A New Location Starting September 6!

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!

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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.

Lutheran south entrance

You can find this entrance by seeing it on the Lutheran Hospital campus map.  The south entrance is circled below.

Lutheran Hospital campus map

Once you are on the 1st floor, you’ll find the stairs to the lower level in the large lobby area:

Lutheran 1st floor

You can take the stairs to the adjacent elevators to the lower level (same level as the cafeteria).

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Kachmann entrance

          (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!

Get ready for Season 3!

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Lunch with a Leader – Alex Etchison

Jim and I (Jere) have been blessed with the success of First Fridays here in Fort Wayne where people from the area are continuing to reach out to us weekly to find out more about what we do and also to connect us with others who could possibly speak in the future.  Today’s lunch was such a meeting.

Alex EtchisonWe met Alex Etchison for lunch at Logan’s Steakhouse at Jefferson Pointe.  Alex, former high school standout football player at Homestead, wanted to see how First Friday’s connects in the community.  Jim introduced him to the “First Fridays Way” of how we vet and select our speakers, but I was more impressed with how Alex listened intently as my brother explained our process.

Alex represents his company in such a professional manner.  He was genuinely curious about us and First Fridays.  He asked great questions and was a keen listener.  He is an engaging conversationalist – a rarity these days.  He was confident and courteous.  He spoke with passion about his company and the good they are doing for so many!

As we enjoyed lunch and small talk about football, family, and future connections, Alex was genuinely interested in learning more about what we do with First Fridays.  We landed on a future opportunity where we could connect, but I left more impressed with Alex personally.  He is a young leader that will do great things throughout his work career and as a former coach; he possesses all the qualities to be an excellent football coach one day as well.

Leaders, like Alex, are what make Fort Wayne better.  You can connect with Alex on LinkedIn.

Submitted by Jere Johnson

Season 2 – Thank You, Leaders!

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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.