A graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, Toni spent her first 15 years with a statewide spirits and wine wholesaler in Indiana. She began her career as a sales trainee and in 5 short years, earned her place as the General Sales Manager for the Northern third of the state. In fact, Toni was the first female General Sales Manager in the company’s history. Three years later, Toni was promoted again and became the company’s first female Marketing Brand Manager.
As Toni grew, so too did her passion for coaching and training. Between the years 2002 – 2011 Toni achieved the following training/facilitating certifications: Statewide Sales Trainer, Paradigm Discovery Coach and Facilitator (leadership and coaching curriculum), Team Building Facilitator (low and high ropes), Diversity & Inclusion Trainer- delivered training at the following organizations: Eli Lilly, WellPoint, Heinz, Progressive Insurance, The Christ Hospital, Darden Restaurants, and many more.
Toni also launched an Intern Program for entrepreneur and inventor, Scott Jones. The success of the Intern Program led to a personal appearance on Inside Indiana Business.
Toni’s love of sales coupled with her passion for learning and development are what led her to her current role as Director of Membership Relations at the Indy Chamber. In addition to those responsibilities, she serves as a Board Member for the Diversity Round Table of Central Indiana and is a member of SHRM’s Diversity Sub Committee. Since 2005, she has volunteered for an organization called, “Feed Everyone,” and has volunteered in the past for Hospice, the YMCA and for a variety of walks and runs to support research and cures for various diseases. Toni resides in Carmel with her partner, Chris, daughters Gracie and Avery, and Labradoodles, Olive and Frankie.
What Diversity & Inclusion mean to me:
Diversity is the acknowledgement of ALL human differences. Inclusion calls forth action. Inclusion requires that we choose behaviors that help others feel valued and respected. It is imperative that all of us become skilled at leveraging differences rather than judging them and making assumptions like, “not the right fit” or “not a team player.” We must make the time to better understand each others’ unique qualities and skill sets as these are what impact the bottom line. To be a global competitor in today’s business world, an organization must master the power of leveraging differences; indeed the strengths of its human capital.
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