Indianapolis entrepreneur Katara McCarty is one of 15 Black women nationwide named to the inaugural cohort of Highland Leaders, an initiative launched by The Highland Project. The organization, which launched in 2020, was established to cultivate a pipeline of Black women leaders to address the racial wealth gap.

McCarty is the founder of the EXHALE application. The tool is an emotional well-being app designed for Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color.

McCarty is an entrepreneur holding leadership positions in both non- and for-profit organizations

“Katara’s professional and personal experiences will be instrumental in helping us tackle systemic racism through generational wealth building,” said Gabrielle Wyatt, founder of The Highland Project. “She and 14 other Black women leaders will imagine, build, design, and sustain structural change that allows Black communities to thrive.”

As a selected Highland Leader, McCarty will receive a $100,000 unrestricted investment to “build her legacy visions.”