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Upcoming events

Get on Board month presented by AES Indiana is designed to help people connect their skills, talents and passions with central Indiana non-profit organizations to build and support a thriving community.  

Get On Board Live Event at Newfields!

Meet directly with a wide variety of non-profits looking for board, committee and volunteer talent to find a perfect fit for your skills and interests.  


Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 4:30 – 6:30 pm 


Newfields – 4000 N Michigan Rd., Indianapolis 46208 


Event is free but registration is required. 

All registered participants may request a free ticket to enter Newfields at 3 pm to enjoy the museum prior to attending Get on BoardRegister here

Recent events

OI Insights: Full Speed Ahead – Equity and Collaboration in Racing

OI Insights is a companion program to our two-day Opportunity Indianapolis series. 

OI Insights will take participants on an in-depth, in-person experience into one unique aspect of our city’s civic life with opportunities to engage with local leaders.  

The May 2022 session will delve into a discussion around equity and inclusion within the field of racing.

The event will begin with a panel discussion featuring leaders within IMS:

  • Luisa Macer (Community Outreach and Fan Engagement Manager)
  • Jimmie McMillian (Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Corporate Counsel)
  • Kristin Weeden (Penske Entertainment Chief Talent Officer)

Participants of this program will:

  • Learn about equity and inclusion work being done within the world of IMS
  • Connect with local civic leaders
  • Be empowered to explore potential opportunities for collaboration

OI Insights: Inside Indiana Avenue

OI Insights is a companion program to our two-day Opportunity Indianapolis series. 

OI Insights will take participants on an in-depth, in-person experience into one unique aspect of our city’s civic life with opportunities to engage with local leaders.  

The April 2022 session will highlight the history of Black people in Indianapolis, specifically along the corridor of Indiana Avenue and the impact segregation and harmful practices in civic spaces has had on the preservation of the culture and accomplishments of multicultural communities in our city.

The program will begin with a short walking tour of Indiana Avenue before traveling to the Madam Walker Legacy Center for a panel discussion featuring subject-matter experts Sampson Levingston (Through 2 Eyes), Britt Redd (Department of Metropolitan Development) and Jordan Ryan (The History Concierge).

Participants of this program will:

  • Receive a culturally-competent overview of socially significant issues in Indianapolis
  • Connect with local civic leaders
  • Be empowered to utilize research and historical context in their decision making

Public Safety & Criminal Justice Discussion Series

Often, conversations around public safety and criminal justice focus primarily on efforts to curb crime.

However, the experiences of those who seek to create collaboration, reconciliation and progress in these areas present another valuable opportunity for discussion and excavation.

Leadership Indianapolis’ upcoming Public Safety & Criminal Justice discussion series will center 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
  • Engage with leaders of initiatives that provide community support in traumatic times
  • And hear from community workers involved with collaborative efforts around repairing the relationship between citizens and law enforcement

LI Audio Book Club: My Time Will Come

Join Leadership Indianapolis for an engaging discussion of “My Time Will Come,” by Ian Manuel. This LI Audio Book Club is presented in partnership with the Hub for Black Affairs and Community Engagement at Butler University. Participants will receive a free copy of the physical book and be invited to a private, in-person event with Ian Manuel this fall.

Skill Workshop: Citizens’ Role in Law Enforcement Oversight

Interest in civilian oversight of law enforcement governance has increased in recent years due to an uptick in public awareness of police action violence, among other matters. Many cities, including Indianapolis, have established civilian oversight programs to help implement new policies and procedures. On July 20, Leadership Indianapolis will present a workshop focusing on the creation of this local efforts and how citizens can become involved. This session will be facilitated by Citizens’ Police Complaint Board (CPCB) President Duane Ingram.

We do not want cost to prevent anyone from participating in this workshop, so if the registration cost creates a barrier to your participation, please reach out to Ebony Chappel at echappel@leadershipindy

Get On Board

The unique challenges of our current reality have caused nonprofit organizations to regroup, adapt, and pivot. Nothing about this time has been business as usual.  So, we are adapting Get on Board again this year in order to keep everyone safe and healthy, and to better meet the needs of your organization.

Instead of our usual one-day event that brings together hundreds of people in one space, we are providing skill development workshops throughout the month of June. Some will be focused on supporting organizations and others will focus on individuals wanting to serve in volunteer leadership roles.

We are still putting together our Get on Board 2021 Nonprofit Guide that provides information about organizations seeking volunteer leaders. We’ll post it in May  and keep it on our website throughout the year as a resource for people looking for opportunities to get involved.

