Announcing SKL Class XLIV

Congratulations to the impressive leaders selected to participate in SKL Class XLIV

Steve Walker
Moderator of SKL Class XLIV

Each year the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series (SKL), now in its 44th year, selects 25 individuals to participate in this highly competitive program, which seeks to expand the ranks of community leaders by teaching and motivating members to address the needs of Central Indiana.

Class members are chosen because of their significant community involvement and professional achievement; their demonstrated interest in community issues; a record of participation and achievement in voluntary community activities; and their willingness to expand their leadership role in the community.

“Indianapolis has a long, rich history of community leaders providing vision, effort, and resources,” said Rebecca Hutton, President & CEO and SKL Program Director at Leadership Indianapolis. “We are proud to support this diverse group of emerging leaders and their key role in Central Indiana’s future. Our community will be strengthened through their civil discourse, shared learning, and collaborative leadership.”

Steve Walker has been named the Moderator for SKL Class XLIV. Mr. Walker is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Walker. To ensure that the series is timely and topical, each class’s moderator identifies aspects of broad economic and societal issues that are specific to Central Indiana for the class to study.

“Exactly 30 years ago, I was selected to be a member of SKL Class XIV. Little did I know what a profoundly positive impact this experience would have on my life, my business and my family. SKL took my love for my hometown to a new and higher place, providing the gateway to be involved with and contribute to the growth and progress of Greater Indy. Along the way I made great friends, had incredible experiences and learned many valuable lessons. I have always been grateful to SKL and promised myself long ago that if I ever got the opportunity to be moderator, I would jump at the chance. I am so grateful they called. Now I get to “go back” to SKL and experience it again, this time with twenty-five emerging leaders. It’s going be a great year and I can’t wait to get started,” said Walker. “My dad, Frank Walker, was Moderator of SKL Class XIII. This makes us the first father-son moderators in the now 44-year history of SKL. And that is pretty darn cool too.”

SKL Class XLIV will meet monthly from September through June. Participants will interact with local leaders, professional experts, and community decision makers to discuss a range of community issues.

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Class XLIV Roster
Steve Walker, Moderator

Alicia Wilson Baker
Director of Neighborhood Engagement
John Boner Neighborhood Centers
Adam Basch
Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management
Kite Realty Group Trust
Kimberly Bostic
Director, Tocqueville Society
United Way of Central Indiana
Jay Chaudhary
Managing Attorney/ Director of Medical Legal Partnerships
Indiana Legal Services
Akilah Darden
Operations Executive
Smoot Construction
Sheila Dollaske
Director of School Development & Innovation
Goodwill Education Initiatives
Danielle Dove
Director of Marketing & Sales
Indiana Repertory Theatre
Matthew Ehinger
Partner
Ice Miller LLP
Lourenzo Giple
Architectural Designer/Project Manager
Rottmann Collier Architects
Logan Harrison
Senior Director of Public Affairs
Anthem, Inc.
Oni N. Harton
Partner
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Kashif Khan
Executive Vice President
Infrastructure Engineering, Inc.
Amber LaRue
Senior Vice President, Healthcare Relationship Manager
Fifth Third Bank
Travis Meek
Senior Counsel
Cummins Inc.
Eric Neuburger
Stadium Director
Capital Improvement Board of Managers of Marion
County
Sean Northup
Deputy Director
Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization
Amar Patel
Executive Director
Teach for America
Taylor Schaffer
Deputy Chief of Staff
City of Indianapolis
David Shaw
Director of Concessions & Air Service
Indianapolis Airport Authority
Brittany Smith
Midwest Regional Director of Community and Marketing
Yelp
Jason Spilbeler
Executive Director, Investment Specialist
J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Tekiah Tunstall
Senior Business Analyst/Technical Project Manager
Bosma Enterprises
Greg VanSlambrook
Principal
Brebeuf Jesuit Prepatory School
Kristen Fuhs Wells
Vice President
Indiana Humanities
Bob Wood
Chief, Appellate Division
United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Indiana
 

In Remembrance: Andre B. Lacy, Indianapolis civic leader

Andre B. Lacy

Leadership Indianapolis is deeply saddened by the passing of Andre B. Lacy, an extraordinary business and civic leader.

Mr. Lacy was a member of the very first SKL class and served as Moderator for SKL Class XV. Over the years he has been involved with numerous organizations sharing his time, wisdom, and philanthropic support.

He was a tremendous community leader and his legacy will continue to impact our city for many years to come.

Leadership Indianapolis shares a special relationship with the Lacy family. Our thoughts are with our dear friends during this difficult time.

