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  • 18 Apr 2016 3:42 PM | Joel Crandall

    In 2015, only about 1 out of every 5 registered voters in Allen County participated in last fall's general election.  YLNI thinks we can do better.  

    Help us increase voter turnout this upcoming fall by joining YLNI's Rally The Vote Planning Committee on Wednesday, April 27 at 12:00 noon at Pint & Slice.  Together we will develop a strategy that will encourage Allen County voters to come together and show civic pride.  See you at Pint & Slice!

  • 18 Apr 2016 7:00 AM | Joel Crandall

    Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana urges Fort Wayne voters to vote "YES" to the Repair Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) Referendum Phase 2 because we believe this initiative directly aligns with the YLNI mission to attract, develop, and retain emerging leaders. We believe a strong, healthy school system that supports and empowers all young students is essential to the strength of a community. 

    Here are 4 reasons to consider voting for Repair FWCS Referendum Phase 2:
    1.  This initiative will get our public schools up to proper and safe standards. 
    2.  These improvements will provide better lighting, better air quality, and better energy efficiency – all things that will improve our kids' ability to concentrate and perform.
    3.  This initiative affects every school district in Fort Wayne, every age of student, and every demographic – suburban, urban, disadvantaged and privileged.
    4.  Despite the language on the ballot, this referendum WILL NOT increase your current taxes.  It will simply replace costs for previous school renovation and upgrades.
    Even though some voters' children attend private school and these initiatives are for public schools, it affects everyone. These are the neighborhood schools that educate the vast majority of our community’s children. It's important to every community that all of its students, whether they attend public or private school, have the tools and opportunities they need to receive a quality education.

    Learn more about the Fort Wayne Community Schools Repair Phase 2 plan here:

  • 06 Apr 2016 9:38 AM | Joel Crandall

    Riverfront Fort Wayne invites you to an informal presentation about the progress and protection of our rivers. Learn about the quality of each of Fort Wayne's three rivers, the realities of our shared waterways and what's being done to improve them. Ask questions, relax, enjoy a drink and join the conversation!

    Speakers include: 
    Dr. Robert Gillespie - IPFW Department of Biology
    Matt Jones - Allen County Partnership for Water Quality
    Dan Wire - TriState Watershed Alliance
    Frank Suarez - Fort Wayne City Utilities

    RSVP on Facebook here: 
  • 06 Apr 2016 9:00 AM | Joel Crandall

    Looking forward to the Living Fort Wayne Film Series this summer?  So are we!  But we need your help.  This year you will pick which movie will be shown each month by voting on these June to September film options:June


    The ballot will be open until April 30.  Movie winners will be announced the last week of May!

    Vote here: 

  • 04 Apr 2016 9:50 AM | Joel Crandall

    Do you have questions about what it takes to be an effective leader?  Are you interested in the chance to build a relationship with a community leader in Fort Wayne?  Then you need to check out YLNI's Power Lunch Series!  This series is an opportunity to sit down for a discussion with some of Fort Wayne's most respected leaders.  Over four lunch sessions, four groups of five YLNI members will experience the unique opportunity to meet with community leaders and listen to their experiences, wisdom, and advice.  

    This Year's Leaders Include:

    • Kenneth Jones (CEO - St. Joseph Hospital)
    • Wendell Bontrager (Region President - Old National Bank) 
    • Josette Rider (CEO - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana) 
    • John Urbahns (Executive Vice President of Economic Development  - Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.) 
    Group Sessions*:
    • Session 1: May 11, June 8, July 20, August 10 (All Wednesdays)
    • Session 2: May 10, June 14, July 19, August 23 (All Tuesdays)
    • Session 3: May 11, June 15, July 13, August 24 (All Wednesdays)
    • Session 4: May 18 (Wed), June 15 (Wed), July 6 (Wed), August 23 (Tues)

    The cost of $80 will include all lunches and gratuity.  Registration begins April 4th. Don’t miss out!

    Register Here:

    *Please note that we cannot guarantee you will be placed in the session you selected as your first choice, but we will do our best to accommodate everyone.

  • 01 Apr 2016 9:02 AM | Joel Crandall

    The Downtown Improvement District's Clean & Green is back! Join us for our next Volunteer Corps. initiative Saturday, April 16 as we welcome IPFW’s Big Event volunteers to join us for a great day of Downtown service from 10:00am - 2:00pm.

    The event will be held in the parking lot of the USF Performing Arts Center at the NE corner of Main St. and Fairfield Ave. Litter and debris collection will take place throughout the western region of the District.

    This is a family-friendly initiative with opportunities for participation at different levels. Stop by for a few hours or stay for the whole event. Lunch will be provided near the end of the event.

    Sign up here:
    To Learn More:

  • 28 Mar 2016 1:47 PM | Joel Crandall

    YLNI Financial Happy Hour brought to you by Mahara Wealth Partners - An opportunity for young professionals to enjoy free pizza, beer, and a relaxed discussion about money.

    Join us upstairs at 816 Pint & Slice for some pizza, beer, and an informative discussion about taking control of your money.  Local industry veteran and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, John Foxworthy, from Mahara Wealth Partners, will present "Taking Control of Your Finances - A Plan to Reduce Debt and Build Savings."  Not to be confused with the normal stuffy financial presentation, we are providing the pizza and the first round of drinks is on us!

    There is no cost to attend this event, but please register here so that we can get an accurate guest count.

    When:  Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 6:00-7:30pm
    Where: 816 Pint and Slice, 816 S Calhoun St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
    Cost: Free
  • 28 Mar 2016 1:37 PM | Joel Crandall

    YLNI's April Hot Spot will celebrate our Leadership Institute Class of 2016 in the Suite Level at Parkview Field!  Invite your coworkers, family and friends to celebrate the accomplishments on April 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at this dual purpose hot spot and graduation! 

    John Sampson from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership will be the keynote speaker and will discuss what leadership means to him and how young leaders can help impact change in Fort Wayne. 

    If you've recently moved to Northeast Indiana or looking to meet new people, Hot Spots are a great way to become acquainted with young professionals just like you. 

    Have a question about Hot Spots or looking to get involved?  Email us at
  • 28 Mar 2016 1:19 PM | Joel Crandall

    Are you a board member with three years or less?  Have you always wanted to join a board? 

    Attend a free dinner and networking event with other nonprofit professionals on Tuesday, April 12 at the ArtsLab Black Box Theatre!  Stay for the after-dinner presentation of an interactive mock board meeting.  Learn, laugh, and engage!

    When:  Tuesday, April 12 @ 5:30-8pm
    Where: Artslab Black Box Theater, 300 E Main St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
    What: Networking event and dinner catered by Shigs in Pit and Mad Anthony Brewing 
    Cost: Free (one free drink ticket/person)
    Register now:
  • 28 Mar 2016 10:12 AM | Joel Crandall

    Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana welcomes back the Power Lunch Series in 2016! 

    Over four lunch sessions, a group YLNI members will experience the unique opportunity to meet with community leaders and listen to their experiences, wisdom, and advice. By meeting with the same group for four sessions, each group will build relationships with these respected leaders in our community.

    • Session 1: May 11, June 8, July 20, August 10 (All Wednesdays)
    • Session 2: May 10, June 14, July 19, August 23 (All Tuesdays)
    • Session 3: May 11, June 15, July 13, August 24 (All Wednesdays)
    • Session 4: May 18 (Wed), June 15 (Wed), July 6 (Wed), August 23 (Tues)

    Registration is $80 and includes lunch and gratuities at all four locations. Limited to 20 participants. Spots will go quickly so don't hesitate! 

    Register Here:

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Fort Wayne, IN  46853

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