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about

NEXUS

Behind every endeavor, great and small, is a story. The Nexus story begins with four people who each had a burden to impact the city of Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, and beyond.

 

We came from different backgrounds and different areas of the country, but we all landed at the same church in Indianapolis. As we connected and shared our dreams, we began to ask, “What would happen if more business owners ran their companies with specific intentions for community impact?”

 

Clearly, God was orchestrating a much bigger story. Nexus was founded on Christian faith principles to make a positive difference in the world. Today, the Nexus Impact Center with coworking, office and event space, is a place where social entrepreneurs gather, is the culmination of this dream. All are welcome as we work together to create impact.

 

We’ve come a long way…and have a long way to go. Won’t you join us in making impact?

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NAME

“Nexus” means connection. At Nexus Impact Center, people unite to do good. You’re not in this alone! Join our community where even our name suggests the deep connection we share.

Mission: The Nexus Impact Center unites, inspires, and resources people to cultivate impact-driven business models.

Vision: We endeavor to create an equitable* world through collective impact. *equitable =  accessible, inclusive, sustainable for all. 

mission &

VISION

"What if more business owners ran their companies 
with specific intentions for community impact?"

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executive

STAFF

ROBIN

LEE

PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ROBIN@NEXUSIMPACT.ORG

NATASHA

POLAK

COMMUNITY MANAGER

NATASHA@NEXUSIMPACT.ORG

Robin is passionate about the potential brewing to make genuine collective impact through businesses and nonprofits who are evolving into smarter, more innovative impact focused business models. Robin is a CPA and started her career as an auditor for KPMG with a focus on nonprofits and governments.  She has worked for nearly 3 decades in government, ministries and most recently a small foundation gaining multiple perspectives on how our society is trying to address social issues and struggling to make progress.  Robin works with members at Nexus, as well as people and organizations in our community to advance the Mission for sustainable social impact. 

Natasha has a heart for service and diverse experience in communication and customer service. She served as a PTO member in MSD Washington Township and is the founder of the Barbie Girls Project, giving needy girls new and gently used Barbie dolls from generous donors worldwide. Natasha is a Christian author and freelance writer who actively serves with her church in various capacities including writing church school lessons.  Her favorite quote is "See a need, fill a need," from the movie Robots. Natasha oversees the day-to-day operations of Nexus and is eager to help meet the needs of members and guest of Nexus.  

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DIRECTORS

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BOARD

STEPHANIE

FERNHABER

VICE PRESIDENT

Stephanie teaches entrepreneurship, innovation and business at Butler University as an associate professor.  She understands the value of using business as a force for good and is passionate about creating ways to spur innovation to address social problems. In addition to teaching, Stephanie conducts research in the areas of networks, international entrepreneurship and new venture strategy.  Her research has been published in various academic journals and two books.

MIRANDA

NICHOLSON 

DIRECTOR

Miranda is Sr. Vice President of Human Resources at Formstack, a workplace productivity solution that empowers anyone to digitize what matters, automate workflows, and fix processes – all without codes. With a decade of experience managing corporate HR activities, Miranda currently leads the acquisition, onboarding, and retention of current and future Formstack employees.

DERRIN

SLACK 

DIRECTOR

Derrin is the Founder and CPO of ProAct Indy, a social enterprise nonprofit that has trained and led teams to engage over 25,000 boys and girls and corporate employees. Derrin is a results-driven servant leader who believes in the importance of relationships and teaching leadership through service, because vulnerable people do not care how much you know, they want to know how much you care. As a highly sought-after speaker, training facilitator and consultant, Derrin educates on such issues as diversity and equity, community engagement strategies for businesses and nonprofits, and schools.  

DORA

LUTZ

DIRECTOR

As CEO, instructor & author, Dora knows how to help corporate leaders create world-impacting, highly profitable business strategies.  At GivingSpring, her second business, Dora coaches both global organizations and social startups to set a vision for impact and drive execution. She has also created and teaches the course “Business Planning for Social Entrepreneurs” at Purdue University. She earned her Shared Value certification in 2016, subsequently serving as the Chair of the Global Council for IMPACT 2030, a cross-sector initiative alongside the UN. 

THOMAS

TOTTEN

DIRECTOR

Tom is the CEO and Founder of Epeenoire, a human resource tech firm that helps socially conscious companies hire socially conscious vendors in the HR space.  He is committed to move the needle for social good.  Tom has 30 years serving as a pension and health care actuary for Fortune 500 and Main Street companies. Half of his career has been spent running companies with two successful exits. He invested in his community through various board roles and also taught the next generation of actuaries at Notre Dame.

GET CONNECTED

nexus@nexusimpact.org

 

9511 Angola Court

Indianapolis, Indiana 46268 

317.740.3965

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