Welcome to IBJ’s Thought Leadership series. We’re talking with experts across all business sectors who want to engage with the Indianapolis business community about industry trends and to share advice and experiences. We are excited to bring their expertise to our readers.

Dr. Leslie Hosey Head of School St. Richard’s Episcopal School
Scott Jones President and Founder Eleven Fifty Academy

Content sponsored by Eleven Fifty Academy and St. Richard’s Episcopal School

Education & Workforce Development

Employers, educators working together can improve outcomes and economy

In our Thought Leadership roundtable, leaders at Eleven Fifty Academy and St. Richard’s Episcopal School find common ground in how their very different institutions are preparing students for fulfilling careers that advance Indiana’s economy.

John Elliott President and CEO Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana
Janet Kamiri Director of Health and Wellness Indianapolis Urban League
Deanna Reinoso Medical Director of Social Determinants of Health Eskenazi Health
Heidi Spahn Global Community Investment Manager Corteva Agriscience
Anne Swanson Vice President, Agri Sourcing & Partnerships Feeding America

Content sponsored by Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana

Hunger and Health

Ending food insecurity takes scale, creativity

Experts at Gleaners, Corteva Agriscience, Feeding America, Eskenazi Health and the Indianapolis Urban League talk about the many efforts—from partnerships to an emphasis on fresh produce—that are underway to end food insecurity in Indianapolis.

Jim Goldman Co-Founder and CEO Trava
Sean Hendrix NineTwelve, Sr. Technology Consultant Purdue Research Foundation
Michael Thomas Chief Operating Officer LEAP Managed IT
Mike Vance Vice President of Technology Services Resultant
David Whitt Senior Director of Cybersecurity Eleven Fifty Academy

Content sponsored by Eleven Fifty Academy, LEAP Managed IT, Purdue Research Foundation, Resultant, and Trava

Technology/Cybersecurity

Technological advancements heighten cybersecurity challenges

In IBJ’s Thought Leadership roundtable, technology experts at Eleven Fifty Academy, LEAP Managed IT, Purdue Research Foundation, Resultant, and Trava discuss how organizations can minimize risk in today’s cybersecurity environment.

Shelly Langona President, Indiana Market RJE Business Interiors
Josh Purvis Managing Partner Watermark Residential, a business unit of Thompson Thrift

Content sponsored by RJE Business Interiors and Thompson Thrift

Commercial Real Estate

Better design, sound fundamentals contribute to upbeat forecast

In IBJ’s Thought Leadership roundtable, executives at Thompson Thrift and RJE Business Interiors talk about forces at play in the office and multi-family housing sectors that have them optimistic about the future.

Karen E. Bravo Dean and Gerald L. Bepko Professor of Law IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law
James C. Wimbush Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs Indiana University
Pete Yonkman President Cook Medical and Cook Group

Content sponsored by Cook Group, Indiana University, and IU McKinney School of Law

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

DEI work requires grace, empathy and an appetite for structural change

In IBJ’s Thought Leadership roundtable, leaders at Cook Group, Indiana University and the IU McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis talk about grace, humility and the big thinking required to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive society.

Imhotep Adisa Co-founder Kheprw Institute
Tavonna Harris Askew Vice Chair Women’s Fund of Central Indiana
Carolyn Butler-Lee Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion Cummins Inc.
Pamela Ross Vice President of Opportunity, Equity and Inclusion CICF

Content sponsored by Central Indiana Community Foundation, Cummins Inc., Kheprw Institute, and Women’s Fund of Central Indiana

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Authentic relationships build a diverse culture

In IBJ’s Thought Leadership roundtable, leaders at Central Indiana Community Foundation, Cummins Inc., Kheprw Institute, and Women’s Fund of Central Indiana discuss the deep commitment necessary to move the needle on workforce and societal change.

Jenny Bean Chief Human Resources Officer Duke Realty
Rick Fuson President & Chief Operating Officer Pacers Sports & Entertainment
Rafael Sanchez President of Private Banking & Community Executive Old National Bank

Content sponsored by Duke Realty, Old National Bank, and Pacers Sports & Entertainment

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

DEI efforts must be genuine, thorough and ongoing

In IBJ’s Thought Leadership roundtable, leaders at Duke Realty, Old National Bank, and Pacers Sports & Entertainment discuss what their organizations have done to become more inclusive and what it takes to build a DEI program that works.

Dr. Sherri C. Helvie Head of School The Orchard School
Dr. Jonathan B. Huer Chief Learning Officer Eleven Fifty Academy

Content sponsored by Eleven Fifty Academy and The Orchard School

Education & Workforce Development

Lifelong learning builds a better workforce

In IBJ’s Thought Leadership roundtable, leaders of Eleven Fifty Academy and The Orchard School discuss the future of education, the importance of diversity, and how a healthy approach to learning prepares students for the workforce.

