Tuesday General Session
Tuesday, September 1 | 4:30 PM
Bringing Life to A Community in an Equitable Way
The COVID-19 pandemic combined with societal events have exposed the need for physical and mental healing in our country. As our spaces were restricted and programs were canceled, opportunities to serve the community came in many forms including feeding, testing sites, and social services. Now the opportunity exists for our industry to educate other entities to demonstrate what happens when the community convenes in places where all things are equitable. What role will parks and recreation professionals play in re-creating a sense of community across our state and our country? Our speaker will allow us to explore the explicit and implicit reasons for inequities that require vision and intentional actions to change.
- Learn about the unconscious bias that lead us to decisions and form our opinions.
- Hear stories of how parks and recreation agencies serve their communities during COVID-19.
- Identify trends for the future that may determine how society continues to react to pressures of inequity.
ABOUT NEELAY BHATT
Neelay’s career on five continents includes Disney, The Super Bowl, The Olympics, besides several years of consulting, public speaking and training. TEDx, the global platform for ideas, describes him as a business and communications visionary, and his service on the National Recreation and Park Association’s Board of Directors served to ensure that ‘no child is left indoors’.
He serves as the Vice President of the Immigrant Welcome Center and aspires to make Indy the most welcoming city in America. Most recently, he was chosen by the Indianapolis Business Journal as Indy’s Forty under 40 business leaders impacting the community.
He is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School and #1 ranked Sports Management Program at Ohio University and his keynotes and talks on magical customer service, trends, empathetic leadership and the art of storytelling have benefited executives, professionals, startups and students from North America to China and from Europe to New Zealand.
He champions “Ideas Worth Spreading” as the curator and organizer for TEDxIndianapolis, TEDxIndianapolisWomen and TEDxCollegePark (MD) besides leading a TED Global workshop in Canada, presented multiple TEDx talks and coaching TEDx presenters as well.
As the Principal at PROS Consulting INC. (headquartered in Indianapolis), he has led 130+ strategic and master planning, sports facility development, customer service training, and marketing and branding projects. These projects have recommended facility development and infrastructure improvements totaling over $2 billion USD and are helping shape a better vision for health and wellness, conservation and social equity in communities globally.