Rob Kee Shares…

Follow the link below to hear from our October 4 speaker, Rob Kee:

Click on the image above to register today for this free event.

October 4 – Rob Kee

October 4 is our time with Rob Kee – a master connector and dynamic communicator. And we are back at the Kachmann Auditorium.

Click on the image above to register. Then mark your calendars to be with area leaders to learn and network. It will be s great session!

October 4 Registration Now Open!

First Fridays will be back at the Kachmann Auditorium on the campus of Lutheran Hospital on October 4. To register follow this link:

Leadership Investment and Involvement by Jim Johnson

If you attended last week’s First Fridays Fort Wayne event featuring John Urbahns, CEO of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc., you heard about so many exciting things that are happening in and around Fort Wayne.  John challenged us all to get involved – to support local growth initiatives and events and with our time, talent and treasures.

I could not agree more!  I run into many people who desire to become more influential leaders in our community.  They don’t so much as say this, but it is clear what they want.  As I engage them in a conversation, I realize that while they want to be influential, they have put little effort into two arenas that are, in my opinion, prerequisites of being recognized as an influential leadership.

Investment & Involvement

If any leader wants to to become better, she/he must take intentional steps to invest in their own development.  This investment can take the form of reading, listening to blogs, and/or attending seminars and conferences focusing on leadership development (like First Fridays events).  Executive coaches are also a viable investment for many today.  Your growth as a leader will not happen automatically.  You must work for it.

Which brings us to involvement.  NE Indiana is a great place to live, work, worship, and to raise kids.  As John Urbahns reminded us, Fort Wayne is getting national recognition for our real estate market.  We’ve even been called “cool” by a food/wine website!  We’ve got great sports teams – Mad Ants, Komets, TinCaps.

We’ve got an incredible arts community with our own Fort Wayne Philharmonic and venues such as the Clyde Theatre.  And have you seen the creative murals popping up?

We are surrounded by great restaurants and coffee houses.  There are farmer’s markets in our communities.  From famous coney dogs to award-winning farm-to-fork restaurants, NE Indiana can satisfy any taste and appetite.

Entrepreneurs are rising up and finding innovated places to work and collaborate and grow whether it’s at the downtown Atrium or getting sage advice from the NIIC.  NE Indiana is growing and we are attracting new businesses to join our growth.  The NE Indiana Regional Partnership is doing great work at spotlighting, inviting, and growing our region’s economy.

So how involved are you?  

“Hey, I know about all of this, Jim!” Great.  Are you participating?  Are you involved?

Communities become stronger and better when citizens attend events, shop local, cheer on the home team and roll up their sleeves to get involved.  Leaders set the pace and the tone – we lead in this.

My encouragement to you today is to experience NE Indiana like never before.  Attend festivals with your family.  Invite a neighbor family to go with you.  Get out to a local game.  Volunteer at your church or at the many non-profit organizations here in NE Indiana who passionately serve others.  Support the arts.  Help out at your kid’s school.

Get involved.

Step up and lead by example.  We need great corporate citizens at every level.  And we will always need a lot of them.

Be one of them!


Still Time to Register for Sept. 6!

setp 6 215 registered

We are filling our room quickly!  Thank you!

Click on the image above to reserve your FREE spot for Friday’s kick-off of Season 3 of First Fridays Fort Wayne featuring John Urbahns, CEO of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.  




Parking Options at Lutheran

We have over 200 registered for this coming kick-off of Season 3 at the Kachmann Auditorium at Lutheran Hospital.  We have had some conversations with the leadership team at Lutheran about parking.  Here are some options:

Parking garage at Lutheran

This is the South Campus parking garage adjacent to Medical Office Building Two.  Note:  we have been asked to use the TOP LEVEL to allow patients coming in early to have the lower levels.

To find the Kachmann Auditorium, you can take the elevator or stairs to the 2nd level and walk into Lutheran via the enclosed sky bridge walk.  Then take the elevator or stairs to the lower level where the Kachmann is located.

There are other parking options we have as seen below.  Yes, they will require a bit more walking, but we want to be sure Lutheran’s patients have the closest spots.

Lutheran parking optons

There is a shuttle that runs from the far left lot to the main entrance.  The far right circle is the 3Rivers lot.  We can accommodate a few cars as the lobby does not open until 9 am.

The yellow STAR designates the Medical Office Building Two – the closest entrance to Lutheran’s Kachmann Auditorium.

We will have people in the lobby of the Medical Office Building Two to help navigate you if needed.

The Lutheran Hospital leadership team has been great to work with.  We want to be sure our presence there is a positive one for the patients that will be arriving for treatment.

If you can carpool with a coworker, please consider that!  

ONE LAST NOTE:  Remember, no coffee is allowed in the Kachmann Auditorium.  We will honor this.  Water bottles with caps are allowed.