The Convo featuring Dr. Darrin Johnson

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city.

In this conversation you will meet Dr. Darrin Johnson, Executive Director of BU Wellness Network. BU is one of over 100 area nonprofits listed in our Get On Board 2020 Nonprofit Guide. Dr. Johnson talks to us about BU’s efforts to support marginalized communities through both the HIV/AIDS pandemic and COVID-19. BU Wellness Network will be hosting a virtual celebration in honor of World Aids Day on Saturday Dec. 5 hosted by Leadership Indianapolis’ Program & Communications Manager Ebony Chappel.

Resources mentioned in The Convo:

BU Wellness Network

Get on Board 2020 Nonprofit Guide

The Convo featuring JoEllen Rossebo

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city.

In this conversation you will meet JoEllen Rossebo, President and CEO of Arts for Learning Indiana. Arts for Learning is one of over 100 area nonprofits listed in our Get On Board 2020 Nonprofit Guide. JoEllen talks with us about Arts for Learning’s virtual outreach to youth in the age of COVID and work with artists of color during this time of social uprising.

Resources mentioned in The Convo:

Arts for Learning Indiana

Get on Board 2020 Nonprofit Guide

The Convo featuring Patrice Bey

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city.

In this conversation you will meet Patrice Bey, Board President of Minorities in Hospitality. MIH is one of over 100 area nonprofits listed in our Get On Board 2020 Nonprofit Guide. Patrice talks to us about how MIH has supported its members by connecting them to essential resources and career development opportunities during this time. “We are trying different approaches to communicate to our industry that you can go on and it will get better.”

Resources mentioned in The Convo:

Minorities in Hospitality

Get on Board 2020 Nonprofit Guide

The Convo featuring Claudia White

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city.

In this conversation you will meet Claudia White, founder of Youth Global Perspectives (YGP). YGP is a non-profit started by White, a sociologist and educator, to expose underprivileged youth to global experiential learning opportunities in places like Washington D.C., Spain and Cuba. White believes that “representation matters” and young people learn better when they see themselves represented in the lessons being taught.

YGP is one of over 100 nonprofits listed in our Get On Board 2020 Nonprofit Guide and they are currently seeking board members.

Resource mentioned in The Convo:

Youth Global Perspectives

The Convo featuring Deb Hallberg

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city.

In this conversation you will meet Deb Hallberg, CEO of Pass The Torch for Women. Deb talks to us about the importance of mentorship, her own transition from decades of working in the legal field to the nonprofit sector and Pass the Torch’s efforts to help mentor women as they navigate their career fields. “I love making that positive impact for women,” she said.  

Resource mentioned in The Convo:

Pass the Torch for Women

The Convo featuring Carolene Mays-Medley

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city. The Convo is presented in partnership with the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper.

In this conversation you will meet Carolene Mays-Medley, Executive Director of the White River State Park Development Commission and Moderator of SKL Class XLII. The month of September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month and Carolene bravely shares her past struggles with suicide and domestic violence among other things to hopefully encourage others. “I believe that when we go through things in life we should use them to help others,” Carolene Mays-Medley.

Resources Mentioned in The Convo:

White River State Park

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

The Convo featuring Shannon Williams

“During times such as these… it’s important to lead not only with integrity but with courage,” Shannon Williams.

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city.

In this conversation you will meet Shannon Williams, Senior Vice President of Community Engagement for The Mind Trust and graduate of SKL Class XXXVII. Connecting to high-speed internet is a necessity in our present reality yet, according to the FCC more than 21 million people are without that access. The Mind Trust has organized Community Learning Sites to help make sure that our community’s most marginalized have the tools they need.

Resources Mentioned in The Convo:

Community Learning Sites

A United Focus on Civic Engagement

Over the last six months, we’ve seen our city, state and nation face immense and, at times, seemingly insurmountable challenges. Families have been devastated by the spread of COVID-19, businesses of all sizes have struggled to keep their doors open, unemployment numbers have risen dramatically, and even just the simple yet powerful act of  gathering together in a room – as friends, volunteers, board members, and community leaders – has been put on hold. 

This pandemic and the shifts it has necessitated have been particularly challenging for our city’s nonprofit community. Once consistent volunteer pools are unable to serve. Charitable giving has slowed. And organizations all across Central Indiana have had to make tough choices about how – if at all – they can keep advancing their missions. 

Both IndyHub and Leadership Indianapolis work everyday to empower and uplift these nonprofits – connecting them with talented and passionate people that serve across a broad spectrum of their organizational needs and providing learning opportunities that supercharge their work. Each summer, IndyHub brings together over one hundred nonprofits to connect with thousands of potential volunteers, committee members and champions at our massive volunteer event and celebration, IndyVolved. And each fall, Leadership Indianapolis hosts Get On Board to help many of these same organizations identify the advanced volunteer leaders who will help guide their work and increase their board capacity. 

As the leaders of these two organizations, we know how high the stakes are. We know that now – perhaps more than ever – we need leaders of every age, background and perspective to step up, jump in, and find ways to invest in the common good. So rather than hosting our traditional, single-day events, we’re ensuring that the next two months in this city are laser-focused on what matters most – taking care of our neighbors, doing good however we can, and empowering people to make the greatest impact possible.

Throughout September, IndyVolved 15 presented by Indianapolis Power & Light Company will highlight 100+ Indy nonprofits, showcasing the ways that they are serving our community and providing opportunities for you to get involved. We’ll host conversations that tackle the issues facing our city and let you hear directly from the front line workers who are fighting everyday to design solutions and get results. We’ll help you plan your impact and ensure that whether it’s your time, talent or treasure, what you give is paying off. And we’ll even provide some useful swag that helps you give back to our city as often as you’d like.

In October, Leadership Indianapolis will take over with a month-long expansion of Get On Board. Participants will take part in workshops that help strengthen organizations and prepare individuals to serve in meaningful ways throughout our city. You’ll have a chance to listen in on conversations with leaders as they reflect on their own experiences of serving nonprofit organizations and share their advice for those looking to get more involved in the city now. And we’ll provide resources that connect you with nonprofits that need volunteer leaders in the coming year.

Indianapolis has consistently proven that it’s a community willing to collaborate on ways we can get stronger and smarter, and to build a bench of leaders that are ready to tackle our challenges and innovate on an even brighter future for all of us. This is a moment that demands leaders who are willing to “do good often” and “get on board.” We’re committed to doing this work together, and we hope you’ll join us in the months to come.

– Blake Johnson and Rebecca Hutton

The Convo featuring Emil Ekiyor

“Everybody recognizes that there are some systems we need to change to make sure everyone has access to opportunity. Now that it’s common knowledge, the question is what do we do now?” – Emil Ekiyor

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city.

In this conversation you will meet Emil Ekiyor, founder of Innopower LLC. Emil, a former professional athlete, uses that same winning mentality to help empower minority business owners here in Indianapolis and even around the world. Innopower will be holding a free conference this weekend with a host of workshops and panel discussions on the topic of equity and inclusion in business.

Resources Mentioned in The Convo:

Innopower 2020 Conference