Professional Lunch

Create a Personal Relationship With a Community Leader

The Power Lunch series takes place once a month for four months. 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.

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"As a former participant in the power lunch program, I highly recommend this to anyone interested! This format is great for the emerging leaders to learn from and build new relationships that they may not have a chance otherwise. These programs also seem to benefit community leaders and provide a chance to engage with a younger demographic and share helpful insights. We found that organic relationships formed well after the lunch series ended, and we continue to stay in touch today."

- Former Power Lunch Participant, 2015

2021 Lunch Schedule

Jim Wilcox
President & Owner of Wilcox & Associates


Lunches scheduled from 11:30am – 1:00pm

  • Monday July 5th                  
  • Monday August 2nd
  • Monday Sept 20th
  • Monday Oct 4th  

Clifford Clarke
President & Owner of C2 IT Advisors


Lunches scheduled from 12:00 – 1:30pm

  • Thursday June 17th
  • Thursday July 15th
  • Thursday August 19th
  • Thursday Sept. 16th

Amy Lehrman, CPA
Managing Director of Katz, Sapper & Miller


Lunches scheduled from 12:00 – 1:30pm

  • Thursday July 22nd
  • Thursday August 26th
  • Thursday Sept. 23rd
  • Thursday Oct. 28rd

Barry Schrock
Director of Leadership Programs of GFW, Inc.

Lunches scheduled from 12:00 – 1:30pm

  • Wednesday June 9th
  • Wednesday July 7th
  • Wednesday August 4th
  • Wednesday Sept. 8th 


2021 PARTICIPATING COMMUNITY LEADERS

Jim Wilcox
Partner, Wilcox & Associates
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Jim Wilcox is the President and Owner of Wilcox & Associates, a Sandler Training & Consulting company with offices in Fort Wayne and South Bend, IN.  As a serial entrepreneur and a clinically trained healthcare professional, Jim brings a unique perspective and passion towards business with over 20 years of experience in sales & sales leadership and successful business start-up experience. He has consulted in several start-up companies including one of his own which he successfully grew and sold during his 10-year clinical tenure.  It’s this perspective & passion that has propelled Jim and his team to success with clients and within the Sandler organization.


Clifford Clarke
President & Owner of C2 IT Advisors
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Clifford M. Clarke is the founder, owner, and president of C2 IT Advisors, a strategic information technology advisory firm. Prior to devoting his full-time to consultancy, Clifford was the Executive Director in the Office of Information Technology for Ivy Tech Community College – Northeast, Fort Wayne, IN, where he led a team of Information Technology professionals in the management of the thirteen-county region’s computing, networking, and telephony assets. Clifford also served as Chief Information Officer / Chief Technology Officer for the City of Fort Wayne, where he was responsible for the technology strategies and assisted the City in its efforts to use technology to improve services for the citizens.

Clifford has been married for over 32 years to Eve-Lynn, an Information Technology Auditor, who currently teaches Management Information Systems and Risk Management at the university level. The Clarkes have two adult children, Morgan and Clifford N. III; both college-educated and independently pursuing careers.



Amy Lehrman
Managing Director of Katz, Sapper & Miller 
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Amy Lehrman is managing director of Katz, Sapper & Miller’s Fort Wayne office. Amy leads the day-to-day efforts for the office and works closely with KSM leadership to help realize the firm’s vision: to be the leading accounting, tax, and consulting firm for closely held, family-owned businesses in northeast Indiana. Whether she’s mentoring staff, advising clients, developing new business, or giving back to her community – all at which she excels – Amy embodies KSM’s mission of inspiring great people to do great things.

With more than a decade of experience in public accounting, Amy serves as a trusted advisor to her clients, developing tailored tax planning solutions to help them minimize tax liability and increase efficiencies. Her experience includes federal entity-level and individual taxation, state and local tax, estate planning, property tax, and audit defense. Additionally, she has extensive experience with high net worth individuals and trusts. Amy serves clients in a variety of industries, including retail, transportation, construction, insurance, and real estate, with a particular focus in manufacturing and distribution.


Barry Schrock
Director of Leadership Programs of GFW, Inc.
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Barry joined Greater Fort Wayne Inc. in April 2019. In his role as director of leadership programs, he focuses on initiatives like Leadership Fort Wayne and the Leadership 2.0 program, among other duties.

Barry has worked in coaching, training, and leadership for more than 27 years. He was the co-owner and lead coach for Summit Coaching & Consulting Group, a company that specialized in leadership training and coaching for individuals, teams, school districts, nonprofits, and private-sector companies. He has also served as a basketball coach, educational leader, a featured keynote and conference speaker, workshop trainer, and a personal coach to numerous C-suite executives including CEOs, vice presidents, and managers.

An Allen County resident since 1999, Barry has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a Community Big and Lunch Buddy, as well as in the Real Men Read program. He also participates in Junior Achievement 100+ Entrepreneurs as a classroom speaker and program committee member. He serves as the chairman of the board of PeaceFire and board member of RespectTeam and Believe In A Dream. Barry also serves on the advisory boards for Bring It-Push It-Own It and Founders Spark.

Barry and his wife, Heather, an elementary ESL teacher, enjoy traveling, working out, and spending time with their two dogs, Bear and Belle. He earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio Northern University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Indiana University. He is a Gallup-certified strengths coach.