Leadership Indianapolis Welcomes New Board Members

Leadership Indianapolis is proud to welcome four new members to the organization’s board of directors.

(Angela Smith Jones, Darshan Shah, Joshua Driver and Nickolas Williams)

Angela Smith Jones

Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, Health & Hospital Corp of Marion County

Angela Smith Jones serves as Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion at The Health & Hospital Corp of Marion County.

Angela previously served as Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett’s first Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. Under her purview, Smith Jones oversaw Develop Indy, the city’s economic development organization; Employ Indy, the city’s workforce improvement board; Office of Minority and Women Business Development; and worked closely with the Office of International and Latino Affairs. Leading these organizations, Smith Jones directed the strategies of business retention and expansion, attraction of new companies, job growth, and the development of a strong workforce pipeline for the city of Indianapolis.  She also ensured that entrepreneurs of diverse backgrounds were supported and given opportunity.

Earlier in her career Angela served as General Counsel and Director of Policy and Legislation with the Indy Chamber. As a lobbyist she advocated for immigration and non-discriminatory policies and global business advancement.

Angela is a graduate of SKL Class XXXVII.

Darshan Shah

Senior Vice President & Chief Data Officer, BioCrossroads

Darshan Shah is BioCrossroads’ senior vice president/chief data officer. Shah has proven success in strategically guiding healthcare and life sciences organizations in a variety of functions, including operations, finance, quality, engineering and sales. He joins BioCrossroads after serving as chief data officer for the State of Indiana and executive director of the Management and Performance Hub (MPH). As a result of his vision and leadership, MPH is a national leader in transforming state government through the use of data and analytics.

Building upon his background and experience, Shah focuses on programs and projects that advance Indiana’s life sciences data analytics strategy. Prior to his role at the State of Indiana, his career focused on various aspects of healthcare. He was responsible for leading all aspects of operations and account management at OurHealth. At Deloitte Consulting, he supported numerous states as they determined their approach and built solutions for state-based Health Insurance Exchanges. Early in his career, he held roles at Eli Lilly and Company, including in quality systems, field sales, systems development, supply chain, and capital project delivery.

Early in his career, he held roles at Eli Lilly and Company, including quality systems, field sales, systems development, supply chain, and capital project delivery.

Shah earned an MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Purdue University.

Shah is a graduate of SKL Class XXXIX.

Joshua Driver

Founder & CEO, Selfless.ly

Throughout his career, Joshua Driver saw a widening gap between business and philanthropy. But staying in his career track wouldn’t close the divide. Driver started out as an EMT for what was then called Wishard Hospital. He worked in the burn unit and wound care and went on regular ambulance runs. There, he said, he met people who faced struggles he hadn’t been confronted with before. He left health care to start building technology companies that helped nonprofits raise money, engage donors, and support volunteers.

In 2017, he co-founded Selfless.ly (Indiana’s first Certified B Corp and Domestic Benefit Corporation) to provide businesses with software to better navigate community service commitments.  Driver launched Open for Service in 2015, a not-for-profit sticker campaign meant to counter the Indiana Legislature’s passage of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Josh raised over $40,000 dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year campaign.

Currently, Josh Chairs the City of Indianapolis’ contract compliance committee and is a member of the Equal Opportunity Advisory Board, which oversees the Office of Minority Women Business Development. He also serves as a technical adviser to Indiana Youth Group and Indy Pride.

Josh lives in downtown Indianapolis with his husband Jeff and their rescued English bulldog Huckleberry.

Nickolas Williams

Chief Revenue Officer, Crossroads Education

President, Crossroads Education Foundation

Nickolas Williams, the Chief Revenue Officer of Crossroads Education, and the President of Crossroads Education Foundation has a diverse background in sales, business development, and fundraising. Before coming to Crossroads, he served as the Senior Philanthropy Analyst/Senior Major Gift Officer at the Indiana University Health Foundation.

At the IU Health Foundation, he raised philanthropic funds for the various diversity and inclusion efforts and hospital services lines such as the Neuroscience and Transplant departments. Before joining IU Health, Nickolas was the Sr. Associate Director of Regional Development for the Indiana University Foundation. He was responsible for cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding Indiana University (IU Bloomington, IUPUI, and the six regional campuses) alumni locally and nationally. His local region included Boone County, Hendricks County, Marion County, and Tippecanoe County. Nationally, Nickolas covered the Atlantic Coast: Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Additionally, he was responsible for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (DEMA) development initiatives for the foundation.

