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For Immediate Release
September 05, 2012

Lunches with Leaders Connects IPFW Students with Local Community

Key Info

  • Lunches with Leaders aimed at connecting students with community leaders
  • Lunchtime sessions encourage conversation and networking
  • Participants will receive a certificate of completion
  • All sessions take place from noon-1 p.m. in Walb Union 222–226

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) connects students with local community leaders through the Lunches with Leaders series. The sessions encourage conversation on various leadership topics and networking between students and prominent community members.

“Lunches with Leaders provides students an opportunity to learn from and network with prominent members of their community in an open, engaging, and interactive environment that allows for dialogue and connection—something that’s crucial for the next generation’s workforce,” said Krissy Creager, associate director of student life at IPFW.

Each Lunches with Leaders session is capped at 50 students and availability is on a first come, first served basis. Students who attend all seven sessions will receive a certificate of completion.

Dates for the 2012–13 IPFW academic year are as follows. All sessions take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Walb Student Union, Rooms 222–226.

September 12 – Envision

Presenter: Steve Franks, IPFW alumnus and chief marketing officer at Vertical Leap, former director of programs at Northeast Indiana Innovation Center

October 10 – Enlist

Presenter: Jeanette Dillon, IPFW alumna; formerly of the Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau and Northeast Indiana Public Radio

November 14 – Embody

Presenter: Mike Coil, IPFW alumnus and president/CEO of the Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Indiana

January 23 – Empower

Presenter: Dottie Davis, deputy chief, Fort Wayne Police Department and owner/president of Davis Corporate Training Inc.

February 20 – Evaluate

Presenter: Tabitha Durham, executive director, Renaissance Pointe Family YMCA

March 20 - Encourage

Presenter: Ken Christmon, associate vice chancellor for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at IPFW

April 24 - Experience

Presenter: Keith Edmonds, assistant principal of New Haven High School

For more information on Lunches with Leaders, contact Creager at 260-481-6883 or mailto;