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.

""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

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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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

Behavioral Health Kit Build

June 13th - 8:15am

Between the ages 3 and 5, the unique personality of a preschooler really begins to emerge. Behavioral health kits will help these young ones recognize and express their emotions in a healthy way while encouraging their individual personalities to blossom. Together, we will build 200 kits.

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Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana – June Membership Meeting

June 27th - 8:00am

Join us at the Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana – June Membership Meeting featuring Doran Moreland, Executive Director of Statewide Diversity & Community Engagement, Ivy Tech Community College

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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

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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