Junior Achievement of Central Indiana announced the upcoming induction of four exceptional individuals into the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame. One of this year’s inductees is Carolene Mays.
The experienced leader, with a diverse career background in entrepreneurship, utility regulation, cyber security policy, government agency leadership, elected office, corporate business, small business, TV and print media, currently leads a leadership training organization and consulting business.
Mays has extensive experience with TV and print media as the former president and CEO of the Indianapolis Recorder, and she currently hosts Community Link weekly on WISH-TV.
She is the founder and president of Black leadership + Legacies, Inc., where she develops Black and minority emerging and aspiring professionals for leadership roles and opportunities to make a positive difference within their organizations, community and beyond.
“I am absolutely humbled and very honored, a little shocked, but I feel very blessed to be inducted,” said Mays.
The expert speaker and moderator was speechless when she got the call.
She feels like she works and does what needs to be done; however, she was told that she has been successful in everything she has done and deserve this.
Mays has over 30 years of experience serving the community on international, national, university and local nonprofit boards as well as chairing major events.
She serves on a corporate board of directors and as governance chair for a national mutual insurance company. She also serves as chair for a university institute board and a minority women’s organization board.
“I treat people like we’re all put here for a purpose, and I feel like you have to help people. So, I give back,” said Mays.
The Junior Achievement of Central Indiana chose Mays as a hall of fame inductee because of her demonstrated resilience, compassion, strong commitment to excellence in the face of adversity and embodiment of the values that Junior Achievement of Central Indiana seeks to instill in the students they serve.
All honorees were selected based on their outstanding personal and professional achievements, unwavering moral and ethical standards, dedication to civic causes and their positive impact on the quality of life in their community.
The hall of fame induction ceremony is Friday, November 3, 2023, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.