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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…

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

SLA News
(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…