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Hoosier Fellows take on pit crew challenge

It requires coordinated teamwork to change the tires on racecars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That’s why the track will be the setting for an upcoming exercise for local high-talent executives in the 2013 Hoosier Fellows class, hosted by the Indiana University Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence. Participants represent local companies ranging from IU Health to Duke Realty, Herff Jones, Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company.

Pit Crew Challenge

Friday, March 29

8 am – noon

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

“We all know that when speed goes up, safety and quality are going to go down, so how do you maximize the group’s performance?” says Carol Madison, executive director at the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence. “This group will study how to get the best team performance. They will serve as a pit crew, they will change tires on a racecar and they will try to get the best possible performance while balancing speed, safety and quality.”

The 2013 class is composed of 17 high-talent executives and professionals from a wide variety of industries, working to enhance their leadership skills through a yearlong study with the Tobias Center. Each month, the group meets for 24-hour sessions to study a different element of leadership. In addition to the Pit Crew Challenge, Hoosier Fellows have also studied military leadership at Camp Atterbury, Benedictine leadership at St. Meinrad Seminary and ethics of leadership at DePauw University’s Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics.

The 2013 Hoosier Fellows class includes:

  • Don Agin, Vice President and General Manager, Scholastic Division, Herff Jones Inc.
  • Anne Auer, Director of Marketing and Communications, Kelley School of Business at Indiana University
  • Zainab Awelenje, Development VISTA, Muslim Alliance of Indiana-Americoprs VISTA
  • Courtney Brown, Director, Organizational Performance and Evaluation, Lumina Foundation
  • Kim Hollis, Director of Business Solutions, Tilson HR, Inc.
  • Julia Huffman, President and CEO, Noble of Indiana
  • Michael Hulka, Senior Director, Assistant General Counsel, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Korlon Kilpatrick, Manager, Rates and Business Applications, Citizens Energy Group
  • Felipe Martinez, Associate Executive Presbyter, Whitewater Valley Presbytery
  • Tina McIntosh, President and CEO, Joy’s House
  • Deana Potterf, Chief Communications Officer, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
  • Doug Puckett, President and CEO, Indiana University Health Morgan Hospital
  • Daniel Riley, Senior Vice President of Administration and CFO, Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Inc.
  • Larry Siegel, President and Owner, Northshore, Inc.
  • Jeff Stone, Vice President of Construction, Duke Realty Corporation
  • Kate VanDePutte, Recruiter, Monarch Beverage Company
  • Wendy Walters, Director of MSAA – Infractions Appeals Committees, NCAA

“It’s a very interesting roster of companies and organizations that represent the Hoosier Fellows cross section approach to leadership,” says Madison. “Discussions are so rich. You start putting all those points of view and experience together and you have a great discussion about leadership.”

Hoosier Fellows have hosted leadership exercises at the Speedway for the past few years and the 2013 event will be the last at that location. The 2012 exercise can be viewed here (

Media interested in attending the event can contact Sally Winter at the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis at or (317) 274-6856.

The Hoosier Fellows program is provided through the IU Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, which is housed in the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis.



About the Hoosier Fellows Program

The primary mission of the Hoosier Fellows Program is to enhance the leadership skills of a small group of high-potential leaders through a year-long study of leadership with the Tobias Center. Learn more at