Indiana Black Expo is an effective voice & vehicle for the social and economic advancement of African American youth & families.

IBE celebrates cultural diversity and inclusiveness across all races, ethnicities, nationalities, generations, socioeconomic levels and religious affiliations. We continue to strive for excellence by providing unique events and programs that reflect the changing landscape of Indiana and the world. Our commitment to excellence through personal enhancement and community development exemplify our dedication to improving the quality of life for all. With a statewide infrastructure now including 12 chapter affiliates, IBE continues to be a major economic and social contributor to our youth and the Indiana community.

Meet The Team

Alice Watson

President & CEO

Katrina Owens
Vice President of Administration
kowens@indianablackexpo.com 

Rochelle Jerry
Vice President of Development & Customer Relations
rjerry@indianablackexpo.com

Helen Bennett
Executive Assistant
hbennett@indianablackexpo.com

Edward Rogers Jr.
Events Director
erogers@indianablackexpo.com

Terri Falker
Director of Finance & Facilities
tfalker@indianablackexpo.com

Dorshan Jones
YFP Admin & Volunteer Administration
djones@indianablackexpo.com

Jaclyn Dunn
Accounts Payable
jdunn@indianablackexpo.com

IBE Board

Rinzer Williams, III, Chairman
Melissa Proffitt, Executive Vice Chairwoman
Hayley Boling, Treasurer
Keisha Ricketts, Secretary
Willie Stroman, Central Region Vice Chairman
Robert Taylor, Northern Region Vice Chairman
Steven Quick, Nominating Committee Chairman

Directors

Joe Ayers
Hayley Boling
Gisele Carter
Hal Darring
Denicka Foster

Yvonne Harrington
Jamilia L. King
Andrew J. Mallon
Jan Stith Mansfield
Murray Miller
Delbert Mimms

Vop Osili
Scott Pelath
Steve Quick
John Upshaw
Takesha Wilson

Summer Celebration Committee Chairs

Marcus Chapman – Amateur Boxing
Charlotte Leavell – Business Conference and Mayor Breakfast
Karen Wright – Corporate Luncheon
Kisha Tandy – Cultural Arts Pavilion
Jennifer Darby – Education Conference
Tracy Smith – Exhibit Hall Ambassador
Paula Ervin – Exhibit Hall Docks
Nicole Freeman and Nikki Blaine – IBE Fashion Show
Dorshan Jones – IBE Store
Marcel Bonds – Exhibition Hall
Ariel Crawley – Youth Leadership Summit
Antoniette Brooks and Rose Maxey – Music Heritage Festival
Tracey Smith and John Dodson – Music Heritage Festival Outdoor Vendors

Circle City Classic® Committee Chairs

Malcolm Wiseman, Sr. – Communications/Radios
Kourtney Steppe & Lauren Wright– Coronation
Paula Ervin – Fan Fest (Tailgate)
Lori Clark– Food/Housing/Transportation
Joe Wynns – Operations
John Dodson – Parade Chair
Tracey Bush and Lakishia Byrd – Pep Rally
Heath Smith – Press Box
Marcel Bonds – Venue Operation/Field
Patrick Bouquet – Venue Operation
Kareem Lee – Venue Production
Judy Driver – VIP
Eva M. Miles – Administrative Services

Reports

A strong understanding of the conditions impacting those in our community is crucial for bringing together civic leaders and for developing programs that help bring about positive change. Here is a sample of our recent reports. Click to download.

REPORT

State of Our Black Youth

REPORT

Your Life Matters

YLM Plan of Action

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“At KeyBank, our primary mission is to help our communities thrive. The Indiana Black Expo’s work in our community rests at the heart of that mission.“

Yvonne Harrington Vice President of Corporate Responsibility | KeyBank

“The team at IBE understands that through education and the right communication vehicles you can change the paradigms of individuals and their life trajectories.“

Patricia Roe Vice President of Philanthropy | Strada Education Network