Downtown Rainmakers is a quarterly event for professionals, executives and business owners whose market place and/or related activities has a center of commerce from the downtown area. This event features top city leaders and business people with influence in the Indianapolis business community. Extend your professional network, meet others who focus on the downtown marketplace, learn from knowledgeable guest speakers, and participate in the ever-changing business landscape of Indianapolis!
Our Speaker: Janet H. McNeal,
President, Indianapolis Classical Schools
Bringing more than 35 years of expertise in the field of education, Janet H. McNeal became a member of Herron High School’s founding leadership team in 2006. She saw the opportunity to build a school, from the philosophical foundation up, as an opportunity to “get it right.” After thirteen highly successful years, Herron High School continues to be a nationally ranked high-performing urban school. McNeal and her team built upon this success to open a second campus in Indianapolis. Riverside High School opened in 2017 and currently serves grades 9 through 11. Together the two campuses became known as Indianapolis Classical Schools. This year, the growing network is excited to announce it has been awarded a charter for its highly anticipated Kindergarten through 8th-grade campus, slated to begin serving children in grades K-2 in the fall of 2020.
As the network president of Indianapolis Classical Schools, McNeal is focused on expanding educational excellence to our city’s youth. In addition to leading the network, McNeal has developed collaborative partnerships with political leaders, lawmakers, and community foundations to bring innovation, accountability, and academic achievement to urban education. Embedded in the network’s Core Values is the concept of urban renewal and revitalization. With the knowledge that strong schools lead to strong neighborhoods, McNeal’s efforts include working with community leaders to establish quality educational opportunities to help renew the city’s urban neighborhoods.