Past Connect Sessions

Did you attend one of our Connect sessions? We hope you found it valuable. Here are the materials from the sessions. New materials will be added after each meeting.

CONNECT: The Power of Fort Wayne's Story

CONNECT: The Power of Fort Wayne's Story

Wednesday, November 15, 2024 | 11 a.m.

We all play a role in building upon the momentum of our community and sharing Fort Wayne’s story. Join us to learn about current trends setting Fort Wayne apart and updates on the hottest developments in town, including The Pearl, Riverfront, Electric Works, and Downtown Fort Wayne. 

Access the tools and talking points to help you as you sell and promote Fort Wayne

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CONNECT with Travel Data

CONNECT with Travel Data

8:00 am, Thursday, February 9, 2023

STR, formerly Smith Travel Research, provided premium data benchmarking, analytics, and marketplace insights for the global hospitality industry. See Presentation.

CONNECT with Visit Fort Wayne, September 14, 2022

CONNECT with Visit Fort Wayne

11:30am, Wednesday, September 14, 2022


Derek Laliberte – Owner and Founder of Disruptur – workshop held discovering new ways our industry can look at marketing and sales processes.


CONNECT with Visit Fort Wayne

11:30am – 1:30pm, Thursday, March 24, 2022

Open house of the Visit Fort Wayne offices.

CONNECT with The Hospitality Industry

11:30am – 1pm, Wednesday, August 11


8am - 10am, Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Parkview Mirro Center

Kelsey Fenerty, Research Analyst with STR, shared hotel performance news, hospitality data insights, trends, and forecasts. 

CONNECT with the Hospitality Industry

11:30am – 1pm, Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Conner's Rooftop

CONNECT with the Hospitality Industry

11:30am–1:00pm, June 21 at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

CONNECT with Travel Data

8:30am–10:00am, March 22 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center

Melissa Holm, Business Development Executive at Smith Travel Research, shared insight into U.S. travel trends.


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Ins and Outs of Contracts

8:30am–10:00am, September 14, 2017 at Holiday Inn at IPFW and the Memorial Coliseum

Contracts can be confusing. But they are an important part of booking new and returning groups into our city!


CONNECT with Contracts Presentation

Jen Brown at Frontline TrainingFrontline Training Workshop

8:30am–10:30am, May 11, 2017 at Courtyard Marriott Downtown

Our annual workshop for Frontline staff featured Mike Nutter from the Fort Wayne TinCaps talking about providing excellent customer experiences, and the Visitors Center's Jen Brown talking about how to talk to and engage with visitors


Frontline Training

TinCaps Customer Experience Presentation

CONNECT with ContentConnect with Content

8:30am–10:30am, March 9, 2017 at Hotel Fort Wayne

This session was and meant to not only help experts in social media/marketing but also those just starting out or wanting to learn about new ideas.



Expert Quick Tips

Connect with Visit Fort Wayne - September 28, 2016Impact of Sports Tournaments and Events in Fort Wayne

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, SportONE/Parkview Icehouse

Disability Awareness Program

Disability Access Icon - Accessibleicon.orgWednesday, May 11, 2016, Turnstone

Connect Presentation

The League - Disability Fact Sheet

The League - Restaurant Accessibility Screening Tool

The League - Hotel Accessibility Screening Tool

The League - Disabled Access Credit Information


Become a Social Media Rock Star!

032216 Become a Social Media Rock StarTuesday, March 22, 2016, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Social Media Rock Star Presentation

LinkedIn Presentation


Visit Fort Wayne Summer Marketing Plan and "Top 10 Things You Can Do to Attract More Visitors This Summer."

March 13, 2015
Lincoln Event Center at Parkview Field

PowerPoint Presentation

SEO Cheat Sheet