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Larry Smith Headlines Cicero Kiwanis Breakfast Meeting on Saturday

Larry Smith

Larry Smith, Director of Development for the Hamilton County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), will speak at the breakfast meeting of the Cicero Kiwanis Club on Saturday. He will share the latest and greatest happenings taking place with this invaluable organization serving Hamilton County.

The Foundation works with donors and not-for-profit organizations to improve and enhance our community for those that call Hamilton County home. In his role, Larry is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and stewarding gifts from individual and institutional donors. Larry is also founder and CEO of Leading Edge Advisory Firm (LEAF LLC), a consultancy that he founded in 2009. LEAF helps academic, non-profit, for-profit, and faith-based organizations improve their efficiency and effectiveness in areas including, but not limited to: Board Development, Feasibility Studies, Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, and Fund Development.

Previously, he served as Managing Director of Indiana University’s Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence. He also served as a Senior Vice President of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, as a Director at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, and as a Deputy Director of Hudson Institute. Larry began his career at Cummins Inc., where he ultimately became the youngest Director of Corporate Strategy in the company’s history.

Among the honors that Larry has received are being selected for the Indianapolis Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” award, “Indy’s Best & Brightest Award” from Junior Achievement, and a Fellow at the Tobias Leadership Center. Larry also has served as a board member for more than a dozen organizations.

Larry earned a BA from Williams College, where he was a Lehman Scholar. He also earned an MS from Stanford Business School, where he was a Sloan Fellow. He is an ordained minister who has three children and two grandchildren.

The Cicero Chapter of the Kiwanis International as a part of a non-profit global organization with members who are dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. In the greater Cicero-area community, the Cicero Kiwanis provide scholarships to local high school students, support local schools through donations to various programs and manpower, provide food and assistance to local food pantries, support families and individuals in need or in crisis and help the community-at-large through donations to Riley’s Children’s Hospital. Weekly meetings begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturdays at the Red Bridge Community Park Building in Cicero. For more information or to attend this week’s meeting email cicerokiwanis@gmail.com.