Robert Vane has hosted 40 episodes.
Robert, who has been hailed as “the great communicator” by influential and award-winning Indianapolis Star columnist Matt Tully, is the principal of Veteran Strategies. He served his country in the United States Army as a public affairs specialist and broadcast journalist and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
As deputy chief of staff and communications director for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard (2008 to 2010), Robert coordinated messaging, briefed the media and led community outreach for numerous high-profile projects, issues and events. Among these was the successful $2 billion initiative by the mayor’s office to transfer the water and wastewater utilities to Citizens Energy Group. The plan and its execution earned endorsements from The Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis Business Journal and Engineering News Record.
In 2014, Robert planned and executed a successful media strategy for the $160 million partnership between the city of Indianapolis, the Capital Improvement Board, and Pacers Sports & Entertainment. In 2018, Veteran Strategies directed the $272 million referenda effort on behalf of Indianapolis Public Schools. Voters passed each referendum with more than 70 percent of the vote.
Current and past clients of Veteran Strategies include Greg Ballard, LLC, Anthem, Ricker’s, The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Indy Eleven NASL soccer, Develop Indy, Mike Pence for Indiana, Marian University, the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office, Charter Schools USA, Denison Parking, the Capital Improvement Board, Flaherty and Collins, Shiel Sexton Co., Stand for Children, and Indianapolis Public Schools.
Robert’s columns and opinion pieces have appeared in both The Indianapolis Star and The Indianapolis Business Journal. Additionally, Robert has provided on-air commentary for radio stations such as WIBC and the local ABC, CBS, PBS, and FOX television affiliates.
Danielle Shockey has hosted 12 episodes.
Danielle Shockey is the chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. A Girl Scout
alumna, Danielle’s experience serving Indiana’s youth spans a career of 20 years. She served
Hoosier youth through her leadership role as the sole deputy superintendent of public instruction
for the Indiana Department of Education. In that role, she was at the forefront of Indiana K-12
education, supporting the creation of an education system of equity and high-quality for more
than 1 million students.
Danielle’s experience at the Department of Education included leading the vision and operations
of 22 distinctly different divisions such as College and Career Readiness, STEM, Career and
Technical Education, special education, eLearning, federal grants, educator effectiveness, and
Danielle also has experience as a college dean, school principal and educator. She has a
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Ball State University and a Master of
Science in Educational Leadership from Indiana University.