IHS is proud to honor extraordinary Hoosiers each year for their contributions to our state and the nation. Join us at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center as we celebrate our 2019 Living Legends – retail executive Angela Ahrendts, Catholic education advocates Dan and Beth Elsener, Holocaust survivor Eva Kor and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.
Angela Ahrendts was most recently senior vice president of Apple Retail. During her five years there, she redesigned the stores, reimagined the experience and recrafted roles for 70,000 employees globally. She launched Today at Apple, a program to to encourage connection, inspire learning and unlock creativity. Today there are more than 18,000 sessions held per week.
Angela relocated to London to join Burberry in 2006 where she served as chief executive officer for nearly nine years. She led the company through a period of phenomenal global growth, repositioning Burberry as a global luxury brand. Her leadership focus on culture, values and positive energy resulted in tripling the business and quadrupling the share price.
Prior to Burberry, Angela spent 25 years in New York as executive vice president at Liz Claiborne Inc., and earlier in her career as president of Donna Karan International.
Angela has a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University where she was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2010. She was also a member of the UK’s Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council from 2010 to 2015 and was named Honorary Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2014.
Angela has consistently been recognized by Forbes, Fortune and the BBC as a Top 100 Global Executive. She is currently a member of the board of directors of Ralph Lauren Corp. and is involved with charity: water.
For nearly 45 years, Dan and Beth Elsener have been united in their efforts to champion the cause of Catholic education and to raise their family of nine children and 28 grandchildren.
The couple met in high school, and Dan pursued his undergraduate degree at Nebraska Wesleyan University while Beth went to the University of Nebraska. They married in December 1975. After graduation, Dan earned a graduate degree from the University of Nebraska. He worked in K-12 education with ever-increasing levels of responsibility.
When Dan accepted the position of superintendent and secretary of education in the Office of Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in 1992, he and Beth pursued this new adventure as a team and relocated their family to Indianapolis. In his role with the Archdiocese, Dan oversaw all aspects of Catholic schools, serving 25,000 children. As he worked to address the needs of Central Indiana students, Beth was actively involved in her own children’s education, volunteering for various committees and enrichment activities and supporting her children’s pursuits. Together, Beth and Dan developed a large network of dedicated leaders and donors to ensure that students from all economic backgrounds have the opportunity for a Catholic education.
In 2001, Dan started as the eighth president of Marian College. As president and first lady of Marian University, the Elseners work tirelessly to advance the mission of Marian by educating transformational leaders for service to the world. Over the last 18 years, they have overseen the transformation of Marian from college to university, expanded enrollment from 1,000 to 4,449 students in 2019, launched the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the nationally recognized Klipsch Educators College, and created and expanded a variety of new athletic, undergraduate and graduate programs.
For the past 40 years, Holocaust survivor Eva Kor has shared her story with students, teachers, medical professionals, senators, administrators, historians, university groups, graduating classes and civic groups, both nationally and internationally.
Eva is one of the few surviving twins sharing her personal account of the medical experiments supervised by Nazi doctor Josef Mengele at Auschwitz. Eva’s account of her survival of the Holocaust offers many relevant lessons on the dangers of hate and prejudice, and the consequences of allowing prejudice to persist unchecked in others.
In addition to the importance of her account from a historical perspective, Eva’s life lessons and message of forgiveness have touched the lives of millions of people. In 1995, Eva chose to forgive the Nazis, after deciding they should no longer have power over her life. She describes forgiving the Nazis as an act of self-healing, self-liberation and self-empowerment.
Eva shares her own discovery of the power to forgive so that others may see the possibility to heal themselves through forgiveness. Forgiveness provides a way for people to free themselves from hurt, anger and hatred, and from the pain of victimhood. If people find peace with themselves, the world may also find peace. Recipient of the 2017 Sachem Award, Eva’s message of healing reaches around the globe and across social, economic and cultural boundaries.
On July 4, 2019, Eva died in Krakow, Poland, on her annual CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center trip.
Peyton Manning, the NFL’s only five-time Most Valuable Player and a 14-time Pro Bowl selection, has earned his place among the greatest quarterbacks in league history.
Peyton joined the Indianapolis Colts in 1998 as the first overall draft pick. When he retired from football in 2016, Peyton held numerous NFL career records including most touchdown passes, completions, passing yards, playoff appearances and 300-yard passing games. Peyton led the Colts to victory in Super Bowl XLI and captured a win for the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.
Peyton’s number 18 has been retired by the Colts, and he has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. He will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame this year. Peyton has been honored with the Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award, the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year, the Bart Starr Award and the Lincoln Medal.
Peyton serves on The Pat Summit Foundation advisory board and sits on the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet. He and his wife, Ashley, established the PeyBack Foundation, which assists programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk. Manning is an ambassador, advocate and fundraiser for Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent.
He and Ashley have twins, Marshall and Mosley, and live in Denver.
Thursday, July 25 | 6 p.m.
Eugene and Marilyn Glick
Indiana History Center
450 West Ohio Street
Call (317) 233-5658 to receive an invitation or to purchase tickets.
Tables of 10 – $3,500, $5,000
Individual tickets – $350, $500
All but $75 of each individual ticket price – and $750 of the table price – is a tax-deductible gift in support of IHS educational programs.