A two-day crash course on Indy community issues

Opportunity Indianapolis

Opportunity Indianapolis is a two-day crash course on the issues facing the greater Indianapolis community — such as downtown development, arts & culture, and sports  — and the people working on them. Whether you’re new to Indianapolis or you’re just looking for ways to become more involved, this program provides participants with valuable insight and a newfound network of civic-minded individuals who want to make a difference.

The OI experience doesn’t just benefit participants. For businesses that are increasingly investing in a mobile workforce, Opportunity Indianapolis helps employees feel more connected to the larger Indianapolis community. The program’s design creates a connective tissue that helps people find meaning in both the work they do and the community leadership they may get involved with.  People often say they are inspired and energized by Opportunity Indianapolis as they learn new things about the city and discover new ways to get involved in the community. Opportunity Indianapolis is great for people who have just moved to Indianapolis as well as those who have more time to get involved in the community but don’t know where to start.

2023 speakers included:

  • Kiera Amstutz, President and CEO – Indiana Humanities (SKL Class XXVI)
  • Ebony Armstrong, Director of Events, Activations and Venues – Pacers Sports & Entertainment
  • Malina Simone Bacon, Founder – GANGGANG (OI, SKL Class XXXIX)
  • Lesley Gordon, Chief Public Affairs Officer – IndyGo (OI, Civic Boot Camp)
  • Marisol Gouveia, Director of Engagement – Indiana Humanities (OI, SKL Class XLI, LI Board Member)
  • Channie Jones, Director of Equity Partnerships – Indy Arts Council
  • Sarah Myer, Senior Director, Communications & Marketing – Indiana Sports Corp (SKL Class XLII, LI Board Member)
  • Taylor Schaffer, President & CEO – Downtown Indy, Inc. (SKL Class XLIV)
  • Joel Zawacki, Assistant General Manager of Corporate Sales & Marketing – Indianapolis Indians

Questions about Opportunity Indianapolis? Contact Beth Perdue Outland at rhutton@leadershipindianapolis.com.


Register for Opportunity Indianapolis

Registration for OI 2024 will open soon.

Dates & Time

OI 2024 will be October 10 & 11.


Various locations around Downtown Indianapolis. Location details will be sent prior to program. Please note: Participants will get a chance to take advantage of the walkability of downtown Indy as we enjoy short walks between various locations throughout the program.



Leadership Indianapolis believes cost should not be a barrier to participation and has a limited number of scholarships available. Please contact Beth Outland at boutland@leadershipindianapolis.com prior to registering for more information.

Don't just take our word for it

I will definitely share the experience I had and encourage others to attend future events with Leadership Indianapolis as well. The interactions were refreshing, and I enjoyed engaging with others and listening to their viewpoints.

Sherie Scott
OI Insights

This discussion series presented by Leadership Indianapolis was very informative. It's always nice to hear from individuals with lived experience. Additionally, hearing the success stories that include pitfalls and barriers and how they worked to overcome and address them on a systematic level was inspiring.

Josette Robinson
Discussion Series (Public Safety and Criminal Justice)