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IN Chamber: The Podcast
IN Chamber, the podcast of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, brings you insightful interviews with Indiana leaders in business, education, technology, politics and more.
Feb 23, 2021
Todd Stottlemyre: ‘Observing’ to Become a Better You
Despite being part of two World Championship teams with the Toronto Blue Jays and having a successful pitching career, Todd Stottlemyre was suffering greatly on the inside in 1993. He talks about the source of his anger and guilt – and, more importantly, what he did at that time that changed his life forever. Stottlemyre shares his story as part of a fictional book that all can relate to. The Observer: A Modern Fable on Mastering Your Thoughts & Emotions is an easy read but one packed with powerful messages and strategies for success. Many of the lessons learned apply to the business world where Stottlemyre runs a private equity fund and helps coach executives of its portfolio companies. And we learn more about Todd’s father, Mel, legendary pitcher and pitching coach with the New York Yankees. Todd Stottlemyre (toddofficial.com/about) The Observer (toddofficial.com/the-observer) Book trailer (www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBTcMEm6A78)
Feb 9, 2021
Brock Hesler: Listening … and Reacting
From previous career roles at United Way and in health care, Brock Hesler has always been in a position to help others. That has continued during his nearly seven years at the Indiana Chamber. The game plan: Listen to current and prospective members, target the two or three ways the Chamber can best assist them and spring into action. It’s a strategy that works well, whether in “normal” times or the unprecedented circumstances of 2020. The end result is a strong partnership. Hesler says he has learned about the resiliency of the Indiana business community. That will be crucial as the Chamber and its Foundation help lead the state’s economic recovery. Boone County business success and Butler (basketball and more) are part of the discussion. Indiana Chamber membership (www.indianachamber.com/membership/member-benefits) Brock Hesler (www.linkedin.com/in/brock-hesler-5527b667) Indiana Chamber Foundation (www.indianachamber.com/about/indiana-chamber-foundation)
Jan 26, 2021
Tyler Ludlow: ‘I Have to Make a Decision …’
The phrase above is how many people look at the process of making a choice. Tyler Ludlow, founder and chief decision scientist at the Decision Skills Institute, says his role is to help turn decisions from “burdens into opportunities for growth.” It’s big for businesses – Ludlow applied his trade at Unilever and Eli Lilly – and individuals. Ludlow notes that it’s also important to decouple the decision process from the outcome, in which many things are out of the decision-maker’s control. We talk about heredity vs. environment in decision making, geographic factors and more. Plus, learn from Ludlow’s own real-life example in a family dilemma that featured important decision concepts and applications. And experience it for yourself by participating in a free virtual challenge. • Decision Skills Institute (decisionskillsinstitute.clickfunnels.com/signup_free) • Tyler Ludlow (www.linkedin.com/in/tylerludlow) • Innovating with decision science virtual challenge (www.innovatingwithdecisionscience.com/reg1)
Jan 12, 2021
Steve Down: ‘Normalizing’ in a Year That Was Anything But
Steve Down, president of Herff Jones, says he can’t imagine a business more centered on high school and colleges being open and operating as normal than his organization. But when a pandemic hits, memorializing and commemorating a school year only grow in importance. Innovation took over, with creative solutions to completing yearbooks, virtual book signings, delivery of various items and virtual graduation ceremonies – nearly 1,000 serving 250,000 students. The innovation is here to stay in the now 101-year-old business. Learn more about the company and its leader, a Brit who was new to the pomp and circumstance of education completion when he and his family moved to the U.S. 19 years ago. Herff Jones (www.herffjones.com) Steve Down (www.linkedin.com/in/stevedown1)
Dec 22, 2020
Lydia Tremaine: Talent Shines Through in So Many Ways
Call it an unbeatable combination. Trine University student Lydia Tremaine, 2018 Miss Indiana, won the 2019 Miss America talent competition singing Frank Sinatra’s My Life. Especially resonating with her is the lyric: “Each time you find yourself flat on your face, you pick yourself up and get back in the race.” A few minutes later, in describing the takeaways from her year on the road as the titleholder, she quotes the series finale of The Office: “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.” There are many more good days for the talented Tremaine, who talks about her own mental health struggles, the magic of music, lessons she has learned/shared and much more. Learn more about Lydia (https://lydiatremaine.wordpress.com)
Dec 8, 2020
DuJuan McCoy: Going “full-tilt boogie” all the way
That headline is a self-description for DuJuan McCoy, an Indianapolis native and owner of Circle City Broadcasting (WISH-TV and MyINDY-TV 23). He has been the standard bearer for Black ownership in the television industry. Although progress has been slower than we would prefer, he sees that evolving and progress being made. McCoy’s recent announcement of the new Multicultural News Network can ultimately shine the national and global spotlight on Indiana. He says, “I think things are syncing for change to come to America.” And if “full-tilt boogie” doesn’t grab your attention, how about another comparison when asked about down time and hobbies: “I’m like an ATM machine – never closed and easily accessible.” Listen to learn more about McCoy and his work: Circle City Broadcasting (https://circlecitybroadcasting.com) Multicultural News Network (press release/TV interview) (www.wishtv.com/community/mccoy-teams-up-with-cox-media-group-to-launch-the-multicultural-news-network-the-all-inclusive-news-network)
Nov 24, 2020
Fort Wayne: PNC Community of the Year
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry admits that for many years the three rivers flowing through the city were considered “enemies”. Now, after nearly two decades of transformation, they are embraced for a variety of recreational opportunities. Downtown has experienced a similar revival, with the Parkview Field minor league baseball stadium serving as a catalyst. Henry says people are living, working and playing downtown – which helps attract both businesses and talented individuals. The mayor, in his fourth term, talks about his stops in the private sector, other influences on his career and what he enjoys most about his current role. Learn more: City of Fort Wayne (www.cityoffortwayne.org) Mayor Tom Henry (www.cityoffortwayne.org/meet-the-mayor.html) BizVoice magazine feature (www.bizvoicemagazine.com/interactive/2020/11/#p=48)
Nov 20, 2020
Brad Bostic: Indiana Wesleyan University Dynamic Leader of the Year
For Brad Bostic, it’s personal. In the early 2000s, he saw his mother suffer from colon cancer. And while the medical professionals worked diligently to help her, the silos and systems in place were frustrating. Bostic wants efficient, effective and personalized health care for all. His company, hc1, strives to help make that happen through accumulating and analyzing lab test data. It has 23 billion (and counting each day) results in its system. It has pioneered precision health insight networks – and Bostic won’t rest until he’s confident “all steps are being taken to give us the best possible chance for a healthy life.” Learn more: hc1 (www.hc1.com/workforce-advisor) CV 19 Lab Testing Dashboard (https://cv19dashboard.org/?utm_campaign=COVID-19%20Dashboard&utm_source=PRweb&utm_medium=Press%20Release)
Nov 16, 2020
Dr. Kristina Box: Bayh-Lugar Government Leader of the Year
