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For Immediate Release
July 16, 2012

IPFW Announces Second Annual Applied Leadership Series

Key Info

  • IPFW 2013 Applied Leadership Series. March 20–23
  • Three-day, intensive training for business managers
  • Top IPFW faculty and business leaders conduct sessions
  • Class size is limited

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The Division of Continuing Studies and Organizational Leadership and Supervision at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) are announcing plans to hold the second annual Applied Leadership Series March 20, 21, and 22, 2013. Building on the success of the inaugural event held in March 2012, the 2013 series promises to be an equally impactful experience for managers aspiring to lead in their organizations. This year’s series was attended by 24 rising leaders from businesses across northeast Indiana and beyond.

“The IPFW Applied Leadership Series is designed to help managers build upon their existing leadership abilities while learning about emerging issues in varied disciplines that have to be well understood to be successful in leading the way,” said Robert Abel, project coordinator for the series and a member of the IPFW Organizational Leadership and Supervision (OLS) faculty.

Participant feedback from the first series has been overwhelmingly positive:

“Wow! What a thought-provoking three days! Three full days of talented and insightful speakers and insights into leadership that I have really never thought about before … Back at work today, I find myself thinking more before I react to people and situations.” Linda Smith, Wayne Metals, LLC

“I have been to several leadership training courses, and I feel, for the time, this one was the best … It gave me a lot of great techniques to try out and tools to help solve and resolve issues … The three-day course overall was a great use of my time.” Andrew Trowbridge, BAE Systems

“All of the presenters had many thought-provoking points. I have a long list of things to do, books to read, and topics to think about. I think the concept that really resonated with me was Dave Floyd's comments about leadership and renewing energy. We are all leaders, innately, but in order to make sure we are doing the right thing all of the time and affecting people in a positive way, we need to practice leadership. We need to make a conscious effort in order to do this.” Melissa Twitchell, Fort Wayne Metals

The 2013 program will expand on topics designed to continuously advance a culture of high performance, including:

  • Reviewing the current economic climate
  • Practicing key communication techniques
  • Succession planning
  • Managing demographic shifts and workforce effectiveness
  • Understanding developing legal and ethical issues
  • Leveraging social capital
  • Establishing innovation and entrepreneurship

“The instructors are experts in their fields and will offer a forum where managers can learn new methods and techniques in each of these disciplines,” Abel said. “The challenging yet condensed curriculum will use case studies, lecture, and application exercises to teach these topics. The small classes and collaborative environment help participants form a tight-knit network of industry peers.”

Instructors for the series include a number of IPFW’s tenured and extended faculty as well as nationally and internationally recognized leaders from area businesses.

The series will be held in the Keith Busse Steel Dynamics IPFW Alumni Center, located across Paul Shaffer Drive from the Holiday Inn at IPFW and the Coliseum. Entry to the Alumni Center is via California Road.

More information on the series, including schedule, registration, and fees will be announced this fall.