Skill Workshop: Creating a Legacy of Giving Through Grassroots Philanthropy

Philanthropy, the desire to promote the welfare of others, is usually understood as the generous donation of money to good causes. However, there are many ways to be philanthropic.

One such local example is the African-American Legacy Fund of Indianapolis, a fund created to promote philanthropy and harness the collective power of African Americans to positively impact our community.

Our skill workshop led by AALFI founding member and chair Kiahna Davis, will give an overview of the fund’s creation, provide insight into the impact philanthropy has on our city and what other local leaders can do to organize similar efforts in their communities. Davis is also a Leadership Indianapolis board member and accomplished business owner.

We do not want cost to prevent anyone from participating in this workshop, so if the registration cost creates a barrier to your participation, please reach out to Kelly Doucet at kdoucet@leadershipindianapolis.com.

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Time: 12:00-1:30 PM (EST)

Cost: $10.00

Location: Virtual – After signing up for the session through Eventbrite, you will receive a Zoom link and other details for joining the discussion.

Poverty & Wealth Series

Poverty and wealth create barriers in our collective community, both visible and unseen. A quality education, stable housing, access to healthcare and even the ability to leverage social capital are just a few areas of a person’s existence that are greatly impacted by where they fall on the socioeconomic spectrum.

In Indianapolis, studies show that about 1 in 4 residents is living in concentrated poverty. Additionally, 17.2 percent of residents and 24.5 percent of children live below the federal poverty line – a figure that outpaces the national average.

Our Poverty & Wealth series will bring together data experts, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, community organizers and those with lived experience to not only discuss the issues but also offer insight into ways civic leaders can become involved in creating more equity in our community.

Part 3: Building Economic Equity

  • Role of community development organizations
  • Forecasting economic equity in neighborhoods
  • Fostering and sustaining community engagement

Speakers: Ashley Gurvitz (Alliance for Northeast Unification), Kelli Mirgeaux (Southeast Neighborhood Development), Robert Hawthorne (Westside CDC)

Date: April 20, 2021

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $10

Part 2: Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy

• Role of philanthropy in addressing issues of poverty

• Leveraging wealth to make an impact

• Entrepreneurship as a vehicle to foster transformative change

Speakers: Yecenia Tostado (Project Azul), Dr. Una Osili (IUPUI Lilly School of Philanthropy), Tom Hanley (Nine13 Sports)

Date: April 13, 2021

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $10

Part 1: Outlook on Poverty in Indianapolis

• Current state of poverty in our city

• Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on issues of poverty and wealth

• Resources that exist to help those in need

Speakers: Unai Miguel Andres (SAVI), Lashauna Triplett (MLT Outreach), Tara Morse (Indiana 211)

Date: April 6, 2021

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $10

Skill Workshop: Intro to Asset Based Community Development

As a leader, you want to make a difference in your community and figuring out where to start can be overwhelming.

Leadership Indianapolis in partnership with the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC) present: Intro to Asset Based Community Development.

This workshop will introduce attendees to the ABCD system and provide an interactive, practical experience to empower participants to implement what they’ve learned.   Through a series of exercises that build community, participants learn how to reach out to neighbors, bring them together to address problems, work toward shared goals, and build strong and organized communities.

The mapping portion of the session will assist participants in identifying and discovering the obvious and hidden assets within their communities. Participants will begin to work on individual, associational, institutional, and community mapping tools for their neighborhoods and learn how to apply this information to connect issues and needs with assets.        

Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Time: 12:00-1:30 PM (EST)

Cost: $10.00

LI Podcast Club: Seeing White

Thursdays, March 4 – April 22

4:30 – 6:00 p.m

We are coming together to listen, learn and discuss the complicated subject of race and the notion of “whiteness” in a civil and collaborative environment.

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

Homes provide us with stability and security, a sense of place. For thousands of Indy residents, that basic human need is virtually inaccessible due to a myriad of factors including; affordability, displacement as a result of redevelopment and debilitating rental policies. In our three-part discussion series, Shelter, we will explore the complex issue of housing in Indianapolis from the perspective of renters, developers and policy experts.

Part 1 – Land: A conversation with local agencies about the viability of ‘development without displacement’

  • History of urban development in Central Indiana
  • Current re-development and potentiality of displacement
  • Home/Land ownership among marginalized communities

Date: February 2, 2021

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Part 2 – Eviction: A grassroots conversation on the impact of the housing crisis on our city’s most vulnerable populations.

  • Eviction statistics
  • Tenant rights vs. Landlord rights
  • What makes housing affordable

Date: February 9, 2021

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Part 3 – Policy and Solutions: A conversation with local agencies that have created resources for individuals and advocated for policies to impact the housing crisis.

