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.

The Convo featuring Andrew Bradley

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 Andrew Bradley, Policy Director for Prosperity Indiana. Andrew talks with us about the work his organization is doing to support economic equity and help Hoosiers in need of housing assistance.

Resources mentioned in Convo:

Prosperity Indiana

Shelter Series in the News

Shelter series featured in Indianapolis Recorder

LI’s discussion series Shelter, which focused on the housing crisis in Indianapolis, attracted a cross-section of city leaders, community advocates and those with lived experience of discrimination and housing insecurity.

The series was the subject of a recent article in the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper.

‘We have a housing crisis’: Panels dissect housing in Indianapolis

Leadership Indianapolis hosted a series of virtual panels throughout February to discuss the housing situation in Indianapolis and try to find solutions.

Housing can be an intimidating subject because of its complexity, but policy experts, housing professionals and organizers attempted to lift the veil for viewers over the course of three sessions, each dedicated to a different aspect of housing.

What is the housing situation in Indy?

The first questions to answer for the series Feb. 2 were simple but could lead to complicated answers: Does Indianapolis have a housing crisis, and why? Joe Hanson, executive vice president of strategic initiatives at Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, said there’s no need to make the issue too complex.

“We have a housing crisis,” he said, “because housing costs more than people can pay.”

At the time of the panel, Hanson said there were only 333 homes on the market in Marion County that fall between $75,000 and $140,000, whereas six years ago there were about 2,500 houses in that range.

Lourenzo Giple, from Rottmann Collier Architects, said it all goes back to redlining.
“Everything we have now is a trickling down of sorts,” he said. “It’s connected to everything we do.”

Indianapolis is now seeing “reverse flight,” Giple said, which represents the opposite of white flight in the 1950s and ‘60s. White people want back in, and that creates an unbalance, especially in neighborhoods that have been dealing with disinvestment for decades.

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The Convo featuring Sarah Myer

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 Sarah Myer, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, at Indiana Sports Corp. Sarah, a Leadership Indianapolis board member and graduate of SKL Class XLII, talks with us all about March Madness and what it takes to bring the big game to our city during the pandemic.

Resources:

Visit Indy – https://www.visitindy.com/indianapolis-ncaa-final-four-2021

LI Spotlight: Milton Thompson

Milton (Milt) Thompson is an attorney, civic leader and trailblazer.

As a featured speaker at our Opportunity Indianapolis program, Milt has been an invaluable asset, sharing engaging stories about how sports are integral to the foundation of our city. Recently, WISH-TV featured Milt in a story on the legacies of Black businesses in Indianapolis.

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The Convo featuring Amar Patel

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 Amar Patel, Executive Director of Teach for America – Indianapolis. Amar, a graduate of SKL Class XLIV, talks with us about championing racial equity in education and amplifying the voices of students through their upcoming discussion series.

Resources mentioned in The Convo:

Centering Student Voices

The Convo featuring Wildstyle Paschall

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 Wildstyle Paschall, a CICF Community Ambassador, artist and writer. Wildstyle talks with us about the importance of grassroots collaboration and his research on the housing crisis in Indianapolis.

Resources mentioned in The Convo:

Racism in Housing: A Public Safety Crisis for Black Indianapolis

Shelter: A Series on the Housing Crisis in Indianapolis for Civic Leaders

The Convo featuring Maggie Lewis

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 Maggie A. Lewis, city-county councilor and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis. Lewis, a former Boys & Girls club kid herself, reflects on her full-circle experience and the importance of mentorship in a child’s life.

Resources mentioned in The Convo:

Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis

The Convo featuring Ron Anderson

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 Ron Anderson, Program Director for Box Jobs. Box Jobs, a father-son run nonprofit organization, stepped up to provide free COVID testing in communities of color and are also working to help citizens returning from incarceration. 

Resources mentioned in The Convo:

Get on Board 2020 Nonprofit Guide

The Convo featuring Victoria Beaty

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 Victoria Beaty, Executive Director of Growing Places Indy. Growing Places Indy is one of over 100 area nonprofits listed in our Get On Board 2020 Nonprofit Guide. Thousands of Central Indiana residents suffer with food insecurity and Victoria talks to us about Growing Place’s efforts to provide people with fresh, healthy affordable food options.

Resources Mentioned in The Convo:

Growing Places Indy

Get on Board 2020 Nonprofit Guide