Hats off to Grads! Graduation Celebration 2019

Hats off to Grads! Graduation Celebration 2019

About This Campaign

Hats off to Our Grads celebration recognizes the graduation of our Little Brothers and Little Sisters and Big Brothers and Big Sisters from high school and college respectively. This special event will be on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:00 pm. Our graduates will tell you that having a mentor made a significant impact on reaching this special milestone. Graduates will be invited to walk the stage to receive a certificate honoring their accomplishments, along with photo opportunities with the speaker.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana strives to put our children on a path to success – and we know the best way to do that is to stabilize and encourage education. Our data indicates that Little Brothers and Little Sisters felt more competent about doing school work after having a Big Brother or Big Sister.

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6:00pm Check in and Mingling
7:00pm Program
8:00pm Closing and Mingling

This year, Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, President of University of Louisville will be our speaker at our new location at the Swain Student Activities Center Ballroom at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Neeli Bendapudi
President, University of Louisville

Neeli Bendapudi is the 18th President of the University of Louisville. The university's Board of Trustees selected her in April, 2018, after a nationwide search.

Prior to her move to Louisville, Bendapudi was provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Kansas. At KU she was lauded as a skilled collaborator, fundraiser, faculty advocate and for her affable personality—telling people to “just call me Neeli.”

Academic and Business Background

Bendapudi has a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Kansas and teaching experience at The Ohio State University and Texas A&M University. In 2011, she returned to KU to become the School of Business dean and H.D. Price Professor of Business. In 2016, she was promoted to provost and executive vice chancellor.

An expert in the study of consumer behavior in service contexts, Bendapudi’s research deals with a customers' willingness and ability to maintain long-term relationships with firms and with the brands and employees that represent them. Her work has been widely published and featured in popular media outlets.

Previously, she served as chief customer officer of the Huntington National Bank. She sits on the Board of Directors of the publicly held Lancaster Colony Corporation and has served on various private, public and non-for-profit company boards including Fred’s, Sheetz, Freightquote and including MRIGlobal, an independent research institute.

Bendapudi and her husband, Venkat, were born and raised in India, in the city of Vizag, state of Andhra Pradesh. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees there before coming to the U.S. to complete her doctorate.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana

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The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

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