Engage 2018: Fort Wayne

Engage 2018 will feature workshops and more than 10 speakers

Indiana Wesleyan University is hosting a spring summit to give members of the Fort Wayne community an opportunity to network with others and enhance their leadership skills.

“Engage 2018: Fort Wayne” will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 14 at the IWU Education Center, 8211 West Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. Registration and a meet and greet will take place between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., followed by several workshops that will run until noon. The event is free, and people can register at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fort-wayne-engage-2018-tickets-42904033118.

Engage 2018 will feature more than 10 speakers who will discuss topics such as interviewing, leadership, emotional intelligence, innovation, resume trends and management. Speakers will include Carson Castleman, vice president for regional education and innovation at IWU, who will speak about “The Value of Knowing Your Strengths”; Lydia Henschen, mental health counselor at Indiana Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, who will present “emotional intelligence and effective leadership”; and Jim Johnson, a certified speaker, trainer and coach with the John Maxwell Team and the vice president of membership services at 3Rivers Federal Credit Union, who will discuss “The Path to Promotion.”

“As a longtime member of the Fort Wayne community, Indiana Wesleyan University is excited about this opportunity to bring people together to share stories and lessons that will help promote leadership throughout northeastern Indiana,” said Matt Lucas, D.A., chancellor of IWU-National & Global. “As leaders in adult education, Indiana Wesleyan University is committed to developing leadership so that our students and others in the Fort Wayne area can go out and change the world.”

The seeds for Engage 2018 were planted when Lucas challenged IWU National & Global faculty and staff to think outside the box. Terri Emrick, an academic advisor in the department of student services at IWU’s education center in Fort Wayne, pitched an idea for this event directly to Lucas.

“Engage 2018: Fort Wayne is an extension of our responsibility to help our students and add value to their lives — a natural outgrowth of what we do for our students,” Emrick said. “This event is an opportunity for us to take advantage of all of the resources that IWU has to offer. Many Fort Wayne residents have seen our building, but have never stepped foot inside, so this is a chance to share with a broader audience the work that we do here.”

Emerick hopes the summit will become an annual event. “The community is excited about all of the opportunities this event will offer to them,” she said, “I hope that in the future, we will be able to draw more and more presenters and to continue to capitalize on the strong, forward-thinking business community in Fort Wayne.”

People with questions about the event may call the IWU education center in Fort Wayne at 260-918-1212.

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