Lunch with a Leader – Amy Hanna

Did you know that there’s is an organization right here in NE Indiana that intentionally, positively impacts the lives of students, parents, and leaders by fulfilling their mission of:

respect team mission

Did you know that this organization’s vision is:

respect team vision

This is Respect Team.  I had the honor of having lunch with its leader, Amy Hanna.  Amy leads a group of speakers who address very tough issues at local schools giving students and parents alike hope and purpose.  Simply put, people become better because of the influence and work of the Respect Team.

Here is a short clip of Amy as she tells her story:

If you want to learn more about the Respect Team, click on the link above.  You’ll find more speaker videos and ways you and your organization can get involved in their vital work.

Thank you, Amy, for how you influence others to become better in NE Indiana.

Breakfast with a Leader – John Dortch

john dortchI had the privilege of having breakfast this morning with an outstanding leader in our community, John Dortch.  This appointment had been arranged by a mutual friend.

I went into this meeting knowing a little about John through his LinkedIn profile as well as what others had shared with me.  The man I met today made such a positive impact on me.  And from what I understand, John Dortch has built a career around doing just that with countless others.

John wears many hats in our community:

I learned quickly that John’s father played a critical role in helping him become the man and leader today.  John chronicled his early years in his book In My Father’s House – These Were the Rules.  I’m looking forward to reading this soon!

John has held key leadership positions such as VP Employee Relations at Parkview and now runs a successful consulting group.  From all of this experience, John has a passion for helping businesses, business owners, and the team they lead to become better and more productive.  He is committed to tell the positive stories of our community that will inspire others.

I appreciate leaders such as John Dortch in our community.  This is what makes our community great.  Thank you, John, for all you do!

 

February 1, 2019 Presentation Announced!

feb 1 2019 featuring barry schrock

The February edition of First Fridays proves to be another value-added event you are going to want to participate in.  Barry Schrock, a First Fridays faithful attendee, will be our presenter.

Barry is a:

Right…that’s a lot!  And you will find Barry to be a thoughtful, influencing, energetic, caring, smart leader who loves to make people think and become better.  It is a passion of his.

We’ve all heard the terms “high performance”.  Where does that come from?  Barry will address this as he unveils his thoughts about how we can lead in the present moment.

Eventbrite registration will be open soon.  Take the time to invite a colleague to attend with you on February 1.  We will announce when registration is open.

Thank you for your ongoing support of First Fridays.   Thank you for inviting friends and colleagues to attend with you.  Thank you for your time investment to become a better leader.  Our community, our companies, and our teams are becoming better as a result.

 

Coffee with a Leader

brett gaugerI had the privilege to have coffee with Brett Gauger this morning.  Brett works at Asher Agency in downtown Fort Wayne.  Brett serves as a Digital Strategist there.

This meeting took place because Brett reached out to me via LinkedIn.  I found Brett to be a passionate and energetic leader.  He epitomizes the type of young leader our area needs – he grew up in our community, he attended college here, he landed a great job here, and now lives downtown.  He loves Fort Wayne and what he does.

Brett has been positively influenced by leaders in his past and present.  He genuinely appreciates how key leaders have helped him in his journey so far – from his high school tennis teacher to community leaders today.

Brett works with clients who are wanting to:

• Create digital marketing strategies based on their business, industry, and goals.
• Learn more about digital marketing to include written documentation, presentations, and webinars.  He can train on this!
• Implement, maintain, and report on social media and other digital marketing campaigns.
• Build meaningful relationships with a firm who will help them succeed.
• Analyze digital marketing metrics to provide a picture of ROI.

Brett is a young leader who is working to help our community become better.  And we are better because of him!  Connect with Brett!

Preparing for the Future

preparing for the futureThis morning, we will take one more step toward our 2019 Women’s Event as I will be meeting with another dynamic leader/speaker.  We will be announcing our  speaker line-up within the next month or so.  Jan Diaz is leading a team who will work hard to make this event meaningful and impacting.

We are so excited about the possibilities!  

Jere and I spoke yesterday, and we are starting to talk about Season 3 as well.  We have some new ideas in store.  We have been blessed to have such dynamic leaders in NE Indiana.  First Fridays is committed to adding value to our regional leaders!

One more thing, if you haven’t registered for our January 4 event, click on the image below.  Jere reported that we are at around 70 so far (registration closes at 150).

January 4 2019 Donovan Coley flyer