Jimmie McMillian, ’02, has been named chief diversity officer for Penske Entertainment Corp. He has served as senior corporate counsel for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and INDYCAR since 2016.
McMillian is known for his strong and consistent voice for diversity in the legal profession. In his new role, he will lead Penske’s ongoing Race for Equality & Change initiative, which includes expansion of its relationship with NXG Youth Motorsports Inc., a nonprofit that introduces minority students to motorsports.
Before joining Hulman & Company in 2016, McMillian was a partner in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg, serving in the litigation department. Immediately following law school, McMillian worked for two years as a law clerk for then-Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr. Sullivan is now Professor of Practice at IU McKinney.
McMillian was named to the 2018 list of Most Influential Black Lawyers by Savoy Magazine. He received the Maynard K. Hine Medal for service to the IUPUI campus in 2013. Among other honors, he has received the National Bar Association’s Presidential Award in 2007, his law firm’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award, and the Honorable Carr L. Darden Leadership Award. He was president of the law school’s alumni association in 2011-2012, and served as president of the Neal-Marshall Indiana University Alumni Association in 2013. While in law school, he served as a barrister of the Moot Court Team and was a member of the Trial Advocacy Team. He is currently president-elect of the Indianapolis Bar Association and will serve as president of that organization in 2021.