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The ROI Podcast provides actionable insight to business professionals from the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis.








Our Kelley economists give their projections for 2019 | Ep. 77

On today's episode, we’re going to do things a little different. Normally, we’ll have a guest we’ve interviewed offer some best practices that Phil and I comment on between each soundbite. However, given all the financial headlines in the news, we thought it would be a good time to get two of our economic experts, Phil Powell and Kyle Anderson, in one room and take a look at our current economic climate. We’re going to jump into how this continued government shutdown and our country’s...


How to overcome your professional fears | Ep. 76

We all have our own odds stacked against us in life. Whether it’s our race, our beliefs, or our gender – every person has obstacles in front of them. And though our challenges come in many different shapes and sizes, we all have our battles to fight. The problem is not how big or how small those difficulties are, it’s simply a matter of what we do with them. Do we stand and fight? Or do we walk away. On this episode, we’re sitting down with Emily Bermes, CEO of Emily Bermes and Assoiciates,...


Happy Holidays from all of us here at Kelley | Ep. 75

We are taking a break from content this week and next to rest and spend time with our families during the holiday season. We will get back to our regularly scheduled podcasts Jan. 7th, 2019. In the mean time, be sure to take a listen and hear about some exciting news for the Kelley School of Business here in Indianapolis. From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank you for making this podcast happen. We put in a lot of work each week to help organizations make better business decisions....


Dressing up our success for the New Year | Ep. 74

There's something magical about wearing the right suit or putting on that perfect dress. We feel confident, we walk upright, and we speak with purpose. Just like the right attire can influence our behavior, embracing the right principles can impact our leadership abilities. On this episode, we're sitting down with the CEO of Tom James suits, Todd Browne - who's helping us button up excuses so we can tailor successful leadership results. Let's get to the podcast... -- We would LOVE to hear...


How to become the top place to work in your city | Ep. 73

As a country, we hit a major milestone this year. There are currently more jobs than there are workers to fill them in the United States. This means, remaining competitive is our top priority to recruit the right talent into our organizations. As potential employees do their research on where they want to work, it’s our job to show them why WE are their best fit. On this episode, we’re talking with CEO and Co-Founder of PERQ, Andy Medley, who knows how to make the Indy Star’s top places to...


How to secure capital funding for your business idea | Ep. 72

As you finish your funding pitch to a group of investors, you feel the sweat pooling in your palms. You’re heart beats so loud, you think the entire room can feel it. The silence of whispers is torturing your emotions. Will one of the sharks make a deal with you? It’s funny the scenario our minds paint when we think about telling our business idea to a possible investor. On this episode, we’re sitting down with Managing Director of Allos Ventures, David Kerr - a venture capitalist who’s...


What's coming up on The ROI Podcast | Ep. 71

On this episode, we are giving you a preview of what to expect as we countdown the last days of 2018. As we look ahead toward the New Year, we want to hear from you. What questions are you wrestling with as an organizational leader? Know of a great guest for our show? Want to suggest a topic? Send us an email to We'll see you next week!


Part Two: When to let a team member go | Ep. 70

It's never easy letting a team member go. Yet as leaders, we carry that responsibility to protect our organization and help protect our company culture. Whether from a Human Resources violation or lack of personal performance, we must work through the tough question, when is it time to let a team member go? On this week's episode, we conclude this two-part series with the Lead Pastor of ITOWN Church, Dave Sumrall who helps us answer that really tough question. Show Notes: MATT: It’s a...


Part One: When to hire a new team member | Ep. 69

An organization cannot grow without a strong team working together. And as leaders, we are the ones charged to build and maintain that winning workforce. However, the question we wrestle with is not IF we should hire an employee, rather it is WHEN we should hire an employee. On this two-part series, we sat down with the Lead Pastor of ITOWN Church, Dave Sumrall who shares his executive wisdom to help us answer the question, when do I hire a new team member? SHOW NOTES: MATT: Where there...


How to reinvent your company's culture | Ep. 68

Sitting in the executive suite, trying to answer, "how do we change our organization's culture?" can cause paralyzing stress. Multiply that by 40,000 employees and a brand reputation recognized globally and the stakes are even higher. Yet, Walt Disney World's former Executive Vice President of Operations Lee Cockerell accomplished that very task. And on this episode, he takes us behind the magic, revealing his secrets that kept the Magic Kingdom, internationally competitive. If you would...


