Leaders and Legends

Leaders and Legends

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Conversations with Indiana’s most influential men and women presented by Veteran Strategies, Inc.


36: Maggie Lewis, Indianapolis City-County Councillor and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis
Oct 14 • 52 min
City-County Councillor Maggie Lewis is one of the most upbeat, energetic, positive, and collaborative leaders I’ve ever met. On this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, Maggie talks with Danielle and me about her journey, becoming an elected official,…
35: Craig Prater, President of the Heartland Film Festival
Oct 7 • 62 min
Craig Prater is the president of Heartland Film and has a long and distinguished career in the film festival industry. He sits down with us to talk about his career, the importance of art to a community, and how the Heartland Film Festival has endured and…
34: Dave Neff and EDGE Mentoring
Oct 1 • 64 min
Dave Neff of Edge Mentoring is changing lives by putting people together to make themselves both better leaders and better people. Dave is a huge supporter of the “Leaders and Legends” podcast, and we are deeply grateful that he gave us some of his time…
33: Susan Brooks, Indiana Congresswoman for the 5th District
Sep 23 • 62 min
Congresswoman Susan Brooks is exactly what you want in a public servant—genuine, honest, kind, and someone not afraid to speak her mind. We are fortunate to have this former deputy mayor and United States Attorney on the podcast. Sponsors: Veteran…
32: Jim Morris, Vice Chairman of Pacers Sports and Entertainment
Sep 16 • 67 min
Jim Morris’ impact on Indianapolis is simply immeasurable. From chief of staff to Mayor Richard Lugar to vice chairman of Pacers Sports and Entertainment, Jim’s been involved in so many of the wonderful events of the last fifty years. Please listen as Jim…
31: Richard Hall, Former Hostage of Tony Kiritsis
Sep 9 • 58 min
On February 8, 1977, Tony Kiritsis took Richard Hall hostage. In a multi-day drama, Hall was threatened and paraded in front of a captivated and horrified Indianapolis—all captured on live television. Our “Leaders and Legends” podcast this week is with…
30: Eric Holcomb, Governor of Indiana
Sep 2 • 50 min
Eric Holcomb is rightly regarded as one of the most genuine people in politics. He loves being a Hoosier and it shows every day as he compiles a phenomenal record of success as governor. We talk about his career up to being elected in 2018. Nobody knows…
29: Sammy Davis, Medal of Honor Recipient
Aug 26 • 67 min
The life of SFC Sammy Davis is one without equal in Hoosier history. On the “Leaders and Legends” podcast, we are honored to present the story of this incomparably selfless patriot and Medal of Honor recipient. Sponsors: Veteran Strategies Girl Scouts of…
28: Suzanne Crouch, Lt. Governor of Indiana
Aug 19 • 53 min
Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch is one of the most accomplished leaders in Indiana. She joins the “Leaders and Legends” podcast this week to discuss her role as LG and the path that brought her to the State House. We are very grateful to her for the…
27: Mitch Daniels, President of Purdue University and Former Governor of Indiana
Aug 12 • 59 min
Mitch Daniels’ career is without parallel in modern Indiana history. An advisor to Senator Richard Lugar, President Ronald Reagan, and President George W. Bush, Daniels’ path to the governor’s office was shaped by his previous experiences. He talks about…
26: Nate Feltman, Businessman and Co-Owner of the Indianapolis Business Journal
Jul 29 • 61 min
Nate Feltman is one of the most successful young leaders in our state. From heading the IEDC, to being an entrepreneur, and now a part-owner of the Indianapolis Business Journal, Nate is making his mark. He joins “Leaders and Legends” to discuss his…
25: Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech and former Lt. Governor of Indiana
Jul 22 • 59 min
Sue Ellspermann is this week’s guest on our “Leaders and Legends” podcast. A former lieutenant governor and now president of Ivy Tech, Sue’s career is one dedicated to education, workforce development, and public service. We hope you enjoy spending your…
24: Dan Elsener, President of Marian University
Jul 15 • 66 min
Dan Elsener is one of the pre-eminent leaders and education thought drivers in our city and our country. Dan’s drive for excellence and unparalleled strategic thinking has catapulted Marian University into the national conversation when it comes to…
23: Rob Kendall of WIBC and Chris Spangle of We Are Libertarians
Jul 8 • 66 min
Rob Kendall and Chris Spangle are political (and romantic) rivals who don’t take themselves too seriously, yet still bring an incredible amount of smarts to what they do. “Leaders and Legends” doesn’t make present-day political discourse a part of its…
22: Peter Carmichael, Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College
Jul 1 • 73 min
Professor Peter Carmichael went from being at Pike High School with Eric Holcomb to being the Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. Listen to Peter talk about growing up in Indy, history’s controversies, why the American Civil War…
21: Mickey Maurer, Chairman of the board at IBJ Corp. and The National Bank of Indianapolis
Jun 24 • 59 min
Mickey Maurer is an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, an owner of the Indianapolis Business Journal, and now he’s a guest on the “Leaders and Legends” podcast. Mickey takes us through his career, what led him to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, and take a job working…
20: David Frick, Former Deputy Mayor to Bill Hudnut
Jun 17 • 63 min
Are you a Colts fan? If so, you will want to listen to this edition of the “Leaders and Legends” podcast as our friend David Frick discusses leading the negotiations to bring the Colts here from Baltimore. He’s a Southport grad who went to Harvard Law…
19: Remembering Senator Birch Bayh
Jun 10 • 66 min
