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Melissa Proffitt Elected Chair of Indy Chamber Board of Directors Melissa Proffitt Elected Chair of Indy Chamber Board of Directors

Melissa Proffitt Elected Chair of Indy Chamber Board of Directors

Ice Miller partner Melissa Proffitt has been elected as chair of the Indy Chamber’s Board of Directors for a two-year term, effective January 1, 2022. She is the fifth female to chair the organization since its inception in 1890, when Eli Lilly served as the first chair. 

As incoming chair, Proffitt will spearhead the implementation of the Accelerate Indy initiative to help further advance the Indy region as the top market in the Midwest. Accelerate Indy has provided a strategic framework to guide the Chamber’s nine-county regional economic development activity since 2015. As the economy emerges from the disruption of a global pandemic, the Chamber is prioritizing growing an inclusive workforce, uniting the region and cementing Indy as the premier destination for talent.

Proffitt’s involvement with the Indy Chamber is extensive. She has served the organization in a number of roles throughout her career. She has been a member the Executive Committee for years and is currently co-chairing the Accelerate Indy campaign with Indiana University Health President, Dennis Murphy. Additionally, as a board member, she has participated in numerous committees, chaired the Business Advocacy Committee, and served as vice chair, treasurer, and secretary of the organization.

In a press release issued by the Indy Chamber, Proffitt stated that “it is critical that our agenda focus on growing our economy through inclusion and accessibility, particularly as it relates to equipping the next generation with opportunities.”

Proffitt also noted that the Chamber’s new “Ready to Rise” agenda includes a plan to invest nearly $18 billion in local school systems over the next two years. The full “Ready to Rise” agenda can be found at

At Ice Miller, Proffitt is Partner-in-Charge of Client Relations, former Managing Partner of the Firm and former Office Managing Partner of the Firm. She also served on the Compensation Committee for many years. She currently chairs the Food & Agribusiness Group and the Energy Group and was Chair of the Employee Benefits Group for 11 years. She is responsible for business development initiatives for the firm and concentrates her practice in employee benefits for global employers. 

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