Emerging Leaders Alliance: 5 Questions with Allison Acosta
Allison Acosta, 28, is a financial analyst at Johnson Controls in Fort Wayne and is starting her second year as an active member of the Emerging Leaders Alliance. She has a Master's Degree in Accounting from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from IPFW. She is proud of her Hispanic heritage and has lived in Fort Wayne since 1991.
As an emerging leader who are you?
I like to think that I am trying be a voice for other millenials. I hope to share a perspective on our community and make a difference on behalf of people my age. I want to be a leader for Generation Y. When I was growing up, I didn’t know of the opportunities available. I think it is important for young people to know that they can be a voice and get an education, and be an example. I have a heart for Generation Y. I believe that you can do anything you want and you can have anything you want in life. It all comes down to hard work and dedication. At the same time, my top strength is a learner. I am always trying to learn and find new ways to become a better leader. I want to understand my generation and the next generation; learning as much as I can about them will give me the tools to do this.
What counties have you lived in?
In Northeast Indiana, I have only lived in Allen County. I grew up on the south end of Fort Wayne in the 46807 area close to Bishop Luers High School. I lived in that area into my twenties, and now I live in southwest Fort Wayne. They each have a different feel. I loved growing up on the south side of town and proudly graduated from South Side High School. There weren't many clicks and I felt like everyone got along with everyone else. I had so many friends from so many cultures. I feel like it helped me relate to people in the workplace socially and helped me understand where others are coming from in their daily life.
What do you love about Northeast Indiana?
I love the changes that are happening. I am so excited. I remember being a senior in high school and I felt like there was nothing to do. We would drive to a parking garage downtown and couldn’t find anything fun to enjoy. Now there are coffee shops, great dining options, and unique shops. I am so excited about Riverfront Fort Wayne construction and the future of Electric Works at the old G.E. Campus. I am so gung-ho about it! I love all of these changes.
What would you like to see in Northeast Indiana in the future?
I would like to see it expanding in all areas of town. I love downtown and southwest but I would love to see it in the south side of town. If there was a coffee shop and more restaurants, that would be amazing. I really want to see growth into the south side of Fort Wayne. There are so many people waiting that would benefit from it.
What is something that you have done in Northeast Indiana that you never expected to do?
I never expected to join the ELA, and I just got accepted into the YLNI Leadership Institute. Getting involved is such a good idea. A year ago, I never expected all of this because I was so focused on school. Now I am so excited to be doing this and to be a voice and an emerging leader. I am so grateful for the opportunities.
by Stephen J. Bailey for the Emerging Leaders Alliance, a program of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership