Rebecca Hutton

Rebecca Hutton serves as President & CEO as well as the Program Director for the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series at Leadership Indianapolis. Prior to her involvement with Leadership Indianapolis, she served as the CEO of Theater of Inclusion, a company that develops and implements community engagement projects using the arts. Throughout her career, Rebecca’s work has focused on developing programs that engage people on the issues of creative place-making, leadership, and legacy.

Rebecca’s community leadership has included serving on the Love Indy committee as a part of Plan 2020: The Bicentennial Plan for Indianapolis, the board of the Indiana Repertory Theater, and the planning committee for TEDxIndianapolis. She was named an Indianapolis Foundation Fellow in 2016 and an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellow in 2009. She has also been honored with the Indiana Governor’s Award for Tomorrow’s Leaders and was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 in 2005.

Rebecca graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Dance from Point Park College in Pittsburgh and upon graduation danced with The Repertory Project in Cleveland before returning to Indianapolis. She is also a proud graduate of SKL Class XXXVII.

You can contact Rebecca by clicking here, or at 317-860-3673.

Beth Perdue Outland

Beth Perdue Outland serves as the Vice President of Leadership Indianapolis.

For more than 30 years, Beth’s career and civic engagement have focused on building community through creative experience design, innovative programming and strategic problem solving. Prior to coming to Leadership Indianapolis, Beth served as the Vice President for Community Engagement and Strategic Innovation at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Fueled by a lifelong passion for the arts and a desire to support an inclusive, equitable and thriving community, she is committed to building connections across sectors to catalyze personal, professional and community development.

Beth is a Senior Consultant with The Catalyst Effect, an organization dedicated to elevating employee engagement, building stronger teams and helping people learn to lead from whatever position they may be in. Beth’s civic leadership roles include serving on the boards of Leadership Indianapolis and Centric and on the steering committees of Spirit and Place, TedX Indianapolis and the Music Crossroad’s Initiative. Beth is an alumni of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Program, class XXVIII and was granted Creative Renewal Fellowships by the Arts Council of Indianapolis in 2005 and 2013. Beth became a company member of ComedySportz Indianapolis in 2014 where she has performed, coached youth programs and led corporate workshops applying the skills of improvisation to address business challenges.

You can contact Beth by clicking here or at 317.860.3678.  


Ebony Chappel

Ebony Chappel serves as the Director of Programs and Communication for Leadership Indianapolis.

Ebony is an award-winning multimedia journalist and certified community health worker. Her work has garnered recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists, Hoosier State Press Association, National Newspaper Publishers Association and the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation among other honors.  In 2022, she was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under 40.

She previously worked for the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper and Indiana Minority Business Magazine where she held many roles including, editor in chief. Through her work with Indiana Donor Network, she led outreach efforts in communities of color, the LGBTQ+ community, Hoosiers living with HIV and various faith groups on the lifesaving gift of organ, tissue and eye donation. Staying connected to her journalistic roots, Ebony has worked with many print, television and radio entities as a freelance content creator. 

She is an alum of two Leadership Indianapolis programs, LEAD and Opportunity Indianapolis, and is thrilled to take her self-described career as a “community servant,” to the next level through her role at Leadership Indianapolis. Ebony is a proud product of Haughville, Indiana and a Ball State Cardinal.

You can reach Ebony by clicking here, or at 317.860.3677.