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Preparing Future Candidates

35 engaged community leaders recently attended the inaugural “Candidates of the Future” program. 

Facilitated by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University, and co-sponsored by Shafer Leadership Academy and Muncie Action Plan, this workshop was rooted in the belief that everyday citizens can lead. This six-hour workshop was open to anyone, regardless of political experience, who has an interest in running for local office and wants to learn more about the campaign process. 

Program registration filled in less than a week. 


Let’s Celebrate!

We are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of our signature leadership program.

Emergence: Personal Foundations of Effective Leadership is SLA’s core leadership program. It is an eight-week highly interactive and engaging training opportunity ideal for emerging or experienced leaders seeking to enhance their leadership capabilities. At the end of the program, participants can expect to be better equipped to lead the change they want to see in the businesses, not-for-profits, civic groups, and communities they represent.  

Over the last 10 years nearly 400 local leaders have completed the Emergence program.  Within five years of completing the program, 75% of graduates go on to take a leadership role in the community, 50% have served on a nonprofit board of directors, and 39% have had a promotion. 

“We are inviting our friends, graduates, and stakeholders to celebrate a decade of developing local leadership.” said Mitch Isaacs, SLA’s Executive Director. 

The 10 Year Anniversary Celebration event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 30th from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at The Innovation Connector.  The program will feature stories of graduates over the last 10 years along, with evidence of Shafer Leadership Academy’s impact.  “This is truly a celebration event,” Isaacs offered. “Our guests will enjoy complimentary food, drinks, and of course fellowship. While the event last 90 minutes, only about 20 minutes will be spent in a formal ‘program’. We want our guests focused on interacting with each other, and most importantly, celebrating the amazing accomplishments of our graduates.”

For additional information about the event visit www.shaferleadership.com/10years.


Introducing Movement

Cornerstone Center for the Arts, Shafer Leadership Academy, and Harmony Dance Group will partner this spring for a unique leadership workshop through tango dancing. The workshop titled, Movement: Exploring leadership through the art of tango, will be on Tuesday, February 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Center for the Arts in the Grand Hall.

This three-hour long program is designed to increase an individual’s understanding of leadership, following, and two way communications through the use of tango dancing as a metaphor and teaching tool. The workshop is not a dance class but a lesson in leadership through the fundamentals of the art form. Participants will leave with a better concept of leadership which they can apply to their business and personal lives.

In addition, participants will walk away with a clear understanding of the difference between management and leadership, a recognition of the two-way nature of communication in all forms of leader and follower connections, tools to diagnose breakdowns in communication between leaders and followers, and active advice on how to re-establish trust and confidence in team members and to build up communication within a group.

This workshop is open to anyone seeking to improve their personal and business relationships. The workshop is $25 per person to attend and is limited to 20 participants. Registration is available online at shaferleadership.com/movement/. For more information or questions about the workshop call Shafer Leadership Academy at 765-748-0403.

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Emergence Grad Launches Adult Literacy Group

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Marissa Coon Rose is solving a problem.

She’s helping adults learn to read.

The mission of The Community Reading Project is to improve the quality of life for adults in Delaware County by improving their reading skills. Marissa’s vision is that every adult in Delaware County will become empowered, engaged, and will experience better outcomes in their interactions with the world as a result of reading fluently.

The Reading Project is currently looking for volunteers.

The Volunteer Tutor Orientations will be held on September 27 from 6-9pm at the Ross Community Center and also on October 11 from 6-9pm, again at the Ross Center. Interested volunteers can register online by visit The Community Read Project calendar and clicking on the event.

Marissa can also be reached at 765-734-7519 for more info.


Introducing The Leadership Challenge

Beginning September 8, 2016

The Leadership Challenge has over 30 years of proven effectiveness as a clear, evidence-based path to achieving the extraordinary—for individuals, teams, organizations, and communities.

It turns the abstract concept of leadership into easy-to-grasp Practices that can be learned by anyone willing to step up and accept the challenge to lead.  Shafer Leadership Academy is excited to bring this proven leadership program to East Central Indiana.

