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Leadership. Engagement. Action. Diversity.

With your safety in mind, and as we continue to follow and learn more about the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has decided to take additional steps to protect our community partners and accommodate social distancing.  For this reason, the 2020 L.E.A.D. Summit, scheduled for Friday, April 17th has been cancelled.

 If you have a registration for the conference, it will automatically be cancelled. Please contact Erin Johnson (EEJohnson@indianatech.edu) for assistance with refunds.  

 Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this journey together.

About

The L.E.A.D. (Leadership. Engagement. Action. Diversity.) Summit is an opportunity for emerging and established leaders in the Allen County area to participate in professional development workshops centered around the concept of knowledge sharing. The theme of this year’s L.E.A.D. Summit is: The Power of Intentionality in Leadership.

When one practices intentionality in leadership, he or she maintains focus on a goal or initiative that is connected to a higher purpose and meaning for the enterprise. People who work for an intentional leader view that person as deliberate in their actions and decision-making. There is clarity in this leader’s planning. Everyone knows what they are doing and why.

Attendees will have an opportunity to gather in an intimate setting and cultivate deeper partnerships with each other while developing and enhancing skill sets that enrich and advance their impact on organizational culture.

Format

The L.E.A.D. Summit is a one-day conference which includes a variety of concurrent sessions, cross-disciplinary networking opportunities and two keynote speakers. With facilitators drawn from corporate, academia, non-profit, athletics and health care, attendees will cultivate a deeper understanding of how to lead with intentionality. Participants can create their personalized schedule by choosing from various concurrent sessions which best suit their capacity to grow.

Daniel Juday
Keynote Speaker: Daniel Juday

Daniel Juday loves traveling, meeting new people, and working to build bridges of understanding and empathy across challenging “divides.”

He deeply believes that all people matter, and he’s spent much of his life working in roles that have allowed him to develop thinking around the nature of education and learning, relationship-building and professional growth.

As the director for the Ohio and Indiana Diversity Councils, Daniel took a fledgling organization and grew its corporate membership ranks by almost 2,000 percent in two years. He now owns and runs his own speaking and consulting business, and works with conference planners, learning and development leaders, nonprofit boards and corporate entities—all in a pursuit to help them grow their leadership impact and make the spaces they influence more inclusive. He can be found online at www.danieljuday.com

Heather Herron
Keynote Speaker: Heather Herron

Heather Herron is vice president of corporate communications for Sweetwater in Fort Wayne. Prior to that, Heather was the evening anchor at Fort Wayne’s CBS affiliate, WANE-TV, for 17 years. Her broadcasting career began in 1990 and she worked at several radio and television stations in Indiana and Michigan as a reporter, producer and news anchor.

As Sweetwater’s VP of corporate communications, Heather works closely with other members of the executive team to showcase the growth of Sweetwater, improve community involvement and engagement and continue the philanthropic work of Sweetwater and Chuck and Lisa Surack. She has been involved in numerous non-profit agencies. She is an active volunteer for the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana, and is a past president of the Board for Family & Children’s Services (now Headwaters Counseling).

Heather’s work as a journalist has resulted in several awards, including a regional Emmy.

LEAD Summit Session Facilitators

Merry Ewing

Merry Ewing

VP/General Manager
WPTA-TV

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Dr. Gina Forrest

Dr. Gina Forrest

Executive Director of DEI
Butler University

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Lisa D. Givan

Lisa D. Givan

Chief Diversity Officer
Indiana Tech

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Andrew Hoffman

Andrew Hoffman

Executive Director
NeighborLink

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Anthony Juliano

Anthony Juliano

VP/General Manager Asher Agency

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Sharon Tucker

Lucas Tindell

VP of Employee Engagement & Leadership Development
Providence Healthcare Management

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Sharon Tucker

Sharon Tucker

Council Member
Allen County City Council

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Marlon Wardlow

Marlon Wardlow

VP of Performance Improvement
Parkview Health

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Dr. Kathleen Watland

Dr. Kathleen Watland

Dean of College of Business
Indiana Tech

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Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested, please contact Indiana Tech Grants Manager, Erin Johnson, for L.E.A.D. Summit sponsorship opportunities at EEJohnson@indianatech.edu

A portion of the proceeds from the L.E.A.D. Summit will benefit the Diversity Persistence Award–a scholarship that will assist Indiana Tech juniors and seniors from historically under-represented groups as they progress toward degree completion.