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Indianapolis Prize Lecture Series

Following the Zoo’s mission to inspire conservation in the local Indianapolis community, Meet a Hero is a special event where Zoo visitors have the opportunity to meet the Prize heroes, who traveled from across the globe, to discover their amazing and inspiring stories.

At the event children and adults can interact with world-renowned scientists and researchers who are helping save wild things and wild places. Designed for families and the young at heart, guests can also participate in fun activities created to teach the importance of protecting endangered species that everyone can help save. As part of the experience the first 2,000 guests will receive a pack of limited-edition conservation collector cards featuring the Prize Winner, Finalists and celebrities in attendance.

Indianapolis Prize Lecture Series

The Indianapolis Prize Lecture Series provides an inspirational and educational platform for young inquisitive minds, the public and professionals in our community to understand the work and determination it takes to save a species. Participants will learn what inspired the Winner to become a scientist and how they raised awareness for our planet’s biodiversity. Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions about the challenges, struggles and successes the Winner has faced through their career.

Stay tuned for further details on time and location.

Michael I. Crowther Leadership Forum presented by the Lacy Foundation

The men and women who have won the Indianapolis Prize are individuals who have made a significant impact on saving animal species. They have learned how to be a leader in some of the most remote and exotic locations and have literally found themselves in near death situations.

Named in honor of Indianapolis Prize founder Michael Crowther, the Leadership Forum, in conjunction with Leadership Indianapolis, targets business professionals and emerging leaders by providing them with the unique opportunity to learn how the Prize Winner successfully implemented leadership in an uncommon and challenging environment.

While you may not often find them in a suit, the Winners of the Indianapolis Prize exemplify the same leadership qualities needed for success in the boardroom. Whether it’s motivating others, problem-solving, managing deal negotiations or facing a group of armed poachers, these men and women are succeeding in demonstrable ways that blaze a path for others to follow.

Participants of this program will hear from one of the world’s leading animal conservationists whose mission-driven, collaborative leadership has shaped businesses, politics, policy and communities on a local and international scale. The Leadership event connects young business professionals and emerging leaders with an individual who has successfully implemented leadership in a unique and challenging environment.

Enjoy a collated list of wildlife conservation books created by the library here and a list for children here.

Michael I. Crowther Leadership Forum presented by the Lacy Foundation

Use of Likeness

All Gala and event attendees agree to allow their likeness to be recorded and used by the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. and its affiliates in photos/video.