Rachel Stephens – Why Did You Stay Here?

Rachel Stephens, Managing Editor, Living Fort Wayne

I went to school in northeast Indiana and admittedly, I wanted to leave as soon as I was 18. My angsty teenage self had some crazy idea that to be a “proper grown-up” I needed to leave my home town. After spending my first year of college away at Ball State University, I realized I missed Fort Wayne. Most of my free weekends were spent coming back to visit.

I moved back and finished school at IPFW and loved the education I received there. Attending a smaller university gave me more opportunities to make connections with others in my degree program and in the community. I became interested in the region’s economic development and took an internship with the Regional Partnership and became a member of the Emerging Leaders Alliance. I love living in northeast Indiana because I can have a voice and make a difference here.


YLNI’s Living Fort Wayne Committee wants to know your answers to one or both of these questions.

  • “Why Did You Move Here?”
  • or “Why Did You Stay Here?”

Email your one-two paragraph answer to one of these questions to Tim Zink at timz@ylni.org.

There are two photo options – you may include a professional headshot with your answers (quickest) or you can set up an appointment to have your photo taken later this summer.

Please include your preferred name and title.

Your photo and response may be used on YLNI’s Living Fort Wayne website, Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.


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Tim Zink

Author: Tim Zink

Director-at-Large of Communications for Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana. Adviser to current Living Fort Wayne leadership team. Contributor to Living Fort Wayne since April 2014.

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