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

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 logoIndianapolis Central Library - Clowes Auditorium
40 E. St. Clair St., 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

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