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Indianapolis celebrates inclusive businesses at mayor’s Diversity Awards

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Indianapolis came together to honor organizations leading the way in workplace diversity and inclusion on May 9. Hosted by Mayor Joe Hogsett, EmployIndy and the Office of Minority and Women Business Development, the 23rd Annual Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards recognized over 50 employers who are building more equitable and supportive workplaces.

This year’s event, held at the Culinary and Conference Center at Ivy Tech Community College at 2820 N. Meridian Street, drew over 400 guests. Leaders from the business and nonprofit sectors shared inspiring tales, techniques and best business practices for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within their organizations and across the community.

Hogsett spoke about the importance of diversity during the event.

“Diversity is one of Indianapolis’s greatest assets,” Hogsett said. “When we foster environments where everyone feels valued and has the chance to thrive, our entire city benefits. Congratulations to today’s award winners for their inspiring leadership.” 

Emphasizing the city’s focus on youth employment, proceeds from the event directly support Project Indy. This innovative initiative, launched by Hogsett in 2016, has connected nearly 18,000 young adults in Marion County with career-building work experiences. 

A highlight of this year’s awards was the new Excellence in Service Community-Based Organization Award. This honor celebrates nonprofit partners who deliver exemplary workforce development services to residents and businesses.

President and CEO of EmployIndy Marie Mackintosh also spoke about fostering a more diverse community.

“Today, we recognize organizations actively championing a more just and vibrant Indianapolis,” Mackintosh said. “From prioritizing career development for our community’s young people to ensuring diverse leadership, this year’s honorees are setting inspiring examples of what it means to create a workplace where everyone can succeed.”

To learn how you can support youth employment in Indianapolis through Project Indy, click here.


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