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Indiana’s First Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Brings Small-Town Background

Blair Milo has accomplished more than most people do in a lifetime. It all stems from her passion for serving others and ensuring their success through creating opportunities.

Blair Milo

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After five years of active duty in the Navy, including stints in Bahrain and at the Pentagon, Blair Milo saw that her hometown of LaPorte, Ind., was running out of money in six months. She thought, “How can this even happen?” This inspired her to run for mayor at the age of 28. She won and became the youngest mayor in LaPorte’s history.

In 2017, she was appointed secretary of career and talent connection for the state of Indiana. She is currently working to fill over 1 million jobs over the next 10 years and is dedicated to shaping education and workforce training for the next generation.

Hear her story on the latest episode of “In the Arena.”

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