Before joining the Indiana University Foundation, Nickolas worked in political fundraising for several years. He first served on the Melina Kennedy for Indianapolis mayoral campaign, and then more recently, worked on the Joe Donnelly for Indiana US Senate campaign. Before his experience in politics, Nickolas worked in athletics. His experience includes working for Purdue Sports Properties, a partner of Learfield Sports, the Black Coaches Association, and USA Track & Field.

Currently, Nick spends much of his time volunteering with several not-for-profits and civic organizations. He sits on the Board of Directors for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, serves as the Polemarch (President) for the Indianapolis Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, selected as an Indiana Representative for the US Global Leadership Coalition, and volunteers time for the Exchange, the young professional affiliate of the Indianapolis Urban League. Furthermore, Nick is a Leadership Indianapolis Alum through Class XLI of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series. He was also recently recognized by the IBJ as Forty under 40.

Six Central Indiana Professionals Are Tapped for Mosaic Fellowships

The Mosaic program aims to make not-for-profit boards more equitable.

The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, and Leadership Indianapolis have announced recipients of the Mosaic Fellowship. 

The Mosaic Fellowship is an evolution of The Indianapolis Foundation Fellowship, launched in 2016 in honor of the foundation’s centennial. Mosaic is designed to increase diversity on Indianapolis boards of directors so that they look and work differently. By providing support to both individuals and organizations, Mosaic aims to shift power, elevate new voices and grow the perspectives included on not-for-profit boards throughout our community. 

Six Fellows will serve on five local not-for-profit boards of directors:  

  • LaKenya Chancey, client service associate for Ronald Blue Trust, will serve on the board for Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity
  • Iliana Enriquez, program facilitator-coordinator and Spanish specialist for Peace Learning Center, will serve on the board for Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center
  • Monika Mala, chief operating officer for Foster Success, will serve on the board for Arts Council of Indianapolis
  • Christen Peterson, out-of-school time specialist for the Indiana Department of Education, will serve on the board for React (formerly Young Actors Theatre). 
  • Dr. Shanniese Rice, senior applications analyst for Community Health Network, will serve on the board for Domestic Violence Network
  • Carlie Turner, project coordinator for the Indiana Public Policy Institute at IUPUI, will serve on the board for Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center

Fellows will receive financial resources to fulfill board-giving requirements. They will also participate in cohort trainings designed to support them as they hone foundational leadership skills, build social capital, and use their gifts and power on Indianapolis boards. The not-for-profits participating in the program are actively working to address diversity, equity and inclusion issues at the board level; they have committed to demonstrating meaningful work and changes to advance equity in their board operation, recruitment, and retention.  

“We welcome participating in the initial Mosaic Fellowship.” said Jim Morris, president and CEO of Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity. “Our continued goal of attracting and retaining a talented, diverse board team fits well with the Mosaic Fellowship interests. We embrace opening up opportunities to introduce board participation to a broader audience as it enhances the strength and breadth of our organization.” 

For more information, direct questions to Mosaic@cicf.org 

The Convo: Leadership Stories of Our Time

Where do we go from here and how do we work together to make it happen?

From the cloud of a global pandemic, uprisings and societal upheaval emerges a brilliant opportunity to build back better using the tools of collaboration and equity. This special edition of The Convo features a group of civic leaders who represent various industries and viewpoints responding to the question of where we’ve been and what it takes to move our community forward in a meaningful way.

Guests:
Ceceily Brickley (Gene B. Glick Company)
Julie Goodman (Arts Council of Indianapolis)
Michael Huber (Indy Chamber)
Tony Mason (Indianapolis Urban League)

The Convo: Leaders in Education

Where do we go from here and how do we work together to make it happen?

From the cloud of a global pandemic, uprisings and societal upheaval emerges a brilliant opportunity to build back better using the tools of collaboration and equity. This special edition of The Convo features a group of civic leaders who represent various industries and viewpoints responding to the question of where we’ve been and what it takes to move our community forward in a meaningful way.

Guests:
Ebonye Crowe (MSD Warren Township)
Dr. Warren Morgan (Indianapolis Public Schools)
Greg Van Slambrook (Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School)

The Convo: Grassroots Activism

Where do we go from here and how do we work together to make it happen?

From the cloud of a global pandemic, uprisings and societal upheaval emerges a brilliant opportunity to build back better using the tools of collaboration and equity. This special edition of The Convo features a group of civic leaders who represent various industries and viewpoints responding to the question of where we’ve been and what it takes to move our community forward in a meaningful way.

