Moments To Momentum

Scott Abbott

"Moments to Momentum, with Scott Abbott" is a fun, informative and inspirational podcast - featuring insightful conversations, with successful leaders from a wide-spectrum of demographics and vocations - that share their most meaningful situations, stories and events (i.e. “moments”), that they have experienced. Furthermore, how those big moments produced "momentum," that helps them succeed in their profession, and life. By having leaders share their most significant experiences - along with the lessons and advice learned - listeners gain their own “moments to momentum," as they enjoy and benefit from our guests’ personal experiences, insights and recommendations. According to one fan of the show, "Listening to Scott's podcast, feels like your eavesdropping (in a legit way ;) on a private conversation that combines the best components of a great first date, job interview and therapy session. Love it!"

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Episode 77: Crystal Givens
Crystal Givens is the president and chief executive officer of Starfish Initiative, a leading youth organization in Indianapolis that inspires, encourages, and prepares motivated high school students for success through one-on-one mentoring. Under her direction, Starfish Initiative is becoming a best-in-class mentoring organization that is effective in fulfilling its mission and better prepared to face current and future challenges. Crystal’s transformational initiatives include financial stabilization efforts, modernization of programs, and expanding the reach of Starfish Initiative services.  Crystal is a longtime champion of children and families. She began her career as an early childhood teacher. She then went on to serve in multiple roles at Early Learning Indiana, the state’s oldest and largest early education non-profit, ending as Vice President of Statewide Support after nearly two decades. Crystal’s leadership then expanded to a national level when she took on a role at Child Care Aware® of America. There she led efforts to deliver rapid response to educators, families, and others during the height of the pandemic.  A native of Indianapolis, Crystal is a proud graduate of Indianapolis Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree in child development from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Crystal believes in the power of education and is an advocate for lifting others as we climb.  In this fun and insightful episode, Crystal talks about growing up as an Indiana girl, the purpose behind Starfish Initiative, the importance of mentors, how to make a proper PB&J, commitment devices, the power of journaling, having a heart of service, and a moment after receiving her undergraduate degree where she felt an immense amount of responsibility and duty to be a role model for young women of color.    Learn more about Starfish Initiative Connect with Crystal on LinkedIn Sponsors: Ninety.io Straticos Buy your copy of Level-UP To Professional: Second Edition
3d ago
1 hr 21 mins
Episode 76: Nate Feltman
Nate Feltman is co-owner of the IBJ Corporation, publisher of the Indianapolis Business Journal, the Indiana Lawyer and the Court & Commercial Record. Nate also is the CEO of NJF Consulting, LLC, which provides acquisition and business consulting services. From 2010 - 2017, Nate was President, CEO and co-owner of Home Health Depot, Inc. (HHD) and its subsidiary, Genesis Healthcare Services, LLC, providers of complex rehabilitation mobility equipment, hospice, respiratory and home medical equipment. During his tenure, HHD grew from one location in Indianapolis, to 20 locations in 6 states, and from 30 employees to 240 employees, while quadrupling revenue.  Nate was also a partner with the law firms Faegre Baker & Daniels and Ice Miller, in Indianapolis, and Altheimer & Gray in Chicago, where his practice focused on representing public and private companies with their merger and acquisition activities, as well as advising local governments on public-private partnerships and economic development strategies. Before his U.S. legal experience, Nate spent nearly four years in Moscow, Russia (1994-1998) with the international law firms Baker & McKenzie and Steptoe & Johnson, where he represented companies seeking to do business in Russia. Appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels, Nate served as Secretary of Commerce for the State of Indiana and CEO of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation from 2006-2008.  In this fun and insightful episode, Nate talks about his childhood fascination with the Cold War, a life-changing study abroad trip to the Soviet Union, the impact of losing his best friend, his affection for Mitch Daniels, his love for the band Crash Test Dummies, the importance of using the “Ben Franklin” method for weighing pros and cons, urging young people to find their passions, engaging with your community and colleagues, and two risky moments that led to huge opportunities in his life.  Connect with Nate on LinkedIn Learn about the IBJ
