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Recent events

Get on Board

October 28

Started in 2003, Get on Board is a one-stop-shop for passionate individuals looking to increase their civic involvement at a leadership level. This premier community event is a great place to learn more about Indy’s non-profit organizations that are looking for new board members, committee members, and volunteers. Indy’s vibrant nonprofit sector needs leaders like you and this is the best way to find the right fit. Stop in, walk around, and learn about opportunities to get involved.

Civic Leadership Summit

October 24

Civic Leadership Summit is an event that brings people together to learn more about pressing community issues. This year we focused on Opportunity, Equity, and Creating a More Inclusive Community.

As more organizations, companies, and institutions are taking steps to address disparities due to factors such as race and gender, it is important for community leaders to come together to consider what role each of us plays in creating more equitable opportunity for all.


October 9, 16, 23

LEAD is a 3-session program where participants hone their collaborative leadership skills to become more effective community leaders. Through a combination of workshops, discussions, and case studies, participants developed skills and learned strategies related to building a team, stakeholder analysis, conflict management, and other topics focused on collaborative community leadership.

Book Club- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

October 8, 15, and 22

Leadership Indianapolis has a long history of bringing together people from different professions, lived experiences, and perspectives to learn about community issues and leadership. The book club is another way for us to do that. We believe our city and its future is strengthened when people are able to come together for meaningful civil conversations about important issues.

During our recent Book Club, we read Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. This provided an opportunity for us to discuss the criminal justice system and the role systemic racism plays. The film version of the book is scheduled to be released in December and will star Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson.

The Convo: Local Organizing Committees- Becoming a Champion for Indy Events

October 2

Over the next few years, Indianapolis will host an unprecedented number of major sporting events including the 2020 and 2022 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, 2020-2022 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, 2021 NBA All-Star Game, 2021 NCAA Men’s Final Four, and the 2022 College Football Playoff Championship. These events combined will deliver an economic impact of more than $500M. Indiana Sports Corp leads the execution of these events with the help of Local Organizing Committees (commonly referred to as LOCs). These committees help manage everything from operations and transportation to community outreach and marketing.

Leadership Indianapolis alumni heard from Indiana Sports Corp President Ryan Vaughn and a panel of past LOC members moderated by Leadership Indianapolis President & CEO Rebecca Hutton, as they discussed how to get involved and champion Indy’s sporting events.

Thank you to Indiana Sports Corp for partnering with us on this event!

Book ClubBlindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

August 20, 27, and September 3

In Blindspot, leading psychologists Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality. Using their experience with the Implicit Association Test, a method that gives us a glimpse of our unconscious biases at work, Banaji and Greenwald question the extent to which our perceptions of social groups shape our judgments about people’s character, abilities, and potential. Explaining the science clearly and plainly, Banaji and Greenwald guide us through the workings of the brain, how it uses common stereotypes, and how to “outsmart the machine” that relies on them. Powerful, challenging, and revealing, Blindspot is an invitation to understand our own minds and, in the process, be fairer to those around us.

Why did we choose this book? As leaders, we are often in the position of providing opportunities to others whether that be through a hiring process, a mentoring relationship, or inviting people to serve on boards and committees. This is a significant responsibility. It is important for us to reflect on our own decision-making processes and understand the biases that impact the decisions we make. Blindspot allows us to better understand how our experiences, some we’re not even aware of, form biases in each of us and how, with greater self-awareness, we can be fairer to those around us.

Opportunity Indianapolis

August 22 & 23

Opportunity Indianapolis is a two-day crash course in the issues facing the greater Indianapolis community – such as education, food insecurity, and public safety – and the people working on them.