Lunch with a Leader – Alex Etchison

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.

Alex EtchisonWe 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

Leslee Hill’s Video from the First Fridays Women’s Conference

leslee hillLeslee Hill, the Director of the WEOC at the NIIC was 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.

 

You can view Leslee’s video here:  Leslee Hill video from the Women’s Conference

 

 

To learn more about the WEOC, visit their site at:  https://theniic.org/start/womens-entrepreneurial-center/

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Dr. Angela LaSalle on Video at the First Fridays Fort Wayne Women’s Conference

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

 

Dr LaSalle on brainTo learn more about Dr. LaSalle’s practice here in Fort Wayne, please visit her clinic’s site at:  Integrative Medicine Practice at Parkview

 

 

Elizabeth MacDonald on Video at the First Fridays Fort Wayne Women’s Conference

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We had a great turn-out for last Friday’s Women’s Conference.  Below is the video link to our first speaker – Elizabeth MacDonald.  This video and the next 2 will be found on our  YouTube channel:  First Fridays Fort Wayne on YouTube

Elizabeth’s presentation can be found here:  Elizabeth MacDonald

The other presentations will be available soon!  Subscribe to our YouTube channel, and you will find out first when they are available.  Be sure to share this post and our channel with others!

To learn more about Elizabeth MacDonald, her company, and her book, please visit her website at:  The Verbal Edge

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Order Elizabeth’s book here:  https://www.amazon.com/Sharpen-Your-Verbal-Edge-Communication/dp/099981897X/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+verbal+edge&qid=1560365392&s=gateway&sr=8-1sharpen your verbal edge

Season 2 – Thank You, Leaders!

Season 2 Year in Review Speakers

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.

Scott Druhot, Baxter International

Wayne Robison, Robison & Associates

Matt Konkler, Blackpoint Strategies

Marlin Stutzman, former US Representative (3rd District), the Stutzman Group

Donovan Coley, The Rescue Mission

Barry Schrock, Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.

Heather Herron, Sweetwater

Eddy Shigley, Indiana Wesleyan University

Jim Wilcox, Wilcox & Associates/Sandler

Elizabeth MacDonald, The Verbal Edge

Leslee Hill, Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center, the NIIC

Dr. Angela LaSalle, Integrative Medicine/Parkview

 

 

 

Small Business Spotlight: Simply Homemade by Sherron

Simple Homemade business card frontI know that businesses and organizations in the Fort Wayne area are always on the lookout for a unique and excellent caterer. Let me introduce you to Simply Homemade by Sherron.

Last evening, I attended the 3rd Thursday quarterly networking meeting at the Fort Wayne Black Chamber of Commerce. A great presentation was given by Jerika Mace of the Bowen Center on how we can focus on better mental health.

Simply Homemade by Sherron catered this event, and the food, beverage, and presentation were all outstanding.

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For more information about upcoming events at the Fort Wayne Black Chamber of Commerce, please visit their website at: http://www.fortwayneblackchamber.org/