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2023 Year in Review

From the launch of a statewide workforce initiative to landmark achievements in mental health care to the hundreds of students served by our school choice scholarship, this year Sagamore advanced practical ideas creating more opportunities for everyone to flourish. What Sagamores provides, in a unique way, is connection. We convene problem solvers from different backgrounds and put them in conversation with each other. Suddenly, they’re not working alone anymore, and creative, big picture solutions start to emerge. We invite you to reflect on Sagamore’s contributions in the gallery below.

As Sagamore Institute approaches its 20-year anniversary in 2024, we have identified three problems that urgently need our collective leadership, commitment and experience:

  • Citizenship: We must recover the ideals and practices of good citizenship to preserve our democracy—from the local level to the nation’s capital.
  • Opportunity: We must inspire innovation and intentionally cultivate environments where individuals from all backgrounds can pursue a life of purpose and meaning.
  • National Security: We must promote America’s positive role in the world and the importance of Midwest companies, educational institutions and military assets to global security.

These are the places where we can inspire hope and a path forward. Together, we can bring civility and solutions back into focus. As we close the year, we invite you to make an investment to help fuel this vision into Sagamore’s third decade.

Notable Speakers at Levey

Sagamore is honored to have hosted several notable civic leaders, business professionals, authors, and the like at Levey Mansion to facilitate solution-focused discussions to society’s biggest problems. Scroll through this gallery to read about some of our favorite speakers throughout the years. 

Indiana Conference on Citizenship 2017

In August 2017, Sagamore held its third annual Indiana Conference on Citizenship (ICOC) at the Levey Mansion. This conference aimed to celebrate the Centennial Spirit of Indiana’s best leaders in government, business, and arts and letters, whose friendships and contributions inspire us to follow their example. ICOC 2017 participants experienced historical reenactments of the Civil War era and heard experts speak about our state’s centennial heroes.

Hunter Smith Band Performs at Levey Mansion

In 2011, former Colts punter Hunter Smith joined Sagamore Institute as Director of its Sports and Culture Initiative. After playing football for Notre Dame, Smith went on to win the Super Bowl in 2006 with the Indianapolis Colts. After a brief stint with the Redskins, Hunter made his home in the Hoosier state and now performs regularly with the Hunter Smith Band, pictured here at Levey Mansion. 

Biblical Artifacts at Sagamore

The Green Collection is one of the world’s largest private collections of rare biblical texts and artifacts. Sagamore scholar Jerry Pattengale served as Executive Director of the Green Scholars Initiative, designed to facilitate academic study of the artifacts in the Green Collection. Sagamore was pleased to host an event at Levey showcasing selected items from the collection. 

Sagamore's Mayors' Roundtable Initiative

In September 2010, Sagamore Institute welcomed a group of Indiana mayors to hear Lt. Governor Becky Skillman highlight her then-recent agricultural trade mission to Zhejiang Province, Indiana’s sister state in China. The event signaled the formal launch of Sagamore’s “Mayors’ Roundtable Initiative,” an effort to serve as a link between Indiana mayors and potential trade relationships in China. While in China, the Lt. Governor delivered Sagamore’s part of a joint study to the Zhejiang Academy of Social Sciences.

Liberia Ambassador William Bull Visits Levey

Sagamore held a lunch reception honoring Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency William Bull. Reflecting Sagamore’s interest in private participation in international assistance, the reception included brief remarks by Ambassador Bull on the role of the Liberian Diaspora and its remittances in Liberia’s National Development.

Amy Sherman and Women Doing Well

Sagamore fellow Amy Sherman served as Principle Investigator for a Women Doing Well project (WDW). WDW was founded with the goal of serving women and bridging their professtional relationships in a faith-based fashion. Sherman presented a public briefing on the report with Ron Blue, co-hosted by Sagamore Institute and WDW.