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Behind The Prize

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Indianapolis Prize could not exist without the hours of contributions from the people behind the Prize.  The various committees are composed of dedicated and talented individuals who have combined their expertise to create a program with a significant international impact.

INDIANAPOLIS PRIZE HONORARY CHAIRS

JANE ALEXANDER

Internationally known and multiple award winning actor and environmentalist Jane Alexander has been involved with the Indianapolis Prize since the first Prize Gala in 2006, which she emceed.  She was joined in that task at the 2008 Prize Gala by her good friend, actor and fellow environmentalist Sam Waterston.  Alexander, known for her outstanding performances on stage, film and television, is a passionate supporter of the arts (she formerly served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts) and of nature (she formerly served as Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for the State of New York). She is dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and her support of the Indianapolis Prize has been significant and generous. [close]

CHRISTEL DEHAAN

Christel DeHaan is an accomplished businesswomen, philanthropist and community leader who has contributed to a wide range of charitable causes. DeHaan founded the Christel House International in 1998 as a way to help orphaned and abandoned children in developing countries. DeHaan is known for her generosity when it comes to the city of Indianapolis. She has served on a number of local boards that support the city. She has contributed to philanthropic causes such as the Indiana Symphony Society and the Midwest Entrepreneurial Education Centre. Thorough her accomplishments, she has earned numerous awards and recognition. DeHaan also holds three doctorate degrees from Marian University, the University of Indianapolis and the University of Nottingham, England. DeHaan dedicates much of her time today to the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. ​​ [close​]

HARRISON FORD

Well known actor and conservationist, activist Harrison Ford has served on the board of Conservation International for more than 10 years. Conservation International is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., that seeks to protect Earth's biodiversity "hotspots," high-biodiversity wilderness areas, as well as important marine regions around the globe. The group is also known for its partnerships with local non-governmental organizations and indigenous peoples.  Ford has received numerous environmental awards, including the 2002 Global Environmental Citizen Award from Harvard Medical School.  Among his many memorable film roles are as Han Solo in Star Wars, the Indiana Jones trilogy, Witness, The Fugitive, Air Force One and Regarding Henry. [close]

GILBERT M. GROSVENOR

The legendary Gilbert Grosvenor is chairman of the National Geographic Society's Education Foundation and is a member of the Society's board of trustees. Grosvenor was president of National Geographic from 1980 to 1996, the fifth generation of his family to have served in that position. In 1975, Grosvenor created National Geographic World (now National Geographic Kids), a monthly magazine for children. In 1985 he launched an effort to improve geography education in the nation's classrooms. The Society's Geography Education Outreach division and its local partners have invested more than $110 million in improving geography in America's K-12 schools. In June 2004 Grosvenor received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.[close]

CARL HIAASEN

Born and raised in Plantation, Florida (near Fort Lauderdale), Carl graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism. After two years as a reporter for Cocoa Today out of Cocoa, Florida, he joined the Miami Herald in 1976, where he still works. From 1979 he turned to investigative journalism, concentrating on construction and property development - exposing schemes to destroy Florida's natural beauty. Eventually, in the 1980s, he embarked on a career as a novelist. He co-wrote three thrillers with fellow-journalist Bill Montalbano - Powder Burn (1981), Trap Line (1981), and A Death in China (1986). After Montalbano became a foreign correspondent, Hiaasen wrote his first book, Tourist Season (1986) - introducing many of his distinctive styles and themes. Hiaasen's fiction mirrors his concerns as a journalist and Floridian. His novels have been classified as "environmental thrillers" and are usually found on the crime shelves in bookshops, although they can just as well be read as mainstream satires of contemporary life. [close]

ROGER W. SANT

Roger Sant is Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of The AES Corporation, a global power company operating in 27 countries. Prior to starting AES in 1981, he was Assistant Administrator for Energy Conservation and the Environment at the Federal Energy Administration. He was also the Director of the Energy Productivity Center, an energy research organization affiliated with the Mellon Institute at Carnegie-Mellon University. Mr. Sant is on the Board of Regents, Smithsonian Institution and Chairs the Boards of Trustees of The Summit Foundation, and The Summit Fund of Washington. He chaired the WWF National Council from September 2001 to September 2002. Mr. Sant received a B.S. from Brigham Young University and an M.B.A. with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. [close]

E.O. WILSON, Ph.D.

