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2024 Indy’s Best and Brightest Winners Announced

More than 500 community leaders attended Junior Achievement’s Indy’s Best & Brightest event, presented by KPMG LLP

20th Annual Indy's Best & Brightest Awards Ceremony

INDIANAPOLIS (March 21st, 2024)— On Thursday, March 21st Junior Achievement of Central Indiana (JACI) recognized 100 of the city’s most outstanding young professionals, at an awards event hosted at the Biltwell Event Center. All 100 individuals were recognized for their professional success and philanthropic impact on our community. Of the 100 honorees, 10 received additional recognition and walked away as an Indy’s Best and Brightest winner from their respective category.

Junior Achievement was privileged to welcome Tanorria Askew, a culinary virtuoso, dynamic speaker, DEI consultant & coach, podcast luminary, cookbook author, and community advocate, as the event emcee. Ersal Ozdemir, Chairman & CEO of Keystone Group and Chairman & Owner of Indy Eleven, delivered an impactful keynote address, while Jennifer Burk, Chief Executive Officer of Junior Achievement, and a JACI Student Ambassador, also imparted their insights during the event.

Image caption: From left to right: Jennifer Burk, Eric Sutphin, Grant Chapman, Danny Scheidle, LaMar Holliday, Rachel Vilensky; Dr. Amber R. Comer, José Medina, Rob Panos, Monique Jackson, Zee Malik

2024 Indy’s Best and Brightest Winners:


Zee Malik, CPA, Partner, KSM CPA's & Advisors

Banking and Finance

Monique Jackson, Vice President, Treasury Management Officer

JPMorgan Chase & Co

Education & Nonprofit

 Rob Panos, Chief of Staff, Sagamore Institute

Government, Tourism + Arts

José Medina, Director of Workforce Initiatives, Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Health & Life Sciences

Dr. Amber R. Comer, Professor of Health Sciences and Medicine, Indiana University & Director of Ethics Policy, American Medical Association


Rachel Vilensky, Director of Direct Representation Program, Child Advocates, Inc.

Manufacturing, Retail & Services

LaMar Holliday, CEO, The Holliday Collaborative Agency

Media, Entertainment & Sports

Leslie Bailey, Cofounder + CEO , Indy Maven + Maven Space           

Real Estate & Construction

Danny Scheidler, Executive Vice President, JLL


Grant Chapman, CEO, Glassboard Product Development


About Indy’s Best and Brightest

The Best and Brightest initiative was created by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana to recognize rising talent and the next generation of leaders in our community. Honorees in each category were evaluated on professional accomplishments, civic involvement, and leadership qualities.


About Junior Achievement of Central Indiana

Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc. (JACI), in partnership with the business and education communities, empowers young people to own their future success. JA educates and inspires young people in the areas of career exploration, employability/life skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and philanthropy through hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for children in kindergarten through high school.

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