Women’s Conference Speaker Intro: Elizabeth MacDonald video

On June 7, our 2nd annual Women’s Conference will take place at the Mirro Center.  One of our fantastic speakers will be Elizabeth MacDonald.  Here she is with a brief hint of what she will be sharing:

Register for this event at:  https://fwchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/10074

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Season 2 is Almost Over

For many of us (men), today will be the end of Season 2 of First Fridays Fort Wayne. We are looking forward to hearing Jim Wilcox this morning.

Women, don’t forget that we have a women’s conference on June 7. If you have not registered yet, you could do so by going to the top of our website page and clicking on the link that says 2019 Women’s Conference information. That’ll get you the link to register. If you look at our site primarily from a smart phone, you will find that link when you press on the three lines at the top of your screen. That will open up the pages that are on our website.

We will be publishing our calendar for Season 3 very soon. And remember, we take the months of July and August off.

John Urbahns, CEO of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc., will be our kick off speaker in September. Throughout the summer we will be posting information on our website talking about the next season and other things that will help you become a champion networker and connector in our community.

As always, we thank you for your support and participation in First Fridays Fort Wayne.

Here are some more dates to keep in mind:

  • May 20 – Jan and Jim will have their interview played on WOWO radio during the morning with Darrin Wright.
    June 7 – First Fridays Indianapolis will launch their inaugural event with John Merriweather, CEO of a GO Destination Services. They will begin their first full season in September.
    Mid-May – Jan’s interview with WBCL Radio will be here sometime between mid to late May. When we know that date, we will let you know.
    September 6 – Season 3 kicks off!

WOWO Radio Spotlight

On Monday, May 20, Jan Diaz and Jim Johnson will be featured on an interview with Darrin Wright at WOWO Radio. We’re going be talking about the women’s conference. Be sure to tune in that morning on that day to listen to the interview! The segment is called “What’s Good” with WOWO Radio. It will air sometime between 8:00-8:15 on May 20.

To register, follow this link: https://fwchamber.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/10074

Leslee Hill on the 2019 Women’s Conference

Here is Leslee Hill, Director of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center (WEOC) at the NIIC, giving us a sneak peak at what she will be speaking on:

If you haven’t registered, today is the last day to take advantage of early bird pricing.  Only $20 for all 3 sessions including breakfast!  Starting May 1, the price will go up to $25.  Click on the image below to register.

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Women’s Conference Info – Vendor Tables

If your company/organization would like to have a table at the June 7 Women’s Conference displaying info about what you do, here’s how to do that:

At the top of our website, you will a link that reads “2019 Women’s Conference Info”.

Womens Conference page info

When you click on that, you will see the times of the conferences and a link to register.

link to register

When you click on that, it will take you to the registration site.  If you are a member of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc., use your sign-on to enter the registration site.  If you are not, click on the other option.

On the registration page, click on the drop down to:

  • register for a seat
  • register to reserve a vendor table for your company/org
  • register to reserve a table in the event hall for guests of your company/org

Vendor Table

Follow the prompts for your information and payment.  Thank you for your support!

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Sharing a Resource: Korn Ferry

I read an interesting article earlier this morning in the Harvard Business Review.  It was entitled, “Self-Disrupt or Be Disrupted” by Korn Ferry, a global organizational consulting firm.  The gist of the article focused on how leaders in the future need to prepare today to address the competition and challenges they will face.  Or as Korn Ferry writes:

“Competitive advantage will come with leaders who can connect resources and people adeptly to build an innovation ecosystem.”  

They write that in order to do this, leaders and companies must start the process of disrupting leadership development now or find themselves behind the pack.  They briefly touch on 5 core qualities in this new leadership skillset.

Leaders need the ability to:

  1. Anticipate changes
  2. Drive themselves and the company to flex to answer the changes
  3. Accelerate toward the change vs waiting to see what everyone does
  4. Partner with those that are kindred spirits in the challenges of change
  5. Trust leaders and processes that will pave the path to sucess

To learn more about Korn Ferry and ideas such as these, visit them at https://www.kornferry.com/

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The Best Leaders are Continually Learning

Leadership Challenge bookThe book, The Leadership Challenge, is coming up on my reading list.  Author James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner share the following in the first chapter of the workbook.

“The best leaders are continually learning.  They see all experiences as learning opportunities.  But there’s one condition.  Rich insights only come from reflections and analysis.  Unexamined experiences yield no lessons.  If you want to become a better leader, you need to study your own performance and become more conscious about the choices that you are making and how you are acting on your intentions.”

So how does the process of “reflections and analysis” happen?  Let me offer some suggestions as to how to put these thoughts into practice.

Conferences/Seminars:  After a conference/seminar has concluded, take time a few days later to review the notes you took.  Be sure to clarify notes that were written in haste so you understand your own impressions.  Look for action steps you can take based upon your notes.  Create an action journal where you can record the intentions you plan to act upon.  Set a goal, deadline, and follow through.

Books:  As you read, mark sections that “speak” to you.  Get in the habit of writing down notes in the margins.  When you have completed your reading, go back over your highlights.  In your action journal, record ideas that have come to mind that you can take action on.  As with the conferences/seminars, set goals, deadlines, and follow through.  Take this a step further and share with someone else what you have learned.

Forums:  First Fridays is a leadership networking forum where we hear from local leaders and are challenged through a wide variety of topics.  Take notes.  Review your notes.  Record something in your action journal that you can apply to your work life, personal life, and community life.  Keep the learning going from a forum by applying it.

I believe a key to taking action is to take action soon.  Don’t think “I’ll review my notes in a month or so”…it will never happen.

It is very important for leaders to learn, but without application, it was just time spent.  To turn that time spent into an investment, take action on what you have learned.

  • Record your learning and set action plans in an action journal.
  • Share your learning with a colleague.
  • Teach others what you have learned.
  • Seek out leadership blogs and participate in an online conversation.
  • Follow a leadership author on LinkedIn and find even more content to learn from.  Share appropriate content with others.

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