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Oct 10

Philanthropy Leads Dinner

Hosted by Indiana Philanthropy Alliance

Event Details

Tuesday, October 10, 2023
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Indiana Roof Ballroom
140 W Washington St. , Indianapolis, 46204

Event Description

At the 2023 Philanthropy Leads Dinner you'll join social impact investors from across the state for an illuminating evening at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

Scott Dorsey—the ExactTarget and High Alpha founder largely responsible for building Central Indiana's reputation as a national tech hub—takes the stage with Governor Eric Holcomb and IPA CEO Claudia Cummings in a fireside chat on entrepreneurism and economic mobility.

After Dorsey sold ExactTarget to Salesforce in 2013 for $2.5 billion—a record for an Indiana tech company—throngs of former employees used their newfound wealth to launch central Indiana tech ventures. And that impact continues to grow. Dorsey, for instance, launched local venture studio High Alpha with local entrepreneur Kristian Andersen and former ExactTarget executives Mike Fitzgerald and Eric Tobias. It has since raised over $135 million in capital and launched about 20 tech companies, including MetaCX, Zylo, and Lessonly. Most of them are local. Dorsey also bolsters the state’s talent base by launching the not-for-profit Nextech, which focuses on helping Indiana’s K-12 students (especially minorities, the poor, and other underprivileged groups) learn about computer science.

At Philanthropy Leads Dinner you'll hear from Indiana visionary John Mutz, philanthropist and former Indiana Lt. Governor, as we celebrate graduates from the 2023 Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute. We will also honor the 2023 Public Policy Champion of Philanthropy Award recipient State Rep. Mike Karickhoff for his efforts in passing donor privacy legislation for Hoosiers.