One of the world's most distinguished scientists, biologist E.O. Wilson is a professor and honorary curator in entomology at Harvard. In 1975, he published Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, a work that described social behavior, from ants to humans. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he taught from 1956. Recognized as the world's leading authority on ants, he discovered their use of pheromone for communication and wrote, The Insect Societies (1971) which was the definitive treatment of the subject. He won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for, On Human Nature, where he explored sociobiology's implications in regard to human aggression, sexuality, and ethics. With Bert Hölldobler he wrote the major study, The Ants (1990, Pulitzer Prize.) In, The Diversity of Life (1992) he examined how the world's species became diverse and the massive extinctions caused by 20th-century human activities. In, Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge (1998) he proposed that all of existence can be organized and understood in accordance with a few fundamental natural laws. [close]

INDIANAPOLIS PRIZE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

CHAIRS

Daniel C. Appel
Chairman and CEO, Gregory & Appel Insurance

Dan has more than 25 years' experience in the insurance industry and is the fourth generation in his family to lead Gregory & Appel Insurance. Dan oversees some of the agency's largest accounts, drawing on his extensive understanding of insurance and risk management. Dan is widely respected for his considerable community involvement with organizations such as Noble of Indiana and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. A Certified Insurance Counselor, Dan holds an Indiana Agents License. He earned his B.S. in finance from Indiana University.​ 

Myrta J. Pulliam
Director, Special Projects, Indy Star

Myrta Pulliam is the Chair of the Indianapolis Prize Executive Committee and was part of the group who created the award in 2006. She also serves on the board of the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. Pulliam's philanthropic work spans local and global efforts, from conservation to investigative journalism. Following in footsteps of both her father and grandfather, she pursued roles at the Indianapolis Star newspaper, including being part of the Pulitzer Prize winning investigative team in 1975 and now as the director of special projects. With service throughout the Indianapolis community, Pulliam is also involved with the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Women's Fund of Central Indiana, Depauw University, Queens University of Charlotte, Methodist Health Foundation and the Central Indiana Community Foundation. ​

COMMITTEE

Mary Clare Broadbent
Civic Volunteer

Mary Clare Broadbent is currently Chair of the 500 Festival Foundation Board of Directors, and she serves on the Board of Governors of the Indianapolis Art Museum. .  Extremely active in the community, Ms. Broadbent has also served on the boards of the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Park Tudor School, the Junior League of Indianapolis, the Civic Theatre, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Advisory Board of the Indianapolis Women’s Magazine, the Foundation Board of St. Vicnent’s Hospital and the Christamore Aid Society.  She co-chaired the inaugural Zoobilation event at the Indianapolis Zoo and the National Figure Skating Championships, as well as chairing the opening and closing ceremonies of the Pan American Games, all in Indianapolis. 

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
President, Purdue University

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. became the 12th president of Purdue University in January 2013, at the conclusion of his second term as Governor of the State of Indiana.He was elected as the 49th governor of Indiana in 2004 and was reelected in 2008. He came from a successful career in business and government and held various top management positions in both private and public sectors. He worked as the CEO of the Hudson Institute and President of Eli Lily and Company's North American Pharmaceutical Operations. He also served as Chief of Staff to Senator Richard Lugar, Senior Advisor to President Ronald Reagan and Director of the Office of Management and Budget for President George W. Bush. During his first term as Indiana Governor, Daniels spearheaded reforms aimed at improving state government performance. In 2005 he led the state to its first balance budget in 8 years and in 2011, he helped guide Indiana to pass the most sweeping education reforms in the country. He received The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation's Inaugural Medal for Distinguished Served to Education for his efforts to reform education in 2010.In March 2011, Daniels was a recipient of the Wetland Conservation Achievement Award and the 2011 Friend of the Family Award from the Indiana Family Institute. In 2012 the Manhattan Institute presented him with the Alexander Hamilton Award. He has also received awards for his efforts in conservation, and strengthening of American institutions. He was asked in 2013 to co-chair a National Research Council committee to review U.S. human spaceflight programs, and was elected in March to the board of Energy Systems Network. Daniels is also an author, and earned his bachelor's degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1971, and a law degree from Georgetown University in 1979. 

