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GRC2018: Keynotes
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Great Rivers 2018: Keynotes

"Setting the Pace. Leading the Race. Together."



Tuesday, March 6

Mark Miles and Allison Melangton

Community Engagement Co-Chairs

United Way of Central Indiana



Host City Welcome Breakfast 

United Way of Central Indiana is celebrating 100 years of hand raisers and game changers with a dynamic duo leading the centennial anniversary engagement efforts. Join us and hear how Mark Miles and Allison Melangton of Hulman Motorsports are using their proven model of taking a dynamic committee of enthusiastic volunteers and applying it to United Way’s yearlong celebration. They know a thing or two about making a big event happen as they have done in the past for the Super Bowl, several NCAA Final Four events and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Centennial Celebration. They will share how they have structured the committee around these three goals – raising awareness of the needs in our community, making noise around the 100th by involving as many people as possible and elevating United Way to create a stronger base of support for the next 100 years.


Mary Sellers was named U.S. President of United Way Worldwide (UWW) in April 2017. She is responsible for leading the organization’s enterprise-wide strategy implementation across the United States by working with United Way leaders in local communities to execute a vision of “one network” that, combined with a consistent set of impact goals, creates the continued success of the network and the communities they serve.

Sellers joined UWW with a 25-year track record of leadership and success in nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining UWW, Mary was president of the United Way of Central Iowa (UWCI), where she strategically aligned the entire organization, evolving it from an autonomous culture to a collective accountability culture. She moved funded partners from viewing UWCI as solely a funder to a trusted partner, and developed an engagement framework to give the community more presence in the work of UWCI, leading to a longer-lasting and more committed donor and volunteer base. Under Mary’s leadership, UWCI was the number one (per capita) giving United Way in the country of those raising more than $25 million. 


Tuesday, March 6

Mary Sellers

U.S. President

United Way Worldwide



Wednesday, March 7

Bill Stanczykiewicz

Senior Lecturer and Director 

The Fund Raising School



Bill Stanczykiewicz recently came on board as director of The Fund Raising School and senior lecturer in philanthropic studies.

Stanczykiewicz was previously president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, a statewide nonprofit that promotes healthy youth development and academic achievement by providing capacity-building professional development, technical assistance and funding.

Prior to leading the Indiana Youth Institute, Stanczykiewicz was policy director for community renewal for the office of the mayor of Indianapolis, where he devised and directed the Front Porch Alliance, an innovative collaboration among faith-based and other community organizations to strengthen families and communities in Indianapolis.

He previously served as a key legislative aide to U.S. Senator Dan Coats on the Senate’s Subcommittee on Children & Families. Stanczykiewicz has taught an undergraduate course in nonprofit leadership and management at Purdue University.

 His community activities have included volunteering with an inner-city youth organization, coaching youth sports and serving on the board of the local community foundation.

In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University, he holds a post-graduate credential in executive leadership from Vanderbilt University.

Stanczykiewicz was identified as a "Next Generation Leader" by the Rockefeller Foundation, presented at the White House Conference on Helping America's Youth and was named a "Sagamore of the Wabash" by Office of the Governor of Indiana.



Roxanne Pals is the President of 3 Consulting, Inc., an organizational change consulting practice that guides organizations through times of great change, collaborating with the leaders to create change strategies that successfully manage transformational initiatives. Her clients come from a variety of industries, including, aviation, entertainment, government, health care, hospitality, insurance, and public utilities.


Roxanne is a seasoned presenter, change management practitioner and facilitator with vast experience designing and facilitating learning experiences for leaders at all levels within an organization.


Roxanne holds a Masters Degree in Servant Leadership from Viterbo University and is a Registered Nurse.  She has over 25 years of healthcare experience in a variety of leadership roles. Prior to opening her consulting practice she created, developed and led an internal culture, change and engagement transformation strategy for Trinity Health, the 4th largest not-for profit Catholic Healthcare Organization in the U.S.


Roxanne is a native Iowan and recently moved to Des Moines to enjoy the “empty nest” years with her husband Brad Dondlinger and their dog Cooper.


Thursday, March 8

Roxanne Pals


3 Consulting




Thursday, March 8

Darlene Slaughter

Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer

United Way Worldwide



DARLENE SLAUGHTER is the current VP, Chief Diversity Officer for United Way Worldwide.  In her role she is a key contributor to expediting and advancing U.S. and worldwide diversity and inclusion strategy by recommending, developing, implementing and managing both internal and external diversity related strategies, partnerships, programs and initiatives.  As the Chief Diversity Officer, she works closely with United Way Worldwide/U.S. and other Network Members, including all leadership; volunteers, philanthropic, corporate, government, and NGO leaders; and the general donor public.


Prior to joining United Way Worldwide, Darlene was Principal Consultant at Linkage. In addition to delivering Linkage’s full suite of offerings, she lead the continued development of Linkage’s Inclusive Leadership and Advancing Women Leaders practice areas. She also served as Institute Chair for Linkage’s Institute for Leading Diversity and Inclusion™.


Darlene was also the VP and Chief Diversity Officer for Fannie Mae. She has been the recipient of many awards and honors including SAVOY’s 2012 Top 100 Influential Women in Corporate America; Profiles in Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching; Black Enterprise’s Top Executives in Diversity; and Heart & Soul’s Women of Substance in Finance 











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