Making not-for-profit boards more diverse

Mosaic Fellowship

The Mosaic Fellowship was established in partnership with The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, and Leadership Indianapolis to increase diversity on boards not just so that boards look differently, but so they work differently. By providing support to both individuals and organizations, Mosaic aims to shift power, elevate new voices and grow the perspectives included on not-for-profit boards throughout our community.


At its centennial gala on Aug. 27, 2016, The Indianapolis Foundation announced the launch of a new program designed to reinvigorate the community by diversifying its leadership. The Indianapolis Foundation Fellowship placed a diverse group of 10 young civic leaders on prominent local boards and provided them with funds to activate annually, for three years, during their terms. The program, announced in honor of the Indianapolis Foundation’s 100th anniversary, also provided ongoing enrichment and networking opportunities. We recognize there is still a dearth of diverse board leadership in Indianapolis organizations causing boards to remain overwhelmingly White and male. Even organizations that have mastered diversity often fail at true inclusion and power-sharing with women, young people, and the BIPOC and LGBTQ communities. And, as a result, we continue to witness public organizational failures. The new Mosaic Fellowship is an evolution of the original fellowship and is intended to help our community address these critical issues. There are many talented, capable, and qualified people who are eager to serve on not-for-profit boards but simply do not receive that invitation. For this reason, the Mosaic Fellowship is focused on individuals who have little or no previous board experience.


For more information on the Mosaic Fellowship, click here.


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Current Fellows
  • LaKenya Chancey
    Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity
  • Iliana Enriquez
    Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center
  • Monika Mala
    Indy Arts Council
  • Christen Peterson
    React (formerly Young Actors Theatre)
  • Dr. Shanniese Rice
    Domestic Violence Network
  • Carlie Turner
    Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center

Community Conversation videos

Strategic Planning for Innovation, Equity and Inclusion: The Role of the Board

“Strategic Planning for Innovation, Equity and Inclusion: The Role of the Board”

—featuring Deondra Wardelle, president and CEO of On to the Next One Consulting.


During the session, attendees will:

  • Gain a new perspective on the purpose of strategic planning
  • Learn about different strategic planning models
  • Understand the importance of equity and inclusion when developing and executing your strategic plan
  • Receive helpful tips for formulating a plan that fulfills your organization’s vision and mission
  • Identify ways to improve board engagement by developing and executing your strategic plan in a manner that best supports the staff
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Building Relationships to Develop Diverse Boards

Panelists Kelly Doucet, president, The Exchange at The Indianapolis Urban League; Yecenia Tostado, board member, Leadership Indianapolis; and Al Carroll, president and CEO, IndyHub, discuss how organizations can develop authentic relationships that lead to strong, successful boards.

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From Optics to Action: Creating Space for Inclusive Conversations

This Mosaic Community Conversation features Mary-Frances Winters, founder and CEO of The Winters Group, Inc.

Leading a 38-year-old global diversity, equity, inclusion and justice consulting firm, Winters truly believes that diversity and inclusion work is her “passion and calling.” Dubbed a thought leader in the field, for the past three decades she has impacted over hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals with her thought-provoking message, and her approach to diversity and inclusion. Winters is a master strategist with experience in strategic planning, change management, diversity, organization development, training and facilitation, systems thinking and qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has extensive experience in working with senior leadership teams to drive organizational change. Winters is the author of six books, including Inclusive Conversations: Fostering Equity, Empathy, and Belonging Across Differences.

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Power, Money and Time: Defining Equity for Your Organization with Minal Bopiah

This session is designed to support your board and organization on its equity journey. Minal Bopaiah is the author of Equity: How to Design Organizations Where Everyone Thrives, and a strategic consultant with nearly 20 years of professional experience. Her areas of expertise include human-centered design, behavior change psychology, and the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) as they relate to media, marketing and communications. Recorded June 15, 2022.

A Conversation with Funders: What Does Progress in Equity Look Like?

Join Pamela Ross, vice president of community leadership and equitable initiatives, The Indianapolis Foundation; Andrew Black, director of grantmaking and community impact, The Arthur Dean Foundation; and Kiera Amstutz, president and CEO, Indiana Humanities, as they discuss how funders are evaluating progress toward equity in grantseekers and how they are holding their own organizations accountable.

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The Truth About Board Diversity

We are thrilled to have Dr. Una Osili, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, lead this session and important conversation on the importance of diversity in leadership.

Hear updated and myth-busting findings on how building a diverse not-for-profit board can influence engagement, fundraising, philanthropy and more. As the U.S. population grows more diverse, not-for-profit boards have an opportunity to engage members that reflect this diversity in their work.

Based on research findings conducted in partnership with Board Source, diverse board members have the capacity to improve the organization’s philanthropic engagement through increased board member participation, fundraising and advocacy.

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