James M. Danko
President, Butler University

In 2011, James Danko became the twenty-first president of Butler University. Prior to academia, he was an entrepreneur in Cleveland, Ohio. At age 19, he founded a medical equipment company, which was later expanded to a health-care and fitness provider. Danko taught entrepreneurship and held leadership roles with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Babson College and the University of Michigan. He served as the associate dean at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and dean of Villanova School of Business. Through his first year as president of Butler, Danko has helped to establish the Butler Innovation Fund, and has led multiple institutional changes, including efforts to achieve net climate neutrality and athletic transitions. He has been an active participant in the global dialogue on higher education, and served as a founding board member and president of the MBA Roundtable, a member of the international board of the Graduate Management Admission Council, and has worked with political and corporate leaders to strengthen program opportunities for minority business owners. He received his bachelor's degree in religious studies from John Carroll University and his master of business administration with high honors at the University of Michigan. 

Lori Efroymson-Aguilera
Philanthropist

In 1998, Lori Efroymson-Aguilera and her late husband, Dan, established the Efroymson Family Fund with a $90 million gift. Since Dan's death in 1999, Lori and their two children, Jeremy and Elissa, have continued the family's philanthropic tradition by providing support to charitable organizations throughout Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, and across the U.S. The Efroymson Family Fund, part of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, is one of the largest donor-advised funds in the United States, awarding more than $60 million to not-for-profit organizations. The Fund continues a long legacy of charitable commitment by the Efroymson family in Central Indiana. For 80 years, three generations – Gustave, Robert and Dan – served without interruption on The Indianapolis Foundation Board of Trustees. The family's grant-making focus has been to improve the viability of Indianapolis and provide funds for the welfare of the disadvantaged; the natural environment; historic preservation; and the well-being of the Jewish people.  Lori continues the tradition alongside her husband, the former Mexican Consul to Indianapolis, Sergio Aguilera.  Lori Efroymson-Aguilera received her Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education from Florida State University. 

Suzanne M. Fehsenfeld
Founder of ESCAPE Foundation, Inc. & Mara Elephant Project ​

Suzanne Fehsenfeld founded ESCAPE Foundation, Inc. in 2011 from her passion for wildlife conservation with a global vision. Her frequent African travels to the Maasai Mara inspired ESCAPE's first boots on the ground initiative, Mara Elephant Project, which she founded to protect the region's African elephants. Suzanne possesses both a global and local lens. Her commitment to wildlife conservation prevails globally through her work with Tusk Trust and Stop Ivory and in Indiana as a founder member of the Indianapolis Zoo.​

Joseph H. Hogsett

Mayor, City of Indianapolis

Mayor Joe Hogsett is a lifelong Hoosier and has deep roots in Indianapolis. He has lived and worked in the city for more than three decades and serves as the 49th mayor of Indianapolis. Before taking office in 2016, he served as Indiana’s Secretary of State and United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indianapolis. Mayor Hogsett is a former federal prosecutor and focuses on preventing crime, protecting taxpayers and creating opportunities for working families. He is dedicated to investing city resources back into neighborhoods. Mayor Hogsett earned both his law degree and undergraduate degree from Indiana University and graduate degrees from Butler University and the Christian Theological Seminary.​

Anton H. George
Owner, Vision Investments, LLC

Tony George has had the privilege of serving many of Indiana's great institutions in the past 25 years.  In addition to serving as President and CEO, he has been a member of the board of Hulman & Company and its subsidiaries, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  He serves on the boards of Vectren Corporation, First Financial Corporation, Deep Vein Coal Company, Princeton Mining Company, and R.J. Oil Company.  A native of Terre Haute, he serves on the Foundation Board of his Alma Mater, Indiana State University, and the Board of Trustees of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, as well as on the boards of the Riley Children's Foundation and the United States Auto Club.  Mr. George has been honored with a Sagamore of the Wabash, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce's Business Leader of the Year Award, the Autosport Pioneering & Innovation Award, and the Formula One Constructors Association Award.  He and his wife Laura live in Indianapolis.  They have three children and five  grandchildren. 

