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Thursday, January 09, 2020 4:00 pm

Auburn to host new "Entrepreneurs, Leaders, and Legends Conference"

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

An "Entrepreneurs, Leaders, and Legends Conference," a new event scheduled next month in Auburn, will include two former congressman, CEOs and an author as speakers.

The conference, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 1 at Kruse Plaza, is designed to help business owners, church leaders, corporate teams, community leaders, and emerging entrepreneurs find renewed focus in their vision for 2020, a news release said today.

The speaker lineup includes nationally, regionally, and locally recognized names, including Former NFL Quarterback Heath Shuler, Indiana State Rep. Christy Stutzman, and businessman John Kruse, managing director of Kruse Plaza.

The conference was created by former Congressman Marlin Stutzman and entrepreneur, author, and speaker Dave Kauffman as a way to "bring great leaders together" in northeast Indiana. 

“We saw the need for a space where the most brilliant minds in our region could come together to create fresh connections and walk away with increased focus and vision,” Stutzman said in a statement.

Conference topics include how to shift in business and maximize relationships; how to lead from a serving position vs. a self-serving one; winning leadership principles; how to build, share, and leave a legacy; and the secrets to effectively communicating your messaging.

Presenters will include a surprise lunch panel and six entrepreneurs, leaders, and legends from Indiana and around the country, the news release said. Along with Rep. Christy Stutzman, former congressman Stutzman and entrepreneur and author Kauffman, other announced speakers scheduled are leadership expert and trainer Luke Kuepfer; Do You Speak Bride CEO Wendy Rivera;  son of Zig Ziglar and CEO Tom Ziglar; and WOWO Radio’s Pat Miller. Comedian John Branyan will be event emcee.

“Whether it’s learning from the experience of someone who has gone before you or talking to the young person who reminds you of your original vision, connection is priceless,” said Kauffman, co-founder of the event.

The conference is open to all ages. Tickets are $197 each and $98.50 for students, with group pricing available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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