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All Aboard

Fifty two community leaders gathered at the Innovation Connector on Tuesday March 29 for All Aboard: Board Leadership in Motion. All Aboard is a three-hour workshop ideal for individuals who have a desire to serve on a not-for-profit board but want to learn more about what serving as a board member entails, and how to find the potential board opportunity that suits their interests and skill sets.

The program was provided free of charge by Shafer Leadership Academy, United Way of Delaware County, and the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network.  Sponsors included Ball State University’s Office of Community Engagement, Star Bank, and Stallings Wealth Management.

Dave Sternberg, Senior Partner of the Indianapolis and Ft. Lauderdale based firm of Loring, Sternberg & Associates, facilitated the dynamic and highly informative session. He is a member of the faculty at The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University’s Fund Raising School and a Governance Consultant for BoardSource. He is the only person in America to hold a position with both organizations.

Muncie Y.W.C.A. Executive Director, Nance Buchert, found the information helpful in her role as a nonprofit professional. “Dave Sternberg’s dynamic, solid presentation provided valuable information and ideas I can easily put into place as the executive of a non-profit (or as Dave said, Social Benefit Organization).  Board development is always taken seriously, and now I have better tools to further develop our board.  Kudos to Shafer, and all those who had a hand in bringing this program to our community!”

Participants came from over 25 organizations, including higher education, manufacturing, finance and small business owners. Andrew Gillette, Graduate Assistant at Ball State University, had this to say about his experience: “All Aboard introduced me to the basics of how a nonprofit (social benefit) organization works. It laid the foundation of knowledge which I’m sure will be helpful in my future professional endeavors.”

Shafer Leadership Academy Executive Director, Mitch Isaacs, credits the event’s success to strategic parnterships. “We were thrilled with the turnout. Clearly there is a strong interest in nonprofit board service. Our partners at Ball State University, United Way of Delaware County, and the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network did a phenomenal job getting the word out. All Aboard participation has doubled since we engaged these parnters.”

Shafer Leadership Academy is currently following up with program participants to connect with them with nonprofit board opportunities.


SLA Cosponsors Nonprofit Executives Retreat

22 nonprofit leaders met at Camp Adventure on Friday October 9th for networking, professional development, and intentional conversation.  The retreat lasted 6 hours.  The retreat was sponsored by Shafer Leadership Academy, Muncie Civic, the YWCA of Muncie, and the United Way of Delaware County.  Ball Brothers Foundation provided funding.

As a result of the retreat, the group decided to meet quarterly to discuss common challenges and identify opportunities for collaboration.  The next meeting will occur in January 2016. The agenda will be determined by prioritizing the topics raised at the retreat.

If you are a Delaware County nonprofit executive, and wish to attend meetings, contact Mitch Isaacs at 765-717-1217 or misaacs@shaferleadership.com.


Board Member Honored By Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech recently recognized Cindy Cash, longtime Shafer Leadership Academy Board of Directors member, with its Alumni Achievement Award. Established in 1998, the award is Ivy Tech’s Alumni Association’s highest honor. The profile pic purpleaward is reserved solely for its alumni, recognizing outstanding personal and professional achievements.

Mitch Isaacs, Executive Director for Shafer Leadership Academy, commented “We are proud to call Cindy a member of the SLA family.  We congratulate her on her hard work and service.”

Cindy Cash is an Instructional Designer at Ball State University. She serves as Secretary of the Shafer Leadership Academy Board of Directors and is also active with the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech since 1999.


Now Accepting Ambassador Applications

Shafer Leadership Academy Ambassadors are program graduates who volunteer their skills in service of the organization.  We offer two volunteer positions designed to help graduates utilize their unique talents, in return Ambassadors receive specialized training and exciting incentives.

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Shafer Leadership Academy Takes “Action”

On Thursday September 3rd, Shafer Leadership Academy joined staff from Muncie Power Products for community service at Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity.

Together they repaired a wheelchair ramp, cleaned gutters, and performed landscaping for Habitat’s Muncie office, all as a part of the United Way of Delaware County’s Day of Action.

