The Leadership Indianapolis board of directors today announced that Rebecca King has been named president and CEO of the leadership training and deployment organization.

King knows the organization well. For the past four years, she has been vice president of programs and alumni relations for Leadership Indianapolis and director of its flagship program, the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series. In that role, she has been responsible for overall direction and curriculum development, including opportunities for alumni. King is also a graduate of the SKL program’s Class XXXVII.

King replaces Christina Hale, who left Leadership Indianapolis to head youth leadership programs for her previous employer, Kiwanis International.

“At Leadership Indianapolis, we strive to educate, inspire, and mobilize community leaders to serve and strengthen greater Indianapolis,” said Board Chair Joe Smith, an attorney with Faegre Baker & Daniels. “We’re delighted to have Rebecca at the helm. She’s truly lived the mission of volunteer leadership, not only with our organization, but also through her personal life and career.”

“Leadership Indianapolis plays an important role in our city, especially at this point in time,” said King. “Communities around the country, including ours, are facing serious issues that require strong community leadership. All you have to do is turn on the news or check your Twitter feed to see that it is critical we have new and seasoned community leaders who represent diverse perspectives and experiences, and who engage in civil discourse about our most pressing civic issues.

“I am thrilled to lead this organization as we invite new voices into the conversation, immerse them in community issues, and connect them with opportunities to serve and strengthen Indianapolis.”

A graduate of Point Park University and the IU Lilly School of Philanthropy, King was, for fifteen years before joining Leadership Indianapolis, co-owner and CEO of Theater of Inclusion.

As a volunteer, King practices what she teaches at Leadership Indianapolis. She is currently an Indianapolis Foundation Fellow, a board member of the Indiana Repertory Theatre, and co-chairs the partner and agency engagement committee for the United Way of Central Indiana 100th Anniversary.

King’s past community volunteer experience includes the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Diving Trials, the 2015 and 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships, Plan 2020, Tedx Indianapolis, the Carmel Arts Council, and United Way of Central Indiana.

Leadership Indianapolis, established in 2013, combined the long-established programs of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Series (SKL) and the Lacy Leadership Association. In recent years, Leadership Indianapolis has operated:

  • SKL (a 10-month program for emerging community leaders),
  • Opportunity Indianapolis, (a two-day community orientation program),
  • LEAD, (a four-part skill-enhancing session for emerging and experienced leaders),
  • Civic Boot Camp (for young professionals),
  • Civic Leadership Summit (leaders addressing issues affecting Indianapolis),
  • Get on Board (matches prospective leaders with nonprofit board opportunities).

Rebecca King, Leadership Indianapolis