Leaders and Legends

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

About the show

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Leaders and Legends features some of Indiana’s most fascinating men and women whose impact has shaped our state, our communities, and us. Join us as we discuss their imprint on our history. The program is hosted by Robert Vane, principal of Veteran Strategies.

Leaders and Legends is brought to you by Veteran Strategies, Inc. your local veteran business enterprise specializing in public relations, media relations, public outreach, crisis communications, and digital photography. Learn more at www.veteranstrategies.com

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • 40: Eddie White, Director of Corporate Communications for the Pacers

    Episode  |  November 12th, 2019  |  1 hr 16 mins

    Indy sports icon Eddie White has worked for both Lou Holtz and Don Shula. On this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, we talk with Eddie about his incredible career, hear a few stories, and get completely surprised when he talks about one of his absolute best friends.

  • 39: Bart Peterson, Former Mayor of Indianapolis and President and CEO of Christel House

    Episode  |  November 4th, 2019  |  1 hr 13 mins

    In 1999, Bart Peterson’s victorious campaign ended 32 consecutive years of Republicans holding the Indianapolis mayor’s office. We sat down with him on the 20th anniversary of his win to talk about how got there, his work while he was mayor, and what’s it is like to run a city of a million people.

  • 38: Sallie Rowland, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

    Episode  |  October 28th, 2019  |  55 mins 5 secs

    When someone starts a sentence with ’the first woman to…”—that sentence usually ends with Sallie Rowland. Pioneer, entrepreneur, a Indiana Historical Society “Living Legend”, and former Girl Scout, Sallie is one of the most beloved and respected figures of our time. She sits down with Danielle Shockey and me for an absolutely delightful “Leaders and Legends” podcast.

  • 37: David Harris, Founder and Former CEO of The Mind Trust

    Episode  |  October 21st, 2019  |  58 mins 37 secs

    David Harris’s work has changed not only Indianapolis as a whole, but the lives of thousands of young men and women in our city and beyond. In this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, we sit down with David to talk about the birth of charter schools, his work at the Mindtrust, and what it was like to work for Bart Peterson.

  • 36: Maggie Lewis, Indianapolis City-County Councillor and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis

    Episode  |  October 14th, 2019  |  52 mins 6 secs

    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, and her current post as CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis.

  • 35: Craig Prater, President of the Heartland Film Festival

    Episode  |  October 7th, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins

    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 blossomed over the years.

  • 34: Dave Neff and EDGE Mentoring

    Episode  |  October 1st, 2019  |  1 hr 4 mins

    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 right before his wildly successful Edge X event this week.

  • 33: Susan Brooks, Indiana Congresswoman for the 5th District

    Episode  |  September 23rd, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins

    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.

  • 32: Jim Morris, Vice Chairman of Pacers Sports and Entertainment

    Episode  |  September 16th, 2019  |  1 hr 7 mins

    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 talks about Indy and also his philanthropic work helping feed kids from around the world.

  • 31: Richard Hall, Former Hostage of Tony Kiritsis

    Episode  |  September 9th, 2019  |  58 mins 2 secs

    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 Dick Hall and it's a riveting conversation.

  • 30: Eric Holcomb, Governor of Indiana

    Episode  |  September 2nd, 2019  |  50 mins 48 secs

    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 more about Indiana diners and Indiana’s future than Eric.

  • 29: Sammy Davis, Medal of Honor Recipient

    Episode  |  August 26th, 2019  |  1 hr 7 mins

    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.

  • 28: Suzanne Crouch, Lt. Governor of Indiana

    Episode  |  August 19th, 2019  |  53 mins 37 secs

    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 hour she spent with us. We hope you will enjoy the discussion.

  • 27: Mitch Daniels, President of Purdue University and Former Governor of Indiana

    Episode  |  August 12th, 2019  |  59 mins 34 secs

    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 these leaders, some famous Hoosiers, and answers our ‘Five Questions’. He also invited us back for another podcast to discuss his time as governor.

  • 26: Nate Feltman, Businessman and Co-Owner of the Indianapolis Business Journal

    Episode  |  July 29th, 2019  |  1 hr 1 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 career, what it is like to work with Mitch Daniels, and how much fun he had living in the Soviet Union.

  • 25: Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech and former Lt. Governor of Indiana

    Episode  |  July 22nd, 2019  |  59 mins 23 secs

    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 next hour with us, and we thank Danielle Shockey, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, for co-hosting.