Atrium’s Highlight on Emily Baransy / NEI Entrepreneurship Digest

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Atrium Member Highlight

There are numerous ways to work in Fort Wayne outside of the traditional office space. Start Fort Wayne’s Atrium coworking space is highlighting its members. They have provided this “Member Highlight” by Atrium Team Member Jack Cantey to our blog.

“Start Fort Wayne is a 501(c)3 that began in March 2015 as a rag-tag band of entrepreneurs and educators dedicating their spare time to help build a lasting community and culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in northeast Indiana.”

Name: Emily Baransy
Age: 29
Hometown: Ottawa, Ohio
Years Lived in Fort Wayne: Six

Company Name: Grantmakers In Aging
Position: Program Manager
Length of Time as Employee: One year

Atrium Member Since: May 2017
Current Membership Type: General

Can you briefly describe what the company you work for does?

Grantmakers In Aging is a national membership organization that is dedicated to improving the experience of aging. We utilize networking, education, resources, and events to support our members’ grantmaking.

Does your work with Grantmakers In Aging fit in with your educational and professional experience?

It does. I am a licensed social worker, and although I never imagined myself in this job when I was in college, I have developed a passion for improving the lives of older adults. Within the next decade, we will see huge demographic shifts in the United States. Older adults will soon outnumber children under the age of five for the first time in history. And it’s no secret that our society is unprepared to handle this boom. I’m glad to play a small role in making sure older adults are valued throughout their entire lifespan.

In what ways has your membership at Atrium helped you with working remotely?

Working at Atrium has allowed me to maintain structure and focus in my work. It also allows me to separate my home and work life. And I occasionally use it to correct people who think working from home means sitting in your pajamas all day doing laundry!

What are the challenges that come with working remotely? What would you say are the benefits?

The company I work for has three employees: the CEO, another manager, and myself. That means we all wear multiple hats and are spread pretty thin. Communication is key to make sure the jobs are getting completed, and technology plays a big role in helping us stay connected. Strangely, I have found that working remotely has provided me with more focus. Perhaps it is the lack of distraction from other office mates or the avoidance of lengthy in-person meetings?

Do you have any professional goals for this year that you’re currently working on?

I have been asked to take on some increased responsibility in our financial management, so I have been working on getting some additional education and understanding about our financial statements.

Learn more about Grantmakers in Aging.

Member Highlight Provided by Atrium Team Member Jack Cantey

1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Weekly Presentations

1 Million Cups is an event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in Fort Wayne. The events occur almost every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater. Visit their website for more information on how to present and a list of upcoming presenters.

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Down the River Podcast

“Down the River is committed to bringing to light the amazing stories of the entrepreneurs of Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas. If you would like to be featured on our podcast please let us know! We would love to let the public hear your story.” Go to their website to listen to their latest episodes, which are released nearly every week.

Input Fort Wayne Entrepreneurship Articles

News Resources from our news partner, Input Fort Wayne.

Input Fort Wayne ( is a news resource that has a “mission is to ignite passion and inspire innovation in northeast Indiana by highlighting bold startups, places, projects, and ideas.” New pieces on a variety of topics are released weekly. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter to have content delivered straight to your inbox.

Click here to view the latest entrepreneurship content from Input Fort Wayne.

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