August 24, 2019
Mike Thibideau, Director of Indiana Workforce Recovery is interviewed by Host, Andy Dix. Mike leads an innovative program that is a part of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Wellness Council of Indiana, and is in a strategic partnership with Gov. Eric Holcomb and his administration to combat the opioid epidemic.
They hope to create a framework Indiana employers can use to adopt a second chance approach to employees and new hires who are struggling with substance misuse and substance abuse disorder.
The effects of substance misuse and substance use disorder on Hoosiers, their families and communities are indisputable and devastating. In 2016 alone, nearly 500 Hoosiers died of an opioid overdose, according to data released by the Indiana State Department of Health. Meanwhile, the Indiana University Kelley School of Business says opioid misuse has a staggering $1.5 billion direct impact on the state’s annual economy, and identifies 58% of those suffering from substance use disorder as being employed.
Also mentioned in this episode are the following resources:
Know the O Facts Campaign
Indiana Recovery Council's "Stigma Never Helps" Campaign
June 21, 2019
Debra Des Vignes, Founder of the Indiana Prison Writers Workshop is interviewed by Host, Andy Dix. Debra shares her story of fulfilling her lifelong dream of fighting for the outcast underdogs and forming her non-profit to give the creativity and humanity of Indiana's offenders a second chance and a voice through writing. She will challenge you to pursue your passion as well.
April 3, 2019
The Internet of Things (IoT) is impacting nearly everything in Indiana and the world. ClearObject is a Fishers, Indiana based IoT agency that is leading the way to harvesting data for businesses. ClearObject's CEO, John McDonald shares how the Internet of Things is impacting Indiana. He discusses how massive changes are needed in our investing and education systems to adjust to the disruption about to be unleased on the digital prairie. John McDonald offers his vision for what our Hoosier future looks like, complete with driverless vehicles and the monetization of data. Data could soon be Indiana's most valuable cash crop. Hosted by Andy Dix.
February 3, 2019
Kristi Cundiff, Founder, President/CEO of Indiana Foster and Adoptive Parents, speaks with host Andy Dix as she shares her insights on the needed improvements in Indiana's child welfare system and how her non-profit organization has grown to over 9,000 members in just a couple of years. Listen to how she turned her own extreme adversity into an organization providing hope for Indiana's foster families. Learn more about IFAAP at https://fosterandadoptiveparents.org/
January 21, 2019
Host Andy Dix interviews Jennifer Rubenstein, Editor In Chief of Edible INDY magazine. Recorded at The Lemon Bar in Zionsville, IN. Jennifer shares Edible INDY's mission as well as how she overcame adversity to establish this elegant print publication in a digital age. Hear how local businesses are sourcing local and how it contributes to the flavor of our local culture. Local sourcing has benefits to our economic, physical and mental health. Visit Edible Indy at https://edibleindy.com.
December 28, 2018
Host Andy Dix interviews hopeful Hoosiers Greg and Teresa Overby who are the founders of the 180Xchange recovery program in Indianapolis. Addiction is impacting millions of Hoosiers annually and thanks to recovery programs like the 180Xchange, people are restoring their brokenness and creating more manageable lives. For more information about the 180Xchange program visit, https://180xchange.org.
October 25, 2018
Interview with Author and Indy Car Driver Hopeful, Kristian Aleixo, on living life on the outside groove. How you can stay hopeful as you drive through enormous adversity in persistent pursuit of your goals. Hosted by Andy Dix.
October 4, 2018
What if you own solving the problem you see? Ron Brumbarger, President of Apprentice University is interviewed by host, Andy Dix. Ron saw a need for qualified, college debt-free, employees and believes apprenticeships are the fastest way to launch a young person's career. Restore your hope in Indiana's future, listen to Episode 4.
September 18, 2018
Steve Ross, Co-Founder of the Indiana based Walk the Talk Speaker Series is interviewed by Host, Andy Dix. Steve shares how you can realize your life's purpose by learning to walk the talk.
September 3, 2018
Hopeful Hoosier Episode 2: Derrin Slack, CEO-Founder of PROACT Indy (https://proactindy.org) shares his vision for leading at-risk, inner city elementary school and middle school kids in Indianapolis out of hopelessness, isolation and crime and into citizenship and purpose through shared community service. Hear how Derrin overcame his studdering to become a leader in Indiana and how PROACT Indy is helping to create a brighter future for Indiana.