Guests:
Sayra Campos (Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance)
Jessica Louise (Indy10/BLM)
Sibeko Jywanza (Flanner House)

Leadership Indianapolis Awarded Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to Share Stories of Impact

Leadership Indianapolis has received $50,000 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to share stories of impact and to explore hybrid program delivery strategies. This infusion of resources comes as LI is in the first year of its new three-year strategic plan.

This grant will enable Leadership Indianapolis to more effectively communicate its programmatic offerings and role in the community in an effort to better shape the narrative around leadership and ensure that a more inclusive leadership landscape in Indianapolis is encouraged and supported. In addition to the communications initiative, LI will use funds to do initial research on hybrid programming and existing strategies that accommodate both in-person and virtual participants simultaneously.

LI’s offerings have traditionally included programs such as LEAD (a three-session program where participants hone their collaborative leadership skills to become more effective community leaders) and Opportunity Indianapolis (a two-day crash course in the issues facing the greater Indianapolis community — such as education, public safety, growth of the city’s center — and the people working on them). In 2020, those offerings expanded to include virtual discussion series on mental health, poverty, housing insecurity and other topics as well as audiobook clubs and skill workshops to meet the growing needs and interests of community leaders.

The Lilly Endowment grant will help the organization tell a more full story of the impact civic leaders have on the city’s ability to thrive and the opportunities for more people to get engaged, according to Rebecca Hutton, President & CEO of Leadership Indianapolis

“At Leadership Indianapolis, we believe that community leadership is at its best when it is multicultural, multigenerational and collaborative. We want to ensure the leadership pipeline in our city reflects that. Through our programming, we bring together leaders from multiple sectors and varying walks of life – including corporate, non-profit, political, grassroots, and neighborhood leaders.  We recognize that all of these perspectives must be included and appreciated in order for Indianapolis to be the best city it can be,” Hutton, said.

“We are immensely grateful for this generous investment by Lilly Endowment and seek to use this opportunity to not only better position the work of our organization but to steward these resources for the greater good of our collective community.”

About Leadership Indianapolis

Leadership Indianapolis works to educate, inspire, connect, and mobilize community leaders to serve and strengthen greater Indianapolis. Leadership Indianapolis believes that community leadership is at its best when it is multi-generation, multi-cultural, and collaborative. Leadership Indianapolis convenes people with diverse points of view and lived experience in an environment that encourages authentic conversation and builds connections, thus assuring a diverse and robust pipeline of individuals is prepared for increasing levels of civic engagement and transformative influence. For more information, visit www.leadershipindianapolis.com.

About Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family — J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli — through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company.  While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location.  In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

LI Spotlight: Mosaic Fellowship

Mosaic Fellowship challenges organizations to build boards equitably.

There is a lack of diverse board leadership in Indianapolis organizations causing boards to remain overwhelmingly White and male. Even organizations who have mastered diversity often fail at true inclusion and power-sharing with BIPOC, women, young people, and the LGBTQ+ communities. As a result, the community continues to witness public organizational failures.

Applications are now open for the Mosaic Fellowship Pilot, established in partnership with The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, and Leadership Indianapolis to increase diversity on boards—not just so that boards look differently, but so they work differently. By providing support to both individuals and organizations, Mosaic aims to shift power, elevate new voices and grow the perspectives included on not-for-profit boards throughout our community.

Four individuals will be selected to be Mosaic Fellows. Fellows will:

  • be placed on not-for-profit boards that are actively working to address issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the board level
  • participate in cohort trainings, including Leadership Indianapolis programming, designed to support them in honing foundational board skills, building social capital, and using their gifts and power on an Indianapolis board
  • be provided financial resources to support their board commitments

The not-for-profit organizations involved must commit to having a member of their leadership participate in two annual development trainings on board equity. Organizations must also demonstrate meaningful work and changes to advance equity in their board operation, recruitment, and retention. Organizational application is by invitation only. Not-for-profits selected will have already demonstrated that they are engaged in ongoing work to achieve equity in their organizations and service to the community.

“In order for Indy’s not-for-profit organizations to truly serve the community, the decision-makers in those organizations must reflect the breadth of people living in the community. We are thrilled to partner with the Indianapolis Foundation on the Mosaic Fellowship to support talented leaders eager to be stewards of our community as well as organizations who are being intentional about making their leadership culture more inclusive and equitable,” says Rebecca Hutton, president and CEO of Leadership Indianapolis.

