COO (Chief Operations Officer)
Describe your job:
In the words of my 9-year-old daughter: I lead by “going to lots of meetings and making lots of decisions, which is supposed to help people find the right school or job for them…it sounds hard and confusing!” While it is difficult at times, it is also rewarding and fulfilling to be able to have an impact on my community.
What do you love about Indy?
What’s not to love? At the time of writing this, last week I loved the Livery’s outdoor dining and going for a bike ride around our neighborhood. This week I loved meeting the owner of Pia’s Urban Cafe and seeing my kids’ summer camp performance at the young actors theater at the Atheneum. There’s always something new yet familiar going on. In short, I love my family, friends, and the community that make Indy such a vibrant place!
What is the most important trait for job-seekers to have?
In the 21st century economy, employees who bring creative energy, unique problem-solving skills, and an ability to learn on the job will be the most successful.
A little more about Marie…
“I spend most of my free time with my family; we love to ride bikes, swim, museum hop, go to a play, hang out on our back porch, and travel when we can.”
Marie Mackintosh was appointed Chief Operations Officer of EmployIndy by City of Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and EmployIndy’s Board of Directors in June 2016. As COO, Marie is responsible for developing innovative strategies that ensure EmployIndy’s investments guide the overall system of workforce development in Indianapolis. She focuses on implementing the strategic plan by setting goals for internal teams to achieve and creating an innovative, results-driven culture at EmployIndy.
Marie brings more than 15 years of workforce development, higher education, and manufacturing experience to her role. At the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, she held various leadership roles where she was instrumental to the re-design of statewide adult education delivery and to the development of grant investment initiatives like WorkINdiana and SkillUp, which focused on creating public-private partnerships to serve employers and students alike. In addition to her duties at EmployIndy, Marie currently serves as an adjunct instructor for the Butler University Lacy School of Business MBA program. Previously, she worked in various roles for Marian Inc., the Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University, DePauw University, and the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.
Marie is an Indy native and has an MBA from Butler University as well as a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University. She currently serves on the Far Eastside Collective Impact Council and the board of IndyFringe.