“I leveraged the information gained from Leadership Indianapolis to identify my interests in economic empowerment, public transportation, and mentoring.” Blake Roebuck, OI 2016
Blake Roebuck participated in Opportunity Indianapolis 2016 and serves as Foundation & Marketing Manager for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation… A State That Works!
What were your biggest take aways from Opportunity Indianapolis?
There are a myriad of organizations in Indianapolis tackling a wide-range of issues from public safety, education, hunger, transportation, etc. These issues share complexities which call for adequate resources — funding, vision, and engaged leaders. Opportunity Indianapolis empowers you to be that leader.
What impact has your participation in Opportunity Indianapolis had on your work in the community?
I leveraged the information gained from Leadership Indianapolis to identify my interests in economic empowerment, public transportation, and mentoring. I attended Indy Transit Referendum meetings and gatherings to inform myself about the issue and advocated for the cause. Last December, I became a BIG with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana. Finally, I participated in Ball State University’s Center for Community Economic Development course for continued education. I’m always looking for opportunities to get plugged in.
What leadership quality has been most useful in your work?
Listening – I’m fortunate to work with many of the city and state’s business leaders, decision makers, and elected officials. They’ve played a huge role in my professional development the last few years.
What board, committee, or other community leadership role have you had recently that was particularly important to you? Why did you choose to serve in that capacity?
I’ve recently joined the Goodwill Industries Business Development Advisory Group. Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana does incredible work by empowering people to increase their independence and reach their potential through education, health, and employment. I encourage everyone to request a tour of Goodwill’s Tremont facility on the near west side.
What piece of advice would you offer to emerging community leaders?
Seek mentors who are vested in your development. These proven leaders who make time to pay it forward are exemplifying the embodiment of leadership.