Women's Network Conference - "Better Together: The Catalyst for Positive Change in Our Communities"

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Name: Women's Network Conference - "Better Together: The Catalyst for Positive Change in Our Communities"
Date: October 21, 2021
Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM EDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:

As female leaders, we have passion and power but collectively we can have impact. It's no secret that women who support women are more successful in business, so we are intentionally pulling together the many groups in Fort Wayne / Allen County to amplify our efforts and have more fun along the way! Join the GFW Inc. Women's Network for "Better Together: The Catalyst for Positive Change in Our Communities", a half-day conference that will focus on:
  • Empowering women to celebrate unity within parties.
  • Valuing collaboration over competition to strategically problem solve.
  • Raising your voice when it matters most.
  • Equipping you to become more courageous, creative, and informed citizens who take ownership to make a difference in your communities.
Our opening keynote presentation will feature Sylvie Légère, Co-Founder and Board Chair of The Policy Circle and Ricketts Family owner of the Chicago Cubs. Sylvie will give us the opportunity to participate in a Policy Circle roundtable discussion on community issues facing business owners and residents of Greater Fort Wayne. Take a moment before our event to review our selected brief titled "Stitching the Fabric of Neighborhoods"  to spark ideas for action and engagement. Members of the Fort Wayne and Indiana Policy Circles will share their experience and resources as facilitators during the discussion. The event will conclude with an interactive plenary session with Councilwoman Sharon Tucker and final keynote session with Councilwoman Michelle Chambers on how we can drive positive change in Allen County and the surrounding communities.

Event Details:
  • Free parking is available onsite in university garage #2. 
  • Refreshments will be provided by various local bakeries and coffee shops. 
  • While the GFW Inc. team is excited to be hosting this event in-person, your health is our number one priority. We will adhere to all COVID-19 event guidelines including those set by the venue. Purdue University Fort Wayne currently requires all individuals to wear masks while indoors on campus.
  • Photo booth, table, and door prize sponsorships available. If interested, contact Meghan Short at mshort@greaterfortwayneinc.com.
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, October 15, 2021

Thank You to our Women's Network Program Sponsor:

Thank You to our Event Sponsors:



Thank You to our Photobooth & Coffee Lounge Sponsor:

Meet Our Speakers: 
  • Sylvie Légère is the Co-Founder and Board Chair of The Policy Circle and internationally recognized as a social entrepreneur committed to civic engagement. She is laser-focused on developing innovative solutions that unite people for the common good and advance the next generation of change makers.  Through her informative, engaging conversations with industry experts and her thought-provoking insight, she goes beyond headlines to bring you fact-based information, helping you solve society's greatest challenges. Learn more about Sylvie here.
  • Councilwoman Sharon Tucker has been serving the insurance community for more than 25 years. Sharon's civic engagement is extensive and she continues to make her mark in local politics as the 6th District Councilwoman, the first African American woman to hold this seat. In 2012, Sharon formed the Women in Politics Forum, an annual forum focused on empowering, engaging, and educating women on the importance of being involved in the political process. She also recently unveiled Project Activate SouthEast (P.A.S.E.), an innovative new program designed to engage and empower entrepreneurs to locate their service-based businesses in the Southeast quadrant of the city. Learn more about Sharon here.
  • Councilwoman Michelle Chambers is a native of Fort Wayne and President/Owner of Signing Closers LLC. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Vincennes University where she teaches Business and Political Science, as well as Entrepreneur Business Startup classes for the City of Fort Wayne's Build Program. Michelle's public service career spans over two decades, overseeing human services and workforce development programming and economic redevelopment projects. She also created Fort Wayne political history when appointed to office as 1 of the 2 first African-American women elected to City Council and the first African-American woman to hold an At-Large Council seat. Learn more about Michelle here.

*October Membership Promotion:
  • For this event only, we are offering a special for those that bring a friend or guest! Non-members that register for the $60 conference ticket will be able to apply $25 of the payment towards a 2021 Women's Network membership if they apply online between now and October 21st, or the day of the event. If you have any questions about this promotion, please contact Meghan Short, GFW Inc. Program Coordinator, at mshort@greaterfortwayneinc.com.

Women Empowering Women Promotion:
  • Want to continue learning and take immediate action in our community? End your morning with a spoonful of sugar at the YWCA Northeast Indiana's Mary Poppins-themed 25th Annual Circle Event from 11:30am-1pm at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum nearby. This fundraiser supports the YWCA?s services and safe homes for victims and survivors of domestic violence. "Better Together" Women's Network Conference attendees are eligible for a discounted ticket of $75 (originally $100) for this luncheon. Your discount code will be emailed upon registration for this event. If you have any questions about this promotion, please contact Amy Hanna, Women's Network Chair, at wnacofgreaterfortwayneinc@gmail.com.
Event Sponsors:
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Indiana Michigan Power
  • Women's Fund of Greater Fort Wayne
  • From This Day Forward: A Wedding and Events Ministry
  • Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Custer, Inc.
  • Business People / BP Promos
  • Bona Vita Architecture
Purdue University Fort Wayne
International Ballroom in Walb Union
2101 E Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Parking available nearby in university garage #2.
Date/Time Information:
Thursday, October 21, 2021
8:00-8:30am Doors Open / Connection Time 
8:30am Welcome from GFW Inc. / Women's Network / Sponsors
8:45am-10:00am Keynote Presentation by Sylvie Légère & Roundtable Discussion
10:00am Break / Connection Time
10:15am Keynote Presentation by Sharon Tucker & Michelle Chambers
11:15am Closing Announcements, Door Prizes, and Dance Party

11:30am Adjourn
Contact Information:
Meghan Short, Program Coordinator

$35.00 Current GFW Inc. Women's Network Members
$45.00 Sponsor Organization Members**
$60.00 Future Women's Network Members* & Guests

*See October Membership Promotion in event description.
**Valid only with the Empower Women sponsorship investment and discount code.

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