BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Attorney, civic servant and philanthropist Michael S. "Mickey" Maurer is a veteran entrepreneur in the fields of communication, real estate and banking. He will speak at noon Friday, April 11, in the forum of the Kelley Graduate Career Center at this year’s IU Entrepreneurial Connection Day. The program is sponsored by the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
The IU Entrepreneurial Connection Day is open to IU students, faculty and staff, and alumni, but reservations are required and space is limited. For more information, call 812-855-4248 or visit the IU Entrepreneurial Connection Day Eventbrite page.
Maurer also is the recipient of the William L. Haeberle Legacy Award, which is given to an individual who has made a lasting impact on the Indiana entrepreneurship culture.
Maurer's career as an attorney and entrepreneur has included cable television, film production, radio broadcasting, newspaper publishing, real estate and banking. An Indianapolis native, he attended the IU School of Law, where he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence. Maurer is admitted to both the New York and the Indiana bars.
He serves as chairman of the board of IBJ Corp., which owns and publishes the Indianapolis Business Journal, Court and Commercial Record, and The Indiana Lawyer. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors of The National Bank of Indianapolis, the largest locally owned financial institution in Central Indiana.
Throughout his career, Maurer has been involved in a number of other industries. His film "Diving In" enjoyed a national release and showings on HBO and Cinemax. In 2005, he was named president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp., and in 2006 he was named Indiana secretary of commerce by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels. He hosted an Emmy Award-winning program on Fox 59, "Mickey's Corner," in which he interviewed Indiana luminaries.
Maurer enjoys leadership through active participation as a director of numerous businesses, civic, educational and philanthropic organizations. He has served as president of the Jewish Community Relations Council and chairman of the board of the Indianapolis Zoological Society and the United Way of Central Indiana.
In 2008, in recognition of Maurer's longtime service and generosity to his alma mater, the IU School of Law-Bloomington was renamed the Indiana University Michael Maurer School of Law; he serves on its Board of Visitors. He also serves on the Indiana Bicentennial Commission and the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business Board of Alumni and Friends. He is a member of the board of Directors of Angie's List, Home Health Depot and Indiana Black Expo.
Maurer has authored four books: "Water Colors" (2003), "19 Stars of Indiana -- Exceptional Hoosier Women" (2009), "19 Stars of Indiana -- Exceptional Hoosier Men" (2010) and "10 Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship You Never Learned in School" (2012). He is a published contributor to the New York Times crossword puzzle.
This year, the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation has partnered with Verge, an Indiana tech startup community focusing on entrepreneurship and networking. It has nearly 1,900 members who regularly attend its meet-ups and events throughout the state.