About Us

Patricia Wachtel, President & CEO

Patricia Wachtel is President and CEO of Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis and has led the organization through transition from a club-based operation to a collaborative outreach model of program delivery that has dramatically increased service to girls. With the help of 300 volunteers, Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis provided 7,500 inspiring and empowering program opportunities for 3,900 girls during 2014. Programs were hosted by 97 community partners including 80 schools. In the past three years, Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis has consistently been one of the top three affiliates of its national organization based on the number of girls served.

Pat previously had a 28-year career in commercial banking and corporate philanthropy. She has chaired and served on numerous community boards of directors. Most recently, Pat was a member of the Steering Committee of the United Way Agency Executive Council. She served as the Council Chair and as a member of the UWCI Board of Directors. Pat holds a B. S. in Business Administration from Butler University and an M.B.A. from Indiana University.

Under Pat’s leadership, Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis has won two Indiana Achievement Awards for efficiency and effectiveness, most recently in September 2011. Pat was also honored with an IBJ Women of Influence Award in November 2011 and a Torchbearer Award from the Indiana Commission for Women in 2009. In June 2014, Pat was surprised with a Trailblazer Award from the Central Indiana Realtist Association for her previous work in housing and community development.