The spotlight has shined brightly on Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box. She would prefer being behind the scenes working with her team and digging into the numbers but accepts the upfront role as part of dealing with COVID-19. The “overwhelming negative response to being asked to wear masks” has been surprising, she says, and the uncertainty – “the only guarantee with this pandemic is it’s going to change” – has been challenging. She talks about the team effort, the early influence that led her to a medical career and areas of progress in other important areas of health care. Learn more: Indiana State Department of Health (www.in.gov/isdh) BizVoice magazine feature story (www.bizvoicemagazine.com/interactive/2020/11/#p=30)
Nov 11, 2020
Dave Ricks: Ogletree Deakins Business Leader of the Year
Dave Ricks came to Indiana twice for family – undergraduate studies at Purdue (a tradition on his father’s side) and graduate work at Indiana University (following his now wife of 24 years). He stayed the second time, beginning his career at Eli Lilly and Company, which produces medicines for 40 million people every day. Ricks and Lilly quickly sprang into action at the start of COVID-19, creating testing capacity where none existed, immediately working on antibody therapies and more. He discusses all that, what needs to take place to “crush” this virus and the list he keeps and reviews annually to guide his efforts in the workplace and the broader community. Learn more: Eli Lilly and Company (www.lilly.com) BizVoice magazine feature story (www.bizvoicemagazine.com/interactive/2020/11/#p=16)
Oct 27, 2020
Samantha Johnson-Helms: Making Beautiful Music
Listen and learn. Listen and adapt. Listen and entertain the world. Samantha “Sammy” Johnson-Helms has achieved so much in her 31 years with only more accomplishments to come. Valuable lessons from a business career at Catalent (formerly Cook Pharmica) come into play every day in her role as principal clarinet – and now also executive director – with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. She details the business skills and educational opportunities (nearing completion of her doctorate) that have paved the way. You have the opportunity to listen – to both the words and the wonderful musical sounds of this Hoosier artist. Learn more: Samantha Johnson-Helms (www.samanthajohnsonhelms.com) Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra (www.thso.org)
Oct 13, 2020
Laura Merrifield Wilson: 2020 Election and a Little Football
Laura Merrifield Wilson’s fear after the “dumpster fire” first presidential debate is that those not fully engaged already will be “turned off from politics.” She shares, in her view, the one state to watch most closely on election night as well as whether the “crumbling of the blue wall” that took place in 2016 will continue. The University of Indianapolis political science professor dives into congressional and state races also, sharing her nonpartisan analysis on population trends, moderates running for governor in a polarized society, the engagement of college students and much more. With multiple degrees from the University of Alabama, we also venture into a little college football, her most memorable game as an in-person fan and a prediction or two. Learn more: Laura Merrifield Wilson (www.linkedin.com/in/laura-merrifield-wilson-20043843) UIndy political science (www.uindy.edu/cas/history-political-science/faculty)
Sep 29, 2020
Joe Comartin: Bridging the Way in Canada
The relationship (economic and beyond) between Indiana (as well as the entire United States) and Canada is a critical one. One of the traditional partners in helping ensure continuity in that relationship is the Consul General of Canada to Detroit. Joe Comartin – a lawyer, Member of Parliament and university professor throughout his career – currently serves in that role. He talks supply chains, transportation arteries, the new USMCA (replacing NAFTA), tariffs and just what that partnership truly means. Spoiler alert (in a good way): A pilot program is dramatically reducing the wait time for trucks at the border crossing in Detroit. Learn more: Consul General of Canada in Detroit (https://www.international.gc.ca/country-pays/us-eu/detroit.aspx?lang=eng) 2019 Biz X magazine story (https://bizxmagazine.com/joe-comartin-more-than-the-average-joe)
Sep 15, 2020
Kimberly Lewis: ‘Every day is a great day’
Here is the Kimberly Lewis story in two quotes: Before: “My one goal back then was just to meet my need for drugs. Everything in my life surrounded my addiction.” Today: “I’m learning how to live sober for the first time in a very long time. I’m always looking at myself and being responsible for my actions – just wanting to be better each day.” Lewis went from an addiction to pain medication to heroin use in a short time. Fraud and forgery led to a 15-year prison sentence. She served a little more than one-third of that time, beginning the road to recovery in prison. On her first day in work release, she became aware of an employment opportunity at ClickGoodwill. Her career there continues to grow after two-plus years.
Sep 1, 2020
Brian Cuban: Sharing His Story of Recovery
Brian Cuban, the brother of Dallas Mavericks owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban, is in his 13th year of recovery from eating disorders, as well as extensive drug and alcohol abuse. He is a strong national voice on the topic and will be detailing his story at the September 16 Indiana Employer Opioid Summit (www.wellnessindiana.org/event/indiana-opioid-summit). He doesn’t shy away from the pains experienced during his nearly three decades of addiction and eventual suicidal thoughts, using those stories in the effort to help others. Today, he is a lawyer, author and recovery advocate – and he has family to thank for his survival. Learn more: Brian Cuban (briancuban.com) The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow and Redemption (www.amazon.com/Addicted-Lawyer-Tales-Booze-Redemption/dp/1682613704)
Aug 4, 2020
2020 Snapshot: Keeping Score for Indiana
A snapshot is defined as a brief look or summary. That’s what the Indiana Chamber has done this year with the new report Indiana Vision 2025: 2020 Snapshot. It analyzes 10 states, instead of all 50 (as in the biennial full Report Cards). It uses 32 (or about half the typical total) of the key metrics in four drivers. Chamber President Kevin Brinegar and Adam Berry, vice president of economic development and technology, break down the results – both the good news and the areas where continued improvement is essential. It’s also informative to see how our Midwest neighbors and five competitor states (Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Tennessee and Utah) are doing. Learn more at www.indianachamber.com/2025.
Jul 21, 2020
Andrea Butcher: How to Lead in a Time of Uncertainty
Andrea Butcher has been assisting clients with human resources, talent, leadership and coaching needs for more than 20 years. But all those face never-before-seen challenges in the current times. “Leaders are tired; it’s hard,” she says. But she has been impressed with their agility. In her own podcast, she shares lessons learned from leaders who, in her words, “lean into the challenge; step into the opportunity.” Butcher brings passion to developing the potential within people, never underestimates the value of coaching relationships to her personal growth and thrives on helping take a person from the current reality to their vision. Learn more: HRD Advisory Group (https://hrdadvisorygroup.com) Andrea Butcher (https://www.linkedin.com/in/abutcher0201)
Jul 7, 2020
Elliott Parker: Innovation at a High Alpha Pace
Large-scale enterprises (think big companies, leaders in their fields) are built, in Elliott Parker’s words, to execute at scale. Start-ups, he says, are designed to learn, pivot quickly and move fast. Bringing the two together is the focus of High Alpha Innovation, with the goal of launching 100 start-ups within the next five years. It’s a venture studio playbook that High Alpha has used in creating its own portfolio of successful start-ups in recent years. Now, it’s bringing the advantages of existing companies to the mix with a co-creation approach. Parker first came to Indiana for an internship with Roche and returned two-plus years ago to join the High Alpha team. Learn more at www.highalphainno.com.
