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Indiana Conference on Citizenship 2018

The New Era of Corporate Responsibility: Social Impact

On November 8, 2018, Sagamore Institute hosted the 4th Annual Indiana Conference on Citizenship and inaugural Venture Competition at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Please watch the recap videos below, view the highlights from our keynote speakers and presenters, and browse the venture competition finalists in our Game Day program below.

The Highlights

Recap of the 2018 Indiana Conference on Citizenship

Highlights from Commonwealth’s Inaugural Venture Competition 

The Speakers

Jim Morris | Vice Chairman, Pacers Sports & Entertainment

As a Pacers executive, Jim helps guide the team’s success on the court and its contribution to the city. This continues the arc of his career that started with his service as Chief of Staff to Mayor Dick Lugar in the 1970s when they sought to use sports as a catalyst to revitalize the city of Indianapolis. Between these two posts, Jim served as Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program, CEO of the Indianapolis Water Company, and president of the Lilly Endowment.

Todd Young | U.S. Senator

Todd Young was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016 to fi ll the seat of U.S. Senator Dan Coats who co-founded Sagamore Institute. Senator Young served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011 until he entered the Senate in 2017. Previously, he served as a policy aide to U.S. Senator Dick Lugar and as a management consultant. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1995 where he played on the varsity soccer team. After training as a Marine in Quantico, Virginia, he led an intelligence unit and during his post in Chicago also earned an MBA from the University in Chicago.

Ryan Vaughn | President, Indiana Sports Corp

As president of the Indiana Sports Corp, Ryan is responsible for sporting events broadcast around the world. ISC was founded in 1979 as the nation’s first sports commission and it continues to fuse hosting world-class sports with economic development, civic participation, and youth development. Earlier in his career, Ryan was Chief of Staff to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, an elected member of the Indianapolis city council, and an attorney.

Tom Matthesen | CEO, Thrive Farmers

Tom serves as CEO of Thrive which disrupted the coffee supply chain by building a company committed to making coffee production economically viable for the farmer. That sounds like common sense, but it’s anything but common for most of the coffee farmers in the world who live in poverty while supplying the highest quality ingredients for our favorite coffee shops. By helping farmers maximize their incomes through stable, predictable and higher returns, Thrive achieves the economic and social impact. They are a high performing business (Hint: they supply coffee to all the Chick-fi l-A restaurants in America!) and their ThriveWorx Foundation trains leaders and revitalizes the Central American communities where their farmers live.

The Game Day Program