Reception on the Circle | 2017 Event Details

Kelly Smith 10/23/2017 5:43pm

Host Company: Sigstr


On Thursday, October 26, current Orr Fellows, Orr Fellowship Board Members and over 150 candidates from across the Midwest will come together for one of Orr’s most exciting nights of the year: Reception on the Circle. The purpose of this evening is to connect candidates with Orr Fellowship’s unique mission and culture, as well as to give them an opportunity to ask lingering questions about Orr Fellowship.


This year’s event will be held at the Indianapolis Central Library: a beautiful and classic venue in the heart of downtown Indy. Invited candidates are chosen from a pool of more than a thousand applicants, and will converge in Indianapolis on Thursday night in the hopes of continuing on in our recruitment process and eventually becoming an Orr Fellow.


To celebrate all that Orr Fellowship stands for and its impact on the Indianapolis community, four acclaimed Indianapolis business leaders will be speaking about their own experiences with the Fellowship.


The Speakers

Bridget Boyle

Bridget Boyle is Vice President of Human Resources at Roche Diagnostics – North America. Bridget is also a member of Roche’s Global Diagnostics Human Resources Leadership Team. Bridget’s focus in leading the Human Resources organization at Roche is to create a unique culture that fosters accountability and innovation, coupled with an unwavering commitment to customers and the patients they serve. Prior to her current role, Bridget was a Senior HR leader at Roche Tissue Diagnostics in Tucson, Arizona. Before joining Roche, Bridget was a Vice President of Human Resources with JPMorgan Chase in Texas.  A native of Arizona, Bridget holds a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from Houston Baptist University.


Yaw Aning

Yaw Aning is co-founder and CEO of Sticksnleaves, a product development firm that launches new brands, and develops websites and applications. Yaw is a 2007 Orr Fellowship alumnus who spent his Fellowship as a Financial Analyst at City Securities. After Orr, Yaw co-founded Pocket Tales, an online application that turns reading into a game for kids and their friends. A few years later he co-founded Sticksnleaves and has since launched over 70 new web and mobile apps for clients. Yaw was recently named to the Indiana Business Journal’s Forty under Forty list for 2017.


Scott Brenton

Scott Brenton is the current Chairman of the Board for Orr Fellowship and Vice President of Ambulatory Services at Indiana University Health- one of the state’s largest employers. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer at Angie’s List, and is a proud Purdue Boilermaker. Scott co-founded Orr Fellowship in 2002 alongside Angie Hicks and Bill Oesterle out of a shared vision for a program that would attract, develop and retain the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs in Indianapolis.


Karyn Smitson

Karyn Smitson is the current Executive Director of Orr Fellowship.  As Executive Director Karyn leads operational responsibilities and many strategic growth initiatives for Orr. Karyn Smitson is part coach, part visionary, part program planner, part continuity officer, part communications facilitator, part mentor, and full-time cheerleader. Before joining Orr Fellowship in 2015, Karyn held many roles such as Merchandise Buyer, Media Buyer, Director of Market Development, Director of Marketing, Public Relations and Communications, and freelance website copywriter at a variety of companies, including The Indianapolis Star and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.



If you’re attending Reception on the Circle, we look forward to seeing you there as you come ready to put your best foot forward and learn about what makes Orr special. Here are some of our top tips for the event:


  • How to prepare: Come to the event ready to learn more about Orr Fellowship. Being prepared to ask relevant questions can help you build genuine connections at the event. You’ll want to have many quality conversations to get multiple perspectives of Orr Fellowship. Orr Fellows have many unique experiences and different host companies, job titles and roles within Orr. Learn as much as you can about the variety of experiences Orr can offer. Browse through the Fellow directory on our website to learn more about Fellows who may have similar interests to you. Maybe they studied the same major as you, or are from your hometown, or are working on something you’re interested in!
  • How to dress: Reception on the Circle is a business casual event. For men, a collared shirt, slacks and a jacket work great. For ladies, a nice shirt with a skirt or pants, or a business casual dress are the best options. Most importantly, make sure to be comfortable and confident so that you can show off your best self!
  • What to bring: You don’t need to bring anything special.  Bring your ID, and business cards if you have them.  You can leave any valuables at the coat check during the event. Leave your resumes and portfolios at home! Be ready to socialize and don’t leave home without your shining personality.
  • What to do about food: Complimentary drinks (beer, wine, soda, and water) and appetizers will be provided during the event. Please eat the food and enjoy some drinks – just make sure that whatever you’re eating and drinking isn’t interfering with your ability to hold a conversation! 
  • How to act: The single best piece of advice we can give you is to be yourself. The Board of Directors and current Fellows want to get to know the real you, and help determine if Orr Fellowship is the right path for you. Don’t just say what you think people want to hear. Relax and enjoy the evening – it will be a fantastic event as you get to learn from current Fellows, talk to other candidates and hear four amazing speakers. Be yourself and everything will fall into place.


We look forward to seeing you there!