Jun 23, 2020
Elaine Bedel: Building Indiana’s Brand
It began with 2019 legislation to shift tourism efforts. It’s expanded to telling Indiana’s full story – to also attract and retain businesses, students and talent. It is the Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC), being led by Elaine Bedel, former Indiana Economic Development Corporation president. Bedel talks about starting with a clean slate (pointing toward a July 1, 2020 debut), seeing the world change beginning in mid-March and adjusting to meet today’s needs. It’s all about changing the external view of the state from “no perception” for too many to a predominantly positive outlook. Partnerships, funding and more are all part of the equation. The success of the IDDC will be critical to the state’s future.
Jun 9, 2020
Bruce Mehlman: What today’s reality means for tomorrow
Bruce Mehlman possesses a wide variety of experiences in business and government. He uses those to help deliver insightful analysis into national and global trends in business and politics. His quarterly updates are viewed by thousands of followers – more than 110,000 for the most recent version on COVID-19 and its impacts. He talks Congress (the only thing Congress likes more than the way things are done is the way things were done), the race for president (fear of a second pandemic wave and the intersection of public health with politics), technology, disruption and much more. In the end, he gives examples, notes that our country “majors in comebacks” and states that there are reasons to be positive. View the latest (with prior editions on last slide): https://mehlmancastagnetti.com/wp-content/uploads/After-COVID-Mehlman-Q2-2020.pdf.
May 26, 2020
Nick Smarrelli: Success in tech and beyond
Nick Smarrelli touts balance and flexibility. Yes, that includes running ultramarathons and endurance races, while he and his wife embrace careers with travel obligations and caring for their three young children. On the business side of the equation, Smarrelli says he’s a big believer in saying “yes”, especially espouses one of GadellNet’s core values in “no excuses” and has the company investing in the recruiting and training of top people in the technology solutions space. Hear how the organization strives to set itself apart and what it did to earn 98% employee retention last year. Learn more at www.gadellnet.com.
May 12, 2020
Ali Cudby: It’s all about keeping your customers
That’s the name of the book – literally – as in Keep Your Customers: How to Stop Customer Turnover, Improve Retention and Get Lucrative Long-Term Loyalty. The launch came during the current pandemic, but it’s author Ali Cudby’s career journey and lessons learned that are so important today. She calls herself an “accidental entrepreneur” based on a bra-buying experience in London. Today, her company is Your Iconic Brand and her work involves clients in a number of industries. Spoiler alert: Don’t forget the little things and try to ensure the “ripple effects” are positive ones. Learn more: Your Iconic Brand (youriconicbrand.com) Keep Your Customers book (www.amazon.com/Keep-Your-Customers-Retention-Lucrative/dp/1642796425)
Apr 28, 2020
Rob Martens: “ ‘Peak’ing around the corners” of the future of business
He’s not the first to note this, but he says it well. “We really know how to build things here. Silicon Valley is very focused on connecting things. There’s a gap in the marketplace for taking those big, complex physical things (that we build) and connecting them to the application layer, with that software layer. This is a huge opportunity for us.” Rob Martens is chief innovation and design officer, among other roles, for Allegion. His job involves taking the door and security functions that have been part of the company for more than 100 years and “futuring” their applications. The Allegion Ventures venture capital firm, the new Pin & Tumbler Studio and more are part of the equation. Learn more: Allegion (https://www.allegion.com/corp/en/index.html) Allegion Ventures (https://www.allegion.com/corp/en/ventures.html) Pin & Tumbler Studio (https://pinandtumbler.com)
Apr 14, 2020
Max Brickman: ‘Venturing’ Into New Territory
At age 28, Max Brickman is managing director of Heartland Ventures, a South Bend-based venture capital fund looking to connect Midwestern business strengths with coastal technologies. He founded his first successful business at age 15 and led two more start-ups while a student at Indiana University. Thus, he brings entrepreneurial experience of his own to his company’s efforts. It’s a somewhat unique approach that Heartland takes. Max explains how it works, why he remains bullish on Indiana and the Midwest, and what sees in the months and years ahead. Learn more at www.heartlandvc.com
Mar 31, 2020
Ronald Rochon (USI): ‘I Love This Place’
Ronald Rochon terms the University of Southern Indiana campus on the west side of Evansville as a “hidden gem.” Beyond the aesthetic beauty, he says visitors will see an “immediate approach in how people respond to one another. We are a campus of choice, a campus of care and a campus of compassion. I love this place.” Rochon notes USI is home to many first-generation students and large numbers that come from Indiana. While the goal is to prepare them to achieve on a global basis, a significant majority makes the determination to stay close to home in our state. Learn more at www.usi.edu.
Mar 17, 2020
Gregory Hess: Wabash College’s Focus and Ambition
Wabash College provides what President Gregory Hess calls an “intentionally intimate liberal arts experience.” It is one of only a handful of all-male higher education institutions remaining in the country – a status it is safe to say is not going to change. Hess says a clear mission with a focus on excellence of students allows the college to make a difference. It also prompts alumni to give back at historic levels and in many ways, including a formal network for finding students/graduates a place to stay if in a new community for a job interview. Find out what class Hess loves to teach, his take on the passion for football and other sports on campus and beyond, his favorite athletic teams and his goals moving forward. (Note: After our podcast recording and before its release, Hess announced his departure from Wabash at the end of the current academic year for a position as CEO of IES Abroad, providing study abroad and internship programs). Learn more at www.wabash.edu.
Mar 3, 2020
Deborah Curtis: Indiana State University’s strategic approach
Indiana State University President Deborah Curtis doesn’t think the college residential campus will ever go away, but acknowledges that the growing “some college, no degree” market requires a pivot in serving those students. ISU boasts unique programs ranging from packaging engineering technology (the only accredited program in the nation) and construction management to insurance/risk management and RN to BSN (for nurses). Curtis discusses the large percentage of students who come from – and remain in – the state. “Our mission is to serve the workforce needs of Indiana,” she says. She focuses on enrollment, communications and fundraising and identifies her two favorite days of the year. Learn more at www.indstate.edu.
