IndyTalks:  Indianapolis at the Crossroads

Becoming an International Humanitarian Incubator: 
Young Professionals Working Across the Globe and Here Share Their Passions About Giving Back

Thursday, October 18, 2012
7 pm
Common Room, CTS

Emerging professionals from diverse religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds share their passions about giving back with IndyTalks.  Please join us for this interactive discussion about fresh approaches to making a difference as we will explore how faith and upbringing have played an integral role in shaping the views and actions of our panelists. Together, we will examine the local and international impact of an evolving Indianapolis community of philanthropists. We can all benefit from a greater understanding of how these individuals working across the globe have leveraged their Indy experience to fuel their passion for giving back in many different ways.  Be a part of this exploration of how faith, values, and new forms of philanthropy are shaping how Indianapolis participates in global community. 

Ming Hu , graduate student in philanthropy, IUPUI
Arishaa Khan, working with Obat Helpers, Bangladesh
Christopher Smith, Englewood Christian Church
Facilitator:  Aimée Laramore, Lake Institute for Faith and Giving, Center on Philanthropy, IUPUI

IndyTalks is a citywide effort to foster a sense of community through respectful and creative civic dialogue.  IndyTalks is a catalyst for you to converse, connect, and create.  Visit the IndyTalks blog at for other 2012 events as we explore Indianapolis at the Crossroads.



Co-sponsors: China Philanthropy Leadership Initiative at IUPUI, Center for Interfaith Cooperation, Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, IndyTalks
Cost: FREE & open to the public

Ming Hu is a master degree student in Philanthropic Studies at IUPUI.  A native of China, he has a masters in Agricultural Economics from Renmin University.  He has worked on issues of globalization and social change, a database of the NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in China, and done research on NGO development and fund-raising, earthquake relief, and the growth of Chinese civil society.  He has also worked for Oxfam Hong Kong.

Arishaa Khan is a development assistant with the Islamic Society of North America and has recently returned from studying abroad in Bejing. She volunteers with her family's nonprofit, OBAT Helpers, which enhances the lives of stateless people living in deplorable conditions within camps in Bangladesh. Khan holds a bachelor’s in philanthropic studies from IUPUI and plans to complete a master’s in nonprofit management at Indiana University.

Aimée A. Laramore is associate director of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at the Center on Philanthropy of IUPUI.  A graduate of Purdue University, Laramore also has an MBA and works to fuse innovative organizational development approaches with established business practices.  Along with her work with the Lake Institute, she leads Youth Ministries at New Horizons Church and is a board member of Emerging Pearls Foundation.

C.Christopher Smith is an active member of Englewood Christian Church on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis, which has been widely recognized for its innovative work in community and economic development. Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books ( and co-author of the forthcoming Slow Church from IVP Books.  He blogs for the Patheos interfaith portal at

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