Blog & Events
My City Summit - Postponed to 2021
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. Join us as we continue to BUILD The Fort!
YLNI Chair Spotlight - Kristin Conley
We are spotlighting another YLNI - meet Kristin Conley, co-chair of the YLNI Leadership Institute. YLNI’s Leadership Institute connects young professionals with their peers and their community as they advance in their career skills. Through hands-on instruction, small group activities, personal reflection, and sharing, participants develop skills needed to help them grow in their careers and community.
YLNI Chair Spotlight - Rachel Batdorff
We are spotlighting another YLNI committee leader. Meet Rachel Batdorff, co-chair of the YLNI Hot Spot committee. If you've been to one of our Hot Spots, you may have had a chance to meet Rachel at these events. Look for her at our next virtual or in-person Hot Spot in the coming year!
YLNI Chair Spotlight - Aaron Robles
People are beginning to recognize entrepreneurship as a potential career path for many emerging leaders. This summer, YLNI partnered with Aaron Robles and his team at Founders Spark to launch the Ignite Institute for 16- to 21-year-olds.
YLNI Chair Spotlight - Courtney Sullivan
Social events are an important part of YLNI's programming aimed at emerging area leaders. Our organization is made up of a dedicated team of emerging leaders and volunteers. Meet Courtney Sullivan, who is currently serving as chair of the Social Events Committee.
YLNI Chair Spotlight - Lindsey Dutrieux
Have you ever wanted to become a member of YLNI? Our organization is made up of a dedicated team of emerging leaders and volunteers. Meet Lindsey Dutrieux, who is currently serving as chair of the Membership Committee.
YLNI Farmers Market Awarded Readers’ Choice Award
For the second year running, YLNI Farmers Market has been voted the 2020 Readers’ Choice Best Farmers Market by Fort Wayne Newspapers.
YLNI continues to support Electric Works
The Board of Directors of Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana has issued a statement of continued support for the Electric Works project.
2020 General Membership Event
Join us as we celebrate our community pride, our growing programming, and our talented network of young professionals!
YLNI names board of directors for 2020-21 year
Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) has named 16 emerging leaders to its board of directors for the 2020-21 year, which began on July 1.
Statement to the Region on Anti-Racism Efforts
YLNI has been committed to diversity and inclusion through its programming and advocacy, including leading the development of a community inclusivity pledge signed in 2018. Our organization recognizes systemic racism exists and plans to support public policy addressing these issues within our community. (Read more)
Hot Spot Hangout at Home - May
Join us for our second virtual Hot Spot on April 28th, 2020, starting at 5:30pm. Let’s get together via Zoom to create connections and network while under quarantine. For part of the Hot Spot we will have breakout sections to enable you to get to know one another and grow your professional network.
YLNI and Founders Spark Launch Entrepreneurial Institute for Local Young Leaders
The Ignite Institute is a two-year summer program where we immerse students in the world of entrepreneurship and the possibilities available to them to impact the world. Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI), program host, has partnered up with Founders Spark to put together this program. This was made possible by a grant from the Foellinger Foundation.
YLNI Farmers Market modifications
The YLNI Farmers Market, though considered an essential entity, delayed its opening by two weeks to May 16 due to the climate of COVID-19 cases in Allen County and Fort Wayne. The market organizing team from Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) has announced modifications to the market in accordance with COVID-19 Phase 2 Guidelines from Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb.
Hot Spot Hangout at Home
Join us for our first virtual Hot Spot on April 30th, 2020, starting at 5:30pm. Let’s get together via Zoom to create connections and network while under quarantine. For part of the Hot Spot we will have breakout sections to enable you to get to know one another and grow your professional network.
YLNI launches new #FortWayneTogether and #NEITogether hashtags to help share local stories in response to COVID-19
Member Spotlight - Brad Springer
Meet Brad Springer, co-chair of the YLNI Farmers Market committee.