“This was a wonderful opportunity to serve our community, while also supporting some of our nonprofit colleagues,” remarked Mitch Isaacs, Executive Director of Shafer Leadership Academy. He later added: “It was also a great workout.”

 


Alumni Named 20 Under 40

 

Seven Emergence Alumni were recently recognized in M Magazine’s Fall 2015 20 under 40 list!

Kristen Bitzegaio Executive Director of the Back to School Teacher’s Store – Emergence Class 9
Jake Brown Branch Manager and Financial Consultant at Raymond James –  Emergence Class 9
T.J. Bush Whitinger & Company – Emergence Class 8
Micah Maxwell Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club – Emergence Class 1
Kristen McConnell Executive Director of Yorktown YMCA – Emergence Class 9
Angie Rogers-Howell           Founder and Owner of Farmhouse Creative – Emergence Class 15
Chris Wilson Assistant Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager at Old National Bank –   Emergence Class 5

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We are proud to call these incredible individuals Shafer Leadership Academy graduates!

 

 

 

 


Shafer Leadership Academy Announces Next Level Leadership Program

July 10, 2015 – Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy is excited to launch a new leadership program this fall entitled Allegiance: Next Level Leadership. This five-week program is perfect for Emergence alumni or experienced leaders who want to take their leadership skills to the next level especially in relation to leading others. This program will be added to the academy’s Core Program lineup and will be held at the Innovation Connector in Muncie, Indiana.


Shafer Leadership Academy Partners with John Jay Center for Learning to offer Leadership Program in Jay County

June 9, 2015, Muncie IN – Shafer Leadership Academy is excited to announce they have partnered with the John Jay Center for Learning in Portland, Indiana to present the Jay County Leadership Program.  This program will provide participants with the leadership principles and applicable skills needed to be more effective leaders in all areas of influence.


Shafer Leadership Academy Announces Graduates from 15th Emergence Leadership Program

May 21, 2015 – Muncie IN – Shafer Leadership Academy has announced the graduation of twenty-five East Central Indiana community leaders from its fifteenth class of Emergence: Personal Foundations of Effective Leadership. The eight-week program began earlier this spring on April 1st and concluded on May 20th, 2015.


Shafer Leadership Academy Names New Executive Director

May 5, 2015, Muncie IN – Shafer Leadership Academy would like to announce that Mitch Isaacs has been named Executive Director for the regional leadership academy. Isaacs succeeds Richard Crist, who announced earlier this year that he was stepping down from the position he has held since 2009. He will focus more time on his role as COO with Whitinger & Company and leading the firm’s business consulting division, Whitinger Strategic Services. 


Shafer Leadership Academy Presents Workshop on Creativity & Innovation for Leaders

April 29, 2015, Muncie IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s leadership development institute, will present Ingenuity: Creativity & Innovation for Leaders on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  The event will be held at the Innovation Connector at 1208 W. White River Blvd. in Muncie, Indiana.


Shafer Leadership Academy Board President Receives the Spirit of Muncie Award

April 16, 2015, Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy would like to congratulate Board President Steve Smith for receiving the prestigious Al Rent Spirit of Muncie Award at the Chamber Champions Luncheon recently. The event was presented by the Muncie Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.


Search Underway for next Shafer Leadership Academy Executive Director

March 2, 2015, Muncie, IN – A search committee has been formed to identify candidates for the position of Shafer Leadership Academy Executive Director, the organization announced today.


Shafer Leadership Academy Accepting Applications for Fifteenth Emergence Leadership Course

February 23, 2015 – Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s premier leadership institute, is now accepting registrations for Class #15 of the organization’s core program, Emergence: Personal Foundations of Effective Leadership.  More than 350 individuals have graduated from this program since its inception in 2007.


Registration Now Open for SLA’s Workshop on Leading Multi-Generational Teams

February 11, 2015 – Muncie, IN –East Central Indiana’s nonprofit leadership development institute, Shafer Leadership Academy will present the leadership program Fusion: Leading Multi-Generational Teams on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 from 8:00am to 12:00pm at the Innovation Connector in Muncie, Indiana.   


Shafer Leadership Academy Announces 2015 Board Officers and Members

January 15, 2015, Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s nonprofit leadership development institute, recently announced its officers and board members for 2015.


