Meet your leaders: Karen Radcliff


As Hamilton County Leadership Academy approaches its 25th anniversary in 2016, Current is highlighting local leaders who have helped build and sustain the program, which focuses on strengthening our community by developing informed leaders. In June, another class of engaged citizens will join the 600-plus graduates already working to make a difference.

CIW-1117- HCLA meet your leaders

Karen Radcliff, HCLA Class of 2004

Hometown: She considers Indiana home because it’s where she raised her children.

Lives: Westfield

Works: Carmel

Family:  Sons Trey, 22, and Drew, 21

Career: Vice president and chief strategy officer, Hamilton County Tourism, Inc.; chief marketing officer, Hamilton County Economic Development Corporation

Community involvement: 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Host Committee

Biggest HCLA takeaway: “An appreciation for the breadth of information and the immersion into community that HCLA exposed us to. That big picture really served to foster my sense of collaborative work and how interconnected everything really is.”

What impact has HCLA made on the community? “HCLA is developing a community filled with smart and engaged servant leaders. [It’s a] pretty noble mission!”

How has HCLA changed your perspective on leadership? “I like a servant leadership style and a cross-enterprise leadership model which, I believe, helps bring silos down and avoids narrow thinking.”

Last movie you saw? “The Intern at Flix Brewhouse.”

Best-kept Hamilton County secret: “How can I answer this? It’s my job to make sure Hamilton County is NOT a secret. However, while I spend an enormous effort at promoting the county’s Tenderloin Trail to our visitors, I secretly love the chicken fingers and honey mustard sauce at the Nickel Plate Bar & Grill in Fishers. And if you haven’t visited Nickel Plate Arts in Noblesville, their holiday show is a perfect time to find unique and affordable art for that person on your list who has everything.”


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