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IPS Receives Diversity in Leader Award for Prioritizing Racial Equity

(From left) David O. Fredericks, director of the Office of Minority & Women Business Development; Leslie-Ann James, Board Administrator for the IPS Board of School Commissioners; Mayor Joe Hogsett; and IPS Superintendent Dr. Aleesia Johnson pose for a photo at the 22nd Annual Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards.

Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) was recently honored with the Diversity in Leadership Award at the 22nd Annual Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards.

The Diversity in Leadership Award celebrates an organization who cultivates an atmosphere of growth, particularly when considering upper-level diversity, as well as actively supporting a diverse organizational culture. 

IPS was honored with this year’s Diversity in Leadership Award because the district identifies racial equity as one of its strategic priorities. IPS also was recognized for helping to build pathways for its diverse staff by offering job-embedded coaching and training to help its diverse talent move into leadership roles. 

Mayor Joe Hogsett, the Office of Minority and Women Business Development, EmployIndy, and over 75 local employers, gathered on April 27 to recognize employers who demonstrate inclusivity in the workplace and are dedicated to supporting diverse individuals and continuing progress in the Indianapolis community.

This year’s event took place in person at Ivy Tech Community College, with over 425 in attendance to hear local leaders share insights, success stories, and best practices for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.