2020 Finalist Profile: Marla Taylor

Authentic, passionate, visionary, leader. These are just a few words used to describe Marla Taylor, one of our finalists for ELEVATE Board Member of the Year. Over the last four years, she’s done amazing work as a board member for Brooke’s Place For Grieving Young People, all while building her own nonprofit consulting business, Taylor […]

2020 Finalist Profile: Luke Zhang

While Indy may have missed out on Amazon’s HQ2 opportunity, Luke Zhang, tech phenom and ELEVATE finalist for Community Ambassador of the Year, is determined to change that and make Indiana the Midwestern hub for tech companies. Only a few years post-graduation from Rose Hulman, the Tech 25 award winner has an insane resume and […]

2020 Finalist Profile: Jasmin French

From starting as an active member of Agave (the Eiteljorg’s Museum Young Professional group) to Agave’s President, now to the Eiteljorg Board of Advisors – Jasmin French, a 2020 finalist for ELEVATE Board Member of Year – has shaped what it means to be involved in central Indiana in such a way that leaves a […]

2020 Finalist: Emily Shrock

Board Member of the Year finalist Emily Shrock walked into our interview with all the polish and poise you might expect from a young, accomplished attorney. As soon as we began chatting, it was obvious that she carried an equal passion for her work as a long-time volunteer and current board member for Coburn Place Safe […]

2020 Finalist: Kelsey Burton

We all know the saying “dogs are a man’s best friend,” and one of our fifteen ELEVATE finalists – Kelsey Burton – put that into practice when she took over as Executive Director of Paws & Think in 2016. As a finalist for Nonprofit Employee of the Year, Kelsey understands the importance of the dog-human […]

Guess What? Guess Who.

On January 27 the United Way ELEVATE Host Committee hosted a Guess Who game night. Remember the classic board game? Over 40 individuals joined us at Sun King Brewing in downtown Indianapolis and raised $520 toward our $80,000 ELEVATE 2020 goal. WOW. Check out a few photos posted on our Flickr page. Our goal? That […]

2020 Finalist: Tanorria Askew

Tanorria Askew’s personality fills up a room. Her laughter and vivacious spirit are contagious, which is why we thought she’d be a fitting choice to begin our blog series of ELEVATE’s fifteen finalists. A finalist for Community Ambassador of the Year, Tanorria was nominated by fellow Indy food maven, chef, entrepreneur, blogger & author – […]