Feb 18, 2020
Talkin’ Trades: Reaching Out to Students
If you’re experiencing challenges finding the workers you need – and who isn’t – you certainly realize that simply “complaining” about the lack of talent isn’t going to get the job done. Part of the longer-term play is reaching out directly to students to educate them about careers, including in the trades. Holly Ward of Irving Materials Inc. (aka the “Rock Lady”) and Jesse Johnson of Metal Supermarkets are going above the norm. They passionately advocate for career opportunities in the rock/materials industries and the welding profession. They visit with students; they donate materials; they help schools and teachers meet their needs. Most of all, they provide a path to career happiness for many – and convince a few parents along the way. Learn more: Irving Materials Inc. (www.irvmat.com) Metal Supermarkets (west Indianapolis location now open): (www.metalsupermarkets.com/indianapolis-east)
Feb 4, 2020
Kevin Brinegar: Indiana’s 20-year success story
Modesty is a good thing – most of the time. One of the exceptions might be when it comes to “selling” Indiana to those who might not be as familiar with the many attributes the state has to offer. We’re not going to recount those many qualities today – you know what they are. Chamber President Kevin Brinegar will share the journey, however, that has propelled Indiana from economic depths in the early 2000s to a Midwest leader and national competitor as we launch into the 2020s. It’s that success that helps produce the many positive things we should be proclaiming across the country and beyond. Learn more: Indiana Chamber: Top Policy Victories in the 2000s (https://www.indianachamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DecadeVictories5.22.19.pdf) Indiana Vision 2025 economic development action plan (https://www.indianachamber.com/news-resources/studies-reports/indiana-vision-2025/)
Jan 21, 2020
Ray Boomhower: Explore the past to inform the future
Yes, the start of a new decade puts us in a forward-thinking mode. But we couldn’t resist one more look back at Indiana business history in the current issue of BizVoice® magazine. To accompany those features and stories, we offer this conversation with Ray Boomhower, senior editor at the Indiana Historical Society Press and author of a soon-to-be 18 books. Among his many subjects: 1968 and Robert F. Kennedy’s impact in Indiana; business – from the auto industry to manufacturing’s wartime role; president Benjamin Harrison; and World War II heroes. He talks about the important role history plays in our society. Learn more: Indiana Historical Society: www.indianahistory.org Ray Boomhower: http://rayboomhower.blogspot.com
Jan 7, 2020
Krista Skidmore: Taking leaders to a whole new level
Leadership is not easy, and it potentially gets a little more difficult as time goes by. Krista Skidmore of FlashPoint Leadership Consulting brings more than 17 years of experience to the mix and helps clients cope with the many ongoing changes. The prior year brought an emphasis on longer-term experiences and an increased focus on measurement (part of the firm’s brand promise). Trends for the new year are expected to be a rise in the importance of teams and the ongoing development of millennial leaders. We talk engaging employees in training, sustaining the lessons after the advisors are gone and more. Learn more: Krista Skidmore and FlashPoint Leadership Consulting (including a January webinar on 2020 trends): www.flashpointleadership.com Indiana Chamber’s Supervising and Managing People Workshop (offered six times a year): https://www.indianachamber.com/event/supervising-managing-people-workshop-feb-2018
Dec 17, 2019
Emily Bermes: Consulting, coaching, executive onboarding and more
The leader of her own human capital consulting firm says 50% of first-time CEOs are not successful in that role. Why? Among the leading reasons: Not reading the company culture correctly. Bermes & Associates strives to fix that, with executive onboarding the fastest-growing portion of its business. And with a financial cost of at least two times the executive’s salary (to recover, recruit, hire again, etc.), it’s best to do everything possible to avoid those failures. Bermes brings her background in research and evidence-based solutions to the table. She talks about effective teams, healthy conflict, a different take on gender disparity and more. Learn about Emily and the Fort Wayne-based company (with a Chicago office) at www.bermesassociates.com.
Dec 3, 2019
Indiana Workforce Recovery: Solutions Through the Employer Lens
The complexity of the opioid (and other drug) epidemic is enormous. A sometimes overlooked – but vitally important – component is the impact on the workplace and the role of the employer. Enter Indiana Workforce Recovery (IWR). In less than two years, IWR has shifted the conversations and provided pathways for organizations to invest in their employees and offer solutions. Jennifer Pferrer of the Wellness Council of Indiana and Mike Thibideau of IWR are deeply involved with a variety of partners. They talk survey numbers, changes that have taken place, the still enduring stigmas and some of the next steps that need to take place. Learn more at www.wellnessindiana.org/recovery.
Nov 19, 2019
Ryan McCarty and Marcie Warren: Cultivating Your Company Culture
He’s a co-founder of the Culture of Good. She’s a leader with Ingram Micro Mobility. They are working together to implement the former at the latter with an ultimate goal of Ingram Micro being a company that “not only delivers products but delivers hope.” Or, in other words, making both the workplace and the world better places. It’s a proven process that helps organizations find a cause that aligns with their business strategy, incorporates key “promises” and makes the effort sustainable. Culture of Good is more than a program or an initiative; it’s a feeling that takes employee engagement and organizational success to new levels. Indiana Chamber members receive a discount on Culture of Good in a Box. Learn more at www.cultureofgood.com; www.ingrammicro.com
Nov 5, 2019
Katie Ittenbach: In Charge – On the Job and Off
She’s 33 years old. She’s the president of a 36-year-old market research and insights organization (SMARI) started by her father. Her home is a ranch, where she takes care of a growing family of animals (delivering a calf at 3:00 a.m. and leading a high-powered business meeting a few hours later is a classic). Meet Katie Ittenbach of SMARI. She talks millennials, leadership, moving up the ranks from starting as an intern, how the research game is evolving, company culture, work-life balance (the television set falls into the rarely used category) and more. Learn about SMARI (https://smari.com).
Oct 22, 2019
Julie Benezet: Change is Here; Quit Fighting It
Julie Benezet gave up a law career to enter real estate development and later was an early executive at Amazon. Both provided valuable lessons in overcoming the unknown – “we lived change every hour of every day” at Amazon – and adapting to evolving circumstances. Today, she coaches executives and guides companies on making the most of the rapid change that is taking place. Benezet shares best practices from her book titled The Journal of Not Knowing: How 21st Century Leaders Can Chart a Course Where There is None. Learn more: Julie Benezet (juliebenezet.com) The Journey of Not Knowing (journeyofnotknowing.com/book)
Oct 8, 2019
Joe Santana: Lifting Up Your Employees
When it comes to boosting the skills of your workforce, Joe Santana uses an old story to advise "look nearby before you go to a far off land." In other words, do all you can to build up current employees. Employee networks are an important ingredient, along with properly using diversity and inclusion to address challenges. Santana shares insights learned during his business career and consulting work. Learn more: http://joesantana.com/index.html
Sep 24, 2019
Donna Brazile: Listening, Learning and Sharing
Donna Brazile first became involved in politics at the age of nine when she supported a City Council candidate who had promised to build a playground in her neighborhood. She has worked on 10 presidential campaigns, including Al Gore’s 2000 effort that ended up in the Supreme Court. She also served as the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee. Among her current roles: adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist and television commentator. Find out what she terms her most meaningful activity, the importance of a return to the bipartisanship and civility that carried our country for so many years and the duty that all of us have to be informed and part of the process. And there’s a little talk of the Indianapolis Colts against her beloved New Orleans Saints. Learn more: Donna Brazile (www.donnabrazile.com) Indiana Chamber 30th Annual Awards Dinner (www.indianachamber.com/event/30thad)
Sep 10, 2019
Dana Perino: Communicating to the World
Dana Perino spent seven-plus years in the White House, including being the first Republican woman to serve as press secretary (for President George W. Bush). She now serves as a Fox News host, commentator and author. In our conversation ahead of her co-keynote (with Donna Brazile) at the Indiana Chamber’s 30th Annual Awards Dinner, she points out that when she left the White House in January 2009 she did not have a Twitter account. Learn which presidents she believes were communication trendsetters, what it will take to return civility to the political and policy process, potential next steps on health care and energy issues, and why compromise is not a bad word. Dana also gives back in some unique ways. It’s all in the debut episode of the season. Learn more: Dana Perino (http://danaperino.com) Fox News (https://www.foxnews.com/person/p/dana-perino) Indiana Chamber 30th Annual Awards Dinner (www.indianachamber.com/event/30thad)
Jul 16, 2019
Episode 51 - Danielle Shockey: Girls and STEM – A Perfect Match
Danielle Shockey has two decades of public education experience and is in her second year as CEO of the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. The two factors are coming together with the recent announcement of the organization being a program partner in an all-girls school focused on STEM education. It’s a natural combination. The Girl Scouts have a rich STEM history and an ever-growing STEM focus. Our state and country have a desperate need for more young girls interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to become professionals with careers in those industries. Shockey shares how the idea originated, the reactions that have been received and next steps. Learn more: Girl Scouts of Central Indiana (www.girlscoutsindiana.org) School announcement (www.everygirlcanstem.com/featured-project) Share your comments and suggestions for season three of the EchoChamber with host Tom Schuman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jul 2, 2019
Episode 50 - Jack Uldrich: Future is Now … and We All Have to Adapt
Today is the slowest rate of change we will ever experience going forward. That’s one way that futurist Jack Uldrich opens his presentations. He sometimes closes with the statement: “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” It’s what occurs in between that matters. It’s having awareness of the rapid developments taking place, it’s having the humility to accept the evolution and it’s taking action to adapt. Uldrich explains his role in helping businesses and others overcome any trepidation and take advantage of the possibilities. And he confirms that anyone in his role who claims to be able to predict the future is someone you should run from as fast as possible. Learn more at http://jackuldrich.com/.
