Honoree

Blair Milo

AWARDS

Bicentennial Medal (2019)

BIOGRAPHY

Blair Milo was raised in La Porte, Indiana. She received a B.A. in Political Science from Purdue University, as well as a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy in 2004. In 2010, she earned an M.A. in Legislative Affairs from the George Washington University. 

Milo currently serves as the State of Indiana's first Secretary for Career Connections and Talent and is working to fill an estimated one million job openings over the next ten years. She also serves on the Governor's Workforce Cabinet, a body dedicated to shaping education and workforce training for a 21st Century workforce. Prior to her appointment to Governor Holcomb's Cabinet, Secretary Milo served as Mayor of La Porte, Indiana after being first elected in 2011 and reelected in 2015. During her time in office, Mayor Milo focused her administration on building the most conducive climate for economic development growth and providing for sustainable infrastructure needs. Prior to her roles in public service, Milo served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy. Milo also worked at the Pentagon and served as the admiral's aide and special assistant to the director of surface warfare.

Milo has received numerous honors and awards, and serves on several distinguished boards and advisory councils. In 2017 Milo was named "Elected Official of the Year" by the Indiana Parks and Recreation Association. She was a member of Governing Magazine's 2017 Women in Government Leadership Series made up of 25 elected women from across the country. Milo serves on the Indiana Advisory Alliance for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and the Board of Governors for the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series. She was awarded the 2017 American Legion Military Person of the Year (Reserve Category) for the State of Indiana. She is a member of The Hamilton Lugar School Dean's Advisory Council at Indiana University, and in 2019, was honored with the university's Bicentennial Medal, in recognition of her distinguished contributions.