create a personal relationship with a community leader
The Power Lunch series takes place once a month from May through August. Four groups of five YLNI members have the unique opportunity to meet with one community leader for lunch. This personal interaction provides community leaders with an opportunity to candidly share experiences, while YLNI members are able to ask questions. By meeting with the same group for four months, each group has an opportunity to build lasting relationships with the leaders in the community.
The 2018 Power Lunch program has been filled! Look for new community leaders and a chance to connect with them in 2019!
2018 Participating Community Leaders
Dan Copeland - Publisher, Business People Magazine
Dan was born in 1955 in Jackson, MI. He graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1984. In 1987, Dan moved to Fort Wayne to start Business People magazine. For the past 30+ years, Dan has led the company. His business has grown to include numerous publications, advertising sales in the terminal building at Fort Wayne International Airport, and promotional products of all kinds including apparel.
Chris Hootman – CPA, Managing Director, Baden Gage and Schroeder LLC
Chris has over 30 years of professional experience, with 25 years of experience with Baden Gage & Schroeder, LLC. Her practice focuses on providing audit, consulting, and litigation support services for manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors with revenues of $10M to $150M, and for financial institutions. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Indiana CPA Society and the Ohio CPA Society. She’s a member of the Indiana Manufacturing Association and the Fort Wayne Sports Corporation. She was the Indiana CPA Society Chair Award Recipient in 2010. Chris is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of The Defiance College.
Jessica Henry – Executive Director, Allen County SPCA
Jessica has been the Executive Director of the Allen County SPCA for more than five years. In that time, she has helped garner attention from national animal welfare organizations for the innovative ways that Fort Wayne has increased pet adoption and reduced animal euthanasia by implementing progressive programs to save more lives and increase awareness. Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Public Relations from St. Joseph’s College. She serves on the board of directors of Artlink and is interested in “all things Fort Wayne.” She’s happy to be owned by three dogs and the occasional foster pet.
Joe Jordan – President and CEO, Boys and Girls Club of Fort Wayne
Joe Jordan is a lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, with more than over 25 years of experience at the executive management level, with a primary focus in youth and family development. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Indiana Institute of Technology and a Masters of Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is a Boys and Girl Clubs of America Advanced Executive Leadership Graduate, and a Graduate of Leadership Fort Wayne. In 2017, he was named the State of Indiana Professional of the Year by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and was the recipient of both the prestigious Herman Prescott and Horizon Awards for the Midwest region of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.