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 […]

Finalist Profile: Justin Hayes

Throughout the course of interviews, we’ve asked many finalists the question, “What’s on your wish list for the organization you support?” We weren’t expecting the answer we got from Justin Hayes, a candidate for ELEVATE Board Member of the Year. “I don’t feel as though I’ve left anything on the table that I wanted to […]

Finalist Profile: Ranjana Chandramouli

Ranjana Chandramouli was quite surprised to be a finalist for United Way of Central Indiana’s ELEVATE Volunteer of the Year award. In fact, she didn’t initially plan to be in the Hoosier state at all. Originally from Colorado, she came to Indiana for the engineering program at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. “I remember thinking, I […]

Finalist Profile: Darcey Palmer-Shultz

Sports metaphors and quotes are so often used to talk about great leaders. So, maybe it’s the lingering effects of last night’s Super Bowl that has us thinking about how Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana CEO Darcey Palmer-Shultz feels like someone you’d want on the sidelines coaching you. During our chat it became […]

Finalists Announced for ELEVATE Awards

United Way’s ELEVATE Awards recognizes the next generation of philanthropists, volunteers and activists in the Central Indiana community. After receiving an astounding 106 nominations for the inaugural award year, 15 finalists were selected across five categories. Winners will be announced at ELEVATE, an evening of philanthropy and community with this “Havana Nights”-themed event on March […]