Gleaners and IBJ convene to discuss hunger & health issues and the impact on the Indianapolis community.
Inside INdiana Business’ Division President Gerry Dick is today’s moderator and will lead a conversation about how food equity impacts health equity, why Black children are more than 3 times as likely to face hunger than white children, and what food equity initiatives are working. Our expert panelists will discuss these topics and more during today’s program.
Publisher, President & CEO
Indianapolis Business Journal
President & CEO
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana
Introduction of Panelists
President & CEO
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana
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President & Chief Executive Officer
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana
Fred Glass is a partner in the law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister focusing on general business law. While at Taft, Indiana University Press published his book, Making Your Own Luck: From a Skid Row Bar to Rebuilding Indiana University Athletics, a powerful memoir focusing on personal empowerment and values-based leadership. Among other things, Fred writes movingly about his father’s efforts to feed the hungry at his skid row bar including Fred and his family having their Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving dinners at the bar so the patrons with nowhere else to go would have a place to gather and enjoy a holiday meal.
Prior to joining Taft, Fred served as an Indiana University (IU) vice president and the director of intercollegiate athletics for nearly 12 years. During this time, he led a cultural and physical rebuild of the athletic department including record-setting academic, athletic, fundraising, fiscal management, and facility successes, as well as a nationally-recognized commitment to rules compliance and the holistic development of the students under his charge.
Before his appointment at IU, Fred was a partner for 15 years at Baker & Daniels (now Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath) practicing general corporate law and also served as the chair of the firm’s management committee. He also served as president of the Marion County Capital Improvement Board where he led successful negotiations to keep the Colts in Indianapolis, regularly host NCAA Final Fours, develop Lucas Oil Stadium, and dramatically expand the Indiana Convention Center. Fred also led the effort for Indianapolis to host the Super Bowl, laying the groundwork for its successful 2012 bid.
Fred previously served as chief of staff to Indiana Governor Evan Bayh and was a law clerk for Judge S. Hugh Dillon for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University in 1981 and its McKinney School of Law in 1984, cum laude. Fred serves and has served on a variety of civic, legal, educational, political, and sports-related boards and projects. His service has been recognized through a variety of awards including: the Indiana University President’s Medal for Excellence; Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law; Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School President’s Medal; Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee Charles L. Whistler Award; Archdiocese of Indianapolis Spirit of Service Community Service Award; National Catholic Education Association Distinguished Graduate Award (St. Thomas Aquinas School); and Indianapolis Business Journal’s 20 Most Influential City Leaders.
Fred and his wife Barbara, who currently serves as the president of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, live in Indianapolis and have four children and five grandchildren.
Inside INdiana Business
Vice President, Market Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Wright is the Indiana Market Chief Medical Officer, accountable for clinical quality and initiatives. She combines clinical and business acumen to drive evidence–based corporate policy, high quality healthcare delivery and effective population health initiatives. Dr. Wright received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan and earned her Master of Business Administration from Indiana University.
Dr. Wright has a life-long passion for maternal and child health. She practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in Indiana for 15 years and has held multiple leadership positions, including chair of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and president of the medical staff. Dr. Wright currently serves on multiple boards and committees both at the state and national level to advocate for women and children. She is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of all women and children.
Chief Executive Officer
Engaged in patient care, research and teaching for nearly 40 years at nationally recognized Eskenazi Health, Lisa E. Harris, M.D. has dedicated her career to improving health care for vulnerable and underserved populations. Since 2003, Dr. Harris has served as Eskenazi Health’s chief executive officer, leading one of America’s essential health care systems that also serves as a vital training ground for the Indiana University School of Medicine.
With a deep appreciation for the social issues impacting health, Dr. Harris is intensely focused on promoting health in all its dimensions and improving access to patient-focused, comprehensive and community-based primary and mental health care. As past chair of America’s Essential Hospitals (formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems), and in numerous related efforts, Dr. Harris has served as a steady advocate for equity in the opportunity of good health and health care.
Also an active and engaged leader in the local community, Dr. Harris serves as past chair of the board of directors and current board member of the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, as well as on the boards of directors for the Regenstrief Institute, Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety, United Way of Central Indiana, MESH (Managed Emergency Surge for Healthcare), Gleaners, Second Helpings, the American Pianists Association, Phoenix Theatre, Martin University, and the Board of Advisors for IUPUI.
Director, Division of Community Nutrition and Food Policy
City of Indianapolis
Milele Kennedy is the Director of the City of Indianapolis, Division of Community Nutrition and Food Policy and Co-Chair of the Indianapolis Food Access Advisory Commission. A principal advisor to the Mayor’s Office and City County Council on matters related to equitable food access and nutrition security in Indianapolis, Milele has over 15 years working within the Indianapolis food system. She has formerly served in several roles including as the Food Policy and Program Coordinator for the Office of Public Health and Safety and as the USDA Food Programs Manager for the Indianapolis Department of Parks and Recreation. Milele is a Food Policy Advisor for the US Conference of Mayors and the Mayor’s Alliance to End Childhood Hunger. Serving on the boards of both the Indy Hunger Network and Purdue Extension-Marion County, she is actively involved in a number of community organizations including the Equitable Food Access Advisory, the JumpIN Leadership Council and the Top 10 Coalition.
SNAP-Ed and Nutrition Programs Director
Indiana Department of Health
Naima Gardner-Rice is the SNAP-Ed and Nutrition Programs Director in the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Indiana Department of Health. There she oversees the statewide SNAP-Education program and works with community partners and stakeholders to improve nutrition environments in a variety of settings (schools, workplaces, communities, retail, etc.). Naima and her team root their nutrition work in a holistic, food systems approach wherein all sectors of the food system (from seed to fork and beyond) are considered and centered in efforts to improve community food security and achieve food justice. Prior to her role at IDOH, Naima was the Campaign Coordinator for Healthy Food Financing for the American Heart Association, a position that allowed her to work in the policy realm to increase equitable access to healthy food throughout the state. Naima holds a Masters in Public Health from Indiana University as well as a Culinary Arts degree from Johnson and Wales University. She worked as a professional chef for several years. Naima is passionate about food and food systems, particularly the ways in which food systems impact public health and social justice. Naima was born and raised in Bloomington, IN (go Hoosiers!) and currently resides in Indianapolis with her husband, two children, and two cats (Kobe and Mamba).