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.
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 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!
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!
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What an inspiring morning! I had the privilege of attending the Passport to Manhood event presented by the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne. Get to know this organization!
This organization influences hundreds of young people in our community. Below are some photo highlight from this morning:
Joe Jordan, CEO of the Club – what a great man!
Pat Hoffman of WANE TV did an excellent job in emceeing the event.
Larry Weigand shared from his heart. “You can’t buy sweat.” “The harder you work, the luckier you get.”
The new facility being built.
And the winner is…
Joe Jordan shared this quote.
On October 5, First Fridays will launch for the first time on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University, Cincinnati! We are beyond excited for this development.
We want to say “Thank You!” to our First Fridays Fort Wayne connectors who have helped make First Fridays successful. Your participation and connection with us makes each First Fridays meaningful. And thank you to all of our past and future presenters. You are making us all better!
Be watching for more news of expansion…
A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege to have lunch with Justin Clupper at one of my (and his) favorite places downtown. I had reached out to Justin to meet for lunch so I could get to know him better. What prompted this? One of the leaders on my team, Amanda Muldoon, had just graduated from Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.’s Leadership Fort Wayne. At their spring event at Sweetwater, I heard Justin speak which led me to reach out to him.
Justin’s story can be summarized this way: he seeks to improve whatever he is involved in. From his early days at a high school student in Columbia City where he helped lead that effort to make their on-campus radio station one of the best in the nation to his work at Taylor University’s on-campus radio station. There he helped lead the work to move from an over-the-air station to an online station. Justin’s passion was to make things better.
After graduation, Justin worked in various fields before landing at Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. Again, his “M.O.” was to step into a situation and create better processes which led to better results. And he continues that today in his role as Director of Signature Programs.
If you want to know where leadership is heading in the Fort Wayne area, Justin Clupper is one of your go-to people. Justin is more than just an insightful, intelligent man. He is passionate about “building community leaders and attracting great talent” in NE Indiana.
Justin is a great family man. It also turns out we attend the same church, Emmanuel Community Church (hey, it’s a big church!).
You’ll see Justin from time to time at First Fridays. You’ll find him on LinkedIn and on Twitter, too. Make a connection with Justin. You’ll quickly see how and why Justin adds value to NE Indiana.
by Jim Johnson
On September 7, First Fridays kicks off season 2! Have you secured your free spot yet? If not, visit this link: September 7 registration
On our main page on this website you’ll find our calendar of our confirmed presenters from September to May.
We are working on another women’s event for June, so stay tuned for that information. We are planning to expand what we did this past June.
Think about who you could invite and bring to the September 7 event. Someone who has not attended yet. Drop them an email. Call them. Set this up now!
If you are attending the Global Leadership Summit this Thursday and Friday at the Coliseum, look for us. Jere and Jan will be working the Indiana Wesleyan University table. I’ll be there with my leadership team (look for the First Fridays shirt).