Junior Achievement of Central Indiana has recognized 10 professionals under the age of 40 its Indy’s Best and Brightest awards. Winners, who were selected from 100 finalists, are considered "the next generation of leaders in our community."

The nonprofit focuses on K-12 programs involving career exploration, work readiness, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and philanthropy skills.

This year’s Best and Brightest award winners are:


• Sticksnleaves Co-Founder and CEO Yaw Aning

Real Estate, Development & Construction

• KSM Location Advisors President Katie Culp

Media, Entertainment & Sports

• Pacers Sports & Entertainment Director of Ticket Technology & Logistics Dayna Pawelak

Manufacturing, Retail & Services

• DEFENDERS Inc. Director of Legal Affairs Abby Langebartels


• Faegre Baker Daniels Partner Dan Lechleiter

Health & Life Sciences

• Wexford of Indiana Regional Director of Mental Health Aashia M. Bade


• EmployIndy Chief Operations Officer Marie Mackintosh

Education & Nonprofit

• The Educators College at Marian University Indianapolis Senior Vice President and Dean Kenith C. Britt

Banking & Financial Services

• J.P. Morgan Private Bank Vice President, Investment Specialist Jason Spilbeler


• BKD CPAs & Advisors Partner Jason Myers

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