There is time to fit the puzzle pieces together with Allison Melangton, Indianapolis

July 22, 2021

Allison Melangton is the Senior Vice President at Penske Entertainment, a job she specifically pursued to be the brains behind the Indy 500 operation. No small task. Given that she previously headed the host committee for the Superbowl in the past (making her only the second woman to have done so), she looked at the Indy 500 as just another exciting challenge and planned the 100th running of the race flawlessly. 

When COVID hit, like most of us, her best-laid plans were tossed out the window as pandemic guidelines shifted daily.

How does she keep her cool when the puzzle pieces keep changing? By making Zero Excuses and planning for all eventualities. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Plan for the best, prepare for the worst
  • You can’t know everything
  • Surround yourself with people who complement your skills
  • Never be afraid to ask for help

Things to Listen For:

  • [02:46] Allison’s experience working at the Olympics   
  • [03:59] Drawing inspiration from Olympic athletes 
  • [06:22] Allison’s career in sports 
  • [09:11] Accepting help to organize the Superbowl 
  • [10:31] Approaching tasks like a puzzle
  • [11:01] Relying on peoples’ strengths to achieve the best results
  • [12:34] Planning out all possible scenarios in a time of constant flux
  • [16:49] Identifying what you can control and what you can only react to
  • [20:30] Adapting to changing circumstances
  • [22:25] Being a woman in the male dominated field of sports
  • [25:35] Finding joy in what you do

After You Listen:

More from the Zero Excuses Podcast:

Episode 001: There is time to travel

Episode 002: There is time to not work

Episode 003: There is time to improve yourself

Episode 004: There is time to build the life you want

Episode 005: There is time for laughter

Episode 006: There is time for relationships

Episode 007: There is time for community

Episode 008: There is time for renewal

Episode 009: There is time for loving others

Episode 010: There is time for giving

Episode 011: There is time for the three B’s

Episode 012: There is time for learning

Episode 013: There is time for others

Episode 014: There is time for listening

Episode 015: There is time for action

Episode 016: There is time for reflection

Episode 017: There is time for Zero Excuses

Episode 018: There is time for change

Episode 019: There is time to plan

Episode 020: There is time to start difficult things

Episode 021: There is time to unplug

Episode 022: There is time to choose your perspective

Episode 023: There is time to reinvent yourself

Episode 024: There is time for everything important

Episode 025: There is time to excel

Episode 026: There is time to do the work

Episode 027: There is time for self-reflection

Episode 028: There is time for healthy living

Episode 029: There is time for whatever you want to do with it

Episode 030: There is time to create a listening culture

Episode 031: There is time to say yes

Episode 032: There is time to confront uncertainty

Episode 033: There is time for empathy

Episode 034: There is time to be bold

Episode 035: There is time for improv comedy

Episode 036: There is time for investing in others