Business and Black Lives: A 40-Year Evolution- 6:31
Featuring The Center for Leadership Development in Indianapolis
Posted May 17, 2017Expires Jan 01, 2019
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Bringing business to the forefront of young, black scholars was the objective some 40 years ago, when The Center for Leadership Development was born. S. Henry Bundles Jr. and his wife saw the increasing lack of African American youngsters persuing careers in business; in favor of other trades. From the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis; during the Minority Leaders and Achievers Awards Gala, watch and listen to how one observation, some 40 years ago, has positively altered the future of Indiana in business and beyond.
Recorded on March 23, 2017.
Here is a partial transcript from the full piece:
HOST ON CAMERA: Hey guys, I'm Talor Whitaker, your Comcast Newsmakers Field Correspondent with today's Community Profile.
HOST ON CAMERA: Let's take a trip back to 1977 Indianapolis. Specifically, imagine the community of African Americans as it reaches a cultural crisis within its younger generation. What's happening African Americans are failing...failing to graduate from high school, pursue higher education and attain personally and economically enriching careers. The solution Enter S. Henry Bundles Jr. and the CLD...
BUNDLES JR.: "But we found...and so forth."
BUNDLES JR.: "So we decide that...in business and industry."
BUNDLES: "I didn't come...is unimaginable."
HOST/VO: And now, 40 years later, the Center for Leadership Development remains relentlessly committed to its mission and response to the needs of minority youth in Central Indiana.
BLAND: "It's a significant work...in the young people."
BLAND: "I think the fact...stood 40 years."
HOST ON CAMERA: So, in celebration of 40 years in service, I bring you the 37th Annual CLD Minority Leaders and Achievers Award and Scholarship Gala at the Indiana Convention Center.
FREEMAN: "This is a...of this event."
BRADFORD "I think it's...in the community."
HOST/VO: Today, you will meet and hear from a handful of CLD's brightest, who have adopted the 5 Core Principles for Success and turned them into something extraordinary.
PERRY: "If anybody knows...is really overwhelming."
PERRY: "Over the past...with that tomorrow." BURKS: "What CLD is...you're currently in."
BURKS: "I started my...care of itself."
MCMURRAY: "CLD, I've been in...benefit for everyone."
PERRY: "The most important...want to do."
HOST/VO: From CLD Scholars to minority professionals already out in the world, each individual demonstrates a high achievement in life's work that speaks volumes about the real winner, the Center for Leadership Development.
BLAND: "There is a...in the country."
HOST ON CAMERA: Now, the gala may be the most formal affair of the year but CLD maintains its presence in our community through a variety of ways. Visit cldinc.org, that's c-l-d-i-n-c dot org to learn more on donating, volunteering and sponsoring this great organization. For Comcast Newsmakers and CN81, I'm Talor Whitaker.
A special production of Comcast Newsmakers from the Accelerate Indiana Municipalities Idea Summit at the Old National Events Center in Evansville, Indiana. The annual summit features local officials from across the state as they visit together in exchange of development ideas, economic success and needs.
This segment highlights the city of Greendale from Mayor Alan Weiss.
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The bright idea that is getting students in Indiana more interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM is not entirely new. In fact, the idea comes from what kids are already interested in...movies. Once Al Smith became aware of this staggering statistic - only 5% of African American students are likely to achieve the STEM readiness benchmark before heading off to college or begin their careers - he took action and developed an idea...or a movie character that is. Smith spoke to the Indianapolis Recorder in July of 2017 and had this to say:
"There is a Luke Cage for an older demographic, but there really isn't a superhero film starring a minority teen. I really wanted to target minority males and youth, because I feel there is a void in innovative stories. My overall goal is to create a space for math an STEM in entertainment and to make this material digestible for students."
Smith is currently in production for his work "The Black Hornet of Flatland Heights". For more information on the film and other projects from one of the 100 Indiana educators awarded the Teacher Creativity Fellowship from Lilly Endowment, visit Purpix Media.
Interview recorded on August 23, 2017. Hosted by Taylor Bennett. Part I of I.
Read a partial transcript of the interview here:
Bennett: In a 2016 report by ACT, it indicates less than 30% of high school seniors are prepared to study STEM. As an educator, is that disheartening to you
Smith: I see it everyday, yes. It's one of those their where they don't see the connection between education and success.
Bennett: You're involved in a film project that addresses this, tell me about it.
Smith: It's called The Black Hornet of Flatland Heights. Without giving too much away the lead character and his science teacher end up forming a bond. They exchange words and create a friendship. In the end, the science teacher turns the basketball player into a superhero, The Black Hornet.
It was 10 years ago when the story of Gary Brackett's Impact Foundation began. Personal experiences were what brought the organization to life but it has since thrived on the experiences of others. The foundation is supported by four legs and encompasses a wide array of people in need. Gary's approach to bettering the community includes help in job preparation and summer occupation opportunities. Elsewhere, Gary works with local hospitals to pamper families of ill-children and the children themselves. Learn more about Gary's work here Gary Brackett's Impact Foundation and be sure to check out Gary's story by watching Part 1 of this interview here An Impactful Legacy: 10 Years of Gary Brackett's Impact Foundation.
