Greater Fort Wayne Inc. values the thoughts and contributions of all people and understand that inclusion is critical to sustainable economic development. It is through our diverse culture that we can attract the best employees, empower our customers, and help our communities achieve great things.”
For many of us, we have worked, lived, and connected in the Fort Wayne area for years and yet we know just a little about what our local chamber does day in and day out for our community.
Season 3 is kicking off with John Urbahns, CEO of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. If you want the full story of what GFW does to help our area grow and prosper, then join us on September 6 to hear directly from John.
For those of us who attended this year’s GFW Annual Meeting, we celebrated all the great things GFW has worked on and saw the goals of what is to come. As a leader in the greater Fort Wayne community, you need to become aware of the fabulous resources and advocates we have here in GFW.
Join First Fridays Fort Wayne on September 6 to get your “front row seat” to our future. It will be a valuable time investment.
Remember: First Fridays Fort Wayne has moved its location to the Kachmann Auditorium on the campus of Lutheran Hospital (for directions, click here).
First Fridays Fort Wayne is growing! We have appreciated Indiana Wesleyan University for allowing us to meet on their Fort Wayne campus for our first 2 Seasons. But we have consistently been at 89% – 90% capacity. We have been searching for a new, larger venue and we have found it. And it is off the same I-69 exit!
Starting on September 6, First Fridays Fort Wayne will begin meeting at the Kachmann Auditorium at Lutheran Hospital!
Lutheran has been very gracious and open to this idea. The Kachmann Auditorium will facilitate our growth for some time to come!
Many do not know about this great facility is at Lutheran. How do you get to the Kachmann Auditorium?
The best way to get to it is by entering Lutheran from the south side of their campus. There is a covered parking garage attached to Lutheran with a covered walk-way. Or you can enter the building from the circle drive (see below). This building is identified as “Medical Office Building Two”. There is an uncovered parking lot across the lane from this entrance that can be used as well.
You can find this entrance by seeing it on the Lutheran Hospital campus map. The south entrance is circled below.
Once you are on the 1st floor, you’ll find the stairs to the lower level in the large lobby area:
You can take the stairs to the adjacent elevators to the lower level (same level as the cafeteria).
(you will see this entrance at the bottom of the stairs from the 1st floor and just off the elevator lobby in the lower level)
We will have people and signs posted to help direct you to the Kachmann Auditorium.
This move will give you a parking garage conveniently connected to the south entrance. There is additional parking outside in front of the Lutheran Heart Center to the south of the south entrance.
We so appreciate Lutheran for opening this facility to us. It is a community gem! You will enjoy the theater-type seats that are equipped with a fold-over desk for convenience in note taking.
We will open registration in August on Eventbrite. We anticipate a large crowd, so register as soon as you see the announcement. John Urbahns, CEO of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. will be our kick-off presenter. You will not want to miss this exciting presentation!
Thank you, local leaders, for pouring yourselves into us in Season 2 here at First Fridays Fort Wayne. We are grateful for your investment in area leaders with the sole intent of helping us all become better. Fort Wayne and NE Indiana are the better for who you are and what you contribute in our communities.
Yesterday, Don Cates (CEO of 3Rivers) and I had the privilege to be lunch guests of Cheryl Taylor (President & CEO) and Dawn Martz (Director of Programs) of the Foellinger Foundation. What an interesting and enlightening conversation we had!
Cheryl introduced us to a program that the Foellinger Foundation has begun. If you serve as an employee of a nonprofit organization or serve as a board member of a nonprofit, you will want to check out their resources and leadership development offerings. To do that, click here: https://www.foellinger.org/blog/2019/6/3/lead-like-no-other
“At Foellinger Foundation, we believe successful nonprofits help our community grow and flourish. And when their leadership is strong, the organization and the community thrive.
According to Talent Philanthropy, foundations devoted less than 1% of their resources toward supporting the recruitment, retention, compensation or development of nonprofit talent between 1992 and 2011.
In 2018, the Foundation board of directors reauthorized this initiative for another four years with an additional $1 million commitment. In that year, Foellinger committed 7.15% of its resources to leadership initiatives.”
To learn more about the Foellinger Foundation and all of the great things they do in our community, visit them at: https://www.foellinger.org/
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.
Plan 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 crowdof 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!