December 7 Event in Photos

Today was another great event at First Fridays Fort Wayne. We were honored to have Marlin Stutzman with us as he shared lessons in leadership that he’s gained over the years as a farmer, entrepreneur, business owner, statesman, and business executive.

Here are a few photos from today’s event. The video from today will be posted soon. In case you missed coming today, you can always find us on our YouTube channel at First Fridays Fort Wayne.

Marlin Stutzman was outstanding!

Another great gathering on a very cold morning.

I can personally attest that Marlin practices what he preaches.

The Trine University board member received some Indiana Wesleyan University gifts.

November 2 First Fridays Review

If you missed yesterday’s First Fridays, here is a quick snapshot of what happened. I’ll be uploading a video soon so you can hear Matt Konkler’s presentation.

We had a great crowd again! Thank you, veterans, for your service. We are always thankful for you!

Matt Konkler shared insights on leadership from his experiences serving in Washington, D.C. with Secretaries of Defense Rumsfeld and Gates. Great stories. Valuable lessons.

Here are the leadership traits Matt saw on display in some of the top leaders in our nation.

Matt shared these characteristics that we. An all aspire to.

Job Hunters

Are you or someone you know looking for a new career? Do you know a young person seeking an internship?

There is a great resource right here in NE Indiana. It is brought to you by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

Click on this link to start your search today:

https://neindiana.com/jobs/portal/#/?nei-filter-type=job

Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne

What an inspiring morning! I had the privilege of attending the Passport to Manhood event presented by the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne. Get to know this organization!

This organization influences hundreds of young people in our community. Below are some photo highlight from this morning:

Joe Jordan, CEO of the Club – what a great man!

Pat Hoffman of WANE TV did an excellent job in emceeing the event.

Larry Weigand shared from his heart. “You can’t buy sweat.” “The harder you work, the luckier you get.”

The new facility being built.

And the winner is…

Joe Jordan shared this quote.

Lunch with a Leader – Justin Clupper

Justin ClupperA couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege to have lunch with Justin Clupper at one of my (and his) favorite places downtown.  I had reached out to Justin to meet for lunch so I could get to know him better.  What prompted this?  One of the leaders on my team, Amanda Muldoon, had just graduated from Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.’s Leadership Fort Wayne.  At their spring event at Sweetwater, I heard Justin speak which led me to reach out to him.

Justin’s story can be summarized this way:  he seeks to improve whatever he is involved in.  From his early days at a high school student in Columbia City where he helped lead that effort to make their on-campus radio station one of the best in the nation to his work at Taylor University’s on-campus radio station.  There he helped lead the work to move from an over-the-air station to an online station.  Justin’s passion was to make things better.

After graduation, Justin worked in various fields before landing at Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.  Again, his “M.O.” was to step into a situation and create better processes which led to better results.  And he continues that today in his role as Director of Signature Programs.

If you want to know where leadership is heading in the Fort Wayne area, Justin Clupper is one of your go-to people.  Justin is more than just an insightful, intelligent man.  He is passionate about “building community leaders and attracting great talent” in NE Indiana.

Justin is a great family man.  It also turns out we attend the same church, Emmanuel Justin Clupper familyCommunity Church (hey, it’s a big church!).

You’ll see Justin from time to time at First Fridays.  You’ll find him on LinkedIn and on Twitter, too.  Make a connection with Justin.  You’ll quickly see how and why Justin adds value to NE Indiana.

 

by Jim Johnson

Leadership Gold Workshop and a Special Deal

Ray Abbott, a First Fridays regular, is conducting a workshop entitled “Leadership Gold” based upon the John Maxwell book with the same name.

Ray has a special code our First Fridays community can use to get a 50% discount! Here is the link to the workshop registration:

Leadership Gold Workshop Registration

Use the code FirstFridays to get 50% off! Thank you, Ray!