Indiana Black Expo, Inc. names a new Chief Operating Officer, Cara Holdsclaw

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We are pleased to announce that Cara Holdsclaw, Ph.D., has been named Chief Operating Officer. An Indiana native, Holdsclaw most recently served as the Senior Associate Athletic Director of External Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer in the Athletic Department for Columbia University in the City of New York. At Columbia, Holdsclaw was responsible for the strategic direction, oversight, coordination, leadership, and active participation in the revenue generation and external functions of the athletic department. Holdsclaw also oversaw all diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives as well as Name, Image, and Likeness for staff and student-athletes.

“Cara brings a multitude of skills needed for the organization to grow and continue to flourish,” Alice Watson, IBE President & CEO said. “I am excited to have Cara work alongside me to carry out IBE’s strategic plan and to implement impactful programming for our communities across the state.”

“I am excited for this opportunity,” Holdsclaw said. ” To be a part of the rich IBE history, driving socioeconomic change for African Americans in the state of Indiana and beyond is something that I am committed and can’t wait to contribute to.”

In her new role, Holdsclaw will plan, develop, organize and have operational oversight of programming and administration for the organization as well as assist and support the President and CEO in advancing the organization’s mission.

Holdsclaw has previously served as the Director of Business Operations with the NBA G League’s Agua Caliente Clippers, the Associate Athletic Director of Business Administration, Senior Woman Administrator, and Assistant professor of sport management at Alabama A&M University. Before her time at Alabama A&M, Holdsclaw worked for College Mentors for Kids, and for the Indiana Fever with Pacers Sports & Entertainment.

Holdsclaw earned her master’s and doctorate in Sport Management from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2009 and 2012. In addition to her doctoral work, she has taught as an adjunct and an assistant professor of sports management at Indiana University, IUPUI, University of Indianapolis and at Alabama A&M University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton in 2006, where she also played on the women’s basketball team.

She is the daughter of IU Basketball Hoosier legend and assistant coach, Joby Wright (1981-90) who played professional basketball for five seasons, and served as head coach at Miami, Ohio (1990-93), Wyoming (1993-97), IBL Cincinnati Stuff, Harlem Globetrotters, and as the Technical Director of Basketball with NBA Africa.

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