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.

"Diversity is more than what we see, it's all people in the communities in which we live and work. The Diversity Leadership Circle seeks to bring together like minded individuals who value acceptance and inclusion for one common goal - our community. Working together, we can elevate our communities by bringing multiple voices into one united voice."

Bill Hendrix, PhD, 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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  • 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

An Evening at the Naples Philharmonic

February 20th - 6:00pm

There’s nothing like the power of live music – especially the memorable melodies from Mozart, Sinatra and Elvis – to provide hope, healing and inspiration to a community.

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Red Carpet Gala 2018

March 4th - 6:30pm

Be Our Guest!

A world of magic and beauty awaits you! The Indiana Roof Ballroom will transform into the mysterious castle from Beauty and the Beast. Enjoy an enchanting evening with friends while watching the Academy Awards in style.

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