Imhotep Adisa

Imhotep Adisa, an Indianapolis native, combines entrepreneurship with community activism, co-founding the Kheprw Institute, a nonprofit addressing youth empowerment and community challenges.

Born or Made?

“[Developing leadership] Takes lots of patience. It requires that you remember you were young once. What I do with this group, I’m blessed to be working with some smart twenty-something year olds, right? I remember when I was 25 years old. I’m embarrassed to even talk about some of the things I was doing at 25, so, it just requires that look back.”

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Leaders Are Readers

  • “I will say I have a bias toward reading. Because the written word, for example, you can’t go and do something else. You’ve got to stay in the space and connect directly with it, that has a certain kind of impact on your consciousness.”

Books I Recommend

  • Black Man of the Nile
    —by Yosef Ben Jochannan
  • The Alchemist
    —by Paulo Coelho

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