Sarah Stilz Founder Prime Movement Healthcare
Brian Sullivan Senior Vice President Commerce Bank
Cameron Troxell Advisor First Person Advisors

Content sponsored by Commerce Bank, First Person Advisors, and Prime Movement Healthcare

Health Care & Benefits

Pandemic shines an even brighter light on consumer engagement, cost containment

In IBJ’s Thought Leadership Roundtable, executives at Commerce Bank, First Person Advisors, now a subsidiary of NFP, and Prime Movement Healthcare talk about how employers and health care organizations are responding to the many challenges caused—or exposed by—the pandemic.

Dennis Groth Interim Dean Indiana University Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering
Scott Jones President and Founder Eleven Fifty Academy

Content sponsored by Eleven Fifty Academy and Indiana University Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering

Technology

Rapidly evolving technology provides endless education opportunities

In IBJ’s Thought Leadership Roundtable, experts at Eleven Fifty Academy and Indiana University Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering discuss the current and future state of technology, and the importance of technology education.

Tim Michel Managing Principal, Indianapolis Cushman & Wakefield
Mary Beth Oakes CEO & Owner Business Furniture + Choreo
Alan Tucker President & Principal CSO Architects

Content sponsored by Business Furniture + Choreo, CSO Architects, and Cushman & Wakefield

Commercial Real Estate

Getting back to work—in person

In IBJ’s Thought Leadership Roundtable, experts at Business Furniture + Choreo, CSO Architects, and Cushman & Wakefield talk about the state of commercial real estate and why its future is brighter than it might seem.

Ron Holcomb CEO Tipmont Wintek
Chris Hutchinson Senior Vice President of Engagement Eleven Fifty Academy
Bipin Prabhakar Chair of the Information Systems Graduate Programs Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Content sponsored by Tipmont Wintek, Eleven Fifty Academy, and Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Small Business

Technology, talent key for small businesses

In IBJ’s Thought Leadership Roundtable, experts from Eleven Fifty Academy, the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and Tipmont Wintek talk about the resources small businesses need to successfully emerge from the pandemic.

Mark Colzani Senior Manufacturing Director Bastian Solutions
Ali Lotfalian Manager, CPA VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm

Content sponsored by Bastian Solutions and VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm

Manufacturing & Logistics

Changes in manufacturing will endure

Executives at Bastian Solutions and VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm discuss how the pandemic has made manufacturers stronger as they anticipate a post-pandemic world.

Sue Ellspermann, Ph.D. President Ivy Tech Community College
Scott Jones President and Founder Eleven Fifty Academy

Content sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College and Eleven Fifty Academy

Education & Workforce Development

A faster path to a lucrative career

Ivy Tech Community College President Sue Ellspermann and Eleven Fifty Academy Founder Scott Jones discuss how their institutions are rebuilding the road to high-paying jobs.

Karen E. Bravo, J.D., LL.M. Dean and Professor of Law IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Dr. Christopher P. Leamon VP, Discovery Research & Indiana Site Head Advanced Accelerator Applications

Content sponsored by IU McKinney School of Law and Advanced Accelerator Applications

Research & Discovery

Quality scientific research relies on academia, industry

Scientific rigor leads to solid research and critical discoveries. Dr. Christopher Leamon of Advanced Accelerator Applications, a Novartis company, and Dean Karen E. Bravo of the IU McKinney School of Law discuss the challenges of funding and conducting scientific research that gains the public’s trust and leads to societal advancements.

JJ Nelson Executive Director of Sales Delta Dental of Indiana
Dr. Jeff Wells President; Co-founder of OurHealth Marathon Health

Content sponsored by Delta Dental and OurHealth

Health Care & Benefits

Employer Health Care Costs vs. Employee Benefits

Providing access to primary and preventive care for employees can decrease employer health care costs. Executives at OurHealth and Delta Dental explain the options available for reducing or stabilizing today’s health care costs without reducing benefit levels.

Jason Johns Senior Director, Consulting Sondhi Solutions
Dewand Neely COO & CIO Eleven Fifty Academy
Ron Pelletier Founder Pondurance
John S. Pistole President Anderson University

Content sponsored by Eleven Fifty Academy, Sondhi Solutions, Pondurance, and Anderson University

Cybersecurity and Technology

Cybersecurity is more important than ever

Top executives at Pondurance, Sondhi Solutions, Anderson University and Eleven Fifty Academy discuss escalating cybersecurity threats, how companies can fight them and the job opportunities being created along the way.

Dr. Vince Bertram President & CEO Project Lead The Way
Scott Jones President & Founder Eleven Fifty Academy

Content sponsored by Project Lead The Way and Eleven Fifty Academy

Education & Workforce Development

Students win when educators, employers collaborate

Scott Jones of Eleven Fifty Academy and Dr. Vince Bertram of Project Lead The Way discuss what it takes to prepare today’s students for fulfilling, good-paying jobs.