Lunch with a Leader – Luke McConnell by Jere Johnson

Last Monday I had the opportunity to meet with an emerging leader from our area, Luke McConnell.  Luke is a Brand Engagement Ambassador at Aptera, Inc.   Luke and I shared many things in common with our passion for competition through sports, Christian Higher Education, and the desire to connect with others in leadership from the Fort Wayne area.

As a recent graduate of Huntington University, Luke has traveled world-wide for theLuke McConnell institution and this has given him a global perspective for his new adventure at Aptera.  As he shared about his work with Aptera, I enjoyed hearing about the culture they are creating and desire to serve their clients in a greater way.

Luke has a great heart for others and, like so many in Fort Wayne, he is passionate about building great, connected relationships to add value to his leadership journey.  Please connect with Luke via LinkedIn or at lmcconnell@apterainc.com

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First Fridays Event in the News

wbclThis morning, Jere was interviewed on WBCL radio.  He spoke about our women-only event to be held at Sweetwater tomorrow morning at 8 am.

Thank you, WBCL, for your help in getting the word out!

As of right now (8:16 am), there are only 21 seats left out of 340.  If you have yet to register, please follow this link:  First Fridays Women Only Event at Sweetwater

 

 

Lunch (Breakfast) with a Leader – Karl LaPan

karl lapanAs you know, Karl LaPan is the CEO of the NIIC (Northeast Indiana Innovation Center).  Karl was our First Fridays speaker on January 5, 2018.  Karl invested in me this morning by having breakfast with me.

Karl overflows with innovation!  I have met no one quite like him.  We talked about business impact, entrepreneurship, new initiatives, vision, culture – my head and heart are full.

Did you know that Karl speaks all over the world?  He does!  He is a leader who passionately helps entrepreneurs and established business folks become better.  He and the work of the NIIC changes lives.  How?

By helping people understand and then fulfill their dreams.  He’s honest with them as those dreams are fleshed-out.  The NIIC is great at vetting ideas and people.  And when the “product”, the people, and the plan unite, powerful things happen.  Personal economies grow.  Lives are changed.

Karl is a natural connector.  He marries what he reads, who he knows, what he has experienced into a meaningful connection experience.  He simply adds value!  And as a result, he is intentionally leaving a legacy with those that are fortunate to interact with him.

Visit www.niic.org to learn more about what all this group offers to our community.  Help connect a budding entrepreneur to Karl and the NIIC.

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Attend the upcoming Ideas@Work 2018 on April 17.  Follow this link for more information.  I plan to be there!

 

 

Thank you, Karl, for what you do in and for our community.

Remember April’s Change!

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Remember that First Fridays in April will be on the 2nd Friday which is Friday the 13th!  You will not want to miss the opportunity to hear from 2 dynamic leaders from Indiana Wesleyan University (our host for First Fridays).

Mark your calendars now!  And don’t forget to register for this FREE event at:  APRIL 13 FIRST FRIDAYS EVENT REGISTRATION

Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly Highlights March 2 First Fridays!

I shared an image on LinkedIn on Saturday about this, but I realize that most could not read the article that the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly published by Gwen Clayton.  So here is the link to that article:  Leadership forum covers conflict resolution

Thank you, Gwen, for sharing about Brian DeCook‘s presentation and for informing folks about First Fridays!  We appreciate this!

For more from the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, visit them at: http://www.fwbusiness.com/

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June 1 Women-Only Event Registration Open!

sweetwaterAs you may know, our June 1 event will be a women-only forum at Sweetwater.  Registration is now open!  Follow this link to register for this free event: June 1 Event at Sweetwater

 

Brenda Gerber Vincent of Lifeline Youth & Family Services will be our guest speaker.  You will not want to miss this event.  Please invite colleagues and friends.  While this venue provides more seating, seating will be limited so register soon and put this event on your calendar.