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From Bandaids to Solutions – A Quarterly Innovative Speaker Series for Leaders

Join other business, civic, and education leaders for a quarterly innovative speaking series, hosted by Elevate Indianapolis and the Sagamore Institute. In recent years, Indianapolis citizens have been flooded with data driven pictures of reality on the realities of poverty in our city, in particular it’s impact on our most vulnerable citizens, our children. During this innovative speaking series, we cultivate conversations between Indianapolis leaders to move us towards solutions that positivity impact urban children living in poverty in areas including equity, race, justice, mentoring and economic mobility.

During our first conversation on Wednesday, February 20th, we host Mrs. Debbi Speck, President of Elevate USA located in Denver, for her presentation From Bandaids to Solutions: What it takes to commit to solutions that provide lasting outcomes.

Full presentation and Q & A

  • Lunch & Learn- Join an abbreviated presentation and conversation on Wednesday, February 20th from Noon-1pm at The Sagamore Institute.
  • Dinner Presentation and Discussion- Join our full presentation and discussion on Wednesday, February 20th from 5:30-7:30pm at The Sagamore Institute.

About our Host Partner

The Sagamore Institute measures its success by the power of its ideas, the degree of our impact in innovation projects, and the amount of influence we have on leaders.  This emphasis on ideas into action and solutions over ideological debate places the Sagamore think tank in rare company. To learn more about our partner visit .

RSVP to attend

To attend either or both of these events, please RSVP to so we may prepare for your attendance. Meal provided.

About our speaker

Ms. Speck currently serves as CEO of ELEVATE USA whose mission is to launch and support Elevate programs in cities across America.  Debbi has worked for decades among inner- city children, at-risk youth, and adjudicated young adults in cities across the country.  She started her career as a junior high teacher of hearing impaired youth where she became ‘Teacher of the Year’ her third year of teaching.  She later worked at Neighborhood Ministries in Phoenix where she designed and implemented a comprehensive academic achievement program for urban youth in preschool through 12th grades.  Later, she worked at Urban Strategies, based out of Washington, D.C., as the Director of Program Design and Development.  While there she led in the design and development of healthy family and marriage programs, early childhood education, youth development, mentoring and readiness for work programs that were implemented in cities throughout the country.  Debbi earned a B.S. in the Education of the Hearing Impaired from Texas Christian University as well as an MABS from Dallas Theological Seminary.  She is married to Richard and they have two grown children, Kyle and Lindsey. She loves the great outdoors, camping and backpacking.  She is passionate about implementing programs that are designed for life transformation.

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  • Questions please contact us at or 317-697-1925.