The Orr Fellowship can be hard to describe. On its own it does not create jobs but it brings together those who do. However, what it is and why it is important is built upon a simple idea - to attract new members to Indiana's workforce and develop them into business leaders and entrepreneurs. This is achieved by connecting the area’s most well-established and most promising companies to that idea. It is truly a remarkable display of corporate and civic responsibility.
The unique professional experience of the Orr Fellowship exists in the relationship between the host company and the Orr Fellow. Host companies should expect nothing less than to hire a talented and proficient individual who will produce superior work results. They should expect an individual who plows headfirst through the mundane and excels when tested. Upon proving themselves, Orr Fellows should expect the companies to be committed to providing professional development opportunities of the same magnitude as that of the expected work results. It is at that point, an unwavering commitment for mutual benefit, where success becomes visible.
Since its 2002 inception, the Orr Fellowship has grown year after year. New companies have been added and the size of each class has expanded. At the same time, the Orr Fellowship has benefited from an Indianapolis that has continued to develop as an incredibly attractive place to live and work.The exceptional model of the Orr Fellowship is especially visible on one particular day. It is a day of humble appreciation for the program's successes and of profound excitement for the future. Over the course of Finalist Day, thirty-two companies and more than eighty Indianapolis business leaders will select individuals whom they believe should be brought into the fabric of their businesses and the Indianapolis community. By the end of that day there will be fifty newly created jobs in Indianapolis. Fifty new economic producers and consumers and giving members of our community. It is a day built upon incredible promise and a determined commitment to an invaluable idea.