Two leadership programs, 56 graduates in Class of 2020

Last week, 56 individuals celebrated their graduation from Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. leadership development programs. The Class of 2020 included 47 graduates from the Leadership Fort Wayne (LFW) program, and nine trailblazers who graduated as part of the inaugural cohort of the Leadership 2.0 program.

Both programs pivoted from in-person sessions to virtual programming this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the change in format, both cohorts completed their respective programs in full.

“Sometimes the most challenging things make the memories more special,” said Barry Schrock, director of leadership programs at GFW Inc. “This will definitely be a class to remember, not just because it was during a pandemic, but because of the lessons we all learned and the long-lasting bonds that were formed. This class has some of the most talented current and rising leaders that I have had the pleasure to work with in our community.”

Wrapping up its 38th year, LFW is an eight-month program that provides an in-depth view of the many facets of the community while developing each participant’s leadership skills. By developing these skills, participants are better prepared to positively impact the community and their workplaces. Since 1983, Leadership Fort Wayne has graduated more than 1,400 individuals, many of whom now serve on or lead nonprofit boards, hold elected office, or own their own businesses.

The LFW Class of 2020 is a diverse cross-section of the community, representing a variety of professions, faiths, races, and orientations. Graduating members and their sponsors include:

Dan Beechy
Centier Bank
Joe Behling
Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority
Rebecca Bishop
Ivy Tech Community College
Frances Brooks
Parkview Foundation
Jerry Brown Jr.
Emily Carroll
RAISE Consulting
Douglas Clark
Ambassador Enterprises
Natasha Clark
Michelin North America
Amanda Drakeford
SCAN, Inc.
Tim Durnell
Premier Bank
David Dyer
Tonn and Blank Construction
Chad Eckland
C.H. Robinson
Jean Fahy
Do it Best Corp.
Richard Gnau
JPMorgan Chase
Sarah Gordon
Manchester University
Rowan Greene
Heartland Communities
Melissa Gruys
Purdue University Fort Wayne
David Hoffman
Do it Best Corp.
Patrick Kelly
YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne
Susan Koontz
Lincoln Financial Group
Melissa Kurten
Purdue University Fort Wayne
Mindy Kurtz
Parkview Health
Jamee Lock
Isaac Knapp District Dental Society
Crissy Moloney
Downtown Improvement District
Jessica Morales
Canterbury School
Tim Moriarty
Old National Bank
Chris Mulkey
3Rivers Federal Credit Union
Brenda Niccum
The League
Abigail Noble
City Utilities
Emily Oberlin
Fort Wayne Community Schools
Maurice Pearl
Nikki Quintana
Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission
Chuck Reddinger
Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department
Heather Riggle
Indiana Michigan Power
Gennifer Robbins
Parkview Health
Aaron Robles
Founders Spark
John Saboski
Micropulse, Inc.
Marissa Sauer
Crossroad Child & Family Services
Jessica Shaw
University of Saint Francis
Chad Shirar
Parkview Health
Zack Spieth
Indiana Air National Guard 122nd
Fighter Wing
Lexi Strabala
Fort Wayne TinCaps
Jermaine Thomas
Fort Wayne Fire Department
Jennifer Tinker
Lincoln Financial Group
Jonathan Ward
Lutheran Health Network
Jared Widenhoefer
Mosaic Building Solutions
Jennifer Wiggins
Aegis Malpractice Solutions

Leadership 2.0

GFW Inc. launched the Leadership 2.0 program in 2019 as a springboard for aspiring and current leaders in Allen County to take their leadership abilities to a higher level.

The Leadership 2.0 curriculum builds on the Leadership Fort Wayne program, featuring tools and techniques that help participants more confidently lead, regardless of their position in an organization. The program is open to graduates of LFW or the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana Leadership Institute.

Graduates in the inaugural class of Leadership 2.0 are:

Nathan Berndt
Jenna Gunn
Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
Justin Hayes
Lake City Bank
Stephanie Henry
Fort Wayne Agvocate
Casey Keirn
Lincoln Financial Group
Amanda Muldoon
3Rivers Federal Credit Union
Wade Owen
Jeremy Reidy
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Jeri Rusk
WBCL Radio Network

For more information about Leadership 2.0, visit

About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Ind., as its metro chamber alliance and primary point of contact for economic growth. GFW Inc. focuses on prosperity and community vibrancy through economic development, advocacy, programs and resources that support business success, leadership development, graduate retention and community engagement.