With Season 3 almost here, we’ve partnered with Sarah Arnold from Socially Seasoned. She has already helped us improve this website with some simple changes.
You will notice on the desktop version and the mobile version of our page, we’ve added a “Follow Us” box containing the social media sites where you can see/read more First Fridays Fort Wayne content.
On the desktop version, this Follow Us box is on the right hand column just under our logo.
On the mobile version of our site, you can find this box at the bottom of the mobile page under “Older Posts”.
You can help us, too. At a First Fridays Fort Wayne event, many of you already take candid photos. Share those with us our sites. This will help continue to get the word out about First Fridays.
Use the hashtag #firstfridaysfw
Special thanks to Socially Seasoned for the guidance to these change!
September 6 – the start of Season 3 – is rapidly approaching here in Fort Wayne. Remember: we will be in a NEW location this year – the Kachmann Auditorium on the lower level at Lutheran Hospital.
This space more than doubles our former seating area. Each seat has a flip-up desk making it easier to take notes. The floor is sloped down towards the presentation area making line-of-sight better for everyone.
Note: There are no food or drinks allowed in the Kachmann Auditorium. We will remind you of that when you arrive.
If you have not registered yet, follow this link to do so. We are nearly at 100 already! Register for the free event here.
Season 3 is kicking off in just a few weeks. Registration is now open. And please remember, we are in a new location. Registration and information about our next meeting is found in the link above. We look forward to seeing you at First Fridays Season 3!
First Fridays Fort Wayne is growing! We have appreciated Indiana Wesleyan University for allowing us to meet on their Fort Wayne campus for our first 2 Seasons. But we have consistently been at 89% – 90% capacity. We have been searching for a new, larger venue and we have found it. And it is off the same I-69 exit!
Starting on September 6, First Fridays Fort Wayne will begin meeting at the Kachmann Auditorium at Lutheran Hospital!
Lutheran has been very gracious and open to this idea. The Kachmann Auditorium will facilitate our growth for some time to come!
Many do not know about this great facility is at Lutheran. How do you get to the Kachmann Auditorium?
The best way to get to it is by entering Lutheran from the south side of their campus. There is a covered parking garage attached to Lutheran with a covered walk-way. Or you can enter the building from the circle drive (see below). This building is identified as “Medical Office Building Two”. There is an uncovered parking lot across the lane from this entrance that can be used as well.
You can find this entrance by seeing it on the Lutheran Hospital campus map. The south entrance is circled below.
Once you are on the 1st floor, you’ll find the stairs to the lower level in the large lobby area:
You can take the stairs to the adjacent elevators to the lower level (same level as the cafeteria).
(you will see this entrance at the bottom of the stairs from the 1st floor and just off the elevator lobby in the lower level)
We will have people and signs posted to help direct you to the Kachmann Auditorium.
This move will give you a parking garage conveniently connected to the south entrance. There is additional parking outside in front of the Lutheran Heart Center to the south of the south entrance.
We so appreciate Lutheran for opening this facility to us. It is a community gem! You will enjoy the theater-type seats that are equipped with a fold-over desk for convenience in note taking.
We will open registration in August on Eventbrite. We anticipate a large crowd, so register as soon as you see the announcement. John Urbahns, CEO of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. will be our kick-off presenter. You will not want to miss this exciting presentation!
Get ready for Season 3!
Jim and I (Jere) have been blessed with the success of First Fridays here in Fort Wayne where people from the area are continuing to reach out to us weekly to find out more about what we do and also to connect us with others who could possibly speak in the future. Today’s lunch was such a meeting.
We met Alex Etchison for lunch at Logan’s Steakhouse at Jefferson Pointe. Alex, former high school standout football player at Homestead, wanted to see how First Friday’s connects in the community. Jim introduced him to the “First Fridays Way” of how we vet and select our speakers, but I was more impressed with how Alex listened intently as my brother explained our process.
Alex represents his company in such a professional manner. He was genuinely curious about us and First Fridays. He asked great questions and was a keen listener. He is an engaging conversationalist – a rarity these days. He was confident and courteous. He spoke with passion about his company and the good they are doing for so many!
As we enjoyed lunch and small talk about football, family, and future connections, Alex was genuinely interested in learning more about what we do with First Fridays. We landed on a future opportunity where we could connect, but I left more impressed with Alex personally. He is a young leader that will do great things throughout his work career and as a former coach; he possesses all the qualities to be an excellent football coach one day as well.
Leaders, like Alex, are what make Fort Wayne better. You can connect with Alex on LinkedIn.
Submitted by Jere Johnson