Abby Langebartels Honored as Indy Best and Brightest Winner!


Over 600 community leaders attended Junior Achievement of Central Indiana’s event at Hilbert Circle Theatre on Thursday, November 9th

Indianapolis – November 13, 2017 – Junior Achievement of Central Indiana announced the 2017 Indy’s Best and Brightest award winners, presented by KPMG LLP.

At an awards event held at Hilbert Circle Theatre on November 9th, approximately 600 guests were in attendance, 100 of them being central Indiana’s most outstanding young professionals, age 40 and under. Those 100 guests were recognized as being Indy’s Best and Brightest finalists and were honored onstage by receiving an award. One individual from each industry category was then announced as the Indy’s Best and Brightest Winner.

Abby Langbartels, Director of Legal Affairs for DEFENDERS, received top honors in the Manufacturing, Retail & Services category. Abby Langebartels joined DEFENDERS as Associate Counsel in 2012. In 2014, she was promoted to Senior Deputy Counsel. Since 2015 she has been DEFENDERS’ Director of Legal Affairs and now leads DEFENDERS’ legal department. Abby was formerly recognized as a DEFENDERS’ “MVP” from among more than 2,000 employees. She earned this rare distinction through her invaluable thought leadership, negotiating skills, and strategic counsel to the DEFENDERS’ executive team.

Abby is also a servant leader within the local community. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of Central Indiana Habitat for Humanity. She has become an indispensable member of Habitat’s Executive Committee where she offers advice and counsel on organization operations, annual budgets and governance. Abby is also active with DEFENDERS’ core charity organizations such as Make-A-Wish and United Way, volunteering as a Board Member for Youth As Resources, a program in partnership with United Way that utilizes the creative minds of the community’s youth to improve local counties.

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About Indy’s Best and Brightest

The Best and Brightest initiative was created by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana to recognize up-and-coming talent and the next generation of leaders in our community. Honorees in each category were judged on professional accomplishments, civic involvement and leadership qualities. Please visit to view the complete list of finalists.

About Junior Achievement of Central Indiana

Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc. (JACI), in partnership with the business and education communities, empowers young people to own their future success. JA educates and inspires young people in the areas of career exploration, employability/life skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and philanthropy through hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for children in preschool through high school.


DEFENDERS is a leading provider of residential security services in the United States. DEFENDERS is ADT Corporation’s only Authorized Premier Provider – protecting more than 1.5 million customers. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, DEFENDERS employs approximately 2,250 team members in 128 locations and was recently ranked 17th in the world for employee training by Training Magazine.


Carolyn Manco
Corporate Communications