'Indyfluence' Seeks to Retain Talent After Graduation

Posted: Updated:
The event will culminate with a gathering on Georgia Street in downtown Indy. (photo courtesy of Indyfluence) The event will culminate with a gathering on Georgia Street in downtown Indy. (photo courtesy of Indyfluence)
INDIANAPOLIS -

A group of top companies and organizations in Indianapolis is collaborating on a first-of-its-kind service and community day, which takes place today. The inaugural Indyfluence aims to encourage more college students to stay in Indy after graduation. Organizers say they want to showcase unique community-focused opportunities to hundreds of interns currently working in Indianapolis.

As part of the event, about 430 interns from several Hoosier companies will work together at 10 service project locations throughout Indianapolis. In an interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, Indianapolis-based Catalytic Talent LLC Chief Executive Officer Liz Huldin said the event grew from a talent summit a few years ago.

"We were talking about the fact that in other cities, there are events and there are usually big concerts and they get everybody together for a moment," said Huldin. "We said we could do better and we thought we could do something that would be a lot more community-focused."

The interns will work on a variety of service projects, including painting a mural on an underpass, creating blessing boxes and working with various nonprofits such as Gleaners Food Bank and different area schools.

Huldin was joined by OneAmerica Senior Vice President of Human Resources Karin Sarratt, who said the community-focused aspect of Indyfluence is meant to target young talent who are looking for a sense of connection. "It really gives them a chance to be connected not just to the other interns that they're going to meet, but the community, the local employers; it has really good sticking power if we can attract that type of talent."

Some of the corporate partners include Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY), Roche Diagnostics, the Heritage Group, and Indiana University Health, as well as young companies such as Springbuk. Sarratt says any employer is looking to be innovative in how they attract and retain talent.

"We also think about ways, when we are looking to connect the interns, we want them to have that connection and say to their friends, 'I'm going to stay in Indianapolis or I'm going to stay in the state. I don't want to go someplace else to be employed.'"

Huldin says the response leading up to the event has been "overwhelming" and she expects more events like it to pop up in the future. You can learn more about Indyfluence by clicking here.

  • Perspectives

    • Circling Back on WeWork

      Back in July when we first discussed WeWork, this fast-growing but money-losing venture was one of the most talked-about IPOs in years. At that time, we noted that it was too early to say what would happen, but “it should be very interesting to watch it all play out.” Turns out, that was a massive understatement!

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Photo courtesy of MutualBank

      MutualBank President Dies

      The President and Chief Operating Officer of Muncie-based MutalBank Pat Botts has died. In a statement on Facebook posted Sunday, the company said the passing was unexpected.

    • Artist rendering of proposed headquarters for Ruoff Home Mortgage in Fort Wayne.

      Ruoff to Build New HQ in Downtown Fort Wayne

      Fort Wayne-based Ruoff Home Mortgage has announced plans to build a $43 million corporate headquarters in downtown Fort Wayne. Plans call for a 110-thousand square foot, nine-story structure, at the corner of Ewing Street and Jefferson Boulevard. The building would include leasable office and retail space, as well as a parking garage. It would overlook Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne Tin Caps minor league baseball team. The company is currently located on...

    • Photo courtesy of Indiana Premium outlets

      Simon Announces New Name for Shopping Center

      Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. (NYSE: SPG) has announced Edinburgh Premium Outlets will become Indiana Premium Outlets. The company says extensive enhancements are currently underway to reflect the new name and are slated for completion by Holiday 2019. 

    • (image provided by Purdue University)

      'PlaneEnglish' Technology Lands U.S. Air Force Funding

      Technology intended to help young pilots learn how to better communicate with air traffic controllers has caught the attention of the United States Air Force and earned the two Purdue University graduates, who developed the software, a $50,000 federal grant. The creators of the simulator technology PlaneEnglish have been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research award. 

    • FDA Approves Lilly Migraine Drug

      The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given another approval for a drug from Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY). The approval of REYVOW is for the treatment of patients with acute migraines.