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Sunday, April 01, 2018 1:00 am

Indiana Wesleyan plans leadership summit

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

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Leaders and aspiring leaders can gain insight in those areas through a free leadership summit Indiana Wesleyan University is hosting this month in Fort Wayne.

The spring summit will feature more than 10 speakers, including a trainer and coach with the John Maxwell Team.

“Engage 2018: Fort Wayne” is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon April 14 at the IWU Education Center, 8211 W. Jefferson Blvd., the university said in a news release Thursday.

“As a longtime member of the Fort Wayne community, Indiana Wesleyan University is excited about this opportunity to bring people together to share stories and lessons that will help promote leadership throughout northeastern Indiana,” Matt Lucas, chancellor of IWU-National & Global, said in a statement. “As leaders in adult education, Indiana Wesleyan University is committed to developing leadership so that our students and others in the Fort Wayne area can go out and change the world.”

The seeds for Engage 2018 were planted when Lucas challenged IWU National & Global faculty and staff to think outside the box, the news release said. Terri Emrick, an academic adviser with the education center in Fort Wayne, pitched the idea for the leadership summit.

Speakers will include Carson Castleman, vice president for regional education and innovation at Indiana Wesleyan, who will speak about “The Value of Knowing Your Strengths,” and Lydia Henschen, mental health counselor at Indiana Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, who will present “emotional intelligence and effective leadership.” Also scheduled is Jim Johnson, a certified speaker, trainer and coach with the Maxwell Team. Johnson is vice president of membership services at 3Rivers Federal Credit Union and will discuss “The Path to Promotion.”

Donna Meiser, coordinator for alumni relations at Indiana Wesleyan National & Global, said the university looks forward to the sharing and input from the community.

“We want to increase our understanding of what they are looking for in future job candidates because that helps us develop and tweak programs that benefit them and our adult students,” she said.

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