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Personal Foundations of Effective Leadership

Emergence: Personal Foundations of Effective Leadership is our core leadership program. It is an eight-week highly interactive and engaging training opportunity ideal for emerging or experienced leaders seeking to enhance their leadership capabilities. At the end of the program, participants can expect to be better equipped to lead the change they want to see in the businesses, not-for-profits, civic groups, and communities they represent.

Innovation Connector
1208 W White River Blvd
Muncie, IN 47303


  • Tuesday, April 2, 9 am – 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, April 9, 5 pm – 8 pm
  • Tuesday, April 16, 5 pm – 8 pm
  • Tuesday, April 23, 5 pm – 8 pm
  • Tuesday, April 30, 5 pm – 8 pm
  • Tuesday, May 7, 5 pm – 8 pm
  • Tuesday, May 14, 5 pm – 8 pm
  • Tuesday, May 21, 9 am – 3 pm


Regular price:
per individual participant
Participants from SLA Member Organizations receive discounts. 

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Personal Foundations of Effective Leadership

Program Format:

If you think Emergence is just about sitting around and listening to lectures, think again. Program sessions are designed to be interactive, participatory, thought-provoking, and applicable. Each week, a specific leadership topic will be the focus of the session and participants will walk away with significant insight related to these leadership fundamentals and will have a better personal understanding of how they can apply them.

Participant Takeaways:

Participants can expect to take away a better understanding of their own personal leadership style as well as the knowledge, confidence, and tools to more effectively lead others.

About the Emergence Program


Shafer Leadership Academy is committed to the highest level of training and facilitation through the courses we offer. This is accomplished in many ways, but especially through the professional facilitators we bring to the program. Each of our facilitators has significant experience in leadership training and/or serving in leadership positions throughout their careers.

Mary Jo Clark

Pat Heiny


Mary Jo Clark and Pat Heiny help organizations, corporations, and communities develop effective 21st century leadership and visions. Whether making presentations for state or national meetings, facilitating visioning efforts, expediting community collaborations, or developing a performing team, Contemporary Consulting utilizes interactive, participatory, reflective training. Known as the leadership experts, Pat and Mary Jo offer training in servant leadership, customer service, collaboration, consensus, visioning, empowering others, creativity and creating a performing team.


Tisha Gierhart was hired as Shafer Leadership Academy’s first Program Director in January 2014. She is primarily responsible for all activities related to the development, delivery, and assessment of leadership programs presented by Shafer Leadership Academy. In this role, she focuses on building collaborative relationships with Shafer Leadership Academy’s participants and partners.

Tisha holds a degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has worked in the healthcare field for fourteen years, where she developed her skills in leadership, project management and facilitation. Tisha served as an internal coach for IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, where she worked to enhance the patient experience by cultivating a culture of service.

Tisha is an alumnus of Shafer Leadership Academy’s Emergence program and has completed Advanced Facilitator Training. Tisha is a Certified John Maxwell Speaker, Coach and Trainer. She is certified in The Leadership Challenge and has over 40 hours of certified coach training. Tisha is an active member in her community where she serves as a board member for the Jay County Cancer Society and is the Co-Chair of the Jay County Cancer Walk. She enjoys volunteering and is a member of the Portland Evening Optimist and Hickory Grove Church of the Brethren. Her work reflects her passion for making a difference, building relationships, and motivating others. She believes in leading by example and developing purposeful connections.


WaTasha Barnes Griffin is the YWCA’s Chief Executive Officer. She has been with the YWCA since 2015.

As CEO, Barnes Griffin is responsible for being the advocate for the organization – out in the community talking about the YWCA’s work and being at any table where the issues of women and girls, and their economic empowerment and advancement, are being discussed.

Barnes Griffin said all her community work in recent years has been related to issues that impact women.

“The mission of the YWCA is to eliminate racism and empower women,” she said. “Both of those things are closely aligned with my personal mission, as well. For me, intentionality is important. Anything that I am involved with has to involve women, education or the advancement of women in their lives. ”

Barnes Griffin said her dream for the future of the YWCA is for it to continue to fulfill its mission – being a valuable resource for the community as it has been since 1911.

“We want to make sure our organization, and what we do, continues to serve and to lift and support women and children for another 100-plus years,” she said.

Course Topics:

Each of the eight sessions of Emergence provides actionable insights one can use to better understand their particular leadership style and to enhance their leadership capabilities. Session topics include:

  • Learning styles
  • Leadership styles
  • Effective communication
  • Consensus building
  • Conflict management
  • Building trust
  • Civic leadership
  • Personal mission

Scholarships are available.

If requesting a scholarship, please complete the registration form below. The form will ask if you are seeking a scholarship and will include a special section for scholarship applicants.