Jun 18, 2019
Episode 49 - Jack Mansfield: Making Tech Work for Your Company
Does your organization view information technology as the “cost to keep the computers running” or “critical to the growth of your company”? Jack Mansfield of Bell Techlogix is among those working to help ensure the latter replaces the former. He has seen many changes in his 16 years at Bell, with he and his team making sure “we are in alignment with where technology is going.” Elevated customer expectations, a focus on organizational return on investment and additional factors are in play. Jack puts the pieces together and properly prompts one to pause to think about the approach within their business. Learn more about Bell Techlogix (https://belltechlogix.com).
Jun 4, 2019
Episode 48 - Susan Brooks: Improving Indiana and Congress
Congress is suffering. Susan Brooks, representing Indiana’s 5th congressional district, is trying to alter that in several ways. Her history of authoring bills with bipartisan partners provides her the opportunity to continue to have a direct impact despite the Republicans now being in the minority in the House. Federal responses to the opioid epidemic, school safety and expanded broadband needs are among the topics she is passionate about. She is also serving on the Committee on the Modernization of Congress, a once-in-a-generation effort to improve the institution in so many ways. Learn more: Congresswoman Susan Brooks (https://susanwbrooks.house.gov) 2014 BizVoice magazine profile as Government Leader of the Year (https://www.bizvoicemagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/AAW-Brooks.pdf)
May 21, 2019
Episode 47 - Fred Payne: Working on the workforce
The number is daunting: 1 million-plus jobs becoming available in Indiana in the coming years. Fred Payne, commissioner of the state’s Department of Workforce Development (DWD), views that as an opportunity. The keys to an effective workforce system, he says, are engagement, training and time to review/reflect for any needed course corrections. DWD has a variety of programs to assist both employers and employees. Payne breaks down the benefits of the expanded Next Level Jobs grants (250 employers and nearly 7,000 individuals engaged in the first round), apprenticeships, the work ethic certificate and more. Learn more: Indiana Department of Workforce Development (www.in.gov/dwd) Next Level Jobs (www.nextleveljobs.org) Indiana INTERNnet (www.indianaintern.net)
May 7, 2019
Episode 46 - Sheila Brillson Matias: Helping lead the way in northwest Indiana
A young mom wanting to get playgrounds in her neighborhood fixed led to a career in political activity and community service. Sheila Brillson Matias, mayor of Michigan City from 1996 to 2003, is back home guiding the Leadership Institute at Purdue University Northwest and the Society of Innovators. She talks about bringing common sense to government 20-plus years ago, the importance of effective communications and more. The current initiatives at Purdue Northwest combine some longstanding programs (for emerging leaders and high school students) with additional efforts to further connect the university and the surrounding community. Learn more: Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest (https://www.pnw.edu/leadership-institute) Society of Innovators (http://www.nwisoi.org)
Apr 23, 2019
Episode 45 - Shawna Girgis: Making Bedford the Best it Can Be
Mayor Shawna Girgis of Bedford didn’t really have time to focus on being the first female or first independent leader of her city. She came into office in 2008 with a variety of economic challenges. By 2013, Bedford was chosen as a state Stellar community and the Indiana Chamber’s Community of the Year. She wraps up her third and final term in 2019, joining us to talk key accomplishments (think Community Learning Center, Becky’s Place shelter and more) what she enjoyed most about being in the mayor’s office and what she won’t miss (think criticism of her clothes and hair). Girgis offers her take on a colleague and friend, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and talks about her future plans. Learn more: City of Bedford (http://www.bedford.in.us/) 2013 Community of the Year: story (https://www.bizvoicemagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/AAW-Bedford.pdf); video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr0A5ILTOMk)
Apr 9, 2019
Episode 44 - Jackie Walorski: Passion and persistence personified
The pace in Washington hasn’t changed for Jackie Walorski, representing Indiana’s 2nd District in Congress since 2012. Neither has her passion for service for constituents in her district and throughout the state. It’s evident in her comments and in the work she does. She talks veterans’ issues, agriculture, tariffs, trade, the workforce and more. Find out what she believes was the biggest accomplishment in the 2017-2018 term and what she likes to do during that rare time when she is not working. Listen to our conversation and learn more about her work in Washington at https://walorski.house.gov
Mar 26, 2019
Episode 43 - Ryan McCarty: Culture of Good
The Culture of Good is a powerful collision of combining profitability with purpose. Ryan McCarty calls it “purposeability.” He explains what it means, how it initially made a major difference for TCC Communications and what he and partner Scott Moorehead are doing to spread the initiative well beyond their own organization. A longtime minister and veteran of the non-profit world, McCarty emphasizes the leadership required to begin the journey and the tremendous results that can emerge in employee engagement and fulfillment. Learn more: Culture of Good: www.cultureofgood.com Build a Culture of Good: Unleash Results by Letting Your Employees Bring Their Soul to Work: https://www.amazon.com/Build-Culture-Good-Unleash-Employees-ebook/dp/B01MT67DHN
Mar 12, 2019
Episode 42 - Kyle Werner and Brooke Pyne: Crane’s Innovation Ecosystem
The Navy side of Crane (officially the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division) is a military and economic powerhouse. While located in parts of Greene, Martin and Lawrance counties, the military installation has a statewide and far broader impact. Its partnerships with industry and educational institutions are the focus as its award-winning technology transfer program and innovation ecosystem are economic forces. In addition to hearing from Kyle Werner, director of engagement, and Brooke Pyne, technology transfer and SBIR program manager, you can learn more online: 2018 Year in Review: https://www.navsea.navy.mil/Portals/103/Documents/NSWC_Crane/Annual%20Review/2018%20Year%20in%20Review%20-%20Web%20PDF.pdf?ver=2019-03-11-115228-357 Video: What is Crane T2? https://youtu.be/Iq6LA-8dWOA NSWC Crane Express Licensing store: https://techlinkcenter.org/labs/naval-surface-warfare-center-crane-division/?tech_tag=express-license
Feb 26, 2019
Episode 41 - Eric Halvorson: Not Your Grandfather’s Grocery Store
Technology is impacting all types and sizes of businesses across our state and country. One that might not come to mind immediately is the highly competitive grocery industry. Eric Halvorson of Kroger talks digital shelves, mobile ordering/pickup, unmanned grocery delivery and more. A longtime television anchor and reporter, Halvorson strongly articulates the work currently going on as well as the future possibilities.
