Diverse Speaker Series

The Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy is presenting a Diverse Speaker Series featuring national philanthropy leaders in Indianapolis during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Upcoming speakers

January 15: Susan Batten, President and CEO, ABFE

"Struggle and Progress: Philanthropic Leadership on Issues of Race and Equity"

Indianapolis Central Library
40 E. St. Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Event start: 6 p.m.

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March 27: Noah Drezner, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Program Director of the Higher and Postsecondary Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University

"Queering Philanthropy: Emerging Research on Alumni Giving From and Supporting the LGBTQ Communities"

Strada logoStrada Education Offices
10 W. Market Street, Suite 1100, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Event start: 6 p.m.

Strada Education Network is the presenting sponsor of this Mays Diverse Speaker Series event.

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April 24: Sandra Vargas, Senior Executive Leadership Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and Former President & CEO, The Minneapolis Foundation

"Latinx Philanthropy: Engaging a Culture of Generosity and Collective Good"

NCAA Hall of Champions and Conference Center
700 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Event start: 6 p.m.

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The Mays Family Institute Diverse Speakers Series is presented in part by the IUPUI 50th Anniversary Event Fund. To learn more about other 50th Anniversary events, visit

Earlier speakers

Distinguished Visitors

Date: November 6, 2018

In collaboration with Lake Institute on Faith & Giving’s Distinguished Visitor Series.


  • Rev. Starsky Wilson, President & CEO, Deaconess Foundation
  • Dr. Brad Braxton, Director, Center for the Study of African American Religious Life and Supervisory Curator of Religion, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Aimée Laramore, Owner & Lead Consultant for ALlyd Image Solutions, Philanthropic Strategist for African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric PhD Program at Christian Theological Seminary

Title: "Race Matters: Faith & Philanthropy in the African American Community"

Location: Christian Theological Seminary, 1000 W. 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN

Jim Moore

Date: October 30, 2018
Speaker: Jim Moore, President & CEO, University of Illinois Foundation
Title: "Diversifying Talent in Educational Advancement"
Location: Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN

Dr. Helene Gayle

Date: October 4, 2018
Speaker: Dr. Helene Gayle, President & CEO, Chicago Community Trust
Title: "The Urgency of Inclusion: Philanthropy in All Our Communities"
Location: Newfields – 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN