What is Ambassador Enterprises?
Aug09

What is Ambassador Enterprises?

Who are they Ambassador Enterprises is a philanthropic equity firm. They are active partners assisting leaders in optimizing for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Known for their incredible mission, team and culture, it is no wonder Ambassador Enterprises earned a spot on the 100 Best Places to Work in Indiana list. The Mission Their approach is rooted in the idea of building a better community by combining the efforts of public, private and nonprofit partnerships. “We do this by optimizing our investment partners through customized assessments, leader development retreats, training and consulting. Once a company is equipped with the tools needed to achieve their mission, they can successfully develop their own circle of influence in the community in which they operate.” The Team Staffed with individuals who share a desire to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually, Ambassador is committed to investing in their employee’s success. “Our goal is to ensure that everyone does work that they see as meaningful and to offer an environment where learning happens every day.”   The Culture Ambassador Enterprises is full of skilled professionals who demonstrate integrity and have a desire to serve others. They’re not just a group of individual contributors; but are a team built on the belief that relational effectiveness drives organizational performance. That is why they are deeply committed to creating a work environment that provides collaborative learning opportunities and is safe for people to share perspectives openly and take risks. Individual & Team Development Learning time Every Friday, all team members gather together to reinforce Ambassador’s commitment to lifelong education and growth. Conversations are led by members of the leadership team, nonprofit partners, our affiliates and missionary partners and span a variety of topics and training experiences. Special events Ambassador hosts a variety of events for team members and their families. Past activities include a 5k fun run, company picnic, Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle and Fall Festival and lake day, Thanksgiving luncheon and Christmas are also celebrated in the office. Individual improvement plans All team members create an individual development plan to grow personally and professionally. Employee match Programs Team member donations given to nonprofits in their communities are matched dollar-for-dollar through the Employee Match Program. Library A selection of books are available for team members to read, lend or provide as a gift. Lunch café Their lunch café and outdoor patio sets the stage for personal connections and employee interaction. Service Programs Team members are eligible for one week each year to invest in their community through the Corporate Service Program. Collaboration All team members participate on optimization teams, designed to serve other departments and be faithful stewards of...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Apr13

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 1. Rachel Von and Jeremy Stroup’s Art Opening Thursday, April 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stop by for an evening of creativity and fun! 2. Entrepreneurs, Don’t Be Socially Awkward: A Social Media Talk Friday, April 14 at 12 p.m. In this talk, Anna Russett, Senior Social Strategist visiting from Havas Chicago and Fort Wayne native, will discuss why social should be at the core of your strategy with tips on how to build a strong social presence that highlights your brand’s services or products and speaks authentically to your target audience. 3. Hike The Trails of Fox Island Friday, April 14 at 1 p.m. Hike the trails of Fox Island with Naturalist Jeff Ormiston. It should be a beautiful spring day! 4. Slidin’ Into the Latest Trends: Where Social Media is Going Friday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. Come hear Anna Russett, Senior Strategist with Havas Chicago and social influencer share emerging trends and innovations in social media. Learn where social media is going and how you can not only come along, but also lead the way. 5. Soirée Presents: Acoustic Showcase Saturday, April 15 ay 7:30 p.m. Hear some great music and BYOB. 6. Chalk it Up [workshop] Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m. Learn how to chalk, write, and design a chalkboard at Saving Grace Vintage. 7. Deer Park’s Dyngus Day Party Monday, April 17 Celebrate with food, drinks, and music! 8. The Buzz about Bees Tuesday, April 18 at 9:30 a.m. A local beekeeper will teach your kiddos (age 3-5) about the importance of bees — stop by and you may learn a thing or two, too! 9. Meet Me At FWMoA Tuesday, April 18 at 2 p.m. “This monthly tour program is specially designed for individuals with an early-stage diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia. Tours are led by docents trained to effectively communicate with individuals with an early-stage diagnosis of dementia and are designed to be engaging for the individual and their care partners.” Check out the event page for more information. 10. Pippin National Tour: April 18, 2017 in Fort Wayne, IN Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m....