Part Two: How to protect your most valuable asset - your health | Ep. 67

As we conclude this second of a two-part series on our country's healthcare system, we explore what changes are currently underway. And more importantly, how they will impact both doctors and patients. Department Chair of Health Policy and Management at the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health, Nir Menachemi shows us what these changes look like and how his team's innovation already saves millions of dollars in waste. SHOW NOTES: MATT: On the last episode, we sat down with the Department...


Part One: How to protect your most valuable asset - your health | Ep. 66

As a country, we're pretty good at putting Humpty Dumpty back together, yet we fail to explore why or even help prevent him from climbing the wall in the first place. On this first of a two part podcast, we're exploring the hiccups within the US healthcare system and how it affects our most valuable asset, our own health. Show Notes: MATT: As organizational leaders, we are responsible for a wide variety of assets that include company profits, team members, physical office spaces, or the...


How this developer is helping Indianapolis reclaim economic prosperity | Ep. 65

Thirty city blocks, 12,000 potential jobs, and a blank, urban canvas long for a community revival. Thanks to Ambrose Property Group, lead by President Aasif Bade, that urban resurgence is on its way. The projected $1.4 billion development received its name Friday - Waterside; creating an opportunity for another district to make its mark on this great city. On this episode, we sat down with Bade who spoke about how any commercial real estate company can create success within their own...


Why your organization needs podcasting | Ep. 64

As podcast popularity explodes, a new study from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and Edison Research shows that 65% of podcast listeners are likely to buy a product after hearing an ad within a podcast. However, if we also start our own podcasts, as organizational leaders, we can have an even larger footprint within our respective markets. On this episode, we're sitting down with the Co-Founder of Podchaser, a company dedicated to centralizing podcast content from around the globe, who is...


Revisiting Governor Eric Holcomb discusses tech growth in Indiana | Ep. 63

Back in June of this year, Associate Dean of the Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis, Phil Powell sat down with Gov. Eric Holcomb to discuss the tech growth, here in the Hoosier State. On this episode, we're talking with Phil about his experience inside the Governor's Mansion and revisiting that previous episode. Do you have any questions about your business? Want to let us know how we're doing? Have a guest that would like to be on our show? Send us an email!


5 proven tips for startup business success | Ep. 62

How many times have you had the thought, "that would make a great business?" If you're on the verge of starting a business or need a "kick" of motivation, this episode is for you. There's starting a business, and then there's starting a business right. On this episode, we sat down with two entrepreneurs from Realync who share 5 tips from their own startup journey that proved successful. Show Notes MATT: Each company has a starting point. No matter what organization, one person had an idea...


Avoid the hidden cost of doing business | Ep. 61

Besides another economic recession, nothing can stop a company's growth faster than business regulation violations. These hidden costs sneak up on many business owners at the worst time, if we let them. So what's our best defense? An even better offense. Whether you're planning a new start-up or a seasoned business professional, this episode will both educate and give you the necessary tools to protect your organization from unnecessary regulation violation fines. Show...


Part Two: Disruptive learning is disrupting business | Ep. 60

In this second episode of a two part series, CEO and Founder of StartEdUp, Don Wettrick continues on how innovation in the classroom creates disruption in the business world. He's also a Noblesville High School teacher and host of The StartEdUp Podcast. Show Notes: MATT: Welcome to another episode of the ROI Podcast presented by the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, I’m your host Matt Martella joined by, as always, Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Phil Powell. Before we...


Part One: Disruptive learning is disrupting business | Ep. 59

Tucked away inside the Nobilesville High School library, a room full of students make scribbles on a white, dry-erase board. Fired up from a live video-interview with Seth Godin, these teens start bringing their ideas to life as they collaborate in groups, answering the tough question, "why?" In this first episode of a two part series, CEO and Founder of StartEdUp, Don Wettrick demonstrates how innovation in the classroom creates disruption in the business world. He's also hosts The...


4 steps toward a better social media presence | Ep. 58

As people use more social media platforms, how can our organizations stay relevant online? How do we build a persona that actively engages our followers? On this episode, Associate Faculty in Marketing, Sharmin Kent offers four tips to expand our digital outreach through social media. SHOW NOTES: MATT: As we pass the torch to Generation Z, it’s important to understand the magnitude of their influence in our culture. Whether we’re ready or not, they continue their journey through the later...