The Convo: Kristin Kohn

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 Kristin Kohn, owner of Silver in the City. Kristin talks with us about how the social justice uprisings of last summer impacted her business and the leadership lessons that inform their continued commitment to the community.

Learn more about Silver in the City: https://www.silverinthecity.com/blogs/blog/too-many-names/

LI Spotlight: Get on Board featured on Community Link

Each week on Community Link, Carolene Mays-Medley and Marco Dominguez take a look at an organization or business that is making a positive impact on the community.

This week, they were joined by Ebony Chappel, the program and communications manager for Leadership Indianapolis.

They discussed the organization’s mission, its Get on Board program and how community members can get involved.

To watch the entire segment, click here.

The Convo: Larry Williams (Indy Black Chamber of Commerce)

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 Larry Williams, President and Founder of the Indy Black Chamber of Commerce. Larry talks to us about the Chamber’s founding over five years ago and their work to support Black businesses through grants and other funding.

Learn more about Indy Black Chamber of Commerce at https://indybcc.org/

LI Spotlight: Get On Board featured on Inside Indiana Business

Since the onset of the pandemic, Leadership Indianapolis has had to pivot its Get On Board program from a one-day event to a series of virtual workshops to connect organizations with potential volunteers. This year, the organization is partnering with Indy tech company Selflessly to launch an online portal where residents can sign up to take advantage of volunteer opportunities.

In an interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, Program and Communications Manager Ebony Chappel said the goal is to streamline those connections.

“There are so many different ways to get involved and sometimes, it can be a little bit difficult to parse through all the different opportunities and we’re hoping that our partnership with Selflessly can do that,” said Chappel. “We are bringing these nonprofit organizations together, even some corporate organizations together that are looking for that volunteerism. We are bringing them together with the people that are ready and willing to bring their time, talent and treasure to the table.”

WATCH THE SEGMENT HERE

The Convo: Ashley Gurvitz (Alliance for Northeast Unification)

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 Ashley Gurvitz, CEO of Alliance for Northeast Unification. Ashley talks to us about developments happening on the eastside including new jobs and a grocery store opening.

Learn more about Alliance for Northeast Unification at anuimpact.org

COLUMN: Examining poverty and wealth

This Op-Ed originally appeared in the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper

“Societies are built on great wealth disparities, and thus need an exploited class to develop that wealth.”

Those are the words of Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, a researcher, journalist and assistant professor at Rutgers University, as heard on the podcast “Seeing White” produced by Scene on Radio.

Dr. Kumanyika said this in 2017 and three years later, we are likely worse off than at that time due to many factors — one being a global pandemic that we are still living through.

But on that note about wealth disparities, the mention of an “exploited class” deserves more examination. Here, he is talking about people. People in our families, our workplaces, neighborhoods. People who are us.

In the Indianapolis Recorder, writers Breanna Cooper and Tyler Fenwick have penned the real-life stories of the people behind those statistics in their recent reporting.

People like Chris Busbee, a young father balancing the debt of child support, rent and utilities on less than $15 per hour and Kyerra King, a 25-year-old who put her education on the back burner to work at age 16 to help support her mother and three siblings. Chris and Kyerra represent the reality of the situation in our city and unfortunately their stories are not unique.

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The Convo: Jennifer Green (Partners in Housing)

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 Jennifer Green, Executive Director of Partners in Housing. Jennifer talks to us about the reality of housing inequity in Indianapolis and what PIH is doing to help.

Learn more about Partners in Housing at partnersinhousingindy.org

The Convo featuring No. 6

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 Dwandra Lampkin (director) and Jamaal McCray (actor), two of the creative minds behind No. 6 the latest production of the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Dwandra and Jamaal talk to us about the role art plays in addressing societal issues.

No. 6 is streaming until April 4 online. Visit irtlive.com for more information.