Finalist Profile: Laura Granieri

After attending Ball State and earning an Urban Planning degree, Laura Granieri didn’t want to go home. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, she found breaking into the scene there just wasn’t as easy or accessible as what she had experienced in Central Indiana. Through her undergrad work she got hands-on with meaningful projects like Reimagining Mass […]

Q&A with Devon Ginn

Let us introduce … Devon Ginn, ELEVATE’s emcee! Where to begin with this Indianapolis native? Devon is a proud Broad Ripple High School alumnus (’09). He is classically trained in Shakespearian theatre, a published poet and experienced director and curator for the arts, culture and entertainment.  Currently the Visual Art & Entertainment curator at Madame […]

Finalist Profile: Becca Ford

Becca Ford is a chemical engineer by trade, but not just any chemical engineer. During her tenure at Eli Lilly and Company, Ford has scaled the technical ranks to become one of the few female and/or under 40 project managers responsible for the design and construction of drug manufacturing plants. While she may be a […]

Finalist Profile: Lauren Petersen

At the heart of everything Lauren Petersen does: people, places and impact. You can trace it back to her urban planning and development degree from Ball State and her love of travel – she has visited 26 countries and lived abroad in Poland on a Fulbright scholarship. And it continues on through her community service […]

Finalist Profile: Ronni Kloth

Ronni Kloth might have ended up anywhere. With a Harvard degree and a liberal arts mindset about the world as an interconnected place, she moved cross country to Silicon Valley. As an inaugural participant of Intuit’s leadership development program, her job changed every six months. While she learned invaluable lessons about management and innovation, she […]

The Next Generation of Impact

Indianapolis ranks in the top 10 cities for young professionals, and we’ll take this as a strong sign for the future. As talent rises through the ranks of corporate, civic and not-for-profit communities, more young professionals are taking their seat at the table to address complex issues in our city and region—issues like poverty. If […]

Finalist Profile: Christina Zerfas

Christina Zerfas was logging accomplishments toward her nomination as ELEVATE’s Innovator of the Year Award before she even realized it, growing up with a mix of family volunteering and innate entrepreneurial spirit. Her teachers noted she started launching side hustles in grade school (from lemonade stands to selling school supplies). And according to Zerfas, her […]

Finalist Profile: Dave Neff

Want to know what a bias for action looks like? Keep an eye on Dave Neff, CEO of Edge Mentoring. He started as Edge’s first employee back in 2014 and has led the organization to what his board calls “exponential growth” during his tenure.  Since its inception, EDGE has helped more than 1,000 mentors and […]