Shafer Leadership Academy Announces Graduates from 14th Emergence Leadership Program

November 20, 2014 – Muncie IN – Shafer Leadership Academy has announced the graduation of twenty-five East Central Indiana community leaders from its fourteenth class of Emergence: Personal Foundations of Effective Leadership. Sessions began earlier this fall on October 2nd and concluded on November 19th, 2014.


SLA Board Member Leads Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity to Award for Leadership

October 31, 2014 – Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy would like to recognize board member Lindsey Arthur and Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity on receiving the 2014 Athena Organizational Leadership Award. This award honors an organization that actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing, and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential—creating balance in leadership worldwide.


Shafer Leadership Academy Well Represented at ATHENA Awards

October 21, 2014 – Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy board member Joann McKinney and Emergence alumna Kristen Bitzegaio were recently selected as finalists for the 2014 ATHENA Awards, which celebrates the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of our community and recognizes those who support them. The Catalyst for Empowering Women & ATHENA Awards Luncheon was held on October 15th at the Horizon Convention Center.


Registration Now Open for Shafer Leadership Academy’s Fourteenth Emergence Leadership Course

September 12, 2014 – Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s nonprofit community leadership institute, is now accepting registrations for the organization’s core program Emergence: Personal Foundations of Effective Leadership. This course marks the fourteenth offering of Emergence since 2007. To this point, over 300 individual have graduated from the program.


Shafer Leadership Academy Presents Workshop on Leading Teams

August 21, 2014 – Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s nonprofit leadership development institute, will present the leadership program Propel: Leading a Group from Vision to Action on September 10, 2014 from 8:00am to 4:30pm at the Innovation Connector in Muncie, Indiana.


CONVERGE 2014 Volunteer Recruitment Fair Returns for Fifth Consecutive Year

August 1, 2014, Muncie IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s Leadership Development Institute, hasannounced that CONVERGE 2014 will be back for the fifth consecutive year. This region-wide volunteer recruitment event will takeplace on September 4th from 4-7 PM at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie. This year’s event will cap off a full day of community service including United Way of Delaware County’s Campaign Kickoff and “Day of Caring” activities.


Shafer Leadership Academy Delivers Custom Leadership Programming for PrimeTrust Federal Credit Union

July 31, 2014 – Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s nonprofit leadership development institute, recently hosted a custom leadership program for members of PrimeTrust Federal Credit Union’s management team.  


Shafer Leadership Academy Delivers Custom Leadership Programming for LifeStream Services

July 10, 2014 – Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s nonprofit leadership development institute, recently hosted a custom leadership program for members of LifeStream Services management team.


Shafer Leadership Academy Hosts Leadership Series for AITP

July 1, 2014 – Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s nonprofit leadership development institute, is hosting a quarterly leadership series for the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) at the Innovation Connector in Muncie, Indiana.


Shafer Leadership Academy Presents Workshop on Leading Multi-Generational Teams

July 1, 2014 – Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s nonprofit leadership development institute, will present the leadership program Fusion: Leading Multi-Generational Teams on Thursday, July 31st, 2014. The workshop will be from 8:00am to 12:00pm at the Innovation Connector in Muncie, Indiana.


Shafer Leadership Academy Announces Graduates from 13th Emergence Leadership Program

June 5, 2014 – Muncie IN – Shafer Leadership Academy has announced the graduation of nineteen East Central Indiana community leaders from its most recent class of Emergence: Personal Foundations of Effective Leadership. Sessions began earlier this spring on April 16th and concluded on June 4th, 2014.


Shafer Leadership Academy Offers Board Leadership Workshop

May 30, 2014 – Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s nonprofit leadership institute, announced that it will once again offer the board member training workshop entitled All Aboard: Board Leadership in Motion. The session will be held on June 18, 2014 at the Innovation Connector in Muncie from 8:00am to 11:00am. Thanks to the generosity and support of our sponsors, All Aboard will be offered free of charge.


