Season 2 – Thank You, Leaders!

Season 2 Year in Review Speakers

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.

Scott Druhot, Baxter International

Wayne Robison, Robison & Associates

Matt Konkler, Blackpoint Strategies

Marlin Stutzman, former US Representative (3rd District), the Stutzman Group

Donovan Coley, The Rescue Mission

Barry Schrock, Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.

Heather Herron, Sweetwater

Eddy Shigley, Indiana Wesleyan University

Jim Wilcox, Wilcox & Associates/Sandler

Elizabeth MacDonald, The Verbal Edge

Leslee Hill, Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center, the NIIC

Dr. Angela LaSalle, Integrative Medicine/Parkview

 

 

 

Small Business Spotlight: Simply Homemade by Sherron

Simple Homemade business card frontI know that businesses and organizations in the Fort Wayne area are always on the lookout for a unique and excellent caterer. Let me introduce you to Simply Homemade by Sherron.

Last evening, I attended the 3rd Thursday quarterly networking meeting at the Fort Wayne Black Chamber of Commerce. A great presentation was given by Jerika Mace of the Bowen Center on how we can focus on better mental health.

Simply Homemade by Sherron catered this event, and the food, beverage, and presentation were all outstanding.

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For more information about upcoming events at the Fort Wayne Black Chamber of Commerce, please visit their website at: http://www.fortwayneblackchamber.org/

WOWO Radio Interview on May 21

img_6846Tomorrow morning, Jan Diaz and Jim Johnson will be interviewed by Darrin Wright, News Director at WOWO Radio.  We will be talking about First Fridays Fort Wayne and our upcoming Women’s Conference on June 7.

 

 

The interview will run sometime between 8:05 am – 8:15 am tomorrow morning, May 21.  Tune in to WOWO, 1190 AM or 107.5 FM, to listen to the interview.

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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.

 

Coffee with a Leader

brett gaugerI had the privilege to have coffee with Brett Gauger this morning.  Brett works at Asher Agency in downtown Fort Wayne.  Brett serves as a Digital Strategist there.

This meeting took place because Brett reached out to me via LinkedIn.  I found Brett to be a passionate and energetic leader.  He epitomizes the type of young leader our area needs – he grew up in our community, he attended college here, he landed a great job here, and now lives downtown.  He loves Fort Wayne and what he does.

Brett has been positively influenced by leaders in his past and present.  He genuinely appreciates how key leaders have helped him in his journey so far – from his high school tennis teacher to community leaders today.

Brett works with clients who are wanting to:

• Create digital marketing strategies based on their business, industry, and goals.
• Learn more about digital marketing to include written documentation, presentations, and webinars.  He can train on this!
• Implement, maintain, and report on social media and other digital marketing campaigns.
• Build meaningful relationships with a firm who will help them succeed.
• Analyze digital marketing metrics to provide a picture of ROI.

Brett is a young leader who is working to help our community become better.  And we are better because of him!  Connect with Brett!