Michael S. Maurer, J.D.
Chairman of the Board, The National Bank of Indianapolis

Mickey's career as an attorney and entrepreneur has included cable television, film production, radio broadcasting, newspaper publishing and banking.  An Indianapolis native, Mickey attended the University of Colorado and graduated with a B.S. in accounting.  He serves on the Board of Visitors of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado.  Mickey attended Indiana University School of Law where he received a J.D. in 1967.  In 2008, the school was renamed Indiana University Maurer School of Law.  He is admitted to both the New York and the Indiana Bars.  Mickey serves as Chairman of the Board of IBJ Media, which owns the Indianapolis Business Journal, Court and Commercial Record, and The Indiana Lawyer.  Mickey serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National Bank of Indianapolis, a financial institution he founded in 1993.  In 2001, Mickey established "Mickey's Camp," a charitable endeavor that has raised more than $1,000,000 for Central Indiana charities.  In 2005, Mickey was named President of the Indiana Economic Development Corp., and in 2006, Mickey served as Indiana Secretary of Commerce.  Mickey enjoys leadership through active participation as a director of numerous businesses, civic, education and philanthropic organizations.  

D. Mark McCoy, Ph.D.
President, DePauw University

D.  Mark McCoy was appointed DePauw University's twentieth president on March 7, 2016, and began his term on July 1, 2016. Previously he served as dean of the DePauw University School of Music from 2011-2016.  During his tenure, the music school attracted the largest first-year class in its history, doubled annual audiences, raised $23.5 million, and drew national attention to an innovative restructuring of music programs in higher education.

With degrees from Shepherd College, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and Texas Tech University, McCoy has taught at the primary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels.  His diverse educational background makes him a firm believer in and product of both the professional school and the liberal arts tradition.  A first-generation college student, he is acutely aware of the impact access to America's finest educational opportunities can have.​

​Michael A. McRobbie, D.Sc.
President, Indiana University

Micha​el A. McRobbie became Indiana University's eighteenth president on July 1, 2007, and is responsible for IU's eight-campus system, which has a total budget of around $3 billion and over 7,000 faculty, 11,000 staff, and 115,000 students. As president, McRobbie has set out a vision for IU that stresses and reaffirms IU's fundamental mission of excellence in research and teaching.  In addition to serving as IU's top administrator, President McRobbie is a professor of computer science and holds appointments in a variety of other areas in departments on both the IU Bloomington and Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis campuses. He has been an active researcher in computer science and logic over his career. He has been principal investigator on numerous large grants from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, has published a number of books, and has served on editorial boards and conference committees. In 1996, he co-founded the Asian Pacific Advanced Network, a high-performance computer network for the research and education community in the Asia-Pacific region. More recently he was appointed as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia, one of that nation's highest honors, and elected an honorary member of the Australian Academy of Humanities. In addition to his duties as president, McRobbie serves on several outside committees and organizations. He isa member and former chair of the Board of Trustees of Internet2 and chair of the Board of Directors of the Digital Preservation Network. He is a member and former chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors, and a member of the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board, and a member and former chair of University Research Associates, which is responsible for Fermi Lab. In 2014, McRobbie received the Anti-Defamation League’s “Man of Achievement Award,” which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community, justice and equal opportunity for all and in 2015, the Australian National University honored him as Alumnus of the Year.

Samuel L. Odle, FACHE
Senior Policy Advisor, Bose Public Affairs Group, LLC

Sam Odle most recently served as the chief operating officer of Indianapolis-based IU Health and held the position of CEO of both Methodist Hospital and University Hospital. He retired in July 2012 after a career that started as vice president of operations at Methodist Hospital in 1981. As senior policy adviser at the Bose Public Affairs Group, Odle works with clients on a variety of public policy issues that will include health care and the life sciences. Active in the community, Odle is involved with numerous organizations including the Boy Scouts of America and the United Way of Central Indiana. In 2008, Odle served as chairman of the United Way fundraising campaign which raised nearly $39 million. He has been recognized on several occasions for both his professional and community service. In 2011, Odle received the prestigious Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee "Charles L. Whistler Award" for his visionary and enthusiastic leadership in serving the community and also his success in bringing together the public and private sectors for civic improvement in Indianapolis. Odle was inducted into the Indiana Business Hall of Fame in 2007. 

Derica W. Rice

Executive Vice President, Global Services and Chief Financial Officer, Eli Lilly and Company

Derica Rice is executive vice president of global services and chief financial officer for Eli Lilly and Company. After joining Lilly in 1990 as an international treasury associate, Derica served in a variety of roles, including sales representative, manager of global financial planning and analysis for the medical devices division, and global planning manager for pharmaceuticals. He then became finance director and chief financial officer for Lilly Canada, after which he was named vice president and chief financial officer for European operations based in London. Derica next served as general manager of Lilly's U.K. affiliate and then as Lilly's vice president and controller until he was promoted to CFO in 2006.

