In this episode, we sit down with Sally Reasoner, People + Culture Strategic Projects Lead with The Heritage Group. The Heritage Group is family-owned business based in Indianapolis managing a portfolio of more than 30 companies specializing in heavy construction and materials, environmental services and specialty chemicals. Sally talks about her time with TechPoint and the creation of the Xtern program, her journey to Ascend Indiana and then The Heritage Group, and what she sees on the horizon for the future of talent in Indiana.

10 years ago, roughly half of Indiana’s college graduates remained in the state upon graduation. This number was even lower for STEM degrees, as many of these students found opportunities and offers in major tech hubs. 

It was in the face of this problem that TechPoint launched the Xtern program, a 10 week internship program that employs hundreds of college students in roles at local tech companies. 

In this Circuit mini-series, X Years of Talent, TechPoint interviews the major players in Indiana’s tech landscape from talent organizations to the people who were there at the beginning of Xtern. We look back at the past decade of Indiana’s talent initiative and look towards the future of Indiana’s tech workforce. 

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