Chief Program Officer of AWS Foundation Named to Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute

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Joni Schmalzried of AWS Foundation has been selected as a member of the inaugural class of the Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute. Launched by Indiana Philanthropy Alliance in 2021, the Mutz Institute provides a leadership training experience to skill-up professionals serving in board and executive roles at foundations, corporations and social impact organizations across Indiana.

Joni SchmalzriedDr. Schmalzried successfully completed a competitive application process to gain one of 24 spots in this years class. I am honored to be a member of the inaugural class of the Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute. I look forward to learning from both experts in the field of Philanthropy and my classmates across the state as we vision ways to impact our communities.

The Mutz Institute is named for former Indiana Lieutenant Governor, past Lilly Endowment Inc. president, IPA founder, corporate CEO and Indiana visionary John M. Mutz.

The Mutz Institute will serve as a pipeline for the transformational philanthropic leaders Indiana needs now and in coming times, said Jamie Merisotis, CEO of Lumina Foundation, one of the program supporters.

You can view a full listing of those accepted into the class of 2021 Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute online.

About John M. Mutz

Born in Indianapolis, John M. Mutz is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he earned both a bachelors degree and masters degree in advertising and business management. He had a long career in business, including managing a chain of restaurants and serving as president of PSI Energy (now Duke Energy). Elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1967 and to the state Senate in 1970, he was instrumental in introducing the set of legislative reforms that came to be known as Unigov, the creation of IUPUI and the White River Park Commission, among others. From 1980-1988, he served as the 45th Lieutenant Governor, serving under Governor Robert D. Orr. Mutz later served as president of Lilly Endowment Inc. and chairman of the Lumina Foundation board of directors.

About Indiana Philanthropy Alliance
Indiana Philanthropy Alliance is a powerful network of foundations, corporations and other social investors working together to lead change, improve lives and lift communities through effective philanthropy. Members hold $21 billion in assets, make over $850 million per year in grants and are located in all 92 Indiana counties. In 2020, IPA celebrated thirty years as a nonprofit membership association. The Mutz Institute is a program of the IPA. Classes begin inJanuary and meet once a month until October.