Diversity Leadership Circle

Advocates of diversity from all backgrounds, cultures, thought processes and beliefs, come together in Diversity Leadership Circle to fight for the financial stability of all Central Indiana residents. Members maximize impact on the community through unique perspectives and give $1,500 or more annually.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: Exclusive networking opportunities, social events and volunteer opportunities, regular communication about diversity-related programs, activities and events and recognition in United Way materials

Job Readiness Kits

Job readiness is the cornerstone of financial stability and self-sufficiency, which is why Diversity Leadership Circle creates job readiness kits for local organizations like PACE and Centers for Working Families. Members also participate in resume writing workshops and mock job interviews for those in need at PACE.

Educational Opportunities about Diversity

Diversity Leadership Circle members participate in and host several diversity focused events and educational opportunities throughout the year. These include topics such as unconscious bias, diversity beyond race and ways young activists can learn from the past.

A Rich History

Founded by Bill Mays in 1985 (then known as the Minority Key Club), the Diversity Leadership Circle was the first of its kind in the country and has contributed more than $1.8 million annually.

DLC Member: Bill Hendrix

Bill believes that bringing a diverse voice to United Way is a way to better serve our communities. "I am passionate to create a better place than the one I leave. As an LGBT person, I have been heavily involved in trying to create better parity both in the workplace and within the community."

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DLC Member: Patzetta Trice

" Being a volunteer affords one the opportunity to learn, not just about the community, but to be exposed to the complexities of solving significant community issues that impact us all. Being a volunteer affords one the benefit of gaining wisdom and the transfer of knowledge from veteran volunteers who happen to also be high-level leaders in their organizations and/or businesses."

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DLC Member: Jason Preston

"I feel like societal trends have moved many people to isolate themselves to those who act or look most like themselves. I see DLC participation as a way for me to interact with other people -- to be exposed to different ways of thinking and different motivations."

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""Having other like-minded, diverse individuals that collectively maximizes their voices and talents to help the community is my primary reason for staying connected to the Diversity Leadership Circle. I encourage people to think about diversity and inclusion beyond what they see on the outside.”

Bernice Anthony, Diversity Leadership Circle Chair

Is Diversity Leadership Circle for me?

Are you an ambitious leader who wants to have access to unique diversity-focused events, make quality connections and help improve the financial stability of those in our community?



If the answer is "yes," then Diversity Leadership CIrcle is for you. Submit an interest form and staff manager, Janine Robertson, will contact you directly.

For more information, contact Janine Robertson atjanine.robertson@uwci.org.



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WE'LL CONNECT YOU TO LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE WHO WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

  • Membership Benefits
  • How to Join
  • Contribution Options

Membership Benefits

  • Exclusive networking opportunities, social events and volunteer opportunities
  • Regular communication about diversity-related programs
  • Activities and events
  • Recognition in United Way materials

How to Join

Request a meeting with the staff manager or make a donation through our online platform or through your company's United Way campaign.

Contribution Options

A company matching gift can count towards your membership. Also, there is a two-year step-up option - donating $750 the first year and $1,500 the second year - while enjoying all the benefits of membership beginning the first year.

Upcoming Events

Tocqueville Society First Wednesday Luncheon

September 5th - 11:30am-1:15pm

Join us for a beautiful view of downtown Indianapolis, delicious lunch and networking at the Skyline Club during the April Tocqueville Society First Wednesday Luncheon. Featuring Eli Lilly and Company Senior Vice President, Global Development and Medical Affairs, Levi A. Garraway, M.D., Ph.D.

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How Fund Diversification Can Make or Break Your Fundraising Strategy

September 11th - 9:00am-12:00pm

Learn the importance of understanding the different revenue streams available to nonprofit and leveraging those streams to support your areas of need. Attendees will learn about free and inexpensive tools to help enhance their research to find funders that align with their work.

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Maximizing Social Security: Where Else Can You Earn 8% a Year?

September 25th - 4:00pm-6:00pm

Learn how to maximize your social security benefits by taking them at the right time, leveraging spousal benefits and the tradeoff between working and earning benefits during your retirement years.

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Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana presents Nancy Ahlrichs

September 26th - 8:00am-10:00am

Generational diversity is the one type of diversity that every organization experiences. Hear Nancy S. Ahlrichs, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, generational expert and author, discuss why we are the way that we are—and how to make it work at work!

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Speakers Series
Women’s Speaker Series: How Adversity Impacts a Child’s Brain Development and Well-Being

November 1st - 4:00pm-6:30pm

Hear Dr. Lori Desautels discuss her journey as one of the foremost experts in the field of educational neuroscience and learn about her ground-breaking research that focuses on how brain development is affected by adversity. Following Dr. Desautels’ presentation, learn how United Way is making an impact on the emotional health of children ages 3 to 5 through the use of behavioral health kits.

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Speakers Series
Women’s Speaker Series: Why Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Matters

February 7th - 4:00pm-6:30pm

If you’re a woman, you may hit road blocks along the way to your career goals due to your gender and ethnicity. Join us for a panel discussion featuring four successful women who have all faced challenges along the path to their current positions. Each panelist has a unique story and will share their perspective around diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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