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IBJ Podcast: Why business execs say the state needs a hate-crime law

Central Indiana business leaders are pushing lawmakers to pass a hate-crime law, joining 45 states that already have one in place. They say without it, Indiana is an unappealing place for workers, especially younger workers who want their employers involved in social and community issues. Host Mason King talks with Ann Murtlow, CEO of United Way of Central Indiana, and Jeff Smulyan, CEO of Emmis Communications, about why they signed a letter of support for a hate-crime law. And Mason role...


IBJ Podcast: At 57, she’s quitting her gig as a top executive to volunteer around the world

Cassie Stockamp, president of the Athenaeum Foundation Inc., will leave the organization later this year to travel around the world and volunteer for charities wherever she goes. Host Mason King talks with Stockamp about why she’s choosing to leave the group she has led through a reinvigoration—and why she’s doing it now, at 57 years old, when most people are worried more about saving for retirement. Stockamp explains why it helps to be frugal, why she’s trying not to plan her trip too...


IBJ Podcast: The local stars of HGTV’s “Good Bones” on the show, making a living, and their impact on neighborhoods

Karen Laine and Mina Starsiak, the mother/daughter duo who star on HGTV’s “Good Bones,” talked to host Mason King about the show’s fourth season, why being on TV doesn’t make you rich and why Laine is semi-retiring. Plus, learn about the home-decor store they’re planning to open and what they think about charges that they’re contributing to gentrification in Fountain Square, Bates-Hendricks and other near-downtown neighborhoods. Learn more about the duo’s company Two Chicks and a Hammer,...


IBJ Podcast: SupplyKick CEO talks about running one of the fastest-growing firms in central Indiana

SupplyKick, which helps businesses sell their products on Amazon and other online marketplaces, grew 335 percent from 2015 through 2017, earning it a spot near the top of IBJ’s Fast 25 list. CEO Josh Owens talks about how the company has managed that growth — and what Owens did right and wrong along the way. He’s got great advice for any firm managing growth or hoping to do so.


IBJ Podcast: Will Indy Mayor Joe Hogsett seek re-election?

Democrat Joe Hogsett is in the third year of a four-year term as mayor of Indianapolis and calls it the hardest job he’s ever had. Soon, Hogsett must decide whether to seek a second term, and he tells IBJ’s Hayleigh Colombo he’s undecided. Colombo talks to the mayor about what will play into his decision, and host Mason King talks to Colombo about the chances that he’ll run again. Click to read Colombo’s story about the mayor’s re-election decision.


IBJ Podcast: Tackling sexual harassment issues in the workplace

With accusations against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill dominating the political news (allegations he flatly denies), host Mason King talks to two experts — attorney Michael Blickman and human resources professor Liz Malatestinic — about questions facing employers and employees. What’s acceptable and what isn’t? How do you talk to employees about the issues? Plus, get Mason’s recommendations for further reading on the issue. Credits: Music for this episode from Like Music (cdk Mix)...


IBJ Podcast: St. Elmo co-owner Craig Huse on the condition of Circle Centre, Burger Study and expansion in Fishers

The restaurants operated by Huse Culinary — St. Elmo, Harry & Izzy’s and Burger Study — are among the most successful in Indianapolis. That’s despite decreased traffic at Circle Centre mall and increasing competition from other steak houses downtown. CEO Craig Huse talks about the changes he’d like to see at the mall, how the restaurants combat competition and the company’s expansion plans in Fishers. To read more about Circle Centre’s current financial situation, read IBJ’s story: Circle...


IBJ Podcast: Andrea Neal talks about her book about Vice President Mike Pence

Andrea Neal’s about-to-publish book, “Pence: The Path to Power,” examines how Indiana native Mike Pence rose from froma skilled debate in high school to the vice president of the United States. Host Mason King leads Neal, a journalist and teacher, through the process of interviewing dozens of people from throughout Pence’s life to put together a comprehensive look at the making of a vice president.


IBJ Podcast: Income inequality and poverty in Indianapolis

Host Mason King interviews Indianapolis Business Journal reporter Hayleigh Colombo about her series One City, Worlds Apart, which looks at income inequality and poverty in the city and why it impacts everyone. Hayleigh plays clips from her interviews with Traneisha English of the Wheeler-Dowe Boys and Girls Club, Tess Weathers of the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, LeRae Troutman of the Brightwood Community Center, and Rhiannon Edwards of PACE. See the series so far...


IBJ PODCAST: All you need to know about Indy’s HQ2 bid (06/18/18)

With central Indiana on the short list for Amazon’s $5 billion secondary headquarters project, IBJ’s reporters for technology, real estate and economic development join forces to discuss what the internet giant wants and whether the Indy area measures up. They also address the question, “Would Indianapolis have been a serious contender for the project five years ago?”


IBJ Podcast: Revival on Washington Street (06/11/18)

Maria Bertram had a great career as an engineer for Eli Lilly and Co., so why did she chuck it to open a little cafe in a distressed neighborhood? She had two goals: support the forces fighting to revive Englewood Village and provide jobs for women who had hit bottom and were fighting to regain their independence.


IBJ Podcast: Sound leadership (06/04/18)

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra offers leadership programs for folks who are up for putting themselves in a vulnerable position: playing music composed on the spot for a conductor. No special training is required–just an ear for how group dynamics change under different leadership styles. Listen closely, and you also can detect the programs’ value for the ISO.