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).

January 4 2019 Donovan Coley flyer

January 4, 2019 Registration Now Open

Kick off the new year with a dynamic leader who is involved in the business of changing lives.  Donovan Coley, the CEO of The Rescue Mission, is our featured speaker.  You can register for this free event by clicking on the image below.

January 4 2019 Donovan Coley flyer

December 7 Event in Photos

Today was another great event at First Fridays Fort Wayne. We were honored to have Marlin Stutzman with us as he shared lessons in leadership that he’s gained over the years as a farmer, entrepreneur, business owner, statesman, and business executive.

Here are a few photos from today’s event. The video from today will be posted soon. In case you missed coming today, you can always find us on our YouTube channel at First Fridays Fort Wayne.

Marlin Stutzman was outstanding!

Another great gathering on a very cold morning.

I can personally attest that Marlin practices what he preaches.

The Trine University board member received some Indiana Wesleyan University gifts.

Breakfast with a Leader

I had the privilege of meeting and having breakfast with Bryan Weisman of Merrill Lynch this morning.  How did this meeting happen?  Bryan reached out to me via LinkedIn – and I’m glad he did!

bryan weismanBryan is a certified financial planner who has grown up here in Fort Wayne. A Bishop Dwenger grad, he was a football player who played along side of Tyler Eifert and John Goodman (go Irish!).  Bryan is passionate about his business and has a heart to serve his colleagues and clients alike.  He is always seeking ways to get his story out there about how he can help clients prepare for a great future.  If you are needing to dust off your retirement plans or have questions about investments and the like, reach out to Bryan.  Click on his name or his business’s name above to connect.

We talked a lot about sports, family, and business.  I was able to introduce him to First Fridays.  He is planning to attend tomorrow to meet the incredible group of folks I described to him.  He will be a great “fit”.  Bryan is a positive, upbeat, and engaged leader.  If you meet him, welcome him!

In Between First Fridays

So many of you have been sharing about how you’ve grown through First Fridays.  You’ve shared about the value you receive and the great people you are meeting.  Jere and I love hearing that – that is our goal for leaders here in NE Indiana.

But what happens in between First Fridays?  How can you continue the experience beyond the 1 hour meeting?

  • Read.  Many of our presenters mention a book.  Go out and pick that book up (i.e. Amazon, library, etc.) and read it.  Read, reflect, and learn.
  • Connect.  I see many of you meeting new people at First Fridays. I see you exchanging business cards.  Take it a step further.  Reach out to one of those new people you’ve met and invite them to coffee or lunch.  In advance, prepare some good questions you can ask them with the intent of making a more meaningful connection.
  • Invite.  Why not invite someone to the next First Fridays?  I’ve heard from some of you that you are actively doing that.  I just spoke with my realtor yesterday and invited her. Spread the word about how leaders are growing at First Fridays.

I want to encourage you to not allow First Fridays to merely become an event.  Put into practice what you are learning.  Tell someone else about how you are growing as a leader.  Go to our YouTube channel (First Fridays Fort Wayne) and re-watch/listen to a presentation.  Share that presentation with someone.

As always, we appreciate your support and participation.  We are passionate about leadership.  You are making First Fridays a success story.  Thank you!

Dec 7 2018 Marlin Stutzman flyer

(Click on the image above to register for the December forum.)

 

November 2 First Fridays Review

If you missed yesterday’s First Fridays, here is a quick snapshot of what happened. I’ll be uploading a video soon so you can hear Matt Konkler’s presentation.

We had a great crowd again! Thank you, veterans, for your service. We are always thankful for you!

Matt Konkler shared insights on leadership from his experiences serving in Washington, D.C. with Secretaries of Defense Rumsfeld and Gates. Great stories. Valuable lessons.

Here are the leadership traits Matt saw on display in some of the top leaders in our nation.

Matt shared these characteristics that we. An all aspire to.