Feb 12, 2019
Episode 40 - Salvador Espinoza: Intern Extraordinaire
A senior preparing to graduate in May from Purdue University Fort Wayne and get married one month later is already working full time in marketing. His name is Salvador Espinoza and he attributes much of his success to a series of internship experience with Dekko, headquartered in Garrett with various manufacturing operations in northeast Indiana. Salvador describes what he learned on the job, starting as a 16-year-old and culminating with an internship management opportunity. Companies and students can learn from his experiences.
Feb 5, 2019
Episode 39 - Arthur C. Brooks: Analyzing America
He dropped out of college to become a classical musician. He was a college professor, teaching economics and social entrepreneurship. He has guided a leading conservative think tank for the past decade. He is the author of 11 books – with No. 12 on the way. One of the most respected voices in America today is Arthur C. Brooks, Meet him in this conversation and see him in person at the Indiana Chamber’s March 12 Chamber Day Dinner.
Jan 29, 2019
Episode 38 - Sue Ellspermann and Chris Lowery: Building Ivy Tech’s Engine
Leaders of the state’s community college system are focused on creating the absolute best “workforce engine.” President Sue Ellspermann says the 12-cylinder engine is now at the “10-cylinderish spot” with work taking place on completing the building process. Ellspermann and senior vice president for workforce alignment Chris Lowery discuss the progress, the important role of employers, successful student engagement and more.
Jan 15, 2019
Episode 37 - Talking About the Icons … and More
EchoChamber host Tom Schuman goes behind the scenes on the 2019 BizVoice® magazine series, Indiana Icons. Anderson native Carl Erskine enjoyed an outstanding baseball career as a pitcher with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. But it’s his accomplishments in business and the community once he returned home that make him so special. The now 92-year-old Erskine offers sensational stories and compelling insights. We also offer a sneak preview of upcoming stories and guests.
Dec 18, 2018
Episode 36 - Jennifer Pferrer: Taking wellness to the next level
Health care costs are one of the most common causes of bankruptcy. And few will argue with the assertion that health care is a complex challenge. The opioid epidemic has added another layer of complexity to the situation. Indiana Workforce Recovery, an initiative of the Wellness Council of Indiana and the Indiana Chamber, is working to provide some answers to help employers and their employees. Additional Wellness Council programs are emphasizing the overall well-being message.
Dec 4, 2018
Episode 35 - Kevin Brinegar and Jason Bearce: Helping solve your workforce needs
The Indiana Chamber has unveiled the Institute for Workforce Excellence. What is it? A strong coordination of existing resources from the Chamber and its affiliates, along with new programs to come in the areas of apprenticeships, talent pipeline assessment and more. The goal: Help employers attract, develop and retain talent. The Chamber’s Kevin Brinegar and Jason Bearce break it down, explain what it means and identify how you can benefit.
Nov 20, 2018
Episode 34 - Brent Tilson: Go Slow to Grow Fast
Entrepreneurs, and others in the business world, are focused on company growth. But expand too rapidly and any number of challenges emerge that threaten to derail the dream. Brent Tilson, founder and president of Tilson, offers guidance based on his 25 years of business and consulting experience. Frank and Susan may be fictional characters in the story, but their experiences will resonate with many. Tilson captures the essential themes in this conversation.
Nov 6, 2018
Episode 33 - Lee Cockerell: Sharing the Magic
As executive vice president of operations at Walt Disney World Resort, Lee Cockerell was in charge of making sure the Disney experience lived up to lofty customer expectations. He did so by focusing his efforts on hiring, training and culture. Cockerell says “more teachers and less bosses” is one of the keys for any organization. Learn more about leadership, customer service and time management in this 30-minute conversation.
Oct 23, 2018
Episode 32 - Scott Jones: Still Fighting for Indiana
If there was an Indiana innovation version of Mount Rushmore, one face on the mountain would undoubtedly be Scott Jones. The technology veteran is back in his home state (for the most part) and focused on Eleven Fifty Academy and the coding bootcamps it offers to a growing number of students. Jones weighs in on the impact of past topics – Daylight Saving Time, direct flights and state scorecards – as well as current issues regarding talent and connectivity.
Oct 9, 2018
Episode 31 - Nikki Lewallen: A ‘Natural Connector of People’
Yes, much time is spent today finding and developing the talent that is required to help grow your business. But once the people are in place, they have to be positively engaged – or those previous efforts really are not paying off. Through many years as CEO of Rainkmakers and now also working with Emplify, Lewallen focuses on “helping more people love what they do” and leadership of organizations to evolve from “a satisfaction culture to an engagement culture.” It can be argued that there is no more important mission today.
Sep 25, 2018
Episode 30 - Tamika Catchings: As Smooth Off the Court as On
The illustrious basketball career of Tamika Catchings (NCAA, WNBA and four-time Olympic champion) came to a close in 2016. The next chapter of her story begins there with an executive role with Pacers Sports & Entertainment, ownership of an Indianapolis tea café and additional business endeavors. Her passion for life, commitment to giving back and willingness to experience new things means many more adventures to come. Tamika shares stories and offers guidance that all can benefit from.
Sep 11, 2018
Episode 29 - Jay Baer: Making Customers Notice – and Talk About It
Jay Baer is very successful at talking and writing about digital marketing. He has the clients and accolades to prove it. And he does it all, for the last eight years, from a Bloomington, Indiana base. His upcoming book, Talk Triggers: The Complete Guide to Creating Customers with Word of Mouth, focuses on the importance of a coordinated word-of-mouth strategy. He shares some examples and much more in a wide-ranging discussion that also includes how he came to Indiana, becoming a certified BBQ judge and the crucial importance of excellent airport experiences.
