Leadership Institute

2017 Leadership Institute 

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YLNI’s Leadership Institute connects young professionals with their peers and their community as they gain career skills. Through hands-on instruction, small group activities, personal reflection, and sharing, participants develop skills needed to help them advance in their careers and community. Topics range from personality recognition and communication effectiveness to board stewardship and business ethics.

Employers of emerging leaders should consider sponsoring their participation.


  • Become an active member of YLNI
  • Develop practical, real-world leadership skills
  • Learn from a diverse group of instructors who are leaders in their fields
  • Network with young professionals in a variety of fields and vocations
  • Join the YLNI Leadership Institute alumni, more than 100 emerging professionals


$375 (includes 1-year YLNI membership following graduation)


Who Should Apply?

  • Members and Nonmembers of YLNI
  • Emerging professionals
  • Potential leaders in corporate, nonprofit, education, and health care
  • Community volunteers

Six class sessions will be held from 9am-3:30pm at various meeting spaces in the Fort Wayne area. Schedule and specific class descriptions are listed below.

Leadership Institute Kick-Off

Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: Crazy Pinz Entertainment Center

Session 1
The Power Behind Leadership Effectiveness: Embracing the Four Dimensions of Behavior Called DiSC

Friday, January 27, 2017 | 9:00 am-3:30 pm
Location: Parkview Regional Medical Center
Instructor: Tom Moellering
DiSC, one of the oldest, most reliable, and most effective behavior-based assessment tools, provides a means for understanding human behavior through four dimensions: dominance, influencing, steadiness, and conscientiousness.

•   Understand your individual behavioral tendencies and how they affect others
•   Understand, respect, appreciate, and value individual differences and how they can create synergistic organizational teams
•   Enhance individual effectiveness by improving your relationships with others
•   Develop strategies for working together to increase productivity and effectiveness

Session 2
The Team Workout: An Interactive Approach to Team Development

Friday, February 10, 2017 | 9:00 am-3:30 pm
Location: Sweetwater Sound
Instructor: Kyle Courtaway
The Team Workout is a hands-on experience designed for teams seeking to improve effectiveness and performance. The Team Workout approach provides an engaging shared experience that significantly increases the pace and depth of learning with multiple opportunities to practice new skills through innovative activities and challenges. You also will assess team performance using a set of diagnostic, reflection, and discussion tools that can be used within the session and applied later in your work environment.

Session 3
Life, Work & Community: Finding the Right Balance

Friday, February 24, 2017 | 9:00 am-3:30 pm
Location: Lincoln Financial Group 
Instructor: Heather Schoegler (morning) & Dr. Diana Jackson (afternoon)
Wellness is an overall balance between many different aspects which make up our lives: physical, psychological, spiritual, and social. In the morning, you'll take part in an interactive session to gain awareness of what balance looks like for you. Group discussions will include developing a healthier lifestyle, enhancing the mind/body connection, coping with stress, and finding work/life balance. In the afternoon, you'll learn the value and unique aspects of every person's background, culture, and life perspective through a discussion on diversity in the workplace.

Session 4
Get on board!: Effective Board Service

Friday, March 10, 2017 | 9:00 am-3:30 pm
Location: Indiana Tech
Instructor: Kent Castleman
This session is focused on educating you on effective board stewardship and hopefully connect you with a board opportunity that you are passionate about. You will learn the 10 most important things about serving on nonprofit boards and important questions to ask before joining a board. Afterwards, several local and national nonprofit organizations will be available for a speed networking event with an opportunity to join their board or a committee as an intern. A networking social hour with drinks included will follow this session. 

Session 5
Interpersonal Communication and Ethics

Friday, March 24, 2017 | 9:00 am-3:30 pm
Location: 3Rivers Federal Credit Union, Northland Plaza 
Instructor: Anthony Juliano
The proliferation of communications technology, the rise of the 24/7 media culture, and the influence of marketing and advertising have made it difficult to craft messages that will be received, understood, and acted upon. This training session is designed to help participants identify behavior in the workplace and understand the impacts and provide actionable information and tools that will help ensure written and spoken messages will stand out and be noticed; in a positive way. Concrete examples, interactive discussion, skill-building, and group exercises will help engage you and create a dialogue about challenges and solutions to today’s toughest communications questions.

Session 6
Final Exam: Applying your Leadership Skills

Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 9:00 am-3:30 pm
Location: Erin's House
Instructor: Ron Lewis (morning), Amy Hesting & Sonya Snellenberger (afternoon)
The strongest leaders are self-aware and leverage their strengths for the betterment of all. This session is designed to identify your personal strengths and show you how to utilize them to make the biggest impact in your life, community, and workplace. You'll practice public speaking skills to become a more effective leader. Additionally, the Gallup StengthsFinder assessment will be utilized to identify your strengths and how to apply them to your team at work.


Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 5:30 pm
Location: Parkview Field (Suite Level Lounge)
Invite your coworkers, family and friends to celebrate your accomplishments at this dual purpose hot spot/graduation! Heavy hor d'oeuvres and cash bar will be available. This year's keynote speaker is Ben Miles, President of Parkview Regional Medical Center and Affiliates.

Questions or Inquiries? E-mail institute@ylni.org.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 YLNI Leadership Institute.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance decision on Friday, January 6. 

Class of 2016:

  • Bryan Kapocius
  • Shawn Sullivan
  • Brad Wanek
  • Kody Tinnel
  • Nathan Davidhizar
  • Lynne Smith
  • Olivia Fought
  • Justin Walker
  • Rachae Driscoll
  • Brian Strzelecki
  • Erica McMahon
  • Chase Lockwood
  • Sara Best
  • Megan Caruthers
  • Rebecca Kaufeld
  • Allen Howard
  • Melissa Shaw
  • Mohamed Kadous
  • Anne Hall
  • Jasmine Bejar
  • Kara Hackett
  • Ted Pappert
  • Sean Crabill
  • Michael Niezer
  • Kelly Gwiner
  • Kristin Wuensch
  • Katrina Scherer
  • Emily Stuck
  • Antonio Pishvai
  • Chelsea Beaman
  • Sarah Murphy
  • Mallory Kessler Corey Forster
  • Lauren Petrill
  • Dalton McGill

Email: info@ylni.org
P.O. Box 10774
Fort Wayne, IN  46853

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