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Sunday, December 17, 2017 1:00 am

Presenters lined up for leadership summit

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

Scott Druhot is promising “deep-dive discussions” at a leadership event he says you won't want to miss.

Mayor Tom Henry is a scheduled speaker. Marlin Stutzman is also on the list.

Mark Hagar, Jenee Johnson and Dr. Mark O'Shaughnessy are among others scheduled for the day-long Catalyst Leadership Experience on Jan. 9 at Grand Wayne Center.

The Catalyst event is Scott Druhot's first effort at such a leadership training, but he said through email it's “been in the works for some time.”

Druhot is CEO and principal at Catalyst 1440 LLC, which provides guidance on accelerating leadership and organizational goals while maximizing time. The “1440” is tied to the number of minutes in a day.

Druhot expects at least 200 people to attend the January event.

“One of the main goals is to provide an engaging and interactive leadership and networking environment where attendees can speak directly with presenters and execs,” Druhot said in an email response.

Most of the speakers are from the area.

Stutzman, the former congressman, is one of the keynote presenters, with a session titled “Leading Starts With Listening.”

Scott Lasater, CEO of Lasater Institute, is another keynoter, presenting “Leadership Insights I Learned From Jack Welch.”

Mayor Henry is scheduled with Druhot for the 30-minute welcome and general session to open the event.

Hagar is president of Prentice Products, a managing member of RAINindiana, an adviser and organizer for TEDx of Fort Wayne, which returns in March 2018.

Johnson is a manager with Junior Achievement, and O'Shaughnessy is a Parkview Hospital cardiologist.

The list of other speakers is just as diverse. Workshop topics include “Are You a Manager or Leader,” “The Theology of Mary Poppins” and “Mentoring Tomorrow's Leaders.”

Corporate sponsors for the event include Ambassador Enterprises, Huntington University, Apple Tree Financial Group and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

Registration for the event is $189 per person and includes training materials, a networking event, lunch and snacks throughout the day.

More information is available at or by going to

Trusted benefits

Employer-provided health insurance is the most important benefit among people employed, according to a November survey by the American Benefits Council.

Health insurance coverage was the first choice of benefits for over the next 10 years by 35 percent of survey respondents; it was the first, second or third choice by 60 percent. An employer-provided pension or retirement savings like a 401(k) was the first choice for 31 percent of respondents and was the first, second or third choice for 72 percent.

The responses were based on a national poll between Nov. 5-9. Public Opinion Strategies conducted a survey of 800 registered voters for the American Benefits Council, a national trade association for companies.

Some questions were asked of nearly 480 respondents who reported being employed part-time or full-time. The margin of error for the larger survey group of 800 is 3.46 percent; for the smaller group of working Americans, the margin of error was 4.48 percent.

For working Americans, employers are the most trusted – by 43 percent of respondents – for high-quality health care coverage. The individual health insurance market ranked next most trusted, by 28 percent, followed by the federal government, with 13 percent and state government with 8 percent.

When it comes to opportunities to save for retirement, 56 percent said the individual financial services market is the most trusted while 27 percent felt that way about employers. The federal government was selected most trusted by 9 percent and state government by 5 percent.

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