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Chad Shelley

the missing puzzle piece Chad Shelley’s son was three years old when he was diagnosed with autism. Chad says he had previously been in a state of denial. His son’s behavior had been difficult to handle, but he had convinced himself it was just a phase. (more…)

Kristen Bitzegaio

an irresistible drumbeat Kristen Bitzegaio thought she was going to be a magazine editor until one day, while working on the WIPB-TV newsletter, she opened up to her boss about how discontent she was as a student in the Ball State journalism department. Her boss sat her down and told her…

Emergence Class #11

2013 Spring Emergence Class 11 is a great example of a Multi-Generational team working together to make a difference in the community.  The class stays connected by email and has a goal to physically meet once a quarter for either lunch or breakfast.  The meeting is a social visit where…

Tisha Gierhart

The most inspiring and effective leaders don’t lead strictly from a place of positional authority. They primarily lead others with their professional and personal example. Tisha Gierhart, a Spring 2010 Emergence graduate and recently named Shafer Leadership Academy Program Director, took this principle literally. (more…)