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.



March 2 Topic

March 2 2018 promo

Brian DeCook is ready for us on March 2.  His topic next month will be “Team Smart Relationships:  Conflict & the Leader’s Role”.  You will not want to miss Brian’s presentation!

To reserve your FREE spot, click on the following link or on the promo above.  Our room is filling up!

March 2 First Fridays with Brian DeCook


First Fridays Networking Works


I love hearing the stories of how people who have attended a First Fridays have connected with others.  I know my own personal/professional life has been enriched since my brother, Jere, and I started this adventure.  Here are some things that I’m aware of that have happened in just a few months:

  • Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is now involved with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.
  • IWU became a significant sponsor of the Catalyst Leadership Experience in January.
  • I have personally sent referrals to a couple of business owners who I have met at First Fridays.
  • Individuals have reached out to business owners and are now actively engaging with them and their business.
  • I know team members from my company, 3Rivers, are actively making contacts and reaching out.

What other stories are there?  Please share in the comment section below.  Your comments will encourage others in their networking journey.

What’s Next for First Fridays?

We had a record attendance at last Friday’s forum!  Todd Baumann did an outstanding job. Here is what will be happening in the months to come.

On March 2, Brian DeCook will be our presenter.  Brian is the CEO of Peacefire.  He will be sharing how we can respond best to conflict.  You can register for this free event by following this link:  March 2 First Friday RSVP

confused and scared manAs we shared last Friday, our April event will not be on the first Friday because of Spring Break.  Instead, we will be having First Fridays on the 2nd Friday which is Friday the 13th of April.  Got it?

Our guest will be the new football coach of Indiana Wesleyan University, Jordan Langs (not pictured…).

May 4 will feature Don Cates, CEO of 3Rivers Federal Credit Union.  Don will be speaking on Financial Wellness.

Our last First Fridays forum before a summer break will be on Friday, June 1.  This will be a women-only event.  Our location for this event will be moving to Sweetwater on US 30.  Brenda Gerber Vincent, Chief Development Officer at Lifeline Youth & Family Services, will be our presenter.  Registration will be opening soon for this event.

Lunch with a Leader: Ross McCampbell

A few weeks ago, Jere and I had lunch with Ross. Here is Jere’s write up on that lunch with a leader.

WBCL has been providing positive Christian programming since 1976.  The Leadership team has changed over the year, but their current Executive Director, Ross McCampbell is poised to share WBCL to an audience around the world.

Ross grew up in Southeast Ohio and soon became a Buckeye at Ohio State.  It wasn’t long before he was involved in a radio station in the area.  His radio journey has taken him to many places and he has learned from some great personalities, but when he came to WBCL for his interview he knew Fort Wayne would be his home for some time.

Ross is a servant leader and has blessed the Fort Wayne area with his ministry on-air and in person for over 25 years.  We are grateful for what his leadership and WBCL provides to their listening audience.  Jolly spirit, spiritual focus, servant leader…that is Ross McCampbell.

You can connect with WBCL at www.wbcl.org

January 5 – What Happens at First Fridays?

Inspiring. Motivating. Informing. Networking. Adding value.

This is First Fridays. RSVP to reserve your free spot here: January 5 RSVP

You won’t want to miss meeting and hearing Karl LaPan!