Aug 28, 2018
Episode 28 - Chris McBarnes: Giving It All for His Hometown
He gained national attention by becoming mayor of his hometown at the age of 23. Seven years later, it’s innovative downtown redevelopment and economic development victories that have people talking about Chris McBarnes and Frankfort. McBarnes insists there is a place for rural America – and Indiana towns – when it comes to housing and population growth. He calls himself a “regular Joe,” who plays guitar and sings to connect with residents. And it hurts, he admits, when he can’t solve all the problems that come before him.
Jun 26, 2018
Episode 27 - Mike Packnett: Parkview Chief on Series of Journeys
Parkview Health President and CEO Mike Packnett, the Indiana Chamber’s 2015 Business Leader of the Year, modestly says if he does his main job well – hiring 12 excellent senior leaders – life is good. That is an excellent start, but obviously health care is a bit more complicated. Packnett reveals where the broad-based health system is achieving success in its goal of personalized patient journeys and what more needs to be done. Cancer care, research and regional growth are among the other topics that he thoughtfully weighs in on.
Jun 19, 2018
Episode 26 - Paul Thrift: Building Business Success One Project at a Time
Paul Thrift and partner John Thompson (hence, the Thompson-Thrift name for their development and construction company) have a 32-year success story that began with “flipping houses” in Terre Haute to earn money to attend Indiana State University. Thrift breaks down the company’s evolution and talks about the intriguing culinary development they are helping bring to Fishers. He weighs in on regional economic development and the passion of Thompson-Thrift team members to do their part to help battle the opioid epidemic.
Jun 5, 2018
Episode 25 - Becky Skillman: 36 Years (and More) of Building Indiana
Becky Skillman led economic development trade missions to 13 countries as lieutenant governor. In rising to the No. 2 leadership post in the state Senate before that, she overcome some traditions and split political power that forced the bipartisanship that is so often missing today. Topics include her hometown of Bedford, the economic engine of Crane (and efforts to protect it from the base realignment and closure process), additional assets in south central Indiana, her service as co-chair of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission and much more.
May 22, 2018
Episode 24 - Innovation on Overdrive at ND, in Region
Twenty-three start-up companies in the current academic year. More than 100 students engaged in entrepreneurship and innovation activities. A first-ever IDEA week that blew away expectations. Bryan Ritchie, associate provost for innovation at the University of Notre Dame and head of the IDEA Center, talks about these ingredients and much more – including “The Engine” process and being willing to “lean in and get hit by a pitch and then doing it again.” Learn about the momentum in the north central Indiana region and where things may be headed next.
May 8, 2018
Episode 23 - Best Places to Work … and some best stories
Peter Burke was publisher of a weekly business journal when he and others decided to honor the top workplaces in Pennsylvania. Today, his Best Companies Group runs Best Places to Work programs in numerous states, regions, industries and more. He has the insights of what makes for an outstanding workplace culture – hint: it’s not really a secret, but the key is executing – and a large volume of funny stories from his time on the road. Join us for a fast-paced Best Places conversation.
Apr 17, 2018
Episode 22 - Political Views From the State GOP Chair
Kyle Hupfer, who has served in a variety of public and private sector roles in his career, currently has one of each – including chairman of the Indiana Republican Party. While the state party may be on the sidelines in the current three-way U.S. Senate primary battle, trying to gain the seat in November is the top priority for 2018. Learn about other key goals, the rapidly changing nature of political campaigns today and inside perspectives on our state’s recent executive leaders. And we start off with a look back at Hupfer’s highly successful baseball career.
Apr 10, 2018
Episode 21 - State Democratic Leader Talks Politics
John Zody, chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party, looks at his role and the political landscape in buckets of three. First, the party infrastructure breaks down into fundraising, organization and communication – topics he admits thinking about every day. If he could wave the magic wand and improve the institution of politics, he would focus on voting rights, campaign finance reform and nonpartisan redistricting.
Mar 27, 2018
Episode 20 - Workplace Wellness: From an Afterthought to a Business Strategy
Brian Schroeder of Eskenazi Health has thrived in the health care/wellness worlds for nearly 20 years. Mention the words “prevention” and “health promotion” and his passion emerges. A self-described builder, he is focused on constructing stronger health outcomes for the Eskenazi team, its patients and the broader community. A member of the Wellness Council of Indiana Board of Advisors, he offers some guidance that all can benefit from.
Mar 13, 2018
Episode 19 - ‘Simple Conversations That Carry a Lot of Weight’
John Hurley brings nearly two decades of technology experience to his roles at SmartFile and the Union 525. But he maintains that entrepreneurial vision as he leads his company’s growth and helps others realize their dreams in their new tech home. It’s at Union 525 where “collisions” between entrepreneurs yield impressive results. On the personal side, Hurley is an advocate of this quote: “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
Feb 27, 2018
Episode 18 - Big data are also “wide” and transformational
Rich Carlton leads the South Bend-based Data Realty family of companies. Those organizations are hosting, managing and analyzing data from around the world. They’re attracting and keeping talented people in northern Indiana. They’re working with community and university partners for the benefit of all. A goal for Carlton: to have Data Realty be the first local company valued at $1 billion. Find out how they’re working to make it happen.
Feb 16, 2018
EchoChamber Extra: Priebus on politics, policy and life outside the spotlight
Reince Priebus lived in the pressure-cooker world of national politics at the highest level – first as chair of the Republican National Committee for six years, then for six months as the first chief of staff for President Trump. He shares some insights on both of those roles, the difficulty of gaining bipartisanship in today’s world, social media usage and a variety of other topics.
Feb 13, 2018
Episode 17 - Building a powerful workplace
What separates a good workplace from the best? How does an employer take its workplace culture to the next level? Tough questions; ones without any easy answers. Bryan Brenner shares some insights, however, as founder of FirstPerson, a benefits management firm that does so much more. Learn some insights on FirstPerson processes, how the organization works with its clients, the importance of clear and effective communication, and much more. We also touch on Butler University, international travels and giving back to the communities we call home.
Jan 30, 2018
Episode 16 - Trine excels with ‘constant transformation and reinvention’
Earl Brooks had never heard of Angola, Indiana or Tri-State University when he was informed about the open job of president. Eighteen years later, the now Trine University has quadrupled in size and added a variety of educational and athletic programs on both its northeast Indiana campus and at other locations throughout the state. Brooks talks about that and the changing demands of higher education.
Jan 16, 2018
Episode 15 - Making a difference in Hoosier lives
Allison Barber, chancellor of WGU Indiana, talks about Rachel – a mom of seven who needed to earn her bachelor degree to continue her nursing career. She did that and went on to add a master’s degree. That’s just one example of fulfilling individual dreams and helping fill the workforce pipeline. Barber, who started her career as a teacher, discusses the online, competency-based model, the importance of clear communications and much more.