Birch Bayh was a titan of modern Indiana politics and an exemplar of public service. Sadly, as we did Senator Richard Lugar, we lost Senator Bayh earlier this year. On today’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast we talk with former Bayh staffers Louis Mahern,…
18: Terry Curry, Marion County Prosecutor
Jun 3 • 64 min
Terry Curry served in the military, worked as a journalist, and is in his third term as Marion County prosecutor. He details his love of both the law and his Butler Bulldogs in the latest “Leaders and Legends” podcast. Sponsors: Veteran Strategies Girl…
17: Mark Miles, Chief Executive Officer of Hulman & Company
May 27 • 62 min
Mark Miles is one of the pre-eminent leaders in modern Indianapolis. Declared a ‘Living Legend’ by the Indiana Historical Society, Mark has managed political campaigns, ran the Pan Am Games in 1987, headed the men’s professional tennis tour (the ATP), was…
16: Allison Melangton, Senior VP of Hulman Motorsports
May 20 • 69 min
Allison Melangton is simply one of the most phenomenal leaders in the history of modern Indianapolis. She’s worked the Olympics, led the Indiana Sports Corporation, and served as CEO of the spectacular Indianapolis Super Bowl Committee. Please listen to…
15: Remembering Senator Richard Lugar
May 13 • 61 min
The passing of Senator Richard Lugar has caused many from the Hoosier State (and beyond) to reflect on the senator’s life and legacy. In a very special “Leaders and Legends” podcast, we brought together three people who knew the senator very well. Please…
14: Tim Swarens, Journalist
May 6 • 68 min
Tim Swarens is a good friend who had a journalism career that spanned more than 30 years. He covered the Challenger explosion, the execution of Ted Bundy, Indy’s Super Bowl, and RFRA. Tim is unfailingly honest about the big events in Indiana and beyond…
13: Jim Kittle and Ed Treacy, Former Indiana GOP Chair and Former Marion County Democratic Chair
Apr 29 • 57 min
Jim Kittle and Ed Treacy are bareknuckle political brawlers who have fought the good fight for their respective parties since the 1960s. They’ve also been close, close friends during this same time. Listen to them laugh, tell stories, and talk about how…
12: Marc Allan, Media Critic and Journalist
Apr 22 • 69 min
Marc Allan is a Seinfeld expert, a music expert, and one of the absolute best people you will ever meet. As he celebrates his retirement from Butler University this week, we spent an hour with him to discuss the most memorable encounters of his journalism…
11: Sherry Seiwert, President of Downtown Indy Inc.
Apr 15 • 59 min
Sherry Seiwert, president of Downtown Indy Inc., is a perfect example of the leadership that makes our city prosper and grow. As Indianapolis is the economic engine for the state, our downtown is the economic engine for our city. Sherry is a life-long…
10: Shelly Fitzgerald
Apr 8 • 51 min
Shelly Fitzgerald has dedicated her life to helping others. She became a focus of intense media and community scrutiny based on events at Roncalli High School last fall. She was engaging, honest, fun, and funny while joining us for the “Leaders and…
9: Tom Coverdale, 1998’s Indiana Mr. Basketball and IU Point Guard
Apr 1 • 67 min
Noblesville’s Tom Coverdale was Indiana Mr. Basketball in 1998 and the point guard on Indiana University’s Final Four team in 2002. As we approach the end of the NCAA tournament, let’s listen to Tom talk about the experience of being recruited by Bob…
8: Ryan Vaughn, President of the Indiana Sports Corporation
Mar 25 • 56 min
Former prosecutor, former City-County Council President, former chief of staff to Mayor Greg Ballard, Ryan Vaughn is one of the most respected and accomplished leaders in Indianapolis. A proud Ben Davis graduate and current president of the Indiana Sports…
7: John Mutz and Louis Mahern, Former Indiana Lt. Governor and Former State Senator
Mar 18 • 76 min
John Mutz and Louis Mahern are what bi-partisan friendship and collaboration are all about. Mutz, Republican and former lieutenant governor & Mahern, Democrat and former state senator, take us through their careers, their friendship, and how they’ve seen…
6: Theresa Wells-Ditton, Former WTHR-TV News Director
Mar 11 • 56 min
Theresa Wells-Ditton is one of city’s most well-liked and respected journalists. For more than 30 years Theresa has been a leader for television news. Please listen to this remarkable and life-long Hoosier describe why journalism is more important today…
5: David Barras, Former WISH-TV News Anchor
Mar 4 • 54 min
David Barras is one of the good guys. Today on “Leaders and Legends” we turn the tables on one of Indianapolis media’s best interviewers. Dave retired from WISH-TV not long ago, and all of us in the PR world miss working with him. Please listen to Dave as…
4: Jim Shella, Former WISH-TV Political Reporter
Feb 25 • 59 min
'Leaders and Legends’ is extremely fortunate to have local media legend Jim Shella on our podcast. No reporter with whom I ever worked was more knowledgeable about their beat and how their coverage could impact his fellow Hoosiers. Irreverent as always,…
3: Stevi Stoesz and Amanda Kingsbury, Executive Director of the City Market and Journalist
Feb 18 • 53 min
Stevi Stoesz and Amanda Kingsbury joined the ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast, and we had a terrific, thought-provoking discussion. These two leaders remain at the forefront of so many important issues facing our city. We are very fortunate to be able to…
2: Bill Benner, Executive Director of the Pacers Foundation
Feb 11 • 51 min
A sports journalist in Indiana for 45 years, Bill Benner is one of the most respected and well-liked figures in the history of Indianapolis media. Bill has covered some of our city’s (and the world’s) most popular sporting events, and delighted all of us…
1: Greg Ballard, Former Mayor of Indianapolis
Feb 1 • 49 min
In our inaugural 'Leaders and Legends' podcast, we sit down with former Indianapolis mayor and retired Marine officer Greg Ballard. Shocking the political world when he was elected the 48th mayor of Indianapolis in 2007, the impact of Ballard’s leadership…