Kathy Pedrotti Hays

Chair of Partnerships

Indianapolis Chapter

For more than 20 years, Kathy Pedrotti Hays has helped organizations adjust their actions for maximum positive social impact.

Shortly after earning her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, Kathy started her career in philanthropy as the first marketing director for the Ohio-based law firm, Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn, now known as Ice Miller. Here, she realized organizations that acted in a socially responsible way could recognize profits beyond the bottom line.

To foster this interest, she earned her Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management through the IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs and immediately began building her career in both the nonprofit and for-­profit sectors.

She cultivated her leadership ability at AIDServe Indiana as the statewide director of education and training. She then became the executive director of the Marion County Family Advocacy Center where she assisted the organization in coordinating child abuse and domestic violence investigations. In that role, she was responsible for managing a staff of 28 and a budget of $1.5 million derived from federal, local and private sources.

Kathy has significant facilitation experience and currently serves as the Indianapolis facilitator of the Women’s Presidents’ Organization, an international organization that provides monthly confidential peer learning sessions for women business owners with revenues in excess of $2 million annually. She has facilitated numerous client and neighborhood focus groups and key informant surveys for strategic planning and collaboration projects done on behalf of small, medium and large nonprofit and for-profit organizations. In 2015, Kathy became a faculty member in The Fund Raising School at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.