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.
Leslee Hill, the Director of the WEOC at the NIICwas our third presenter at the First Fridays Women’s Conference held last week at the Parkview Mirro Center. Leslee did an outstanding job in speaking about personal branding and did this by introducing many local entrepreneurs.
Dr. Angela LaSalle of Parkview was our 2nd presenter at this year’s First Fridays Women’s Conference. If you missed it, you can find her presentation on our YouTube channel (search First Fridays Fort Wayne). Here is the direct link to her presentation: Dr. Angela LaSalle on Video at the Women’s Conference
Thank you, local leaders, for pouring yourselves into us in Season 2 here at First Fridays Fort Wayne. We are grateful for your investment in area leaders with the sole intent of helping us all become better. Fort Wayne and NE Indiana are the better for who you are and what you contribute in our communities.
Yesterday, Don Cates (CEO of 3Rivers) and I had the privilege to be lunch guests of Cheryl Taylor (President & CEO) and Dawn Martz (Director of Programs) of the Foellinger Foundation. What an interesting and enlightening conversation we had!
Cheryl introduced us to a program that the Foellinger Foundation has begun. If you serve as an employee of a nonprofit organization or serve as a board member of a nonprofit, you will want to check out their resources and leadership development offerings. To do that, click here: https://www.foellinger.org/blog/2019/6/3/lead-like-no-other
“At Foellinger Foundation, we believe successful nonprofits help our community grow and flourish. And when their leadership is strong, the organization and the community thrive.
According to Talent Philanthropy, foundations devoted less than 1% of their resources toward supporting the recruitment, retention, compensation or development of nonprofit talent between 1992 and 2011.
In 2018, the Foundation board of directors reauthorized this initiative for another four years with an additional $1 million commitment. In that year, Foellinger committed 7.15% of its resources to leadership initiatives.”
To learn more about the Foellinger Foundation and all of the great things they do in our community, visit them at: https://www.foellinger.org/
Tomorrow morning, Jan Diaz and Jim Johnson will be interviewed by Darrin Wright, News Director at WOWO Radio. We will be talking about First Fridays Fort Wayne and our upcoming Women’s Conference on June 7.
The interview will run sometime between 8:05 am – 8:15 am tomorrow morning, May 21. Tune in to WOWO, 1190 AM or 107.5 FM, to listen to the interview.