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Welcome to IBJ Media’s Indiana 250, a list of the state’s most influential and impactful leaders across business, philanthropy, the arts, government and not-for-profits. These men and women are making a difference locally, regionally and across the state. The profiles here detail their accomplishments but also give you a peek into their personalities, their leadership styles and more.


The Indiana 250 was developed and published by IBJ Media, the parent company of three news brands—Indianapolis Business JournalInside INdiana Business and Indiana Lawyer, whose news leaders and staffs contributed to the selections.

We accepted nominations for inclusion on the list, researched executives and companies, and interviewed state, industry and community leaders about who should be included. But in the end, the selections were made entirely by IBJ Media editors and staff, meaning it is subjective and not comprehensive. We’d love to hear about who you think we missed. Just click on “contact” at the top of the page. You can also learn more about the selection process here.

We hope the Indiana 250 list helps you learn about interesting people doing impactful things in parts of the state where you don’t live. And we think you’ll also learn a few things about people you already know. Enjoy!


The 2023 Indiana 250 cover and all the photos on all our table-of-contents pages were shot by photographer Chad Williams at Le Meridien Indianapolis, which we chose for its sophisticated and modern aesthetic. The cover image was taken in the lounge, a light-filled space just off the entry along Meridian Street. Other photos were shot in the hotel’s hub, lobby and McQueen Room.

Our cover models are, from left, Amish Shah, founder and CEO of Kem Krest; Pamela Whitten, president of Indiana University; Marisol Sanchez, executive vice president of legal affairs at Endress+Hauser; Kristin Marcuccilli, president of Star Financial Group; Justin Christian, founder and CEO of BCforward; Mung Chiang, president of Purdue University; and Christopher Day, CEO of Elevate Ventures. We truly appreciate their time and flexibility.

Thanks to photographer Chad Williams, stylist Michelle Steele and makeup artist Nikki Brown for helping us realize our cover vision. Thanks to Le Meridien General Manager Cassy Kirk, Director of Sales and Marketing Christina McDonald and their team for making such a beautiful space available for the photos. And thank you as well to Petite G Jewelers for providing a little extra sparkle for our models.


Make your advance purchase of the 2024 Print Edition of Indiana 250. Brought to you by the editors of the IBJ, Inside INdiana Business and The Indiana Lawyer, Indiana 250 provides a close-up look at the people who are making an undeniable impact on the state of Indiana.

Discover in-depth profiles about Indiana’s most influential business leaders including their back story, personal strategies for success, and interesting details you won’t find anywhere else. Indiana 250 is your essential business reference publication about Indiana’s most important movers and shakers.

Subscribers to the print edition of the IBJ will receive the Indiana 250 magazine with the July 19, 2024 issue of IBJ.

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