Flyover Future Presents: Innovators
By Flyover Future
There is more innovation happening in the Midwest than you think. Hear from the innovators at the largest companies, emerging startups, universities, and civic organizations that are shaping the future.
Access to AI and Joining the Digital Revolution
Raamel Mitchell has built his career at Microsoft around being able to recognize when innovation is happening off the beaten path or out of the spotlight. He currently spends his days working to drive innovation, digital equity, and tech ecosystem development specifically in the central U.S. Hear him chat with host Ben Reno-Weber about his passion for helping everyone understand that we all have the opportunity to be part of the digital revolution. Learn more about Raamel here.
May 7, 2021
Focus on the Toaster: A Guide to Not Overthinking the Tech You Need
Big change doesn't have to be that hard - at least according to Aaron Peabody of Untitled Firm. Aaron joins Innovators Podcast host Ben Reno-Weber to explain what is possible with just a standard set of tools when you've identified the problem. Inspiration for your data and digital transformation strategy is one podcast episode away!
April 2, 2021
Why AI implementation in Flyover Country is getting noticed
What makes the middle of the country a good place to innovate when it comes to AI? Alan Berube, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director at Brookings Institution, joins our host Ben Reno-Weber to share his findings while working on the first AI strategy for an American city and why Flyover Country is perfectly primed to figure out how to apply new technologies.
March 26, 2021
State of Change: Inclusivity, Access, & Impact within Innovation
What does it mean - and what does it take - to make space in the world of innovation for people who have never before had the chance? Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman has made a career out of doing this - from startups to consulting and now at the state level, working as Executive Director of Kentucky Commercialization Ventures (KCV). Hear her talk with our host Ben Reno-Weber about the real value found in encouraging diverse perspectives.
March 19, 2021
You can't just say, "Because I said so"
You won't be able to get your team behind data transformation by simply saying "because I said so." You need to say BECAUSE (and how) it will improve your company and customer satisfaction. That data may also point to money lying on the ground for you to pick up. John Clark and Jeremy Willes from Advanced Business Solutions join our host Ben Reno-Weber to explain and provide insight into leveraging data.
March 5, 2021
Are you using the right data?
Enable.Ai's CEO Brian Dennett has parsed data for companies selling everything from toothpaste to snowboards during his career, but now he focuses on helping marketers and ad agencies unlock the "magical thinking" of data leveraging. Hear him talk "death to promoter score," the importance of risk management in tech decisions, and what bands he likes to listen to while deep inside the data. Dennett joins our host and partner Ben Reno-Weber from Microsoft's Future of Work Imitative for our final episode of Flyover Future's Innovators podcast inaugural season. Catch up all 12 episodes here.
January 29, 2021
Healthier with data
Matt Doctrow turned a job analyzing equipment usage for the U.S. Army's special operation command into a career leading healthcare companies on the journey to operationalize their data. Now, heading up analytics for healthcare startup SentryHealth, Matt helps to solve health problems for people before they actually happen.
December 24, 2020
Serve the superuser, change the world
Jose Gaztambide thought he would be a baseball insider but instead is leading the charge on a new kind of mapping that is literally changing how people navigate the world. Hear the details on Jose's journey, his company GoodMaps and the concepts, ideas and data they are harnessing to change the way we think about movement.
December 4, 2020
How Kentucky became a national leader in civic data
Kentucky is a national leader when it comes to leveraging state data for improving policy and programs. Yes, you read that right - Kentucky. Dr. Jessica Cunningham and Kris Stevens (from the Kentucky Center for Statistics) are encouraging folks across the country to think differently about how longitudinal data can be used to make lives better. This week, Jessica and Kris talk with Innovators podcast host Ben Reno-Weber from Louisville's Future of Work Initiative. Hear how their non-traditional backgrounds and love for data, math, and storytelling have come together to change the way business leaders and lawmakers think about how they can help people.
November 20, 2020
Jon Clark & Travis Triplett, ADK Group
The IoT of barbed wire? Data you can dig out of dirt, literally? Jon Clark and Travis Triplett at ADK Group manage every aspect of a digital journey - from the website all the way to the manufacturing floor. Hear how a love of analog and an appreciation for the value of a digital "waste product" have helped them figure out how to run companies more efficiently and solve problems before they surface. They join hosts Ben Reno-Weber from Louisville's Future of Work Initiative and executive producer Brian Eichenberger for a new episode of Flyover Future's Innovators podcast.
