UWCI News and Stories
On Tuesday, May 16th, Lacy Johnson, Partner at Ice Miller and Alan Mills, Partner at Barnes & Thornburg co-hosted a special event honoring Fay Williams and Bill Mays who co-founded the Minority Key Club – which today is known as the Diversity Leadership Circle.
United Way of Central Indiana fights for the education, financial stability, health and basic needs of everyone in our community. So, when our partner agency, Flanner House, unveiled plans to create a community garden for the people of northwest Indianapolis to enjoy, we couldn’t wait to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty!
The field of Diversity and Inclusion is evolving rapidly to focus in on inclusion or actions taken to create a sense of belonging not only for employees but also for patients, customers and other constituents. Three Human Resource leaders from the healthcare, financial and nonprofit worlds were on an Indy SHRM panel April 20th to discuss how they are moving their organizations from an emphasis on diversity to more of a spotlight on inclusion.
Melissa Meier has been involved with United Way for 15 years! A year ago, she combined her passion for quality education for all children with the impactful work of Women United. "I love the idea of women working together on behalf of the community to impact the lives of preschoolers."
Stephen Hastings learned at an early age what it meant to work hard. But when he and his father traveled to Indy in search of higher-wage jobs, a strong work ethic wasn't enough. After years of struggling, Stephen found real help from the Center for Working Families at The John H. Boner Center where he was able to develop a plan with the help of a social worker, financial coach and career coach.
Ten Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) educators out of 584 nominees have been chosen as finalists for this year’s Hubbard Life-Changing Educator Award, presented by United Way of Central Indiana. Now in its fourth year, the award honors teachers and principals who have made a significant difference in the classroom and in the lives of students.
Michael O’Connor, Director of State Government Affairs for Eli Lilly and Company, has received Indiana United Ways’ highest honor for his extraordinary leadership in early childhood education and a global partnership between Lilly and United Way Worldwide. O’Connor received the Castaldi Award at the 2017 United Way and Funds State Leaders Conference Awards Banquet on April 13 at the Indianapolis Marriott North, Indianapolis.