Allen County Leaders Luncheon: Inclusive Placemaking

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Name: Allen County Leaders Luncheon: Inclusive Placemaking
Date: February 8, 2023
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM EST
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:

NOTE: This event was rescheduled from January 25th. 

Allen County Leaders Luncheons are designed to inspire and educate with keynote speakers chosen for their relevance to you and your community. Join us for this luncheon featuring The Journal Gazette’s 2022 Citizen of the Year, Zach Benedict, who is passionate about redefining the power of inclusive placemaking within the Midwest. 

While genetics and access to healthcare impact our overall health and well-being, socio-economic factors may play a much larger role. Zach will share how the power of connection, social capital, and neighborhood organization can help our community consider how we continue to navigate the long-term effects of a pandemic and cultivate a sense of belonging across people of all ages and abilities.

Meet Our Keynote:

Zach Benedict                                                                                    
AIA, LEED AP, President, MKM Architecture + Design
Zach Benedict has dedicated his career to understanding the connection between people and places. As a principal at the firm, he manages numerous projects ranging from critical access hospitals to public libraries. In addition to his architectural work, Zach manages the firm's research initiatives and hosts Health is Membership, a video series by MKM exploring the connection between placemaking and well-being.
Zach oversees MKM's community health work. With an extensive background in urban sociology, he is considered one of the leading voices in the "Lifetime Community" movement, focusing on the socio-economic benefits of age-friendly neighborhoods. Through these efforts, he has lectured internationally on numerous topics, discussions that focus on encouraging communities to reevaluate the importance of inclusive civic space.  
In acknowledgment of his work, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recognized him with the “Young Architect Award.” Additionally, Ball State University's College of Architecture and Planning Alumni Society recognized him with the Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement. Zach is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Fort Wayne and the current Board Chair of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. He was awarded the 2022 Citizen of the Year Award by The Journal Gazette.

Event Details:

  • Doors will open at 11:30am for connection time and lunch prior to our program start at noon.
  • Lunch will be provided by Club Soda. Please note if you will need dietary accommodations in your registration. 
  • Deadline to register: Friday, February 3rd
  • NOTE: Payment is considered your reservation and is non-refundable.
Space is limited, so reserve your seat now!

Thank You to our Venue Sponsor:


Questions? Contact:
Meghan Short, Director of Investor Programs,    
Olivia Dickerson, Impact Coordinator,      
Event Sponsors:
  • Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company
Brotherhood Mutual Insurance
Event Center Auditorium
6400 Brotherhood Way, Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Free parking on site adjacent to building. 
Date/Time Information:
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
11:30am Registration & Connection Time
12:00-1:00pm Lunch & Program
Contact Information:
Meghan Short
$30.00/person GFW Inc. Investors only
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