Joslyn McGriff-Bensley

Joslyn McGriff-Bensley

The Boone County Chamber of Commerce board of directors announced Tuesday it has hired the organization’s new executive director. Joslyn McGriff-Bensley will be taking over the helm at the chamber, bringing more than 15 years of leadership and professional experience to the position including strategic planning, project management and relationship building.

McGriff-Bensley takes over after former Executive Director Diane Schultz retired.

McGriff-Bensley graduated from the University of Wyoming, in her home state, before bouncing around the country working in various non-profit organizations. Her most recent position was as the assistant executive director for the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and its Foundation in Indianapolis. She is actively involved in the Junior League of Indianapolis and is the current national chair of her sorority’s Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

McGriff-Bensley is no stranger to small towns and is aware that Boone County relies on agriculture not only as a food source, but as a job creator.

“What I like about Boone County so much is it’s the intersection of rural Indiana with farmers and that mixture of business,” McGriff-Bensley said. “I think my small town roots coming from Wyoming, I get small towns, I get mom and pop shops and I also get big business.”

Being curious can open many doors when starting a new position. As the new executive director, McGriff-Bensley said she’s going to be continuing Schultz’ previous projects and is excited to get to learn more about Boone County and the business owners that call it home.

“I’m just really excited to meet people and learn more about Boone County,” she said. “I’ve read about it and I’ve heard a little about Boone County but I’m just really excited to meet the chamber members and have them tell me what they want to see change, what do they love, who are they, and what do we need to stop doing.”

Boone County Chamber of Commerce Board President Don Barrett said, “Joslyn’s skills, acumen and presence impressed our board, which went through the hiring process looking for a strong leader to complement and build on the current foundation. Boone County is experiencing a period of rapid growth related to all sizes of business — from retailers in cities and towns to corporations along the I-65 corridor. We were all impressed with Joslyn’s genuine respect and curiosity related to members’ current and future business needs.”

McGriff-Bensley said she loves working for non-profits. The wide variety of tasks and challenges are something she said drew her to non-profit work earlier in her career.

“This position is a perfect blend of my membership organization experience, event production, strategic planning skills, and love for small business development,” she said. “Having spent most of my professional life in education and non-profit management, I’m excited to get more involved in city government and local businesses. There is so much growth-creating opportunity in Boone County, and I can’t wait to help the Chamber build on its foundation to realize full potential.”

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