The Convo featuring Darryl Lockett

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

In this conversation you will meet Darryl Lockett, Executive Director of the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative. Lockett, an Indy native who has worked in politics and philanthropy, came back home after nearly 20 years to lead KKMI. A quote that informs his perspective on the work of impacting our collective community is a fitting one from late Senator Robert Kennedy; “The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task.”

Resources mentioned in The Convo:

Landmark for Peace Memorial

Day of Solidarity

The Convo featuring Emily Masengale

It’s always time to do what is right.” – Emily Masengale

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

In this conversation you will meet Emily Masengale, Assistant Executive Director of Christel House Schools and graduate of SKL Class XXXIX. Emily talks to us about navigating in-person learning for a diverse school community during the age of COVID19 as well as Christel House’s involvement in addressing a decades long school mascot controversy and its impact on local Indigenous communities.

Resources mentioned in The Convo:

Christel House Schools

The Convo featuring Amy Green

“The best advice I give myself every morning is just to ask questions… be a student,” Amy Green.

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

In this conversation you will meet Amy Green, Senior Director of Global Recruiting and Staffing at Eli Lilly and Company. Lilly, along with other corporate entities as well as non-profits, have partnered to create Indyfluence, an immersive internship experience. Indyfluence is designed to combat Indiana’s brain drain of talent leaving the state post-graduation. Amy talks to us about how those involved have created a sense of community for interns in the age of social distancing and offers suggestions to leaders on how they can be involved in this work.

Resources Mentioned in the Convo:

Indyfluence

The Convo featuring Dr. Terri Jett

“My main lesson has been to be still… I have think about what is happening and not readily jump into something thinking I have the solution,” Dr. Terri Jett

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. Terri Jett, Professor of Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies Department and Special Assistant to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusivity at Butler University. Dr. Jett, who recently became the first Black woman named full professor at Butler, talks to us about the role of academia in navigating times of social distress and the responsibility of anchor institutions, like universities, to the larger communities in which they exist.

Resources mentioned in The Convo:

Butler University

Books and Breakfast

The Convo featuring Vop Osili

“How can leaders use their voice? By speaking directly to things that are uncomfortable,” Vop Osili.

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 City-County Council President and SKL Class XXXII graduate, Vop Osili. Vop talks to us about the council’s unanimously passed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis as well as what leaders can do to positively impact the future of our community.

Resources mentioned in The Convo:

City-County Council

The Convo featuring Al White


“The difference between a moment and a movement is sacrifice. Don’t let this be your moment. Make this the beginning of our movement,” Al 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 Al White, Advisor, Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations at Eli Lilly and Company and Vice President of the Lilly Foundation.

Al, a member of the Leadership Indianapolis Board, talks to us about the Indy Day of Solidarity, Lilly’s commitment to addressing systemic racism in Indiana and beyond as well as what it’s like to navigate the current times as a Black man in America.

Resources Mentioned in The Convo:
Indy Day of Solidarity

The Convo featuring Dr. Leah Gunning Francis

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. Leah Gunning Francis, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, and Associate Professor of Christian Education and Practical Theology at Christian Theological Seminary. Dr. Francis, author of Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community, talks to us about CTS poverty eradication efforts, policing reform and lessons to guide leaders during this time.

Resources mentioned during The Convo:

Christian Theological Seminary: More about Dr. Leah Gunning Francis

The Convo featuring Corey Wilson

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 Corey Wilson, Vice President of Community Engagement at Pacers Sports & Entertainment and graduate of SKL Class XXXVII. Corey talks to us about his personal experience of transitioning jobs in the midst of a pandemic, the keys to successful mentorship and how to stay connected despite physical distance.

Resources mentioned during The Convo:

Pacers Sports & Entertainment

Pacers Foundation

The Convo featuring Sherron Rogers

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 Sherron Rogers, Vice President of Business Development, Strategy and Operational Excellence at Eskenazi Health. Sherron talks to us about the work being done at Eskenazi Health to continue serving the community in a time of crisis and the importance of building strong relationships. She is also a graduate of SKL Class XXXVII and a past Leadership Indianapolis Board Member.

Resources mentioned during The Convo:

Eskenazi Health

StitchWorks Indy