Paying it Forward

As the Founder and CEO of Careers In Transition, Inc., I have a deep-rooted passion for serving others and am fueled by philanthropy and volunteerism. I recently launched a nonprofit called Dr. Indigo Insights. I plan to use it as another means to instill a culture of excellence in my Human Capital Firm. My success journey is weaved with years of supporting a variety of organizations such as Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry wherein I was a patron while raising my oldest son, working and attending college full-time. I possess a spirit of appreciation, giving back to organizations that were the wind beneath my wings. I welcome you to read more about how I pay it forward:

Shirley Borel, Inspirer and Instructor with her children and husband.

Shirley Borel Journalism Scholarship – Waubonsee Community College

I created and have funded this scholarship since December 5, 2005. This scholarship has the most significance for me because it pulls at my heart strings. Shirley was my journalism instructor at Waubonsee Community College. She made such a huge impact on my life and left an indelible impression on me. She was someone who advocated and mentored me with a level of unconditional love that I aspire to live by in supporting others. My first academic scholarship was due to her encouragement and support, and I feel compelled to do the same for others. She passed away less than a year after accepting this scholarship to be named after her, leaving a void in my life that has yet to be filled. The scholarship is granted to eligible students enrolled at Waubonsee Community College. In addition, I have a similar scholarship housed at the Community Foundation that I created in January 1998 for students completing their Associate Degree and seeking to attain a Bachelors Degree. As a former Community Foundation Scholar, I fund scholarships as a way of saying “thank you” for the assistance I received. I provide various sums of money depending on the number of students applying and their financial need. To join me in helping others achieve their educational dreams, you can make a donation by clicking on www.communityfoundationfrv.org/fund_profiles-careers.asp.

Dr. Indigo with William A. Brown, Sr., President of AAFEA.

African American Federal Executive Association Careers In Transition Inc. Scholarship

AAFEA is led by President and Founder William (Bill) Brown. I support this organization based on its mission. As a non-profit association, it was founded in February 2002 by several African American members of the Federal Senior Executive Service. AAFEA promotes the professional development and advancement of African Americans into and within the senior ranks of the United States Government. The organization sponsors programs and advocates policies that will enhance opportunities for African Americans to serve our nation in senior level positions. I created and fund a scholarship called the Careers In Transition, Inc. Scholarship to offer members access to funding for continuing education to support their journey towards senior leadership in the federal government. I gave $10,000 as a foundation for the program to be launched. To learn more about AAFEA visit www.aafea.org.

Lonnie Saboor, Treasurer, ABL Board, Dr. Indigo and Leona Barr-Davenport, President & CEO of ABL.

Atlanta Business League Careers In Transition Scholarship

It is a well-known fact that small businesses are the economic engine for America’s economy. What I discovered as a part of my dissertation research is that small businesses often go out of business from a lack of leadership. Then, after receiving the Inc. 500|5000 award, I realized that women and minorities have a more difficult time growing their company to capacity, which adversely impacts our country’s ability to compete globally. This caused me to really think about how I could make a difference. I can honestly say that I was able to turn my business around based on what I learned while studying for my Ph.D. This motivated me to create and fund the Careers In Transition Inc. Scholarship to assist small business owners in achieving success. Through the scholarship they are able to attend educational activities, i.e. continuing education, conferences, etc. that will teach them how to lead their organizations to measurable success. I donated $10,000 to the Atlanta Business League to offer financial support to their members. To learn more about the ABL visit www.atlantabusinessleague.org.

Jeff Carrico, Dir. of Dev. and Matt Pieper, Exc. Dir. of Open Hands with Dr. Indigo.

Open Hand Legacy Project

Open Hand helps people prevent or better manage chronic disease through Comprehensive Nutrition Care™, which combines home-delivered meals and nutrition education as a means to reinforce the connection between informed food choices and improved quality of life. That is what they are known for today, but when I was a board member the focus was on providing nutritional meals to people impacted by HIV/AIDS. I heard that the organization wanted to create a pictorial history in the foyer that would tell the story of their organization. During one of my company’s forced fun activities; wherein, we provide community service as a company, I surprised them with a check so that they could reach that goal. To learn more about OH please visitwww.projectopenhand.org/.

(Mid) Carl Jefferson, President of NAAAHR with Eric Tinch & Dr. Indigo of Careers In Transition Inc.

National Association of African Americans in Human Resources Careers In Transition Inc. Scholarship

As an HR practitioner, it only makes sense to support an industry that I believe is the back-bone of any organization, and America’s true and precious resource, i.e. human resources. The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR), a not-for-profit organization, exists to provide a national forum where Black and African American human resources practitioners and those aligned with our goals can share, gain information and provide leadership on issues affecting their individual careers and the global workforce. It is important to me to help the people who help people so that our workforce and workplace are improved. I started with a local chapter to support the NAAAHR in providing scholarships for members to attend conferences, classes and even college. I stepped up that program by giving $10,000 to the national chapter.

Making Community Service a Part of Your Career DNA

It is imperative that the current and next generations of students are self-sufficient and self-reliant citizens. Dr. Indigo supports educational institutions in developing America’s human capital by speaking to audiences about personal and corporate social responsibility. In this engaging keynote, she shares her story of moving from being a recipient of community services to being a successful CEO of a small business recognized by INC. Magazine as one of America’s Fastest Growing Companies in 2012. As a philanthropist who to this day still sends checks to the food pantry that helped her and a young son survive tough times, she shares the importance of community involvement with students and how even in small ways they can engage and serve their communities while on campus. Intertwined with her own story of survival and success, she shares practical tools for community service involvement that benefits the school, the individual and the community. As a seasoned career expert, she also provides innovative tools and insights on how to tap into the hidden job market of nonprofit, government and entrepreneurism. Her keynote emphasizes that community service and servant leadership are vital ingredients to future career success and living a purposeful life.