Opportunity Indianapolis


Opportunity Indianapolis is a two-day crash course in the issues facing the greater Indianapolis community — such as education, food insecurity, public safety — 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.

Program Details

  • Dates:
    • 2019 dates coming soon!


  • 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 John Shertzer (jshertzer@leadershipindianapolis.com or 317.396.7464) prior to registering for more information.


  • 2018 speakers included:
    • Shannon Linker, Interim President, Arts Council of Indianapolis
    • Shellye Suttles, Food Policy & Program Coordinator, City of Indianapolis
    • Bill Benner, Sr. Vice President for Corporate, Community and Public Relations, Pacers Sports & Entertainment
    • Milton O. Thompson, Attorney, Bleeke Dillon Crandall Law Firm
    • Bryan Roach, Chief of Police, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
    • Lewis Ferebee, Superintendent, Indianapolis Public Schools
    • Linda Broadfoot, Director, Indy Parks
    • Malina Simone Jeffers, Director of Marketing and Community Initiatives, Ambrose Property Group
    • Bob Schultz, Sr. Vice President of Marketing/Events, Downtown Indy, Inc.
    • Chris Gahl, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Visit Indy




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.