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Registration Now Open for Emergence Leadership Spring Course

March 18, 2014 – Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s nonprofit community leadership institute, is now accepting registrations for the organization’s core program Emergence: Personal Foundations of Effective Leadership. This course marks the thirteenth offering of Emergence since 2007. To this point, nearly 300 individual have graduated from the program.


Shafer Leadership Academy Presents at Statewide Conference

February 18, 2014 – Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s nonprofit leadership development institute, was invited to present at the Indiana Chamber Executives Association (ICEA) 2014 Winter Conference & Awards Luncheon on February 12, 2014. The conference was held at the Indiana Chamber Conference Center in downtown Indianapolis.


Registrations now being accepted for Shafer Leadership Academy’s workshop on Creativity & Innovation

February 4, 2014, Muncie IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s nonprofit leadership development institute, will present Ingenuity: Creativity & Innovation for Leaders on Tuesday March 18th, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. This one-day workshop provides 21st Century leaders with an understanding of how to facilitate and enhance creative thinking and innovation in the workplace to create effective organizational change.


SLA Presents Workshop on Leading Multi-Generational Teams

January 20, 2014 – Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s nonprofit leadership development institute, will present the leadership program Fusion: Leading Multi-Generational Teams on two occasions in 2014. The first offering will be on Wednesday, May 7th and the second offering will be held Thursday, July 31st. Both workshops will be from 8:00am to 12:00pm at the Innovation Connector in Muncie, Indiana.


Shafer Leadership Academy Announces 2014 Board Officers

January 13, 2014, Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s nonprofit leadership development institute, recently elected board officers for 2014 at their January 9th board meeting.


Shafer Leadership Academy Welcomes Program Director

December 20, 2013, Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s premiere leadership development institute, recently announced the hiring of Tisha Gierhart for the newly created position of Program Director. She is primarily responsible for all activities related to the development, delivery, and assessment of leadership programs presented by Shafer Leadership Academy. Her responsibilities also include assisting the organization with financial sustainability primarily through attracting participants to various class offerings and through the delivery of custom programming.


Shafer Leadership Academy Welcomes New Board Members

December 6, 2013, Muncie, IN – The Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s premiere leadership development academy, recently announced the addition of two new board members. Jill Lehman and Mitchell Isaacs are the newest members of the SLA Board of Directors that are dedicated to the success and sustainability of the organization. Through leadership development, they will help to see vibrant communities and workplaces developed within East Central Indiana supported by skilled, collaborative, and engaged leaders.


Shafer Leadership Academy Announces Graduates from 12th Emergence Leadership Program

November 21, 2013, Muncie IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s Premier Leadership Academy, has announced the graduation of twenty-five East Central Indiana community leaders from its most recent class of Emergence: Personal Foundations of Effective Leadership. Sessions began earlier this fall on September 25th and concluded on November 13th, 2013.


Shafer Leadership Academy Presents Workshop on Leading Teams

October 14, 2013 – Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s nonprofit leadership training institute, will present the leadership program Propel: Leading a Group from Vision to Actionon November 21, 2013 from 8:00am to 4:30pm at the Innovation Connector in Muncie, Indiana.


Shafer Leadership Academy Offers Board Leadership Workshop

October 14, 2013 – Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s nonprofit leadership institute, recently announced that it will once again offer the board member training workshop entitled All Aboard: Board Leadership in Motion. The program will take place November 19, 2013 from 8:30am to 11:30am at the Innovation Connector in Muncie, Indiana.


Nearly Fifty Organizations Registered for 4th Annual CONVERGE Volunteer Fair

August 12, 2013, Muncie IN –  Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s Leadership Development Institute, has announced that CONVERGE 2013 will be back for the fourth consecutive year. This region-wide volunteer recruitment event will take place on September 5th from 4-7 PM at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie.


SLA Welcomes New Board Members

July 11, 2013, Muncie IN – The Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s Community Leadership Academy, recently announced the addition of two new board members. Eric Lindley and Joann McKinney are the newest board members to help SLA see vibrant communities and workplaces developed within East Central Indiana supported by skilled, collaborative and engaged leaders.


SLA Announces Date for Converge 2013 Volunteer Fair

July 8, 2013, Muncie IN –  Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s Leadership Development Institute, has announced that CONVERGE 2013 will be back for the fourth consecutive year. This region-wide event will take place on September 5th from 4-7 PM at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie.


