Greater Fort Wayne Inc. values the thoughts and contributions of all people and understand that inclusion is critical to sustainable economic development. It is through our diverse culture that we can attract the best employees, empower our customers, and help our communities achieve great things.”
For many of us, we have worked, lived, and connected in the Fort Wayne area for years and yet we know just a little about what our local chamber does day in and day out for our community.
Season 3 is kicking off with John Urbahns, CEO of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. If you want the full story of what GFW does to help our area grow and prosper, then join us on September 6 to hear directly from John.
For those of us who attended this year’s GFW Annual Meeting, we celebrated all the great things GFW has worked on and saw the goals of what is to come. As a leader in the greater Fort Wayne community, you need to become aware of the fabulous resources and advocates we have here in GFW.
Join First Fridays Fort Wayne on September 6 to get your “front row seat” to our future. It will be a valuable time investment.
Remember: First Fridays Fort Wayne has moved its location to the Kachmann Auditorium on the campus of Lutheran Hospital (for directions, click 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!
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.