrite, you will receive a Zoom link and other details for joining the discussion.


Much of what we know of self-made millionaire Madam C.J. Walker is due to the work of her great-great-granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles, author of On Her Own Ground. This foremost account into the life of Madam Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, details her rise from being the child of formerly enslaved parents to being orphaned, married and widowed by the age of twenty before ultimately creating a massive beauty empire headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. On Her Own Ground provides a look into the life of the entrepreneur as she devoted herself to philanthropy and social activism, utilizing her great wealth and social capital for good.

In our discussion series, aligned with the audio book version of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, we will have in-depth group conversations on the themes explored in the book.

A’Lelia Bundles is also scheduled to join us for a session during the course of this series!


Why is LI hosting an audio book club?

Leadership Indianapolis has a long history of bringing together people from different professions, lived experiences, and perspectives to learn about community issues and leadership. The audio book club is another way for us to do that. We believe our city and its future is strengthened when people are able to come together for meaningful civil conversations about important issues.

Why is there a registration fee to participate in the audio book club?

The registration fee allows us to compensate our staff for the time and expertise they invest in this program.

What if I want to participate but I can’t afford the registration fee?

We do not want cost to prevent anyone from participating in the audio book club so if the registration cost creates a barrier to your participation, please reach out to Kelly Doucet at

Who do I contact if I have questions about LI Book Club?   

If you have questions about LI Book Club, please contact Kelly Doucet at

Books that past LI Book Clubs have discussed.