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Build The Fort

Our community is seeing unprecedented momentum, growth and excitement. People are returning to the region, setting roots and taking part in what makes Fort Wayne great. Although, momentum takes constant effort to maintain and build. Emerging leaders are taking actions to build off the successes we’ve had. It is through events like the YLNI’s My City Summit where new ideas are created, initiatives are formed and innovation takes off. We encourage you to take part in this significant community-wide event. Help us continue to build emerging leaders, build better connections, build more reasons to stay and build on the momentum we have today.

Join us on March 26, 2020 at the My City Summit as we continue to Build The Fort.

All attendees must register and have a ticket to attend - as space will be limited. Early bird pricing ends March 1st. 

GENERAL ADMISSION: $40.00 
EARLY BIRD PRICING: $30.00 (discount ends 3/1)
YLNI MEMBER ADMISSION: $20.00 (discount ends 3/1)
STUDENT ADMISSION: $20.00

Lunch Provided.

Click here to register.

Featured Keynote Speaker: Krish Dhanam

Krish Dhanam migrated to America from his native country, India, in 1986, with a business management degree and $9.00 in his pocket. As a proud card-carrying member of the sales force of America, Krish soon started his corporate climb. As one of only two executive coaches personally trained by Zig Ziglar, Krish has successfully delivered his message of hope, humor and balance on six continents and throughout the continental United States. Krish is the author of The American Dream from an Indian Heart, From Abstracts to Absolutes and contributing author to the book Top Performance written by Zig Ziglar.


Who Should Attend? 

This event is designed for a diverse age group and will have great speakers and content that will appeal to college students, young leaders, community leaders and business owners alike. 

College Students 

  • Come learn more about the community we call home and build more reasons to stay. 
  • Network with emerging leaders and community leaders building better connections
  • Learn how to communicate better with people of all ages by building your generational awareness.

Emerging Leaders (and YLNI Members)

  • Hear some great speakers and learn how you can build on your leadership skills.
  • Learn how you can build a better culture where you work today. 
  • Collaborate on ways we can make Fort Wayne a more attractive place to come and stay and how to 'Make It Your Own.'

Community Leaders & Business Owners

  • Build new ways to attract and retain high school and college graduates in our community.
  • Develop new ways to connect and communicate with younger generations to build your talent retention. 
  • Connect and share with younger generations to help build on the momentum we have today.

Featured Keynote Speaker: Matt Havens

"The most entertaining and memorable keynote speaker you'll ever see!" 

For the past decade, Matt has been at the forefront of leadership and generational issues, working in various leadership roles at a Fortune 50 company in areas as diverse as marketing, employee retention and management. Matt’s unique approach uses humor in an entertaining keynote to Help You Avoid Generational Warfare.

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Additional Speakers Include:

  • Mayor Tom Henry - City of Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Jim Wilcox - President/Owner of Wilcox & Associates | Sandler
  • Kate Virag -  Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Communications, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
  • Ryan Twiss - Vice President of Regional Initiatives, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
  • Plus more great leaders from within the community and YLNI 

Click here to download the full event flyer PDF.

Don't wait! There is limited space and this event will sell out. Register today! Click here to get started.

For questions about this event, or to learn more about My City Summit committee, please email the event co-chair, Patrick Florea direct at patrick@ylni.org

Special thanks to our sponsors:

  1. Parkview Health
  2. Strahm Building Solutions
  3. Barnes & Thornburg
  4. Lake City Bank
  5. Canterbury School
  6. Purdue Fort Wayne - Student Affairs
  7. Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne
  8. Pro Resources Staffing Services
  9. JH Specialty
  10. 3Rivers Federal Credit Union

We are actively seeking additional event sponsors. If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact fund@ylni.org to learn more. A PDF of our sponsorship packet can be downloaded here.