Business is personal.

My entire professional journey, I’ve felt driven to help organizations of all sizes care for their employees in more meaningful and effective ways. What’s next?

Lessons from Entrepreneurial Leaders Featuring Amy Knauer

I’m delighted this week to introduce Amy Knauer, newly appointed Chief Operating Officer of FirstPerson. Amy returns to our firm after eight years away. Hers is a remarkable story. Amy was the third person I hired in the early years; together we formed and built what is now FirstPerson. She rejoins our team of nearly […]

Lessons from Entrepreneurial Leaders Featuring Jim Danko

Jim Danko is marking his eighth year as president of Butler University. He’s been a leader in higher education in a variety of settings: University of Michigan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dartmouth College, and Villanova University. As a 19-year-old student at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Jim launched his career as a […]

Lessons from Entrepreneurial Leaders Featuring Karen Alter

Karen Alter is one of four “Boss Ladies” at Borshoff, the respected advertising and PR agency founded by Myra Borshoff in 1984. Karen majored in public and corporate communications at Butler University, and got her start in the advertising/PR business after graduation. She joined Borshoff in 1997, became a partner/owner in 2011, and rose to […]

Lessons from Entrepreneurial Leaders Featuring C. Perry Griffith III

C. Perry Griffith III (aka PG3) joined Denison Parking, his family’s business, as Senior Vice President in 2017 after more than a decade in banking and management consulting. The strategy execution firm, BTS, worked with 55 of the Global Fortune 100 companies, and Perry’s experience with senior leadership teams at Microsoft, Accenture, AT&T, and others […]

Lessons from Entrepreneurial Leaders Featuring Jacob Houk

Jacob Houk is the first non-family leader of Hays+Sons, an Indianapolis-based expert in restoration services. He became president in 2015. Founded in 1982 by Charles Hays and his two sons, the company has nine locations and 135 employees serving Indiana and Cincinnati. BKB: After 37 years of family leadership, you – not a Hays — […]

Lessons from Entrepreneurial Leaders Featuring Michael Huber

My guest post features Michael Huber, CEO of Indy Chamber, a career policymaker and civil servant whose passion is creating a better Indianapolis. He’s served under Governor Mitch Daniels as deputy director of the Indiana OMB, Mayor Greg Ballard as deputy mayor for economic development, and joined the Indianapolis Airport Authority as senior director of […]

Lessons from Entrepreneurial Leaders Featuring Phil Daniels

Phil Daniels is co-founder with Rod Reasen of the Healthiest Employers® (HE) awards program, started in Indianapolis in 2009. As the awards program scaled nationally to more than forty cities, the data gleaned from Healthiest Employers® applications revealed to Phil and Rod the need to empower employers to lower their healthcare costs by harnessing health […]

Lessons from Entrepreneurial Leaders Featuring Jason Kloth

Jason Kloth is president and CEO of Ascend Indiana, created in 2016 to realize the vision for Indiana to be a place of economic opportunity for all. Jason’s career launched with Teach for America when he became a sixth-grade teacher right out of college for a Texas border community. Ever since, he’s tackled ambitious ideas […]

Lessons from Entrepreneurial Leaders Featuring Steve Pruden

Steve is CEO of Studio Science, a design and innovation consultancy based in Indianapolis. Steve works with established market leaders, enterprise software companies, and assertive venture-backed startups to deliver transformative brands, products, and services. He has a proven track record of scaling technology and SaaS businesses focused on the global enterprise. BKB: Would you mind […]