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Don’t Hold Back

Blog, Stories of Leadership
Self-made James Joseph leads with empathy to inspire even the most unlikely leaders James Joseph has never had to look far for guidance and inspiration: “If my father ever had a bad day, I didn’t know it. If he ever rushed to judgement, I didn’t see it,” Joseph said. “My…

The Best Investment is Professional Development

Blog, Stories of Leadership
Andrew Dawson speaks to the rewards of building a team of leaders The late Al Rent, who was a fixture at Ball State University, told Andrew Dawson early in his career, “You are only as successful as people allow you to be.” The truism has grown to become somewhat of…

The goal is not perfection, the goal is progress.

Written by: Alicia Van Duyn  SLA Summer 2023 Intern The goal is not perfection, the goal is progress. Those were the words that one of my psychology professors, Professor Mathieu-Frasier, had put up on the screen the first day of class this past spring semester for her research methods in psychology…

From Uncertainty to Career Ready

Blog, Stories of Leadership
Shafer Leadership Academy and Eastern Indiana Works Partner with the YWCA Central Indiana to help residents gain employment. “That program gave me my mama back,” Samantha Long said of a novel partnership to empower and equip her mother and others with the confidence, resources and skills needed to move from…

Welcome Ted Ward as Membership Director

SLA News
Shafer Leadership Academy named C. Ted Ward, II as the nonprofit’s membership director. Starting July 24, the longtime leadership coach will work to deepen existing relationships with SLA member organizations and connect new members to the region’s premiere professional development organization. I am proud to be part of the team.…

Highlights from SLA’s Annual Meeting and Report to the Community

SLA News
Last Thursday we gathered at the Innovation Connector to celebrate SLA’s impact. We learned how Emergence graduates are impacting the community. We heard from Dr. Melinda Messineo about our DEI accomplishments, we met SLA’s new Membership Director, and we shared our progress and growth as we led forward through 2022.…

Partnership with Shafer Leadership Empowers Tipton Teens to Serve Community

Blog, SLA News
Since September, select high school students have gathered weekly to discover and develop leadership skills during the inaugural Tipton Youth Leadership Program. This spring, the group will apply that knowledge to a service projects that addresses the region’s most pressing issues.  Kegan Schmicker, executive director for the Tipton County Chamber…