As associate director of development for the annual fund at Kelley School of Business Indianapolis, Maggie Barrett Schlake raises money to support scholarships and unrestricted funds. She meets with donors to help them determine how best to combine their passion for the school with their ability to give, while developing annual strategies for campaigns like IU Day.
We asked Maggie about her background and interests. Here is what she had to say.
Where is your hometown?
Maggie: Carmel, IN
What led you to your current job at Kelley Indy?
Maggie: Previous to joining Kelley Indianapolis, I worked at the Indiana Repertory Theatre raising funds for the arts. I’ve lived in Central Indiana most of my life, and I want to see the region grow and thrive. Kelley Indianapolis is vital to making my hope a reality. Education is the key to economic growth, and I’m thrilled to be part of a team that is moving the needle for our hometown.
What is the best part of your job?
Maggie:I absolutely love working with our supporters and helping them connect with what they are passionate about: education and Kelley specifically.
What is your career and education background?
Maggie: My undergrad degree is from Ohio State, and I’ve been fundraising for about seven years. I’ve worked for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Heart Association, and the Indiana Repertory Theatre.
What was your first job?
Maggie: My very first job was as a hostess at a restaurant in Carmel, but my first professional job actually involved with IU Bloomington. I served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for one year with the HPER school. It was an excellent way to explore non-profit work, and it set me on the path to fundraising.