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.


Connect.  Learn.  Grow. 

Become Brighter!

Women’s Conference Speaker Intro: Elizabeth MacDonald video

On June 7, our 2nd annual Women’s Conference will take place at the Mirro Center.  One of our fantastic speakers will be Elizabeth MacDonald.  Here she is with a brief hint of what she will be sharing:

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Women’s Conference Info – Vendor Tables

If your company/organization would like to have a table at the June 7 Women’s Conference displaying info about what you do, here’s how to do that:

At the top of our website, you will a link that reads “2019 Women’s Conference Info”.

Womens Conference page info

When you click on that, you will see the times of the conferences and a link to register.

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When you click on that, it will take you to the registration site.  If you are a member of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc., use your sign-on to enter the registration site.  If you are not, click on the other option.

On the registration page, click on the drop down to:

  • register for a seat
  • register to reserve a vendor table for your company/org
  • register to reserve a table in the event hall for guests of your company/org

Vendor Table

Follow the prompts for your information and payment.  Thank you for your support!

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Sharing a Resource: Korn Ferry

I read an interesting article earlier this morning in the Harvard Business Review.  It was entitled, “Self-Disrupt or Be Disrupted” by Korn Ferry, a global organizational consulting firm.  The gist of the article focused on how leaders in the future need to prepare today to address the competition and challenges they will face.  Or as Korn Ferry writes:

“Competitive advantage will come with leaders who can connect resources and people adeptly to build an innovation ecosystem.”  

They write that in order to do this, leaders and companies must start the process of disrupting leadership development now or find themselves behind the pack.  They briefly touch on 5 core qualities in this new leadership skillset.

Leaders need the ability to:

  1. Anticipate changes
  2. Drive themselves and the company to flex to answer the changes
  3. Accelerate toward the change vs waiting to see what everyone does
  4. Partner with those that are kindred spirits in the challenges of change
  5. Trust leaders and processes that will pave the path to sucess

To learn more about Korn Ferry and ideas such as these, visit them at

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The Best Leaders are Continually Learning

Leadership Challenge bookThe book, The Leadership Challenge, is coming up on my reading list.  Author James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner share the following in the first chapter of the workbook.

“The best leaders are continually learning.  They see all experiences as learning opportunities.  But there’s one condition.  Rich insights only come from reflections and analysis.  Unexamined experiences yield no lessons.  If you want to become a better leader, you need to study your own performance and become more conscious about the choices that you are making and how you are acting on your intentions.”

So how does the process of “reflections and analysis” happen?  Let me offer some suggestions as to how to put these thoughts into practice.

Conferences/Seminars:  After a conference/seminar has concluded, take time a few days later to review the notes you took.  Be sure to clarify notes that were written in haste so you understand your own impressions.  Look for action steps you can take based upon your notes.  Create an action journal where you can record the intentions you plan to act upon.  Set a goal, deadline, and follow through.

Books:  As you read, mark sections that “speak” to you.  Get in the habit of writing down notes in the margins.  When you have completed your reading, go back over your highlights.  In your action journal, record ideas that have come to mind that you can take action on.  As with the conferences/seminars, set goals, deadlines, and follow through.  Take this a step further and share with someone else what you have learned.

Forums:  First Fridays is a leadership networking forum where we hear from local leaders and are challenged through a wide variety of topics.  Take notes.  Review your notes.  Record something in your action journal that you can apply to your work life, personal life, and community life.  Keep the learning going from a forum by applying it.

I believe a key to taking action is to take action soon.  Don’t think “I’ll review my notes in a month or so”…it will never happen.

It is very important for leaders to learn, but without application, it was just time spent.  To turn that time spent into an investment, take action on what you have learned.

  • Record your learning and set action plans in an action journal.
  • Share your learning with a colleague.
  • Teach others what you have learned.
  • Seek out leadership blogs and participate in an online conversation.
  • Follow a leadership author on LinkedIn and find even more content to learn from.  Share appropriate content with others.

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First Fridays is Expanding Again!

Do you know what excites us?  This!

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First Fridays started in Fort Wayne, Indiana in November, 2017.  We helped launch First Fridays Cincinnati in 2018.  And on June 7, 2019, First Friday Indianapolis North will launch!

We are excited about helping leaders grow and network in 3 major cities now!  We are grateful for Indiana Wesleyan University National Global for hosting these events.  We are grateful for the dynamic speakers we have introduced our communities to.  We love our leaders who are committed to becoming better in order to help their communities become better and stronger.