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PAST EVENT: Higher Perspectives: Lessons from Local Leaders

  • Conrad Indianapolis 50 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN, 46204 United States (map)

Young Professionals of Central Indiana (YPCI) is proud to present the fourth installment of our annual series Higher Perspectives: Lessons from Local Leaders. We’ve assembled a great Leader panel this year with diverse backgrounds and experiences! The evening will kick-off with open networking time with our guests (with beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres included!). The discussion will follow where we will hear from each leader as they share their thoughts on various topics from career success and failures, leadership and coaching, and other great insights from their careers. You will be sure to walk away with some food for thought!

The evening will offer a unique opportunity to connect with Indy’s leaders in a private setting reserved for YPs. We look forward to seeing you there!

Event Schedule:

  • 5:30 - 6:00: open networking for attendees

  • 6:00 - 7:15: panel discussion

  • 7:15 - 7:45: event wraps-up

Our Panelists:

Greg Ballard, Former Mayor of Indianapolis

After a twenty-three year career in the Marine Corps and retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, Greg Ballard returned home to Indianapolis in 2001. In 2007, he ran a successful campaign to become the 48th Mayor of Indianapolis, subsequently serving two terms. While Mayor, he became a Trustee for the US Conference of Mayors and was known for his boldness and innovation by his fellow mayors. He is a graduate of Indiana University, holds a Masters in Military Science, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Butler University. A Persian Gulf War veteran, he continues to be active in veteran causes and was recently named to Indiana's Veteran Affairs Commission. He is currently a Visiting Fellow for Civic Leadership and Mayoral Archives at the University of Indianapolis. Greg and his wife, Winnie, have been married for 34 years and have two children, Erica and Greg Jr.

Ting Gootee, Founding Member and Chief Investment Officer at Elevate Ventures

Ting Gootee has over a decade experience in alternative investment. She spent three years at an international hedge fund on the private placement side, before moving into venture capital in 2009. She was part of the founding team of Elevate Ventures, a top five most active venture capital firms in the great lakes region. Elevate has seven funds under management with assets allocated between direct investment funds and fund-of-funds programs. Elevate focuses on investing in pre-seed, seed and early-stage companies across multiple sectors, and has built a portfolio of over 220 companies since 2010.

Ting received her MA from Purdue University and MBA from Indiana University. She's also a holder of Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement.

Ilya Rekhter, Co-Founder and CEO at DoubleMap, Inc.

A first-generation immigrant from Russia and Indiana University grad, Ilya is also the founder of DoubleMap, which provides transit software to clients ranging from the city of Dallas to Facebook's corporate campus. DoubleMap has been recognized on back-to-back Inc. 5000 lists of fastest growing private companies in America (#93 and #1812), while Ilya has been selected to Inc's 30 under 30 list and IBJ's 40 under 40 list. Ilya has also been as a board member at TechPoint Foundation for Youth since 2014, and currently serves as their asset development chair - raising over $1mm year-over-year.

**This is event is only for persons twenty-one (21) years of age and older**