Rob Kee Shares…

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

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/robkeesolutions_seats-filling-up-fast-if-you-are-available-activity-6580174406025261057-l1AJ

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

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!

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An Endorsement

I came across this today. My son had to write a short paper a couple of years ago in school. I’ll take this endorsement any time!

If you want to know the heart and passion behind First Fridays, my son captured it in his paper…

Favorite leader

My favorite leader is my dad. He had the courage to influence others, by creating a business where he helps everyday citizens, become confident with what they do. The business is non-profitable (love this!) and meets once every month. He brings in some of Fort Wayne’s top leaders and lets them help others. He is fearless of meeting new people.

A few months ago he went down to Canada to speak at a university in front of hundreds of people. He has integrity, because he loves doing his job but, he also has the integrity to help others learn and grow as leaders.

He is amazing at communicating. He gets the message out to people, that no matter where they work, no matter if they don’t have a job, they can still be great leaders in their community. When they meet they talk about how to lead others to become leaders.

He and my uncle were having a get together, and they said they wanted to have the community grow as leaders. They have been extremely successful and are still working hard to get new leaders in the community. He has been very supportive of people when they feel they aren’t doing a good enough job at work. He ran the student counsel at Haverhill elementary, and talked to us about how we can be leaders at school. He would also be glad to come in and talk to our class about leadership sometime. (I gave you his card).

Register today for our kick-off event with John Urbahns, CEO of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.

You can register for this free event here: September 6 Registration

Conference Costs – save $$ by going local!

The First Fridays Fort Wayne Women’s Conference will be held at the Mirro Center on inside Mirro CenterFriday, June 7 from 7:30 am – 11:00 am.  The cost is only $20 which includes a light breakfast.

Every year, companies send employees to conferences all over the US.  In many cases, conferences include airfare, hotels, meals, transportation such as Uber, as well as the cost of the conference itself.

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img_6788Plan to attend “Brighter”, the Women’s Conference on June 7, and you’ll experience:

  • World-class speakers from right here in the Fort Wayne area
  • A fabulous crowd of like-minded leaders from right here in NE Indiana
  • Excellent venue complete with a light breakfast and beverages
  • Organizations from all over NE Indiana who are making a difference every day to make our communities/world a better place

And all of this for only $20.  No airports.  No hotels.  No exorbitant costs.  You have the opportunity to make new connections with other leaders who live here in your area!

Make the investment in YOU next month.  Invite friends and colleagues to join you.  It will be a positive, encouraging, and inspiring morning.  We want to see you there!

Secure your reservation at:  2019 Women’s Conference Registration Link

Have You Registered for the Women’s Conference Yet?

Mirro Center outside On Friday, June 7, the First Fridays Women’s Conference will happen at the Parkview Mirro Center!  The event kicks off at 7:30 am with a light breakfast and our first speaker will begin at 8:00 am.

 

Join hundreds of women from around NE Indiana as they come together to become “Brighter” – the theme of this year’s event.  The speakers, all from our area, will challenge and inspire you to become your best inside and out.

Be listening for the WOWO Radio interview coming up in 1 week.  If you have not registered yet, click on the following image to reserve your spot today.  Table reservations are also available for organizations who would like to bring a team of leaders.

This event will fill up soon.  Don’t delay – register today!  Click on the image below to register.  Only $20 for individual registrations.

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Connect.  Learn.  Grow. 

Become Brighter!

Leslee Hill on the 2019 Women’s Conference

Here is Leslee Hill, Director of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center (WEOC) at the NIIC, giving us a sneak peak at what she will be speaking on:

If you haven’t registered, today is the last day to take advantage of early bird pricing.  Only $20 for all 3 sessions including breakfast!  Starting May 1, the price will go up to $25.  Click on the image below to register.

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