United Way ELEVATE Award Winners Announced

United Way of Central Indiana announced the winners of the inaugural ELEVATE Awards during its signature fundraising event on March 2. Winners were selected from a group of 15 finalists and over 100 nominees, ages 21-40, in five categories: outstanding board member; employee resource group; innovator; nonprofit professional; and volunteer. “We congratulate these exceptional individuals […]

Finalist Profile: Dominic Dorsey II

Dominic Dorsey II loves Indianapolis. The city yes, but it’s the people he is drawn to. Sometimes he is pulled away for work or travel but no matter how far he goes, he always wants to come home. “Indy raised me” he says. And, it’s this sense of community that compels Dorsey, one of our […]

Finalist Profile: Katie Bailey

Katie Bailey has always taken an interest in international affairs – in studies and travel. As a teaching assistant in graduate school at Indiana University Bloomington, the professor she worked for offered to take the students in his class on a spring break trip. His challenge: find a country that’s close but different enough we […]

Finalist Profile: Lilly PRIDE

Lilly PRIDE began in 1994 with humble origins. This United Way ELEVATE finalist for Employee Resource Group of the Year started with Eli Lilly and Company employees organizing after-hours meet ups for gay and lesbian employees through a blind carbon copy email. From these informal roots to its eventual formation as Lilly PRIDE, its purpose […]

Finalist Profile: Jessica Evans

For nine years, Jessica Evans worked as a Kindergarten and First Grade teacher at Pike Township. Some of her students came from hard backgrounds, which pushed her to create a classroom to be a safe haven. This United Way ELEVATE finalist for Nonprofit Professional of the Year is not the kind to see an issue […]

Finalist Profile: BOLDforce

When members of the Executive team of BOLDforce walked into the United Way offices for their interview it was clear we were looking at a team of individuals who shared a great deal of respect and camaraderie between one another. We also liked their matching BOLDforce t-shirts.The BOLD in BOLDforce stands for Black Organization for […]

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 […]