Finalist: Rufus Cochran
Award: Volunteer Leader of the Year
Day Job: Business System Analyst, Roche Diagnostics
Connect with Rufus on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/rufuscochran/
Rufus’s community contributions focus on cultivating the next generation of community leaders—high school students and young professionals. Dedication to his community is apparent in the nonprofit organizations Rufus has founded and the connections he has forged in his professional and personal life. While involved in numerous local community service efforts, Rufus has founded and led two notable initiatives: Indiana Sciences/March for Science Indianapolis and the Tindley Trailblazers Robotics Team. While Rufus has contributed significantly to the local community, he has also made meaningful achievements at Roche leveraging his experience and his leadership skills.
Read further to find out Rufus’s vision for Central Indiana and his favorite spots in Indy!
Q: How did you react when you found out you were nominated for an ELEVATE Award?
A: I was super-surprised and I was very honored.
Q: What is your vision for Central Indiana?
A: I want Central Indiana to be a place where people are excellent to each other—a place where people want to be, and a place that is inclusive and welcoming. I think that having a better understanding of the science that makes the things around us possible, such as jobs and opportunities in agriculture and manufacturing, will ultimately make people’s lives better.
Q: Finish this sentence “Being a great volunteer means to me….”
A: Inspiring others! The idea of servant leadership is important, along with inspiring people in and outside of the sciences to realize their impact. For people to feel enabled and empowered to create in their own unique way and express the wonder of science is important within a community.
Q: What have you learned about yourself during the pandemic and how has it affected your job, volunteering, etc.?
A: We have a finite amount of time on this planet and so do the people we love, so there is no reason not to enjoy it and live as happy a life as possible, with bonus points for making the lives of others better along the way.
Time for some favorites:
Q: Favorite spot in Indy?
A: Eagle Creek Park and Fort Harrison Park
Q: Mountains or Beach?
Q: Favorite vacation song?
A: “Hello Sunday! Hello Road! by Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson
Q: Where will you travel to once it is safe to do so?
Q: Favorite podcast or book?
A: “Radiolab” podcast
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