Nonprofit Leadership Resources- Investing in Excellence

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.

That’s why we created the Helene Foellinger Leadership Development Initiative; we’re committed to helping support, strengthen and inspire local leaders with strategic programs and experiential learning opportunities.

The Helene Foellinger Leadership Development Initiative consists of the Foellinger Leadership Lab and the Barbara Burt Innovative Leader Fund.

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/

Foellinger Foundation

May 3 First Fridays Speaker Announced!

We are excited to announce our May 3 First Fridays Fort Wayne Speaker – Jim Wilcox!

May 3 2019 Jim Wilcox promo flyer

Sandler Training

 

Jim Wilcox is the President and Owner of Wilcox & Associates, a Sandler Training & Consulting Company.  A clinically trained Trauma Nurse from IWU (Indiana Wesleyan University), Jim has consulted in several start-up companies including one of his own which he successfully grew and sold during his 10 year ER Tenure.

Jim brings a unique perspective and passion towards business with over 20 years of experience in sales & sales leadership and successful business start-up experience. It’s this perspective & passion that has propelled Jim and his team into being one of the top 250 Sandler Franchises in the world.

Jim will certainly add value to our local leaders on May 3.  Be sure to invite a colleague to attend with you!

This event will be on Eventbrite.com soon.  Remember, the event is free, but we do require registration as seating is limited.

 

Latte with a Leader – Barbara Dyrcz

Full disclosure…I am not a fan of Starbucks.

barbaradyrczHowever, I am a new fan of Barbara Dyrcz.  We met there over a latte and hot chocolate to discuss First Fridays, the future, and faith.  Barbara’s background is paving the way for new roads in her life.  After graduating from Trine University, she served as an intern at Ambassador Enterprises, which lead to a full-time position.  She quickly took over their internship program that fueled her fire to start her own company.

Barbara wants to help start the story for college students by connecting them to companies who desire to start an internship program.  If you are a part of a company that does not have such a program, but would be interested in the future, please connect with Barbara Dyrcz about these opportunities.

Fort Wayne continues to be blessed with amazing young leaders, and Barbara will be making a difference in our community very soon.  How do we meet all these incredible leaders?  First Fridays, of course.

Come out on the First Friday of every month and meet seasoned executives and young adventurous learners that can add value to your leadership journey.  Thank you, Barbara, for connecting through First Fridays and we will be following your future closely.

 

Submitted by Jere Johnson

First Fridays Night at the Fort Wayne Mad Ants

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Tomorrow morning, Allie Lane of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants will be able to take your ticket order for First Fridays Night which is on Friday, March 8.  Ticket prices will be as follows:

  • $20 Family Night Offer includes a voucher for free hot dog, chips, small soft drink, Mad Ants scarf and lower level ticket
  • $15 for lower level ticket only
  • $10 for upper level ticket only

Yes, you can buy tickets for friends and family – in fact, we encourage this!  If you have not attended a Mad Ants game, you’ve been missing out on a great event.  Tim BawmannBuck Rogers, and Allie Lane do an outstanding job of promoting the Mad Ants and providing a great night of sports entertainment.

We would love to have you join us.  Bring your credit card, debit card, checkbook (do you still use one?) or cash tomorrow morning and Allie will be prepared to take your order!

 

Lunch with a Leader – Amy Hanna

Did you know that there’s is an organization right here in NE Indiana that intentionally, positively impacts the lives of students, parents, and leaders by fulfilling their mission of:

respect team mission

Did you know that this organization’s vision is:

respect team vision

This is Respect Team.  I had the honor of having lunch with its leader, Amy Hanna.  Amy leads a group of speakers who address very tough issues at local schools giving students and parents alike hope and purpose.  Simply put, people become better because of the influence and work of the Respect Team.

Here is a short clip of Amy as she tells her story:

If you want to learn more about the Respect Team, click on the link above.  You’ll find more speaker videos and ways you and your organization can get involved in their vital work.

Thank you, Amy, for how you influence others to become better in NE Indiana.

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