Opportunity Indianapolis


After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are proud to announce Opportunity Indianapolis is scheduled to occur this year!

Save the date for August 18-19, 2022.



Opportunity Indianapolis is a two-day crash course in the issues facing the greater Indianapolis community — such as education, arts & culture, food insecurity, healthcare — and the people working on them.


Whether you’re new to Indianapolis or you’re just looking for ways to become more involved, this program provides participants with valuable insight and a newfound network of civic-minded individuals who want to make a difference. 


The OI experience doesn’t just benefit participants. For businesses that are increasingly investing in a mobile workforce, Opportunity Indianapolis helps employees feel more connected to the larger Indianapolis community.


The program’s design creates a connective tissue that helps people find meaning in both the work they do and the community leadership they may get involved with.


The 2022 program will feature sessions with Indiana Humanities, Harrison Center for the Arts, Indy Reads, Gleaners Food Bank, IndyGo, Indianapolis City Market and others!


Program Details


  • Dates:
    • August 18-19, 2022


  • Time:
    • 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day


  • Location: Various locations around Downtown Indianapolis. Location details will be sent prior to program.
    • Please note: Participants will get a chance to take advantage of the walkability of downtown Indy as we enjoy short walks between various locations throughout the program.


  • Cost: $650
    • Leadership Indianapolis believes cost should not be a barrier to participation and has a limited number of scholarships available. Please contact Ebony Chappel at echappel@leadershipindianapolis.com prior to registering for more information.


  • Speakers: Recent sessions of Opportunity Indianapolis featured compelling conversations with:
    • Aleesia Johnson, IPS Superintendent of Schools, on educating the city’s youth
    • Bryan Roach, IMPD Chief of Police, on public safety
    • Legendary sports attorney, Milt Thompson, on how sports built Indianapolis
    • Maggie Lewis, CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis, on the state of youth in our community
    • Chris Gahl, Senior Vice President at Visit Indy, on what makes the city special
    • Arts Council President Julie Goodman on how art impacts our communities
    • Bob Schulz, Senior Vice President of Downtown Indy Inc., on the opportunities and challenges of growth in the city’s center
    • Linda Broadfoot, Director of Indy Parks, on how green spaces and parks make a difference
    • Mali Jeffers, Ambrose Property Group’s Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Responsibility, on how thoughtful design is building our city’s future spaces


For Participants

People often say they are inspired and energized by Opportunity Indianapolis as they learn things about the city that they didn’t know before. It creates a connective tissue between the various interests in the city. And they see how they can make a difference.

This is great for people who have just moved to Indianapolis as well as those who have more time to get involved in the community but don’t know where to start.

People who go through the program leave with a larger network of civic-minded individuals who want to make a difference.