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.
Episode | January 20th, 2020 | 55 mins 9 secs
Angela Brown is one of our state’s greatest treasures. A graduate of Crispus Attucks, Angela is an opera singer who has performed all around the globe. She talks with us about her childhood in Indianapolis, her career and travels, and why it is critical to make the arts a part of a person’s education.
Episode | December 2nd, 2019 | 1 hr 41 secs
Brian Payne’s impact on our city and its connectivity includes the Cultural Trail, but also includes so much more than that. On this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, we talk with Brian about his love for our city, his championing of the arts, and what’s next for the Central Indiana Community Foundation.
Episode | November 25th, 2019 | 1 hr 18 secs
The Mind Trust is one of the most impactful organizations in our city’s history. On this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, we are joined by two of its top leaders—Brandon Brown and Shannon Williams. We discuss the state of education in Indiana and what needs to be done to ensure that everyone has access to a quality education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Episode | June 24th, 2019 | 59 mins 17 secs
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 for Mitch Daniels.
Episode | May 27th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
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 chairman of Indy’s Super Bowl effort, and now is CEO of Hulman and Company. Please join Danielle and me as we ask Mark about his astoundingly successful career.
Episode | May 20th, 2019 | 1 hr 9 mins
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 “Leaders and Legends” as Allison details her career and some of her biggest challenges. Special thanks to my co-host Danielle Shockey of the Girl Scouts
Episode | April 8th, 2019 | 51 mins 31 secs
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 Legends” podcast. We also are thrilled to welcome Danielle Shockey, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, as an occasional co-host. As noted before, “Leaders and Legends” has partnered with the Girl Scouts for both a title sponsorship and a tantalizing number of cookies.