Tiana Maclin – Why Did You Stay Here?
Jun25

Tiana Maclin – Why Did You Stay Here?

Tiana Maclin, Strategic Marketing Manager, Living Fort Wayne Growing up, my goal was to leave Indiana. “Anywhere else!”, I’d always say. The flat cornfields never appealed to my teenage self. As I aged, I decided to stay close to home for college. I was indifferent about my home state. At least I was away from my home town. This was a plus. Removing myself away from the similarity of it all opened my eyes a little wider and I looked around a little harder.   I attended college at Manchester University. It is nestled in a small town of North Manchester, Indiana about 45 minutes from Fort Wayne. If we wanted to do anything at all in terms of quality entertainment outside of the campus, Fort Wayne was one of the cities we traveled to for the fun fix. This is where my heart started to soften for Indiana, and even more so for Fort Wayne. I didn’t fall in love with what Fort Wayne was but what it could become. It had this gleaming potential to become even greater, if only it had some people here to nourish it.   I started to become more involved in Fort Wayne little by little from enjoying the activities to working here. I wanted to make a difference in the community. I am a firm believer that if you complain about it, you better do something about it to create change. This can be a simple vote in the direction you think will make a difference to joining boards of organizations.   Why did I move here? I wanted to make a difference, grow the community, build pride in our region. I came here because of the opportunities. Fort Wayne will not drown out your voice. I came here for the people and their generosity. I am here to show young people that there is a future here. This is a place to set roots. 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...

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LFW Member Spotlight – Tiana Maclin
Jan18

LFW Member Spotlight – Tiana Maclin

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city. In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Today we are spotlighting Living Fort Wayne’s Strategic Marketing Manager, Tiana Maclin! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? My role at Living Fort Wayne is the Strategic Marketing Manager. I decided to volunteer because of the amount of potential Fort Wayne has. As a new resident to Fort Wayne, I find it important to know what activities are going on around our community, sharing stories and allowing for a greater “togetherness”. Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne I am a creative person. I enjoy writing music and expressing myself creatively. I am so happy that Sweetwater is nearby and there are plenty of ways to experience the arts. If you could live any other place in the world, besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? If I could live anywhere in the world? That is a tough question! Can I have a top three? I would say Prague, Czech Republic; Ljubljana, Slovenia; or Dubrovnik, Croatia. I think these places are beautiful and I loved their culture. If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in Fort Wayne? If I had a friend coming to town, we would probably go to the shops in downtown Fort Wayne. They are so quaint and I love the individuality. If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? All. Of. The. Songs. I would sing them all. Keep your eyes peeled for the next Spotlight with another one of Living Fort Wayne’s volunteers. If you’d like to learn more about opportunities to help out with our blog, send us an email at info@livingfortwayne.com or reach out to us on Twitter and Facebook. We’re always interested in meeting with other folks who are passionate about sharing all that’s great about living, working and playing right here in Fort...

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