Shafer Leadership Academy Announces Graduates from 12th Emergence Leadership Program

November 21, 2013, Muncie IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s Premier Leadership Academy, has announced the graduation of twenty-five East Central Indiana community leaders from its most recent class of Emergence: Personal Foundations of Effective Leadership. Sessions began earlier this fall on September 25th and concluded on November 13th, 2013.

This year alone, Shafer Leadership Academy will deliver more than 3,000 student hours of leadership training to participants.  These program participants represent corporations, nonprofit organizations, school systems, and government entities and come from nearly every county in East Central Indiana. This Emergence class is of significance because it marks the twelfth Emergence course to be held by the Shafer Leadership Academy. It also marks over 300 individuals who have graduated from the Emergence program since 2007.

Emergence is an eight-week, highly interactive leadership training program that seeks to develop and enhance the individual leadership abilities of emerging and experienced leaders. It also fosters collaborative and connective approaches to problem solving in the communities of East Central Indiana.

Participants graduating from class #12 include Scott Bennett, Connie Bower, William Bryant, Bennita Buchanan, Nance Buchert, Polly Craig, Julie Day, Corey Flint, Jen Hart, Abby Hewitt, Mia Johnson, Marilyn Kaicy, Derek Kelly, Ashley Lichtenbarger, Karen McTague, Michael Morelli, Lesley Odom, Chrystal Pearson, Sheena Peters, Cory Pollen, Diane Pursley, Mark Springer, Dustin Stillinger, Rhonda Ward, and Veronica Wells. This class represents nineteen different East Central Indiana companies and organizations.

For more information on Emergence, or other leadership programs offered by Shafer Leadership Academy, go to or call 765-748-0403.