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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…

Transformative Training, Constant Reflection, and a Drive to Serve

Blog, Stories of Leadership
Kellie Pearson-Carroll’s passionate purpose is a result of her environment. She watched her mother navigate the healthcare system for support with her brother’s intellectual disabilities and schizophrenia. All people, she said, deserve decent healthcare and respect despite their diagnosis. Pearson-Carroll grew up in a loving community, but she and her…

SLA receives the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award

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(source: Jessica Shrout, WIBU) MUNCIE, IN—Women In Business Unlimited, WIBU, has announced finalists in three categories for the 2022 ATHENALeadership Awards. Nominees for the ATHENA Leadership Award include Allison Robbins, Brenda Williamson, Dr. Melissa Gentry, Jennifer Gibson, Katie Lehman, Kourtney McCauliff, Krista Wise, Dr. Lee Ann Kwiatkowski, Ren’a Wagner, and…

A Shining Smile

Written by: Dillon Muhlenkamp  SLA Summer 2022 Intern Have you ever been struggling to know if what you’re doing is all worth it? I was recently struggling with this as a county fair board member but for me, all it took was one thing. A Shining Smile For me, one…

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

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Last week we gathered at the Innovation Connector to celebrate SLA’s impact. We learned how Emergence graduates are impacting the community. We heard an inspiring story from a graduate of our Muncie Youth Leadership program and we shared our progress and growth during the 2020-2021 “pandemic years”. Want to Know…

Meet Our Community Inclusion Ambassadors

SLA News
Meet Shafer Leadership Academy’s Community Inclusion Ambassadors, who will work to build relationships across all communities within East Central Indiana. These passionate leaders will travel the region to connect individuals with inclusive leadership development opportunities. Mitch Isaacs, executive director of Shafer Leadership Academy, said the ambassadors are particularly focused on…