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I give a great deal of credit to this course
for my foundational leadership knowledge.

Chase Batt
Emergence 2007

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Emergence gave me a clearer vision
of the kind of leader I want to be.

Meredith Demaree
Emergence 2016

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Learning how to teach skills to my
circles of influence at work and in
the community is invaluable.

Evan Griner
Emergence 2017

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I’d love for every leader, young and old,
to benefit from the Emergence experience.

Qiana O’Neal-Clemens
Emergence 2012



Shafer Leadership Academy provides people of all ages, backgrounds and interests access to the tools necessary to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Our aim is to provide contemporary leadership training that meets the needs of communities, businesses, nonprofit organizations and private individuals. LEARN MORE »


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