​Derica earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Kettering University and a master's degree in business administration from Indiana University. He serves as a member of the board of directors for Target Corporation and the Center for Leadership Development. Rice was formerly on the Indiana University Board of Trustees, Indiana University Health North Hospital Board and the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Board of Governors.

Jeffrey H. Smulyan, J.D.
Chairman of the Board, EMMIS Communications Corporation

Jeffrey H. Smulyan serves as Chairman of the Board of Emmis Communications Corporation, an Indianapolis–based radio, TV and magazine publishing company. A cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.A. in History and Telecommunications, Smulyan earned a J. D. from USC School of Law. Smulyan formed and became principal shareholder of Emmis in 1980. A public company since 1994, Emmis owns and operates 20 FM and 2 AM radio stations in the nation's largest markets; six local, regional and national magazine operations; and radio stations in Slovakia and Bulgaria. A former director of the National Association of Broadcasters and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Radio Advertising Bureau, Mr. Smulyan sits on the Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California. He is a member of numerous civic boards and committees. He received the American Women in Radio and Television's Star Award in 1994 and the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young the following year. In 1994, Smulyan was named by The White House to head the U.S. Delegation to the Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union. As a United States Ambassador, he represented the U.S. in various bilateral meetings, negotiating a landmark agreement between Israel and the PLO.  In 2004, he was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Among many other honors, Smulyan has received the State of Indiana's "Sagamore of the Wabash" and was inducted into the Indiana Business Hall of Fame. 

Pete S. Ward
Vice President, Operating Officer, Indianapolis Colts

Pete Ward has been a part of the Indianapolis Colts since a 1981 internship with the team's public relations department. He graduated from the University or Virginia in 1982 and was then hired as the club's administrative assistant. In March 1984 he was promoted to director of operations, and was named vice president in 1997. Ward was able to serve as the point-person on both the design and construction of Lucas Oil Stadium. He also served as the team's liaison for Super Bowl XLVI. He was named chairman of Indiana University's Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in 2012. Ward also serves as a board member to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana Convention and Visitors Association, and the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. [close]


INDIANAPOLIS PRIZE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

STEERING COMMITTEE

Daniel C. Appel
Chairman & CEO
Gregory & Appel Insurance​​

​​Te​ri Baker
Prize Program and Event Coordinator 
Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. 

​Karen Burns
Executive Vice President
Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. 

​​Michael Crowther
CEO
Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. 

Amy Kerrick
Executive Assistant
Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.

​​Laura Mays
Director of Special Events
Mays Entertainment LLC

Liz Mok
Special Events Manager
Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. ​

Melanie Laurendine
Conservation Public Relations Specialist,
Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. 

Myrta J. Pulliam
Director of Special Projects
Indy Star​

Michele Schilten
Director of Education
Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. 


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

​​John Ketzenberger
Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute​

​​Susan Williams
Indiana Historical Society

​Michele Schilten
Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.

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GALA DINNER AND SPONSORSHIP CHAIRS

Catherine A. Langham
Langham Logistics, Inc.​

​​Mark D. Miles
Hulman & Co.


MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

​Melanie Laurendine
Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. ​

Mike Marker
VOX Global

​Judy Palermo
Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. 

PRODUCTION

​Matt Mays
Mays Entertainment LLC

​Patrick Rhoda
Markey's Rental and Staging

​Laura Mays
Mays Entertainment LLC

Adam Rife​​
Markey's Rental and Staging

​D. Mark McCoy, Ph.D.
DePauw University

​Lisette Woloszyk
JW Marriott

​Johnny Moore
Markey's Rental and Staging

VOLUNTEERS

​Elizabeth Ahlgrim
Community Volunteer

Kristin Kraemer
​Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. ​

VIDEO

Matt Mays
Mays Entertainment LLC

AT LARGE

​Kate Appel​
Community Leader

​Nancy Hunt
Community Leader

​Mary Clare Broadbent
Community Leader

​Lisa McKinney
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Weezie (Louise) Combs​
Community Leader

​April Sasso
Community Leader

​Cheri Dick
Community Leader

​Robert Shumaker, Ph.D.
Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. 

​Emily Dindoffer
Gannett

​Lauren Sparkman
Community Leader

Nancy Elder
Community Leader

​Annie Wells
Community Leader

​Suzie Fehsenfeld
Globe Foundation

​Mike Wells​
REI Real Estate Services, LLC

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