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:

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Did you know that this organization’s vision is:

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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.

Breakfast with a Leader – John Dortch

john dortchI had the privilege of having breakfast this morning with an outstanding leader in our community, John Dortch.  This appointment had been arranged by a mutual friend.

I went into this meeting knowing a little about John through his LinkedIn profile as well as what others had shared with me.  The man I met today made such a positive impact on me.  And from what I understand, John Dortch has built a career around doing just that with countless others.

John wears many hats in our community:

I learned quickly that John’s father played a critical role in helping him become the man and leader today.  John chronicled his early years in his book In My Father’s House – These Were the Rules.  I’m looking forward to reading this soon!

John has held key leadership positions such as VP Employee Relations at Parkview and now runs a successful consulting group.  From all of this experience, John has a passion for helping businesses, business owners, and the team they lead to become better and more productive.  He is committed to tell the positive stories of our community that will inspire others.

I appreciate leaders such as John Dortch in our community.  This is what makes our community great.  Thank you, John, for all you do!

 

Preparing for the Future

preparing for the futureThis morning, we will take one more step toward our 2019 Women’s Event as I will be meeting with another dynamic leader/speaker.  We will be announcing our  speaker line-up within the next month or so.  Jan Diaz is leading a team who will work hard to make this event meaningful and impacting.

We are so excited about the possibilities!  

Jere and I spoke yesterday, and we are starting to talk about Season 3 as well.  We have some new ideas in store.  We have been blessed to have such dynamic leaders in NE Indiana.  First Fridays is committed to adding value to our regional leaders!

One more thing, if you haven’t registered for our January 4 event, click on the image below.  Jere reported that we are at around 70 so far (registration closes at 150).

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