This pilot is an evolution of The Indianapolis Foundation Fellowship. At its centennial gala on Aug. 27, 2016, The Indianapolis Foundation announced the launch of a new program designed to reinvigorate the community by diversifying its leadership. The Indianapolis Foundation Fellowship placed a diverse group of 10 young civic leaders on prominent local boards and provided them with funds to activate annually, for three years, during their terms. The program, announced in honor of the Indianapolis Foundation’s 100th anniversary, also provided ongoing enrichment and networking opportunities.

“The Mosaic Fellowship is not about making women, young people, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ board members ‘better.’ There are already highly qualified candidates among all these groups who are routinely overlooked in traditional board processes and recruitment,” says Tamara Winfrey-Harris, vice president of community leadership and effective philanthropy at Central Indiana Community Foundation, who managed The Indianapolis Foundation Fellowship. “The goal of Mosaic is to make the way not-for-profits approach board development better—more equitable—and to foster relationships that connect great candidates with leadership opportunities and allow organizations to benefit from the breadth of talent that exists in our city.”

Additionally, the Mosaic program includes quarterly programming around organizational equity that will be open to all Central Indiana organizations.

Begin your application for the Mosaic Fellowship here. The deadline is Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 at 4:00 pm. Direct questions to Mosaic@CICF.org.

Leadership Indianapolis Welcomes New Vice President

We are thrilled to have Beth Perdue Outland join the Leadership Indianapolis staff as Vice President! 

For more than 30 years, Beth’s career and civic engagement have focused on building community through creative experience design, innovative programming and strategic problem solving. Prior to coming to Leadership Indianapolis, Beth served as the Vice President for Community Engagement and Strategic Innovation at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Fueled by a lifelong passion for the arts and a desire to support an inclusive, equitable and thriving community, she is committed to building connections across sectors to catalyze personal, professional and community development.

Beth’s civic leadership roles include serving on the boards of Leadership Indianapolis and Centric and on the steering committees of Spirit and Place, TedX Indianapolis and the Music Crossroad’s Initiative. Beth is an alumni of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Program, class XXVIII. 

Help us welcome Beth to the team! 

COLUMN: More than a number

This column originally appeared on IndianapolisRecorder.com

Conversations around public safety and criminal justice seem to never end. When you turn on the news, open a paper, scroll social media or listen to the radio, chances are there is a conversation happening about how dangerous things are, how many people have perished, the injustice that pervades the justice system and the dire circumstances behind each tragedy.

A conversation has also begun to happen around whether or not crime statistics, which are often used to inform and legitimize this news as well as enact policies, are as reliable as we’ve been led to believe. However, what is undoubtedly important to focus on are the stories of those who are affected and impacted by the issues surrounding public safety and criminal justice. What is the true, human experience?

In planning our programming for this season, it became clear to us that this should be the focus.

On July 20 we will host a skill workshop facilitated by Duane Ingram of the Citizens’ Police Complaint Board and starting on Aug. 5 we will lead a book club using Ian Manuel’s riveting memoir “My Time will Come.”Ian was arrested at the age of 14 and sentenced to life without parole for a non-homicide crime. Following the book club, is a three-part discussion series (held in September) centering the perspective of citizens with lived experience and those working to create change in our community. Attendees will learn about programs created to prevent recidivism for the formerly incarcerated, initiatives that provide community support in traumatic times and collaborative efforts around repairing the relationship between citizens and law enforcement.

One of the panelists for our discussion series is DeAndra Yates. Yates, the founder of Purpose4MyPain, got into this work after her teenaged son Dre was wounded by a stray bullet — changing their lives forever. DeAndra works alongside families with stories similar to hers and advocates on a national level for common sense gun laws. In a conversation with our staff, Yates said something that underscored how we have decided to approach these conversations. “It takes a lot when the numbers keep climbing,” she said adding that it is her goal to “make sure that the families of shooting victims know that their community is here to support them and that their loved ones’ cases are far beyond just another number.”

The numbers, as we have heard time and time again, are challenging but people like DeAndra and others demonstrate to us that the story doesn’t end at the statistic. There are always opportunities to fight for justice, amplify the voices of the marginalized, support those in grief and imagine a new way of being. It’s more than just the numbers. This is about the people.

Rebecca Hutton serves as President  & CEO of Leadership Indianapolis. Ebony Chappel is Program & Communications Manager. Leadership Indianapolis educates, inspires, connects and mobilizes community leaders to serve and strengthen greater Indianapolis.