The Journal Gazette
Sunday, January 17, 2021 1:00 am

Leadership workshops rebooted

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

Leadership 2.0 is changing its strategy.

Starting in February, the program will be offered as a monthly workshop series, but participants can attend a single session or all of them.

Leadership 2.0 is a program of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. designed to provide advanced training for current and aspiring leaders. The change allows those with the busiest schedules more flexibility.

The rebooted Leadership 2.0 will continue offering sessions to help participants more confidently lead, regardless of their position in an organization, a news release said. 

It will be “more customizable, more fast-paced, and more user-friendly,” said a statement last week from Barry Schrock, director of leadership programs at GFW Inc., a chamber organization.

“Participants can choose the training they need, get targeted instruction in as short as a 90-minute session, then take that knowledge right back to their teams and start making a real difference right away,” Schrock said. “That's how we help people, businesses and our community reach their full potential.”

Topics covered include Strengths-Based Leadership, How to Be a Super Connector / How to Make Impactful Connections, Public Speaking 101 – How to Deliver a Presentation and Steal the Show and Leading High-Performing Teams.

The first workshop, “How to Be a Super Connector,” is slated for Feb. 11, offering techniques for navigating networking events and building genuine business relationships. Additional workshops will be offered monthly through October.

Registration is required, but everyone is eligible. Workshop fees start at $75, and sessions last 90 minutes or three hours, depending on the subject matter. Participants will receive relevant materials such as leadership assessments, selected books and training manuals.

When Leadership 2.0 was announced in late summer 2019, plans for the first year included half-day meetings, twice per month for six months.

To be eligible, participants also were expected to have been a graduate of Leadership Fort Wayne or the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana Leadership Institute.

Schrock said last week that nine people completed the program in 2020.

“We intentionally kept the cohort small because it was a pilot program and we were trying things out,” he said through email.

For this year, workshop registrations will be accepted on a rolling basis at Interested applicants seeking more information may contact Schrock at or 260-203-5756.

Language matters

Just two weeks ago, in my first column of the year on Jan. 3, I addressed the uncertainties of life and leadership. I wrote, in part, that I hoped that 2021 would be “unremarkable when it comes to the kinds of chaos and crisis we saw in 2020.”

Well, that hope imploded on the afternoon of Jan. 6. And so here are a few more thoughts I had that day and later into the week, as I spent hours watching events and commentary from the insurrection that occurred in our nation's capital:

• Our words matter, even though every individual is accountable for their choices and actions.

• We must watch what we allow or co-sign, whether verbally or ... by our silence.

• Grace and integrity are still hallmarks. We should cleave to them and celebrate them.

And because journalists always have questions, here's one:

What kind of legacy will you leave?

On legacy

On Monday, amid continuing unrest, the nation will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. He had a way with words.

The Aug. 28, 1963, “I Have a Dream” speech the civil rights leader gave in Washington, D.C., may be most remembered, but King gave dozens of speeches and put many of his thoughts in writing.

One letter he was said to have written from a Birmingham jail said:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

To share a thought, a favorite quote or other wisdom about leadership, email Lisa Green at Lead On also appears online as a blog at

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