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CWOW brings International Fashion Show to Fort Wayne
Mar20

CWOW brings International Fashion Show to Fort Wayne

In 2014, more than 1 billion people lived in extreme poverty, and historically, 70% of that 1 billion has been women. I could employ a list of all the motivational quotes about change from world leaders we all know, but I won’t do that. Instead, I’d rather talk about world leaders right here in our community who are proving all of those inspirational quotes true—evoking change right here, out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. To those who think that there’s nothing you can do to change the world, allow me to introduce you to Creative Women of the World (CWOW). I can only imagine that now you’re wondering how a nonprofit organization located out of Fort Wayne, Indiana has made an impact on these women living in poverty all over the world. CWOW has directly helped over 150 women in ten countries. This little boutique helps these women rise out of poverty by supporting their efforts to become entrepreneurial successes. They sell artisan items created by women globally (you can also read the stories of all the artisans). CWOW of the world is committed to supporting fashion under fair trade practices. But CWOW doesn’t yield efforts there. They’re a women’s advocacy group and training organization, because they understand that simply selling their products in the CWOW boutique isn’t going to completely alleviate anyone of extreme poverty. CWOW gives these women who suffer from tragedies such as extreme poverty, HIV, abuse, human trafficking and natural disaster business training and marketing solutions. The committed and caring members of CWOW travel all over the world to help these women. They want to help support these women in more than a metaphorical sense; they want to connect with them, build relationships with them, shake their hand. Lorelei Verlee, Executive Director at Creative Women of the World says, “We learn their names. We come to know and care about their children, and we see them making a difference in their communities through their power of their own creativity and sense of purpose.” They document all of their trips and experiences in the Creative Women of the World Blog. The products sold at CWOW fulfill more than a utilitarian purpose. Each product was hand crafted by a creative and strong person, and CWOW strives to tell the stories of those people. They enable women all over the world with the opportunity to be heard…to utilize their voices and tell the world their stories of struggle, but also the stories of overcoming those struggles. Creative Women of the World continues to make strides in their global impact with an upcoming fundraising event, the Empower Her World: A Celebration of...

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Dance connects us at Fort Wayne Ballet
Jul10

Dance connects us at Fort Wayne Ballet

“Everybody dances” That is the message of Fort Wayne Ballet, a professional dance company featuring amazing performances, disciplined educational and training opportunities, and inspired community engagement activities. In recognition to all that Fort Wayne Ballet gives to the community, Living Fort Wayne will be spotlighting the dancers through our new series about those that choose to express themselves through the beauty of movement. But before we do, check out this fascinating information from the Fort Wayne Ballet. Did you know? Fort Wayne Ballet started in 1956 on Broadway Street before moving to Penn Avenue in 1969. After relocating in 2011 to its spacious new facility at the Auer Center for Arts and Culture on Main Street downtown, the Ballet is now at the center of Fort Wayne’s creative arts community. At the Ballet, you’ll find a variety of training and educational opportunities through the Academy for all types of students. Young children may get their first experience with dance through the Pre-Ballet programming, young performers serve as ambassadors to the community through the Youth Company, and those that decide to dedicate their lives to dance may audition for the Conservatory. Open classes are available for students of all levels. The Ballet is nationally recognized for its seasonal performances of The Nutcracker, which are both breathtaking and beautiful. This holiday classic comes to life as part of Fort Wayne’s seasonal celebration again this December. Other upcoming Main Stage Performances are At the Edge in September and Don Quixote in March. For more information on these and other performances, please visit the performances page on the website. Community Engagement and Partnerships The Ballet has made giving back to the community an important part of its mission. The organization also offers exploratory programming, free public presentations, lecture demonstrations, visiting teacher programs, and in-theatre performances. The Ballet has collaborated with numerous groups in and around the Fort Wayne community, such as the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Animal Care & Control, and the Fort Wayne Tincaps baseball team. For example, the “Muttcracker” program with Animal Care & Control helps find forever homes for the area’s displaced pet population. The Future is Bright With their 60th anniversary approaching in 2016-17, Fort Wayne Ballet continues to set high standards of excellence in instruction, programming, and community engagement. The Ballet offers several unique opportunities for donors to give to the organization with a Goal of $1 Million and Beyond. To entice and honor donors at many levels, a selection of naming and gift opportunities are offered. More Information Visit the Fort Wayne Ballet at 300 East Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 or online at www.fortwayneballet.org. Contact the Ballet...

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