October 5, 2018 – Wayne Robison

You are not going to want to miss next month’s First Fridays event.  Wayne Robison will be our featured speaker.  Wayne will share from 40+ years of experience (Business Owner/CFO/Speaker) that will make you think and then act.  I always am inspired by Wayne and how he challenges me to become better.

Oct 5 2018 flyer Wayne Robison

Register for FREE today by following this link:  Registration for October 5 with Wayne Robison

We “sold out” 10 in advance for September’s event.  Reserve your seat now!


  1. You may wear your own company-branded name tag to First Fridays.
  2. Don’t forget to bring business cards.  Drop one in the basket in order to participate in our give-a-ways including 2 books!
  3. If you would like to share a couple of your company-branded items for our give-a-ways, please bring them in.  Your company will get a simple “promo” by doing this!


Read to Become Better

At this past First Friday’s meeting, I shared with you that I’m going to be encouraging you to read this year. Let me make something very clear about this reading challenge.

We live in a great age where reading is actually easier and more assessable than ever before. If you love books as I do, you can get books at your library, used books on Amazon.com, or find them at your local bookstore. But you don’t have to just read books. Reading can take many forms:

  • Audio books
  • Blogs
  • Magazines
  • Newsletters

The concept here is that when a leader reads, he or she is exposing themselves to new ideas that make them think. Next to being mentored I cannot think of a better way to learn and grow as an adult.

So take the time this week to expose yourself to a fresh idea. 10 to 15 minutes a day is probably all it’s going to take. What a great investment you can make in yourself to help yourself become better.

September 7 Kick-off Meeting in Photos

We had a great kick-off meeting for Season 2 today on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University, Fort Wayne.  Over 130 registered to hear Scott Druhot who spoke on leadership.

Here are some photos that capture what happened this morning:

JJ Scott and Jere

Jim, Scott Druhot, Jere

  Sept 7 crowd shot

Scott and quote

scott up close

Scott and Mr Ringger

Scott chatting with Mr. Ringger

give a ways

Yes, we do give-a-ways!

book give aways

We gave a way books today!  Leaders are readers!

book table


Scott Druhot Kicks-off Season 2 of First Fridays – VIDEO

First Fridays is now on YouTube and we went live today!  If you could not make it to our forum today, here is the video:

You can follow First Fridays Fort Wayne on YouTube by clicking here to subscribe (for free):  First Fridays Fort Wayne YouTube subscription


Speed of the Leader…

I had the privilege to tour the recently updated offices of the NE Indiana Regional Partnership. It is an impressive space filled with focused people with a singular intent – to promote economic development in NE Indiana.

As we walked about, I came across this office – this small, open office with only 3 walls and no door:

The name plate on the desk identifies this desk as the working space for the CEO, John Sampson.

I’ve had the honor of having lunch with John as well as having an informal chat at a local Starbucks. John is a humble, professional leader. Our region is more than fortunate to have John at the helm of the Partnership.

This workspace “fits”. John is not flashy or spotlight-seeking. His focus is pointing the spotlight on NE Indiana and the people and places that make it great. He sets the tone and course for his team.

John leads a great team. It is easy to see why they are effective in what they do. I am grateful for all they do for us.

Visit their site to learn more: https://neindiana.com