Jan 2, 2018
Episode 14 - Dan Elsener, Marian University and Moving Forward
Dan Elsener is totally serious about Marian University striving to meet the needs of its students and the state. But he also recognizes you have to have a little fun in doing so – whether that puts him on a horse or a bulldozer or at a table with students in the campus dining hall. He talks academics, athletics and the changing role of higher education.
Dec 19, 2017
Episode 13 - Airport Success Remains Sky High
Mario Rodriguez has enjoyed a 30-year career in the airline industry. The Indianapolis Airport Authority, under his direction, continues to earn numerous honors and add non-stop flights – both domestically and now internationally. Learn what it takes to make those connections and hear his perspective on the busiest travel days of the year.
Dec 5, 2017
Episode 12 - “I Like to Get a Chance to Help Solve Problems"
The headline is courtesy of our conversation with Blair Milo, Indiana’s first Secretary of Career Connections and Talent. She certainly has the opportunity to do just that, leading the way in aligning current efforts and introducing new ones to address workforce challenges. Find out how Milo and her team are tackling the task.
Nov 21, 2017
Episode 11 - Giving Students the Best Chance to Succeed
A number of factors ultimately determine student success at the K-12 level. One that is often overlooked is school district size – and thus the resources that can be invested into the classroom. Recent research provides some startling numbers and offers a compelling case for thinking beyond the status quo.
Nov 7, 2017
Episode 10 - The Stories Behind the Stories
Celebrating business, government and community excellence is the theme of the Indiana Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner. The winners, of course, as well as the wide-ranging keynote presenters have outstanding tales to tell. And often there is more to share about our behind-the-scenes interactions. We trust you’ll enjoy a peek behind the Annual Awards curtain.
Oct 24, 2017
Episode 9 - Entrepreneurial Excellence With David Becker
David Becker has been building successful technology companies since the early 1980s. On those rare occasions when he is told that something can’t be done, rest assured that his motivation soars to new levels. Becker shares secrets to the success of his companies, advice he willingly gives entrepreneurs who come calling and the importance of early education efforts.
Oct 17, 2017
EchoChamber Extra: Dealing With the Drug Epidemic
It’s no secret that Indiana – and many parts of the nation – are seeking answers to a drug crisis that is tearing apart families and communities, as well as impacting the workplace. Jim McClelland is leading the state’s response but a full team effort is required. Learn more, including how you can help, in this excerpt from the Indiana Chamber’s monthly Policy Issue Conference Call for members.
Oct 10, 2017
Episode 8 - Powell Packs Powerful Passion
Phil Powell’s title is associate dean of academic programs for the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. But you might also call him chief advocate for preparing students for their business future. Powell and Kelley colleagues are sharing insights through the ROI Podcast and tackling topics such as leadership, innovation and workplace culture.
Sep 26, 2017
Episode 7 - Virtual and Technology, but Not Virtual Technology
OK, the title might be a little confusing. But what we learn from Chris Byers, CEO of Formstack, falls into two camps: How to increase productivity when your employees work in about 75 cities around the world, as well as using technology to improve health care (and other) data and outcomes. Byers shares his insights on these topics and much more.
Sep 19, 2017
EchoChamber Extra: Bringing Passion to His D.C. Role
We’ve pulled some excerpts from our Policy Issues Conference Call with 9th District congressman Trey Hollingsworth. Among the topics: securing talent, growing businesses, CHOICE Act implications and tax reform prospects. And don’t miss his take on his age and becoming a father for the first time.
Sep 12, 2017
Episode 6 - Passion in the (college) Presidency
The new president of Earlham College wants the Richmond school to no longer be one of the “best-kept secrets” in higher education. A graduate of the school, Alan Price says he has come full circle in his career. We talk about a former law school colleague who went on to a different type of presidency, chess, African American leadership in higher education and more in our conversation.
Aug 29, 2017
Episode 5 - Location, Location, Location Comes Down to Talent, Talent, Talent
A number of factors have historically come into play in business location decisions. Today, it’s all about talent. Larry Gigerich and his Indiana-based Ginovus firm are working with companies on these choices every day. He identifies hot spots, both in Indiana and nationally, talks incentives and evaluates efforts close to home.
Aug 15, 2017
Episode 4 - Clint Kugler
He’s the energetic CEO of a YMCA in Wabash, Indiana. He’s also one of the leaders of an effort to change the way young people – and their families – view the value of education. Clint Kugler brings us up to date on the progress of the Promise Indiana program (www.promiseindiana.org), which introduces college savings accounts to students at an early age and, more importantly, helps build community champions and change attitudes. It’s a local effort that is gaining national and international recognition. BizVoice® magazine first profiled the initial efforts in Wabash County in 2015 (www.bizvoicemagazine.com/media/archives/15marapr/Promise.pdf).
Aug 1, 2017
Episode 3 - Graham Richard
Graham Richard was an Indiana state senator for four years, enjoyed a successful 20-year business career and served as mayor of Fort Wayne, his hometown, for two terms. Today, he brings those past experiences together as CEO of Advanced Energy Economy. Richard is particularly enthusiastic about the prospects for Indiana in combining its industry strengths with the economic opportunities available from new and developing forms of energy. Here’s a profile of Richard when he was named the Indiana Chamber’s 2007 Government Leader of the Year (www.bizvoicemagazine.com/media/archives/07novdec/AAD-Richard.pdf).
Jul 25, 2017
Episode 2 - Lee Hamilton
Lee Hamilton not only represented Indiana’s 9th Congressional District for 34 years, but has remained a national voice of reason on foreign affairs, national security and so many other issues. He literally wrote a book on how Congress should work – and tells us today that our representatives and senators are not fulfilling two of their primary duties. In addition, he notes President Trump’s agenda is “moving us in a direction unlike any of his predecessors.” Hamilton was the 1997 Indiana Chamber Government Leader of the Year. Learn more about this year’s Annual Awards event on November 7 (www.indianachamber.com/index.php/products-conferences/conference-listing/eventdetail/187/62/28th-annual-awards-dinner).
Jul 18, 2017
Episode 1 - Jamie Merisotis
Jamie Merisotis wrote a 2015 bestselling book titled America Needs Talent and has made nearly 100 appearances in what he terms the “book tour that never ended.” The president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation has called Indiana home for nearly the past decade, but he is a national and international thought leader on education and the workforce. He makes the compelling case for how talent development and talent attraction need to work in tandem to help achieve the individual and collective goals of American prosperity. And learn more in a bonus episode.
Jul 18, 2017
BONUS - More from Jamie Merisotis
Our inaugural podcast features a bonus episode with Jamie Merisotis. We continue the conversation on strategies for education success and you can learn more about Jamie away from his work at the Lumina Foundation.
Jun 5, 2017
Episode 0 - Preview the EchoChamber
EchoChamber, the Indiana Chamber’s new podcast, will debut in mid-July. EchoChamber will feature insightful interviews with Indiana leaders in business, education, technology, politics and more. Listen when it is most convenient for you. We encourage you to subscribe at iTunes, GooglePlay or visit indianachamber.com/echochamber to be notified of upcoming podcasts.