Welcome SKL Class XLII

Carolene Mays-Medley has been named the moderator for SKL Class XLI

We are excited to welcome SKL Class XLII to the Leadership Indianapolis family.

“Through their participation in the SKL class, these young professionals are investing in themselves as a new generation of leaders,” said Rebecca King, Vice President of Programs & Alumni Relations and SKL Program Director at Leadership Indianapolis. “They are making a public commitment to playing a key role in Central Indiana’s future and our community will be strengthened by their passion, insight, and leadership.”

Carolene Mays-Medley has been named the moderator for SKL Class XLII. Ms, Mays-Medley is Executive Director of the White River State Park Development Commission. To ensure that the series is timely and topical, each class’s moderator identifies aspects of broad economic and societal issues that are specific to Central Indiana for the class to study.

“It is a distinct honor for me to serve as moderator of this upcoming SKL class of emerging leaders,” said Mays-Medley. “SKL is a distinguished, impactful leadership series. Through it, this impressive group of young professionals is taking the initiative to grow more effective in community leadership. I look forward to engaging with them over the next year, as we explore, discuss and work to understand more fully, major issues impacting our community; and they deepen their passion to make a difference in strengthening and building our future society.”

SKL Alumni Spotlight: LeRoy Lewis III

“These classmates have taught me lessons on leadership styles, humility, cultural sensitivity and most importantly acceptance.” — LeRoy Lewis III, LEAD 2007, SKL Class XXXIX

LeRoy Lewis III, MBA, serves as Manager of Provider Relations at Eskenazi Medical Group. He participated in both LEAD 2007 and SKL Class XXXIX.

What were your biggest take-aways from LEAD and SKL?

My biggest take away from my time with LEAD and SKL are the relationships. I have learned long ago that I have a strong personality. Some see that as a hindrance, but it would provide me with the opportunity to not be shy in getting to know my fellow classmates. These classmates have taught me lessons on leadership styles, humility, cultural sensitivity and most importantly acceptance.

What impact has your participation in LEAD and SKL had on your work in the community?

The impact that LEAD and SKL has had on my work in the community is being able to accept people for who they are and not try to change them to what I believe they should be. Being in classes with intelligent individuals that all have strong values and perceptions, allowed me to see firsthand that people who can, will and have support for each other, come in all forms and from many different backgrounds.

What leadership quality has been most useful in your work?

The leadership quality that has been most useful in my work is the quality of communication. Being able to articulate my position and tell my story, while at the same time being able to listen to understand the position of others is a skill and trait that all good leaders must possess.

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?

The current role that I have as a board member of IndyHub is a role that I hold very dear. Anyone that knows me knows that I love my city. This organization is one that is focused not only on equipping future leaders and new residents with knowledge of community happenings, but it is also an advocate for those same individuals in making sure their future here looks and feels the way they want it. And that it looks the same for everyone.

What piece of advice would you offer to emerging community leaders?

If I was to offer any piece of advice for future leaders, it would be to push and pull to make sure you are at the table. We have so many bright individuals that never get an opportunity to be heard, because they were not at the table with the individuals that make the decisions. Just think of how much we may have missed out on, due to the exclusion of certain voices. Those voices may be youthful, cultural, masculine or feminine. But if those voices are not heard, then our world, and my beloved city, will fall into a homogenous demise.

Alumni Spotlight: Shariq Siddiqui 

“Leadership Indianapolis produces the kind of visionary servant leaders that I know will make a difference for my faith community during this time of crisis.” – Shariq Siddiqui, SKL Class XXXV

What is your job title and the name of your organization?

Executive Director, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organization and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) – www.arnova.org

What was your biggest take away from the SKL experience?

Leadership is not something you are born with. Leadership is something that you learn, develop and live every day.

What impact has your participation in SKL had on your work in the community?

SKL has opened many doors that were previously unknown or unavailable to me.

What leadership quality has been most useful in your work?

Servant leadership.

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 now serve on the board of the YMCA of Central Indiana. This is a way to serve the central Indiana region through a high performing organization. This opportunity came about because of contacts I made through SKL. In addition to being a graduate of SKL, you have provided support and encouraged others to participate in Leadership Indianapolis programs.

Can you tell us how and why you have made that a priority?

I have made a commitment to sponsor and fund young Muslim Hoosiers to participate in Leadership Indianapolis programs.  I believe that we need high performing leaders to meet the needs of my faith community.  Leadership Indianapolis produces the kind of visionary servant leaders that I know will make a difference for my faith community during this time of crisis.

What piece of advice would you offer to emerging community leaders?

Leadership is something that must be consistently practiced and continuously developed.