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Moving to Indianapolis from Michigan 10 years ago for graduate school at I.U., Allison Barkel fell in love with this city and stayed. These days, as a Consultant for Summit Managed Solutions she helps create innovation solutions and program development within the healthcare space. With a background in learning and development, education, and program management, Allison is passionate about serving her community with a particular focus on equity, environmentalism, and the arts. As a foodie, she loves exploring Indy’s growing food scene as a Yelp Elite, and is committed to supporting local businesses. Outside of work and volunteering, you’ll find Allison outdoors – hiking, kayaking, traveling. Tell us more, Allison!
My Maven Superpower is … Collaboration! I genuinely love to work with other people on a common goal and cheer everyone on
Best book I’ve read lately is … Seven Days of June by Tia Williams
Self-care habit I swear by … A skin care routine using Spruce & Bee products
My first job was … Working at a Dairy Queen
The best career advice I can offer is … Be your own steward of your growth and development, don’t wait around for someone to do it for you. Seek the wisdom of trusted resources to guide your path and don’t be afraid to be ambitious.
A purchase I’ve been loving lately is … Super soft cashmere wrap.
The thing I’ve been binging lately is … Abbott Elementary, Ted Lasso, Schmigadoon!
The skill I most want to learn is … I would love to get into woodworking, because there is such a practical and creative side to the craft.
A Maven you should know is … Tanorria Askew
My favorite nonprofit to support is … Hoosier Environmental Council
What have you achieved recently that you’d like to celebrate with our community? I was just promoted from Associate Consultant to Consultant!
What’s next for you? What can we expect to see over the next few years? I want to continue to dig deep into serving my community and focus on equity and environmentalism (hello intersectional environmentalism!), while also pursuing additional leadership opportunities within Indianapolis. I plan to continue to grow as a Consultant within Summit Managed Solutions and also explore the concept of social impact and value-driven decision-making within businesses.