Morgan County, IN — Keylee Wright of the Kendrick Foundation has been selected as a member of the 2023 class of the Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute. Launched by the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) in 2021, the Mutz Institute provides a leadership training experience to skill up professionals serving in board and executive roles at foundations, corporations, and social impact organizations across Indiana. Wright successfully completed a competitive application process to gain one of 23 spots in this year’s class.
Since 2019, Wright has served as the Kendrick Foundation’s first executive director. She previously worked within the Indiana State Department of Health for over 15 years. The Indiana Public Health Association named Wright a public health hero in 2014. The next year, she received the Indiana Cancer Consortium’s highest honor—Outstanding Contributions to Cancer Control. Wright earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in wellness management and applied gerontology from Ball State University.
“It has been an amazing experience to have Keylee on our team at the Kendrick Foundation, bringing new ideas, perspectives, and expertise from the world of public health to our mission,” said Amanda Walter, M.D., Kendrick Foundation Board President. “With her help, the Kendrick Foundation has been able to elevate methods by which we think, engage, and strive to improve the health of Morgan County residents. We are thrilled that Keylee has been selected to participate in the Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute program! Assuredly, this opportunity of growth will not only help improve efforts of the Kendrick Foundation but those of all the community partners with whom we are privileged to serve.”
The Mutz Institute is named for former Indiana Lieutenant Governor, past Lilly Endowment Inc. president, IPA founder, corporate CEO, and Indiana visionary, John M. Mutz. It is a program of the IPA. www.inphilanthropy.org/MutzInstitute
About John M. Mutz
Born in Indianapolis, John M. Mutz is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he earned both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in advertising and business management. He had a long career in business, including managing a chain of restaurants and serving as president of PSI Energy (now Duke Energy). Elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1967 and to the state Senate in 1970, he was instrumental in introducing the set of legislative reforms that came to be known as Unigov, the creation of IUPUI and the White River Park Commission, among others. From 1980-1988, he served as the 45th Lieutenant Governor, serving under Governor Robert D. Orr. Mutz later served as president of Lilly Endowment Inc. and chairman of the Lumina Foundation Board of Directors.
IPA is the largest association supporting effective philanthropy in Indiana. It represents a powerful network of foundations, corporations, and other social investors working together to lead change, improve lives, and lift communities. Members hold over $31.5 billion in assets, awarded over $2 billion last year in grants, and are active in all 92 Indiana counties.
About Kendrick Foundation
The mission of the Kendrick Foundation is to financially support education and initiatives that improve the physical and mental health of Morgan County residents. The Kendrick Foundation is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors who is responsible for the oversight of its investments, grants, and scholarships.
The Kendrick Foundation is leading health initiatives for Morgan County. For more information, visit kendrickfoundation.org.