INDIANAPOLIS — The Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence at Indiana University today announces the 19th class of Tobias Fellows, an exclusive cohort designed to enhance the leadership skills of high-talent, experienced leaders.
“We welcome the 2024 Tobias Fellows,” said Julie Manning Magid, executive and academic director of the Tobias Leadership Center and vice dean of the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis. “This year’s cohort is comprised of seasoned leaders committed to refining their craft. As they embark on this transformative journey, they will discover new leadership practices, inspire innovation and forge connections that will shape their future and the future of their organizations and communities.”
Throughout the year-long program, Fellows receive individual coaching and meet for 10 leadership retreats of innovative, experiential programming designed to develop six key competencies: mindset, vision, perspectives, collaboration, communication and self-awareness. These will provide unique insights to address the complex issues facing executive-level leaders today.
The program provides intensive study in leadership, bringing theory into practice and actionable skills. The ability to interact with other executives from public, private, nonprofit and academic sectors with experience in civic and organizational leadership is the unique component of the Tobias Fellows Program.
The 2024 Tobias Fellows cohort includes:
- Steve Austin, associate dean and director of student programs at Taylor University;
- Tonya Califar, controller and director of financial services at National FFA;
- Bryce Carpenter, senior vice president at Central Indiana Corporate Partnership;
- Abed Darwish, director of IT business solutions at Citizens Energy Group;
- Aletha Dunston, director of Indianapolis economic development at Indy Chamber;
- Megan Elliott, vice president of diversity, human success, and environmental services at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology;
- Douglas Evans, division chief of health and safety at Indianapolis Fire Department;
- Kate Gerber, chief of staff at Resultant;
- Allison Hall, chief operating officer at Rock Paper Scissors Inc.;
- Joy Higbee, wellness strategy manager at Hancock Health;
- Sarah Iglehart, director of government advisory at KSM;
- Steven Jones, manager of IT infrastructure at Wabash Valley Power Alliance;
- Matt Makinson, vice president of supply and marketing at Countrymark;
- DJ McDaniel, director for global manufacturing engineering at Cook Medical;
- Jim Obermaier, deputy chief technology officer for strategic engagement at State of Indiana Office of Technology;
- Michelle O’Hollaren, vice president of education and innovation at the Indianapolis Arts Center;
- Kecia Patton, associate vice president finance, neuroscience at Eli Lilly & Company;
- Shayna Sangster, director of marketing at Indiana Fever at Pacers Sports and Entertainment;
- Alan Tio, CEO at Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation;
- Mattie White, deputy director of athletics and senior woman administrator at Indiana University Bloomington;
- Emilyn Whitesell, senior director of learning and evaluation at Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation;
- Kathleen Williamson, associate dean and professor of nursing at Indiana University Fort Wayne; and
- Erica Young, executive director of the Metropolitan Indianapolis-Central Indiana Area Health Education Center at University of Indianapolis.
“The Tobias Fellows is more than a program—it’s dedication to the relentless pursuit of leadership excellence. These talented individuals join a community where leadership is cultivated, refined and celebrated,” said Magid.
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About the Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence
The Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence prepares leaders for 21st century challenges. Celebrating its 20th year, the Tobias Leadership Center bridges the gap between knowledge and practice, so leaders are empowered to develop people, organizations and communities who can solve complex problems. The center’s signature initiatives are the Tobias Fellows Program, an Oral History Library, and the Hazelett Forum. Established at Indiana University, the Tobias Leadership Center is headquartered on the IU Indianapolis campus. The center partners with the Kelley School of Business, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.
About the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis
The Indiana University Kelley School of Business has been a leader in American business education since 1920. With an enrollment exceeding 14,000 students across two campuses and online, the Kelley School is among the premier business schools in the country. Kelley features an innovative curriculum built on personal development, teamwork and experiential learning with an emphasis on global and social responsibility, which is reflected in the accomplishments of more than 130,000 living alumni. The Kelley School of Business Indianapolis is home to a full-time undergraduate program; a graduate certificate for professionals in healthcare; master’s and graduate certificate programs in accounting, internal audit and taxation; the Physician MBA and the Evening MBA, which is ranked #15 in the country. Learn more at kelley.iupui.edu.