  • Resources for renters, homeowners
  • Local/state housing laws and policy
  • Opportunities for engagement

Date: February 16, 2021

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Stakeholder Analysis Toolkit: Tools for Managing Relationships

October 28, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Nonprofit organizations have several stakeholders including board members, staff members, volunteers, community members, and funders. During this interactive workshop, we’ll share some tools and strategies for managing stakeholders in order strengthen the work of your organization.

An Intro to Robert’s Rules of Order

October 21, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Many nonprofits boards use Robert’s Rules of Order as a guide to parliamentary procedure. During this interactive workshop, we’ll go over some of the basics to help you feel better prepared walking into a committee or board meeting.

Board Basics

October 14, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Nonprofit boards can be a little intimidating if you’ve never served on one before. During this interactive workshop we’ll talk through some board basics to help you better understand what is expected of board members and what board members should expect of the organizations they serve.

Know Your Why

October 7, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

There are many pressing community issues and organizations in need of committed volunteer leaders. It can be difficult figuring out how to get involved, where to get involved, and how to best utilize your skills. One important step is figuring out your Why – the thing that motivates you and gives a sense of purpose to your community engagement.

Using a Board Matrix: Internal Accountability for Increasing Diversity

September 30, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Many organizations are making increasing diversity on the board level a priority. A Board Matrix can be a tool for building intentionality, action plans, and internal accountability for those efforts.

LI Podcast Club: Seeing White

September 3, 10, 17, 24 & October 1, 8, 15, 22

5:30 – 7:00 p.m

We are coming together to listen, learn and discuss the complicated subject of race and the notion of “whiteness” in a civil and collaborative environment.

Thanks to our Event Partner Indy Public Safety Foundation.

LI Audio Book Club: Long Way Down

August 19, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

For the past five years, Indianapolis has experienced record-breaking numbers of homicides due to gun violence. The impact of these shootings can be felt throughout our city, at all levels. As leaders, we may have many differing viewpoints on how we should get there, however, we all can agree that a change is needed.

We partnered with Indy Safety Foundation to host this discussion about Jason Reynolds’ acclaimed YA novel Long Way Down, which looks at teenage gun violence from the perspective of a young person in the midst of deciding whether to seek revenge for the murder of his brother.

Learning from the Youth Perspective: Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council

July 16, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

The Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council (MYLC), comprised of Indy high School juniors and seniors, advises Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and city government on issues that impact youth and help shape strategies to improve their communities.

This year’s MYLC focused on the issues of mental health, homelessness, and gun violence. Join us for this virtual event to hear from members of the MYLC about their process for exploring these topics, what they learned, and what recommendations they have for addressing these issues.

Here for the Long Haul:

A Series on Mental Health for Civic Leaders

In the age of crisis and social distancing, many of our lives have been interrupted in ways that directly and indirectly impact our mental health. This series focused on: awareness of distress signals in ourselves and others; how to prioritize self-care as a part of your work as a community and civic leader and finally how a grassroots organization is helping Hoosiers living with serious mental illness.

Psychological First Aid: Helping Yourself and Others

May 28, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Self-Care Isn’t Selfish: How to Prioritize Personal Well-Being as a Leader

June 2, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Helping Hoosiers Heal: A Grassroots Perspective on Mental Health Work

June 9, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

LI Book Club: Special Edition in partnership with Indiana Repertory Theatre – The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin

May 18, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

In response to COVID-19, Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) made the extremely difficult decision to cancel the remainder of its 2019-2020 season. One of the plays that was cancelled in the last stages of rehearsal was The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin, which was part of IRT’s Inclusion Series that celebrates diverse storytelling.

We partnered with our friends at IRT to find a new way to share this story. Playwright Jessica Huang gave us special permission to share the script with a small group of participants.

Creative Mornings

April 24, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

We are collaborating with Indianapolis Creative Mornings and IndyHub on a virtual Creative Mornings event. We have an incredible morning planned where we will be checking in with past Creative Mornings speakers Mr. Kinetik, Elle Roberts, Graham Brown, and SKL Class XLII graduate Elyssa Campodonico-Barr.

The Write Concert

April 13

We partnered with IndyHub, Indy Public Safety Foundation, and Classical Music Indy for a digital lunchtime gathering with live musical performances and an opportunity to write thank you notes to Indy’s first responders.

Money Talks with Pete the Planner

March 24

We partnered with IndyHub to host a digital gathering with Peter Dunn, better known as Pete the Planner, award-winning comedian and financial mind. He shared tips and suggestions for financial wellness, particularly during these challenging times.

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.