June Membership Meeting


Panel Discussion

Topic: Inclusive Practices for LGBTQ+ Professionals in the Workplace

Join us during Pride Month for his panel focused on creating an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ professionals in our workplaces.


Chris Handberg, Executive Director of Indy Pride, will lead this diverse panel through topics ranging from discrimination policies, healthcare needs and benefits packages, visibility in

leadership, community engagement activation, and even small but powerful ideas like utilizing pronouns in our email signatures. Hear stories about challenges that our panelists and our peers may have faced, as well as great examples of inclusion.


Moderator: Chris (Warren) Handberg (he/him/his)

Christopher (Warren) Handberg grew up in Fortville, Indiana and received a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Literature and Christian Ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2001. Upon graduation, he began work as a youth minister at the Anderson Church of the Brethren. After several years of service, he left to pursue opportunities in the field of social service and became an IMPD Advocate with The Julian Center. As a first-responder to victims of domestic and sexual violence, he began his career in the nonprofit sector. Additionally, Handberg began teaching at Carmel High School concurrent with his role at The Julian Center. While working as an advocate and teacher, he earned a teaching license and Master of Education degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. In 2014, he accepted the role of Director of Programs at the Domestic Violence Network where he engaged the community, built collaborative relationships, and built strategic partnerships to improve the response and prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault in Central Indiana. Beginning in June 2017, Handberg currently serves as the Executive Director of Indy Pride, Inc.

Panelist: Larry Stribling (he/him/his)

Born and raised in Chicago Illinois, Larry received his Masters of Human Resources and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He currently works for Cummins Inc. supporting the business as a HR business partner. Apart from his day to day work load, he enjoys working out, singing traveling and providing leadership to Indy Pride Board Directors as the elected President.

Panelist: Kristen Matha (she/her/hers)

Kristen Matha is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Ice Miller, LLP and is responsible for operationalizing the Firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy and also leads the day-to-day operations for attorney professional development.  Prior to joining Ice Miller, Kristen was an administrator with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) where her work focused on regulatory compliance, internal operations and diversity and inclusion initiatives for the national office staff and NCAA membership.  While at the NCAA, she served as the inaugural chair for the national office’s LGBTQ employee resource group.

Panelist: Lane Banister (they/them/theirs)

Lane Banister is an Indianapolis based Educator and Organizer.  They have been working for the local LGBTQ+ community for over 4 years, and recently branched out with their own endeavor called Affirm/ED! to bring LGBTQ+ cultural competency trainings to schools, businesses, doctors, nursing homes, and other organizations. Find out more about all their projects at


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