Adrianne L. Slash
The daughter of the former deputy mayor of Indianapolis and past president of the Indianapolis Urban League, Adrianne L. Slash saw firsthand the importance of listening to community members and being accountable to them. With servant leadership at her core, Slash began her community involvement at age 14 when she became the voice of youth regarding teenagers and violence during the Indiana Black Expo and the Circle City Classic.
Since that time, she has carved her niche as a connector, innovator and difference-maker in our community by working with United Way of Central Indiana, Indianapolis Urban League, Indiana Black Expo, Girls Inc. and Leadership Indianapolis. Slash currently serves as president of The Orchard School Alumni Association, a commissioner with the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, a cluster member with CEOs for Cities and an inaugural member of Indianapolis Foundation Fellows.
It’s not unusual for Slash to put in 12-16 hour days acting on her motto, “If it’s me, then I’ll go.” By day, Slash serves as diversity and inclusion consultant for Community Health Network, where she is responsible for programs that expand diversity initiatives. “This position continues my goal of making this community my career,” added Slash.
She believes her calling is to do good while on Earth and has built a legacy leveling the playing field for those who cannot fight for themselves. She is driven by connecting people to resources and believes every moment spent in the community can have a lasting impact. “If I can help move the city of Indianapolis forward by giving my time or something in my brain, I want to be a part of it,” said Slash.
Some of her accomplishments include promoting United Way’s ReadUP program; implementing an outreach program for Girls Inc.; and helping develop curriculum and establish partners for the Civic Leadership Summit and Civic Boot Camp at Leadership Indianapolis. As president of The Exchange at the Indianapolis Urban League, a program to elevate and give a voice to young professionals of color who are social justice-oriented, Slash led the team to two national awards, including new chapter of the year.
For those who have been reluctant to give back, Slash offered the following inspiration: “Everyone can make a difference in the community, and Indianapolis is exceptionally welcoming to anyone who wants to give their time. Find something you are passionate about, roll up your sleeves and get involved.”