United Way’s ELEVATE Awards recognize the next generation of philanthropists, volunteers and activists in the Central Indiana community. After more than 100 nominations, we are excited to share the 2021 finalists. In keeping with our “Around the World in 90 Minutes” theme this year, we hope you’ll want to travel virtually with us as we announce the winners at ELEVATE – February 27, 2021.
This year, all ELEVATE finalists will have the opportunity to be named the “People’s Choice”. Thanks to the generosity of award sponsor, BGBC Partners, LLP, the “People’s Choice” winner will also receive $250 to donate to a Central Indiana 501c3 of their choosing.
VOTE NOW for the finalist who inspires you, then RSVP to cheer on your favorite! Presented online for all to watch and enjoy, special ELEVATE VIP packages are available for those who are able to support of United Way and its effort to fight poverty and help every person reach their full potential in our community.
Jo Garcia, Community Outreach Manager, Indianapolis Indians
Sara Hindi, Community Engagement Coordinator, Exodus Refugee Immigration
Ashley Miser, Vice President, IndyHub
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advocate presented by GEICO
Tiffany Kyser, PhD, Associate Director of Engagement & Partnerships, Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center
Natalia Rodriguez-Hilt, Economic Mobility Officer, Local Initiatives Support Corp (LISC)
Stephanie Singh, Director of Communications and Marketing, Town of Plainfield
Employee Resource Group presented by Eli Lilly and Company
Corteva Agriscience DAWN (Disability Awareness Network) on behalf of Corteva Agriscience
Cummins Black Network on behalf of Cummins, Inc.
Lilly Pride on behalf of Eli Lilly and Company
Nonprofit Employee of the Year presented by Katz, Sapper & Miller
Sarah Frey, Director of Development and Marketing, Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc.
Kalvin Jones, Founder, Code Black Indy
Mariana Lopez-Owens, Director of Development, Marketing and Communications, La Plaza, Inc.
Volunteer of the Year presented by Roche
Jaden Brown, Director of Chapter Services, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity on behalf of IndyHub
Ryan Cutter, Private Equity Associate, CID Capital on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana
Serena Van Orman, Program Administrator, Indians Diaper Bank on behalf of Families First
Volunteer Leader of the Year presented by BMO Harris Bank
Rufus Cochran, Business System Analyst, Roche on behalf of Indiana Sciences/March for Science Indianapolis
Amna Sohail, Senior Investment Analyst, Elevate Ventures on behalf of the Pass the torch for Women Foundation
Leila Viera, Digital Marketing Manager, MJ Insurance on behalf of the United Negro College Fund of Indianapolis
We also want to congratulate our full slate of nominees – an outstanding group. Our judges had a tough challenge to select finalists. Keep your eyes on this list of show stoppers!
Stay tuned! Beginning February 9, each finalist’s story of impact and service will be profiled on United Way’s ELEVATE blog.
Proceeds from ELEVATE benefit United Way’s basic needs fund – a collection dedicated to providing critical supplies and support for people in crisis situations. In the last two years, the ELEVATE Awards have raised more than $145,000 to support individual and family access to safe and affordable housing, healthy food and nutrition programs, healthcare services, transportation and more.