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In 2020, more than 160 of Shafer Leadership Academy’s nearly 200 public programs were virtual. More than 5,000 people participated in these programs — a record for the Muncie nonprofit dedicated to providing people of all ages, backgrounds and interests access to the tools necessary to develop and enhance their…

Patience, Persistence, and People

2020 was a strange year, but it taught me an important lesson about patience, persistence, and people. I count myself as incredibly fortunate to finish this year healthier and happier. In addition to losing 30 pounds, I’ve marked personal bests in weightlifting and cardio (thanks to Muncie CrossFit at The…

97% in 144 Hours

Blog, SLA News
Twice a week for six weeks, Ryan McFarland sat 6 feet apart from 10 of his colleagues at Tyson Foods Inc., in Portland. The maintenance supervisor of 13 years could have been assigning repairs or coordinating equipment inspections, but instead, he talked about communication challenges, dove into management exercises, and…

I’m Right and You’re Wrong

Blog, Guest Posts
My name is Eleanor Cooper. I am a senior at Burris Laboratory School, and I am doing a fall internship with Shafer Leadership Academy. I am passionate about developing myself and others. I also pride myself on being outspoken and I love being right, to a fault. As much as…