The Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) was established in 2004 with a goal of attracting, developing, and retaining young leaders within the region. Since that time, the Leadership Institute was developed, connecting young professionals with their peers and their community as they advance in their career skills. In 2017, the High School Leadership Institute was started to connect students with community leaders to learn about various topics as they grow and develop. We are pleased to announce, in 2020, we will bridge the gap with the inaugural Next Gen Leadership Institute. The program strives to connect students, from nine local universities, and young entrepreneurs together for a two-day program covering both personal and professional development topics.

Next Gen Leadership Institute - 2020 Class Schedule and Agenda

Meet and Greet

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020 | 6:00p-9:00p
Location: TBD

What to Expect: Meet program participants and committee members

Session 1

Date: Monday, February 17, 2020 | 9:00a-4:00p 
Location: NEIN Regional Partnership

What to Expect: 

  • Ice Breakers - Presented by Giang Petroviak of Purdue Fort Wayne
  • Budgeting for Students - Presented by Dr. Leeper of the University of Saint Francis 
  • Resume Round Tables (resume, cover letter, portfolio, LinkedIn, interview process, assessments) - Presented by Katie Boardman Park Center, Morgan Ferguson of Steel Dynamics, and Amy Hetrick of Fort Wayne Metals
  • DiSC Assessment - Presented by Tom Moellering of Talent Metrics

Session 2

Date: Monday, February 18, 2020 | 9:00a-4:00p 
Location: Fort Wayne Tin Caps Lincoln Event Center

What to Expect: 

  • GRIT - Presented by Ron Lewis of The Lew Flu
  • Networking Skills - Presented by Ron Lewis of The Lew Flu
  • Entrepreneurship Panel - Presented by John Richards of Creative Technology Solutions, Steve Franks of Believe in a Dream and Andie Hines-Lagemann of Fortitude Fund
  • Communication (workplace, multi-generational & confrontational) - Presented by Anthony Juliano of Asher Agency 
  • Graduation Ceremony  - Guest speaker, John Sampson of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership  

2021 Sponsors