SLA and United Way Team Up to Engage Community Volunteers

June 3, 2013, Muncie IN – The Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s Community Leadership Academy, recently announced a new community partnership with the United Way of Delaware County (UWDC). The partnership will focus specifically on volunteer recruitment and engagement in Delaware County.


SLA and Indiana Public Radio Team Up to Spotlight ECI Nonprofit Organizations

May 28, 2013, Muncie IN – The Shafer Leadership Academy (SLA), East Central Indiana’s community leadership institute, recently announced its collaborative partnership with Indiana Public Radio (IPR). This collaboration will focus specifically on nonprofit organizations, volunteerism and community involvement throughout the East Central Indiana region.


Shafer Leadership Academy Announces Graduates of Emergence, Class #11

May 22, 2013, Muncie IN – The Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s Community Leadership Academy, has announced the graduation of its 11th class of East Central Indiana community leaders from its spring 2013 class of Emergence: Personal Foundations of Effective Leadership.  This is the first graduating class from the Academy since the renaming of LEAD-ECI to The Shafer Leadership Academy.


Shafer Leadership Academy announces Board Leadership Workshop

May 21, 2013, Muncie IN – The Shafer Leadership Academy (SLA), East Central Indiana’s Community Leadership Academy, has recently announced that this June it will offer its leadership training workshop entitled All Aboard: Board Leadership in Motion. This three-hour workshop is intended for both aspiring and current board members and will provide insights regarding the responsibilities of a typical not-for-profit board member, how individuals can find the right board to serve on, questions to ask when considering board service, and common traits that effective board members share.


Registrations now being accepted for SLA’s workshop on Creativity & Innovation for Leaders

 May 21, 2013, Muncie IN – The Shafer Leadership Academy (SLA), East Central Indiana’s Community Leadership Academy, is now taking applications for Ingenuity: Creativity & Innovation for Leaders. This one-day workshop provides 21st Century leaders with an understanding of how to facilitate and enhance creative thinking and innovation in the workplace to create effective organizational change.


LEAD-ECI Announces Strategic Partnership with The Shafer Foundation

March 19, 2013, Muncie, Indiana – LEAD-ECI Board President, Ray Chambers, announced the establishment of a long-term partnership with the Hamer D. & Phyllis C. Shafer Foundation today at a news conference and celebration at the Innovation Connector in Muncie. This partnership results in the transformation and renaming of LEAD-ECI to The Shafer Leadership Academy. The announcement was made to a gathering of more than 100 community leaders, members of the Shafer Foundation Board of Directors, members of the LEAD-ECI Board of Directors, and numerous LEAD-ECI Alumni.


Emergence Leadership Course Refreshed for 2013

February 21, 2013, Muncie, IN – East Central Indiana’s leadership academy, LEAD-ECI, is now accepting applications for the organization’s core program; Emergence: Personal Foundations of Effective Leadership.  Having offered this program since 2007, LEAD-ECI will present the next Emergence workshop experience with a newly refreshed schedule, maximizing the program’s highly interactive format. This will be the eleventh class to participate in Emergence and with its conclusion more than 300 individuals will have graduated from the program.


LEAD-ECI Announces 2013 Programming Lineup

January 28, 2013, Muncie IN – LEAD-ECI, East Central Indiana’s Community Leadership Academy, recently announced its leadership training schedule for 2013. Each program in the lineup was developed in response to input from organizations throughout East Central Indiana and address specific areas of leadership development and other skills needed for effective personal and collective growth.


LEAD-ECI Announces New Leadership with 2013 Board Officers

January 15, 2013, Muncie, Indiana – LEAD-ECI, East Central Indiana’s community leadership academy, recently announced their Board Officers for 2013 at their January 10th board meeting. Among the LEAD-ECI Officers named are: Ray Chambers – President, Wil Davis – Treasurer, and Jaime Faulkner – Secretary. 2012 Board President, Jeannine Harrold was also recognized for her outstanding leadership of the organization over the past year. She will continue to serve on the board.