May 11 2022
1 hr 21 mins
Episode 75: Scott LongEpisode 74: Arvetta Jideonwo
Arvetta Jideonwo has a distinguished history of leading and organizing high-performing teams in the non-profit sector. She has worked with nationally recognized organizations and has extensive executive-level experience in non-profit management, fundraising, and grant development. She is currently a Faculty Member at the IUPUI Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and the Executive Director and Head of Social Impact at The CREA Foundation.  Arvetta has an extensive level of expertise in the philanthropic sector, with 20+ years of executive experience, within a variety of leadership roles across the fields of healthcare, human services, as well as K-12 education and higher ed. As the chief philanthropic leader at CREA, she oversees administration and strategic investments through grant and scholarship initiatives, in CREA communities throughout the nation.  Arvetta is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and earned a Bachelor’s in Community Health from Indiana State University – School of Health Sciences, and a Master’s in Health Administration from Indiana University - School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Arvetta is also currently a Non-Profit Leadership Candidate in Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Executive Education. In this fun and insightful episode, Arvetta sings the National Anthem, talks about the CREA Foundation, going on a yacht for the first time, quilting, finding your “VIP” (values, interests, passions), why everyone deserves an opportunity, and a moment at 17 years old with a school counselor during her senior year, that taught her the lesson of overcoming someone else’s opinion about what she could or could not do. Connect with Arvetta Learn more about CREA
Apr 13 2022
1 hr 13 mins
Episode 73: Devin JohnsonEpisode 72: Kylie Conway Episode 71: Brian WolffEpisode 70: Ann Murtlow
Since joining United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) as its President & CEO in 2013, Ann D. Murtlow has built on United Way’s long-time commitment to education, financial stability, health and basic needs. UWCI has made significant progress in aligning programs, community partnerships, direct service agencies and public policy advocacy to create outcomes for people in need.  Prior to United Way of Central Indiana, Ann had a 30-year career in the global energy industry. Ann began her career at Bechtel Power Corporation, one of the world’s leading engineering and construction firms. She joined AES Corporation headquarters in Arlington, Virginia in 1987 to lead the environmental permitting activities for new power stations in the U.S. and abroad. In 1997, Ann moved to AES Corporation’s regional office in London, England where she led business development and operations in 22 northern and central European countries. In 2002, she became the President & CEO of IPALCO Enterprises, Inc. and its subsidiary, Indianapolis Power & Light Company. She currently serves on the boards of Evergy, Inc. (NYSE: EVRG) and Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC). She was honored to serve on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago from 2007 to 2012. She was also recognized as one of Women Inc. Magazine’s 2019 Most Influential Corporate Board Directors and as one of Indiana Commission for Women’s 2020 Torchbearer Award Winners. Ann received her Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University in 1982. She is a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow. In this fun and insightful episode, Ann discusses her official retirement from the United Way of Central Indiana, a recent transformational $25 Million gift from MacKenzie Scott to the organization, the importance of diversifying your assets, prioritizing your health, having a support group, the fallacy of work-life balance …especially for professional women, the difference between mentors and coaches, and a few big moments that have impacted her personal and professional life.  Connect with Ann on LinkedIn Learn more about United Way of Central Indiana  Sponsors: Talevation Ninety.io Straticos Buy your copy of Level-UP To Professional: Second Edition
Feb 17 2022
1 hr 37 mins
Episode 69: Jeb Banner
Jeb is the CEO and a Founder of Boardable. He spent most of his 20s playing music and avoiding adulthood. Everything began to click when he discovered eBay in 1999. After building a couple of successful businesses in the auction space, he took what he learned from growing those businesses with online marketing to start SmallBox in 2006. SmallBox evolved over the years from a marketing agency into a strategic consultancy that helps mission-driven organizations with branding and design. In 2018, he left SmallBox to join the board management software company Boardable as its full-time CEO. In 2020 Boardable closed its Series A raising $8m to invest in team and product. Boardable currently serves over 1,000 nonprofits around the world and continues to grow