INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 23, 2017 – Indy Pride, Inc. announced today that Executive Director Chris Handberg M. Ed. has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Indy’s Best and Brightest Awards Program presented by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. He has been chosen as one of 100 finalists in 10 industries to be honored at the program held at The Hilbert Circle Theatre on Nov. 9, 2017 at 6 p.m.
“We are proud to have Chris represent Indy Pride in the education and nonprofit category,” said Jason H. Nolen-Doerr, President of Indy Pride “In his short time with Indy Pride, he has made himself indispensable and has opened our city to more opportunities and a larger impact than was previously attainable.”
Junior Achievement of Central Indiana (JACI) hosts the Best and Brightest Awards Program each year as an extension of its youth career education program. JACI creates a narrative with this program that celebrates professionals under 40 to show that selecting a wide variety of career paths can lead to success and impactful change in the local community, no matter one’s age or industry.
“It truly is an honor to be recognized for all the work that goes into local programs like Indy Pride, Domestic Violence Network and The Julian Center,” Handberg said. “The support and encouragement our team here and the community’s enthusiastic involvement makes it possible for us to accomplish the great things that are being rewarded by Junior Achievement.”
Finalists will be judged on professional accomplishments, leadership qualities and their positive effect in Central Indiana. The program on Nov. 9th will recognize all 100 finalists as well as the winning finalist from each industry. For tickets to the event or information on sponsorship, please visit http://www.indysbestandbrightest.org/.
About Indy’s Best & Brightest
Indy’s Best & Brightest was created by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana to recognize up and coming talent and the next generation of leaders in our community. Indy’s Best & Brightest finalists serve as excellent role models to JA students and youth in our community. The event honors 100 of central Indiana’s most outstanding young professionals, age 40 and under, in 10 different industries.
About Junior Achievement of Central Indiana
JACI’s Mission is to empower young people to own their future success. JA educates young people in the areas of career exploration, work readiness, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and philanthropy through hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for children in preschool through high school. To learn more about Junior Achievement, please visit https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-indy/home.
About Indy Pride, Inc.
Indy Pride, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation to unite and serve its members and the LGBTQ community of Central Indiana through leadership development, education and support programs, and community events that achieve inclusivity, equality, strong community connections, and awareness of LGBTQ issues. Best known for the annual Circle City IN Pride Festival, Indy Pride, Inc. does philanthropic work throughout the year to support many organizations throughout Central Indiana. Indy Pride welcomes the participation of all, regardless of age, creed, gender identification, HIV status, national origin, race, religion, sexual origin or ability. To learn more about Indy Pride, please visit, www.indypride.org/.