Interview recorded on August 29, 2017. Hosted by Taylor Bennett. Interview with Gary conducted by Talor Whitaker.
Read a partial transcript of the interview here:
Whitaker: Well, Gary Brackett's Impact Foundation has four legs: Impact Ready, Impact Works, TenderHearts and Gary's Locker. Let's start with Impact Ready, why is that an important component/
Brackett: For me, being an employer of 450 employees...in one of the first stores I opened, I sat there for the interviews. I saw how people were so ill-prepared to come in for an interview. I thought Impact Ready was a way to play it forward and...educate people on how they should approach their first job and interview.
Whitaker: Impact Works follows Impact Ready...do you view this as the natural progression
Brackett: I think it's one thing to tell people what to expect in their first job and then actually give them their first job. We partner with Teen Works to employ about 12 people a year throughout the restaurant group. They learn real on the job training.
Whitaker: Do you have any favorite stories to share with us from those programs
Brackett: A lot of the times we have high school kids working. This one guy is working in the back, in the pantry, during lunch...it was one of our Impact Works guys. He cooks at home with his family and is doing a great job...and we're now working to move him from a stipend to a full time employee.
Whitaker: Not to belittle the other programs but TenderHearts and Gary's Locker are two more ancillary events to the foundation, tell me about their importance.
Brackett: TenderHeart luncheon is a way to honor my mom. A lot of times the mother bears the burden of a sick child. We invite women to a fancy lunch at CharBlue Steakhouse. It is phenomenal to have all these women out and see their connection and see them having a good time.
The trouble with film in Indiana stems directly from the trouble with incentives offered from the Hoosier state to in-state and out-of-state filmmakers and artists. Change is here, however, with the inclusion of Indiana's first-ever, film commissioner. Teresa Sabatine makes her return to Indiana after spending nearly a decade producing projects for Lionsgate and 20th Century Fox. Her return to the land of her alma mater (Ball State University) could not have come soon enough. A modest tax incentive for films last expired in 2012 and lawmakers since have failed to introduce a winning replacement. In 1992, it was the Pelican state of Louisiana that first introduced tax incentives for film production. Indiana was late to the game and only passed it's first tax credit for film in 2007; which included at 15% tax credit for film with a $2.5 million annual cap. Those may seem like hearty numbers but as one writer, Daniel S. Comiskey, wrote in his article for Indianapolis Monthly on the subject, "compared with its neighbors, the Hoosier incentive amounted to little more than a cameo.". Sabatine highlights the issue more in depth and enlightens viewers to the battle she is forging for the sake of Hoosiers in film. For more with Sabatine, click here and watch The Trouble with Film in Indiana (Part II).
Interview(s) recorded on July 12, 2017. Hosted by Taylor Bennett. Part 1 of 2.
Read a partial transcript of the interview here:
Bennett: Let's talk about your position, it's a new position. What is your role.
Sabatine: The city, in 2014, conducted a study to see if there would be a economic benefit to having a central film office in our city; covering central Indiana. the study proved that it would be great. There are 600 production companies across central Indiana and across the state...there are thousands. At the time, CICF with Brian Paine, Visit Indy and the city of Indianapolis decided to put together a two year initiative to see what we could get done.
Bennett: I imagine that is the most challenging, right Actually seeking people to come in and do the work...
Sabatine: Unfortunately, the economics of the film industry, as it stands and have for a while. The current data is that 37 states are offering tax incentives for filmmakers. Currently, Indiana doesn't offer anything. We are sitting in the middle of Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois who are all offering an incentive and we're losing that business to the states surrounding us.
Bennett: It is a legislative move, as to why we don't offer incentives
Sabatine: It is a legislation choice that other states have made to invest in this economic opportunity. At some time, we (Indiana) did have tax incentives but weren't utilized very well. The thing to understand is that you are creating an ecosystem just like the auto industy, or agriculture. This is a billion dollar industry. If you look at Atlanta, Georgia, last year they generated $2 billion in direct spending from the film industy and that led to $7 billion in additional spending in the state because of the film industry.
Bennett: Why did you want to be Film Commissioner
Sabatine: I grew up in Muncie, Indiana. I'm a small town girl and my parents always told me I could be anything I wanted to be. I went out to New York after college and got on the David Letterman Show and worked in small production companies on small TV shows. After being in the industry for 9-10 years, I just decided that there were more young boys and girls from those small towns in Indiana that would like those opportunities. It was exciting to think we could build something from scratch and create jobs and impact the community from an economic perspective. Coming home also seemed like a good idea; I have family here.
Bennett: For more on this subject, click on the link below to view Part II of my interview with Film Indy's Film Commissioner Teresa Sabatine.