quickly. Along the way, he has been involved as a founder or investor with a number of other businesses and nonprofits including Springboard Marketing, The Speak Easy, Musical Family Tree, Joyful Noise Recordings, Gravy Lab, Boardable, Adproval, Ripley's Auctions, and Brain Twins. He also serves or has served, on the boards of several Indy-area nonprofits including The Speak Easy, Musical Family Tree, Big Car, United Way of Central Indiana, ProAct, and the Indiana Independent Venue Alliance. Jeb’s personal mission is to create meaningful work for talented people who share his desire to use business as a force for good. He lives on the north side of Indianapolis with his wife Jenny and 3 beautiful daughters. In his spare time, he plays and records music, collects vinyl records, forages mushrooms, and cooks as much as possible. In this fun and insightful episode, Jeb talks about being a creative at heart, the impact of listening to Alan Watts alone in the woods, the impetus behind starting Boardable, having a beginner’s mindset, leadership, and an “aha moment” in his late 20s, when he realized that it’s ok to say “I don't know.” Connect with Jeb on LinkedIn Learn more about Boardable Sponsors: Talevation Ninety.io Straticos Buy your copy of Level-UP To Professional: Second Edition
Feb 2 2022
1 hr 37 mins
Episode 68: Megan NailEpisode 67: Alicia McKoyEpisode 66: MIchael LeppertEpisode 65: CJ McClanahanEpisode 64: Duncan AlneyEpisode 63: Daniel FullerEpisode 62: Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow
Oct 27 2021
1 hr 17 mins
Episode 61: McKinzie Roth
It’s great to have the one and only, McKinzie Roth, as our guest this week. For those that don’t know, McKinzie is famous and ubiquitous: in other words, she’s very popular and everywhere these days, as a: journalist, reporter, on air personality, television anchor, spokesperson, podcaster, fashion model, and social media influencer/public figure (with over 78K Followers on her Instagram account @mckinzieroth). McKinzie is a proud Indiana native: a graduate of Carmel High School, and the Ernie Pyle School of Journalism at Indiana University. At the start of her career, she served as an official NBA emcee for the Indiana Pacers, and since then has been seen locally and nationwide in commercials for several years. She is a veteran of the red carpet, covering events like the Super Bowl, Grammys & American Music Awards. McKinzie hosted Indy’s top-rated morning show on RadioNOW 100.9 and Houston’s 92.1 before the role of “Entertainment Insider” was created for her by WISH-TV. She now anchors “All Indiana” and just launched “All Indiana Bets” weekends on WISH-TV. And coming soon, you can check out her new brand “Blonde After Dark.” In this fun and energetic episode, McKinzie talks about growing up as a lifelong Hoosier, a visit to a local news station that changed her life, winning a contest to become a radio DJ, the importance of mentors, family, reassessing your life on a regular basis and the moment when she realized that rejection is actually redirection.   Follow McKinzie on Instagram  Follow Blonde After Dark  Connect with McKinzie on LinkedIn   Sponsors: Talevation Ninety.io Straticos Buy your copy of Level-UP To Professional: Second Edition
Oct 8 2021
1 hr 12 mins
Episode 60: Bryan and Stephanie Neale
I am happy to report, that Stephanie Neale and Bryan Neale (yes, they are a married dynamic duo!), are my guests’ on this weeks episode of my podcast, Moments to Momentum, with Scott Abbott. Bryan is the founder and Stephanie is the CEO of Blind Zebra, an elite sales and client success coaching company located in Indianapolis. Blind Zebra training is built on Bryan’s simple yet powerful "Think-Do-Say" foundation, and is available primarily through BZ’s Coaching Communities, group training programs designed around three pillars: relevant and modern coaching for sales and Customer Success (CS) teams, the accountability of professional peer groups and connection with like-minded individuals in a shared discipline. Blind Zebra offers Coaching Communities for high-performing or high-potential salespeople and customer success professionals, as well as VP-level peer groups for sales and CS leaders in a subscription model, much like a traditional SaaS company. In addition to being an NFL referee and nationally known keynote speaker, you may recognize Bryan’s voice from his side-gig as co-host of The Advanced Selling Podcast, the longest-running sales podcast in history. In this super fun, exciting and wide ranging episode, Stephanie and Bryan talk about how they first met, The Price is Right, their first jobs out of college, starting the IU Dance Marathon, the story behind Blind Zebra, refereeing in the NFL, and a few professional and personal moments that impacted their lives. Learn more about Blind Zebra Connect with Byran Connect with Stephanie Bryan on The Price is Right  Sponsors: Talevation Ninety.io Straticos Buy your copy of Level-UP To Professional: Second Edition
Sep 22 2021
1 hr 34 mins
Episode 59: Zac DarnellEpisode 58: Dr. Zubair Khan