November 13, 2020
Dr. Bai and Dr. Gentili from UofL's Logistics and Distribution Institute
Two international scholars land in Flyover Country to be at the forefront of data and logistics. Hear their insights on how data could possibly find willing kidney donors on Facebook, improve logistics, and even identify the most adoptable puppies. Dr. Lihui Bai and Dr. Monica Gentili join host Ben Reno-Weber, from Louisville's Future of Work Initiative, to talk about the work they are doing inside the University of Louisville Logistics and Distribution Institute. You will come to appreciate that regardless of industry sector, the efficiency, effectiveness, and power of data are deep in the details.
November 6, 2020
Dr. Sharon Kerrick, UofL & Alisia McClain, Louisville's Future of Work Initiative
Dr. Sharon Kerrick is disrupting tech education and teaching teenagers to make bots. Alisia McClain is creating programs for women of color to make apps and pursue careers in technology. In this week's Innovators podcast, both of these women tell host Ben Reno-Weber, from Louisville's Future of Work Initiative, the same thing - it is time for EVERYONE to jump into the data revolution. Diverse backgrounds and decades in business have taught both guests that big changes in data will take more than giving people of different backgrounds access to the field. It will also require technology to reinvent and rebrand itself as a creative field. NOTES: "You Can't Take My Door" by Botnik https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPs6wdM7S3U
October 30, 2020
Tawanda Chitapa, Norton Healthcare
Prioritizing data to prioritize care Tawanda Chitapa never had the opportunity to touch a computer in his native Zimbabwe. He did however recognize the opportunity in technology. Upon arriving to the Western Kentucky University campus, Chitapa declared computer science his major. Now, he's at the forefront of leveraging data and AI at Norton Healthcare to help patients at high risk avoid infectious diseases and improve recovery for those leaving the hospital. In this week's episode of Flyover Future's Innovators podcast, hosts Ben Reno-Weber from Louisville’s Future of Work Initiative and our executive producer Brian Eichenberger talk with Chitapa about data strategy, governance, and how to serve multiple stakeholders.
October 23, 2020
Julie Messer of Hornbeam Insurance and Jennifer Callahan of Livefire
How does data keep your refrigerator from breaking down on you? Can data select the best colors for your company logo? Hear different data-centered perspectives from two longtime collaborators - creative marketer Jenn Callahan (liveFire) and fintech veteran Julie Messer (Hornbeam Insurance) on this week’s episode of Flyover Future’s Innovators podcast. These guests have a conversation about data culture, legacy systems, and solving problems with hosts Ben Reno-Weber from Louisville’s Future of Work Initiative and our executive producer Brian Eichenberger.
October 16, 2020
Meet Len Napolitano, CEO of Capture Higher Ed
If it wasn't for the GI Bill, Len Napolitano wouldn't be our guest on this week's Flyover Future Presents: Innovators podcast. Instead this U.S. Army veteran and EdTech pioneer (now CEO of Capture Higher Ed) talks with us about how data can align students with the right schools and schools with the right students. Join our hosts Ben Reno-Weber from Louisville’s Future of Work Initiative and our executive producer Brian Eichenberger, in a fascinating podcast on how data is redefining the way students find the best education options.
October 9, 2020
Rebecca Brown Rice, Director of Operations for Louisville Healthcare CEO Council
Can loneliness kill you? What’s the difference between treating diabetes and treating the diabetic? Can where I live impact the future of my health? These are among the vital questions being answered today through a new approach to gathering and analyzing healthcare data. This week we sit down with Rebecca Brown Rice, neuroscientist turned data expert, and Director of Operations at the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council (LHCC). Hosts Ben Reno-Weber from Louisville’s Future of Work Initiative and our executive producer, Brian Eichenberger, talk with Rebecca about how LHCC’s new data collaboration is using social determinants of health to reduce loneliness and social isolation in aging care.
October 2, 2020
Judy Nichols, CEO of Breakpoint Technology
Predicting cardiac arrest, discovering why ER admissions increase for one town when it rains, and optimizing supply chain — thank you data revolution! Frontline data worker turned CEO Judy Nichols of Breakpoint Technology is our guest in the inaugural episode of Flyover Future Presents: Innovators podcast, we talk with Judy about how harnessing data fundamentals and fostering a data culture through change management will transform our future.
September 24, 2020
Introducing: Flyover Future Presents - Innovators
A new podcast that has conversations with fascinating innovators who are pushing the boundaries, whether that’s starting a company from scratch, getting a multi-billion dollar company to reimagine its industry, or finding new ways to look at emerging technology.
September 7, 2020