Anyone Can be a Leader and Everyone Deserves to be Heard.

by: Megan Orbin – Woof Boom

I graduated from Ball State University and found full time employment at Woof Boom. I was excited to work for my company but that required staying in Muncie. I was a reluctant resident.  Emergence helped change that for me. Suddenly I was spending hours with community members from diverse backgrounds with different opinions, talking and sharing ideas, all the while becoming more and more confident to speak up.

Emergence gave me the confidence to step deeper into the community that I once avoided.

As an introvert and the low man on the totem pole, I initially sat down & kept quiet.  The environment that Tisha, Mitch, and the other facilitators worked hard to cultivate allowed me to feel comfortable to share my thoughts.

Emergence gave me the confidence to step deeper into the community that I once avoided.  When the opportunity to join Altrusa International of Muncie was offered to me, I agreed immediately.  I haven’t been a member for an entire year yet, but that didn’t stop me from agreeing to Co-Chair a Committee with the eventual plan of Chairing said committee next year.  I am lucky to have found something similar to Emergence in Altrusa as the club is another supportive group of community members.

To steal one of Tisha’s favorite phrases. I feel like my toolbox is full of techniques and skills to lead within my community and workplace. I am grateful to my company, Woof Boom Radio, for sending me to Emergence and I will forever be grateful to Shafer Leadership Academy, who helped me begin this journey.



Emergence is Shafer Leadership Academy’s core leadership program. Topics during the interactive sessions, include learning and leadership styles, effective communication, consensus building, conflict management, civic leadership and personal mission.

Emergence is built for busy professionals, who want the depth of an extended retreat but don’t have the time. This year’s class will begin with a full day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, and continue each Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. through Tuesday, May 19. On Tuesday May 26, will conclude the program with another full day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Scholarships are available, and participants from SLA Member Organizations receive discounts.



Learn more and register for Emergence and other SLA programs.

Questions? Email Shafer Leadership Academy or call the office at 765-748-0403.