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2nd My City Summit seeks to teach how to 'Connect and Thrive'

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What: My City Summit: Connect and Thrive
When: 4:30-9 p.m. April 10
Where: IPFW's Classic Ballroom
Cost: $55 for general public, $45 for YLNI members who are current with dues

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 7:37 am

The first My City Summit, held last year, attempted to show participants the value of attachment with the community.

But then what? What kinds of things can a person do?

The Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana hope to provide some answers to those types of questions at this year's edition of the summit, "Connect and Thrive," which is scheduled for April 10 at IPFW's Classic Ballroom.

The event will feature various levels of interaction and discussion with speakers and some of the area's established community leaders, allowing participants the opportunity to expand their personal networks and find worthwhile projects in which to invest their time and energy.

"We've tried to focus on getting a group of diverse leaders," said Beth Bobay of YLNI.

"This time, it's more, 'Let's not just get people together, but let's do something.' That's what we would like to encourage, this time around."

The summit will feature a presentation by Ellen Cutter, the director of the Community Research Institute at IPFW, as well as a discussion led by architect Zachary Benedict of MKM Architecture & Design about the power of place within Midwestern Cities.

Another speaker, Jake Greene, will discuss how to manage millenials – those born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s – and the intersection of social and professional networks, as well as personal positioning.

Bobay said that ideas will be solicited from the tables of participants about projects that can be done, with the focus on downtown, and three will be selected for action by the event's planning committee.

"We've kind of focused there, because that's a place to start. At some point, you have to narrow things down, and we felt some good ideas could come from that," Bobay said.

The list of established community leaders is a cross-section of some of the heaviest hitters in the community, with Mark Becker of Greater Fort Wayne Inc., Fort Wayne Police Department Chief Garry Hamilton, Journal Gazette Publisher Julie Inskeep, Mike Packnett of Parkview Health and Mayor Tom Henry all scheduled to attend, among numerous others.

Tickets are $55 for the general public, $45 for members of YLNI who are current with dues. Dinner is included; go to ylni.org/projects/my-city-summit-2014 for more details.