2023 Leadership Fort Wayne Alumni Breakfast

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Name: 2023 Leadership Fort Wayne Alumni Breakfast
Date: November 16, 2023
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM EST
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:


Join us for an exclusive breakfast celebrating the impact of Leadership Fort Wayne alumni and the graduation of our 41st cohort!

This event is open to all LFW graduates & interested participants for future cohorts, program sponsors/DEI donors, and GFW Inc. Board of Directors & Staff. The morning will include a brief welcome from our team, keynote speaker, program updates, recognition of the 2023 class, and networking to reconnect with classmates or meet new leaders in our community.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot now!

Meet Our Regional Keynote Speaker:

Karrah Herring, J.D.
Indiana's Chief Equity, Inclusion, & Opportunity Officer

Karrah Herring is a native and resident of South Bend, IN and Indiana’s first-ever Chief Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity Officer for the state, appointed by Governor Eric Holcomb in November 2020. In this role, she works with the governor and his team to improve state government operations as well as remove hurdles in the government workplace and services the state provides. During the foundational phase of the office, Karrah engaged with over 300 stakeholders, built the infrastructure of the office, and helped roll out the State of Indiana's first ever Equity Data Portal. Her team's work focuses on growing statewide access and opportunity in education and economic development and enhancing employee experiences within Indiana state government’s executive branch.

Prior to joining Governor Holcomb's team, Karrah worked for the University of Notre Dame for nearly a decade and served as the Director of Public Affairs in the Office of Public Affairs and Communications. Prior to her role with Public Affairs, she served on the University of Notre Dame’s Office of Human Resources Senior Executive Leadership team as the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and University Title IX Coordinator. Karrah received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Public Relations from Purdue University (’05) and her Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law (’11).

Karrah has received a number of awards and recognition and serves on various boards and commissions. Most recently, Mayor James Mueller of the City of South Bend, IN, honored Karrah with the “Key to the City.” Karrah’s Alma Mater, Purdue University honored her as a 2022 College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumna. She was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s prestigious Forty leaders under 40 2022 list and IBJ's inaugural 250 most influential leaders 2022. In 2021, the South Bend Regional Chamber named her their 2021 Woman of Influence.

Please join us in welcoming Karrah to our stage to hear about her leadership journey and how you can leave a meaningful legacy within the community!

Event Details:

  • Catered breakfast will be provided. Please note if you will need dietary accommodations in your registration.
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, November 6
  • NOTE: Payment is considered your reservation and is non-refundable.

Thank you to our Event Sponsor:

Thank you to our 2023 LFW Program Sponsors:

3Rivers Federal Credit Union, Ash Brokerage, AWS Foundation, BFGoodrich Tire Manufacturing, Carr Workplaces, City of Fort Wayne, City of New Haven, CSX Transportation, Custer Inc., Don Ayres Honda, East Allen County Schools, Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, Fort Wayne City Utilities, Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne Fire Department, Fort Wayne Police Department, Greater Fort Wayne Inc., Hylant, Indiana Air National Guard / 122nd Fighter Wing, Indiana Michigan Power, Indiana Tech, Ivy Tech Community College, Lake City Bank, Lincoln Financial Group, Lutheran Downtown Hospital, Lutheran Health Network, Metropolitan Title, NIPSCO, Parkview Field, Parkview Health, Physicians Health Plan, Premier Bank, Purdue University Fort Wayne, STAR Financial Bank, Steel Dynamics, Inc., Summit Brands, Sweetwater, The Lodge at Camp Red Cedar, United Front Initiative, and Vera Bradley

Questions? Contact:
Meghan Short, Director of Investor Programs, mshort@greaterfortwayneinc.com    
Event Sponsors:
  • Indiana Tech
Indiana Tech
Snyder Academic Center, Multiflex Theater

1600 E Washington Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46803
Free parking available onsite adjacent to building.
Date/Time Information:
Thursday, November 16, 2023
8:00am Doors Open / Breakfast
8:30am GFW Inc. Welcome 
9:00am Keynote Speaker 
9:45am Class of 2023 Graduation
10:00am Closing Announcements & Connection Time
10:30am Conclude
Contact Information:
Meghan Short
$30.00 / person*
$600.00 / VIP table of 8 (reserved for graduating classmate organizations)
*Discounted $10 for 2023 grads with provided promo code.
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