After attending Historically Black Colleges, earning a CPA, working for Governor Bayh, and founding her own CPA firm Venita was called upon to run for IPS Commissioner. Her grown daughter said, “Why not?”
Lisa works with college students; helping them discover their gifts and potential. Is it any wonder that she was raised and influenced by people who encouraged her creativity and the love of learning new things?
Deon shares the beginning of his life story of escaping poverty and crime that he tells to all of the young African American men he counsels as a police officer / leader in the Our Kids program.
Nicole Wilson talks about how her Aunt Ruth, a nurse, got her started on a lifelong career in health care.
Megan McKinney Cooper tells how In the late 70’s after her parents’ divorce, her mother earned an MBA, moved the family to San Francisco, and she and her brother became “Latch Key Kids.”
Stephanie Holman’s grandmother, Katherine Reece, a beloved English teacher in Shelbyville, had a pioneering spirit when facing breast cancer. Though she died when Stephanie was only five, she saved her granddaughter’s life!
Barbara could not see the baton well enough to catch a high throw. She was a reluctant third grader amidst Junior High School girls in a baton twirling group. Her solution to the problem was very smart.
Kathleen Diehl, in her life story about her career as a public librarian, describes the expanding role of libraries and literacy.
1968 was a definitive time for Rodney Reid. He started high school at the beginning of the mandate for desegregation. Rodney helped to found the Human Relations Council which brought a better balance to student government.
Encouraged by her parents to aim for the sky, Karen Dace went to the University of Utah where she joined a culture of diversity and “trying harder”.