Leadership Institute


YLNI’s Leadership Institute connects emerging leaders 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.

The application process is now closed. All applicants will be notified of their application results by December 22. 





  • 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 of 356 emerging leaders 


$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
Employers of emerging leaders should consider sponsoring their participation.


Six class sessions will be held at various meeting spaces in Fort Wayne. Schedule and specific class descriptions are listed below.

Leadership Institute Kick-Off!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | 5:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.
Location: Crazy Pinz Entertainment Center

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

Friday, January 26, 2018 | 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
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

Friday, February 9, 2018 | 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: 3Rivers Federal Credit Unit, Northland Plaza
Instructor: Anthony Juliano (morning) and Ron Lewis (afternoon)

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 3


Friday, February 23, 2018 | 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Ash Brokerage
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 4
gallup STRENGTHSfinder  

Friday, March 9, 2018 | 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Sweetwater Sound
Instructor: Amy Hesting and Sonya Snellenberger

The strongest leaders are self-aware and leverage their strengths for the betterment of team dynamics. 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. The Gallup StengthsFinder assessment will be utilized to identify your strengths and how to apply them to your team at work.

Session 5

Friday, March 23, 2018 | Get on Board 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. + Service Project 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: Manchester School of Pharmacy
Instructor: Kent Castleman and Elise Alabbas 

This session is focused on educating you on effective board stewardship and will 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. 

Session 6
work/life balance & workplace diversity

Friday, April 13, 2018 | 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Lincoln Financial Group
Instructor: Heather Schoegler (morning) and Dawn Rosemond (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.


Monday, April 16, 2018 | 5:30 p.m.
Location: Parkview Field (Suite Level Lounge)

Invite your coworkers, family and friends to celebrate your accomplishments at graduation! Heavy hor d'oeuvres and cash bar will be available.

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

2018 Leadership Institute Class  

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

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