Leadership Indianapolis Staff
Jody Dedon, CFRE, Director of Advancement
Jody L. Dedon serves as the Director of Advancement for Leadership Indianapolis. She is charged with working with our Corporate and Individual donors to build a continuous pipeline of annual and sustainable giving to advance Leadership Indianapolis well into the future. Jody's experience working with notable organizations such as Conner Prairie as their Director of Development for 4 1/2 years and Noble of Indiana has given her the breadth of experience to further Leadership Indianapolis' mission to the community towards building transformational change in civic leadership across all levels.
Jody is a 2013 graduate of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy where she serves as a member of their Board of Directors. She is currently leading their 25th Anniversary Celebration committee and serves as Philanthropic Coordinator. Jody also serves weekly as a High School leader at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, as well as volunteering on mission trips and other community outreach with her family. She is a member of the Indianapolis Great Banquet, IGB #58, at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. Jody also volunteers at Grace Food Pantry in Carmel, Indiana.
Jody graduated Summa Cum Laude at Indiana Wesleyan University where she was Class President and received the Outstanding Professional Award. She is a graduate of Beyond Your Best Leadership Training in 2005 and is actively pursuing her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) accreditation with plans to receive this designation in 2016.
Raised by parents who were committed to serving their community, Jody believes strongly in servant leadership. She is honored to be a part of Leadership Indianapolis and have the opportunity to make a difference by building leaders across Indianapolis and inspiring them to affect change throughout their community to make Indiana a better place for all who call it their home. Jody lives in Westfield, Indiana with her husband Craig and their four boys.
Jody welcomes the opportunity to meet and connect with you. You may contact her by clicking here or at 317-860-3672
Malina Simone Jeffers, Program Director for the Catapult Program
Malina Simone Jeffers attended Ball State University where she studied both Advertising and Photography. Tagged "The Unsegregator" by the Indianapolis Star, she started her career organizing a series of performance based events for underserved communities. As Arts Services Manager at the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Mali managed Art & Soul, coordinated downtown public art exhibitions and organized Shared Spaces, Shared Voices- a project that put live poetry on public transit in Indianapolis for one week. In 2010, Mali transitioned into the Director of Marketing and Programs at the Madame Walker Theatre Center where she was responsible for the development of new programs and the branding of the theatre in relation to historic Indiana Avenue and the greater city. Mali then began a career of independent project management dedicated to finding creative ways to address diversity, equity and inclusion needs in cities. She used that passion in her role as Love Indy Project Manager for Plan 2020 - Indianapolis' bicentennial planning agenda - where she worked to foster local pride, local tourism, civic engagement and develop talent attraction strategies. Other projects include managing the launch and art component of the Julia M. Carson Transit Center, managing Ben Franklin Funds at Central Indiana Community Foundation and acting as Program Director for the Catapult program with Leadership Indianapolis to introduce civic engagement to high school students.
Center for Leadership Development awarded Mali a Minority Achievers Award in Arts and Culture in 2013. Mali was also a 2013 Indianapolis delegate for the city's Chamber of Commerce Leadership Exchange in Cologne, Germany. She co-founded Advance 317, a new program at Indy Chamber as part of Leadership Exchange for emerging leaders. The Indy native has a genuine passion for her hometown and won the Emerging Leaders Award from 100 Black Men for her work in the cultural community. Mali sits on the Board of Directors for Indiana Humanities, Big Car, and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. She also serves on The Exchange at the Indianapolis Urban League and is the founder of the Indiana Avenue Cultural League. Mali is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, a graduate of SKL Class XXXIX, named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 in 2016, and a 2015 TedX speaker.
Rebecca King, Vice President of Programs & Alumni Relations
SKL Program Director
Rebecca King serves as Vice President of Programs and Alumni Relations as well as the Program Director for the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series. She is responsible for the overall direction and curriculum development of Leadership Indianapolis programs, including opportunities for our alumni. Prior to her involvement with Leadership Indianapolis, she served as the CEO of Theater of Inclusion, a company that develops and implements community engagement projects using the arts. Throughout her career, Rebecca's work has focused on developing programs that engage people on the issues of creative place-making, leadership, and legacy.
Rebecca’s community leadership has included serving on the Love Indy committee as a part of Plan 2020: The Bicentennial Plan for Indianapolis, the Local Organizing Committee for the 2015 P&G USA Gymnastics Championships, and the planning committee for TEDxIndianapolis. She was named a Creative Renewal Fellow in 2009 by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, which she used to attend the Venice Biennale and spend time at the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre, an educational research and collaboration space that is steeped in the Reggio Emilia philosophical approach to learning. She has also been honored with the Indiana Governor's Award for Tomorrow's Leaders and was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s
Forty Under 40 in 2005.
Rebecca graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Dance from Point Park College in Pittsburgh and upon graduation danced with The Repertory Project in Cleveland before returning to Indianapolis. She is also a proud graduate of SKL Class XXXVII. Rebecca lives in the heart of downtown Indianapolis with her husband Brad King.
You may contact Rebecca by clicking here, or at 317-860-3673.
Linda Kirby, President & CEO
Linda L. Kirby is the founding CEO of Leadership Indianapolis. At Leadership Indianapolis, Kirby is focused on strategically, intentionally and continually building a pipeline of diverse community leaders by training, educating, developing, inspiring and engaging them to improve the Indianapolis community.
Prior to being named CEO for Leadership Indianapolis, Kirby served as the Program Director for the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series® (SKL). She started in that position in 2005 and worked with each class moderator to set the curriculum and goals for each class year and managed all program logistics. She also developed and implemented the SKL marketing and recruitment plan.
Prior to 2005, Kirby held executive positions with communications and event marketing companies in Indianapolis representing clients including Simon Property Group, Indy Chamber, and Eli Lilly and Company’s nationwide sponsorship of the LPGA. Kirby also served as Public Affairs Director at WTHR-TV.
Kirby has experience in strategic planning, program development and implementation, member recruitment and retention, fundraising, board development, organizational leadership and more.
Kirby is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis and her passion for the community is strong. She has served on numerous boards and committees, including Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, for which she served as President of the Board for two years, Marion County Commission on Youth, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Indiana, the Indiana State Museum and many others.
Adrianne Slash, Program Director, Civic Boot Camp & LEAD
Event Director, Get on Board & Civic Leadership Summit
Adrianne serves as the Program Director for Civic Boot Camp and LEAD, and the Event Director for Get on Board and Civic Leadership Summit. In these roles, she develops curriculum and oversees the planning, marketng and logistics for each.
Prior to joining Leadership Indianapolis, Adrianne worked for Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis as a Program Support Coordinator where she managed all partnerships on Indianapolis’ Westside. She has a deep connection to the Indianapolis community and has both worked for and served on committees for United Way of Central Indiana in the past.
Adrianne comes from a family of community servants and considers it an honor to serve others in her free time. She is the Membership V.P. of The Exchange at the Indianapolis Urban League, a member of the Heritage Alumni Association Board at The Orchard School, is a former Co-Chair of United Way of Central Indiana’s Diversity Volunteer Awards, and serves as Youth Director at First Baptist Church North Indianapolis. In 2015, Adrianne ran for City County Council in District 7. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Junior League of Indianapolis. Adrianne is a proud member of the 2016 LEAD class, and a 2015 graduate of United Way’s Leadership United. Adrianne holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.
You may contact Adrianne by clicking here, or at 317-860-3676.