Indiana Black Expo President Tanya Mckinzie will step down at the end of the year, the organization announced Monday.
Mckinzie’s replacement has already been selected by the Indiana Black Expo Board of Directors and will be Alice Watson, who is currently the organization’s senior vice president.
Mckinzie has led the organization for 15 years. According to a press release from the organization, Watson will take over as president in January 2023.
“This experience was life changing,” Mckinzie said in the press release. “I hold steadfastly to the principle in Preacher that there is a season for everything. As IBE continues to encourage so many aspiring entrepreneurs to trust in the faith and use their gifts, talents and skills to create generational wealth for their families, I have made the decision to join the ranks of so many others and start my own consulting business . ”
Mckinzie plans to use her new consulting firm to work with clients in Indianapolis and across the state of Indiana, she said.
“One of my learnings is the power of partnership and collaboration,” said Mckinzie. “It was amazing to work with so many different stakeholders and to be seated at one table. What I’ve learned is that partnerships and collaborations are powerful. I look forward to building partnerships and collaborations in my own practice. I have learned to give back and will continue to uplift others.”
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Mckinzie is known for improving the finances, operations and infrastructure of the Indiana Black Expo, according to the organization.
Under her leadership, the organization experienced 14 years of clean financial audits while remaining debt free with ample reserves.
The organization also saw the purchase of a 45,000-square-foot campus on Indianapolis’ east side and the investment of more than $1.6 million in building improvements with no capital campaign and no debt under Mckinzie’s leadership.
The organization created the Education Conference, which, under Mckinzie’s direction, provides cultural competency professional development to thousands of educators and administrators across the country each year.
In 2019, the organization was recognized by the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA) as a community that pays attention to IBE’s work to improve life outcomes for black boys and young men.
The organization opened a state-of-the-art performing arts academy and community learning center in east Indianapolis that provides development and support for youth and families, and the Black Business Training Institute for 120 business owners in central Indiana.
“I’m excited about the future of IBE and the unwavering commitment of our board, employees, members, volunteers and partners across the state of Indiana to take IBE and our community to higher heights,” said Mckinzie.
According to the press release, Watson has managed day-to-day operations at Indiana Black Expo for the past 10 years.
Prior to her tenure at IBE, Watson was appointed Deputy Commissioner for the Indiana Department of Administration by former Gov. Mitch Daniels, where she led the Division of Minority and Women-Owned Businesses from 2008-2010.
Prior to joining the state, Watson served as sales director for national accounts, where she applied her expertise in sales, advertising, marketing and financial planning, according to the press release.
“We are entering an exciting time for the organization and are grateful for the solid foundation that Ms. Mckinzie has laid,” Watson said in the press release. “I look forward to working with the IBE Board, employees and stakeholders as we execute on our strategic plan to implement impactful programs and advocacy to cement our place in history for the next 50 years.”
Indiana Black Expo, Inc. is a not-for-profit, nationwide organization with 12 subsidiaries.
IBE’s mission, according to the organization, is to serve as an effective voice and agent for the social and economic advancement of the African American population.
Known for its two major events, Summer Celebration and Circle City Classic, IBE offers youth and family initiatives throughout the year including its Education Conference, Black Business Training Institute, Performing Arts Academy, Community Learning Hub, Education Day (College Fair), Summer Internship Program, Scholarship Fund, National Tobacco Control Initiative, Youth Leadership Summit, Employment Opportunity Fair, and Business Series and Conference.
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