Center for Leadership Development

Academy for Cultivating Talent

The purpose of the Academy for Cultivating Talent (ACT) is to build the social capacity and economic strength of the region served by Indiana University East.  This will be accomplished through systematically cultivating the talents of specific populations that represent dimensions of diversity not yet fully engaged in the economic and community development of the region.

The Academy for Cultivating Talent is seeking applications for the 2014-2015 program year.  The focus for the year is on next generation leaders – individuals who are poised to have greater influence in their organizations, institutions, or communities This program, limited to 30 participants, will emphasize the unique qualities of and opportunities for next generation leaders.  Participants will expand knowledge and skills in order to:

  • develop a stronger connection to their own sense of purpose.
  • employ a variety of approaches to leadership and influence.
  • use their emotional and social intelligence to navigate differences and enhance collaborations.
  • become a more effective agent of change in their communities and organizations.
  • lead their organizations more effectively.


Applicants to the Academy for Cultivating Talent must have:

  • a deep desire to engage in an intensive personal development experience.
  • an interest in finding ways to influence issues about which they are personally passionate.
  • the ability to attend all sessions.
  • support of their organization.

Program Schedule

All sessions are scheduled from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm unless otherwise noted. 
Sessions will be held in the Conference Room of Hayes Hall (Room 275).

Thursday, January 29th, 2014, 8:30 – 4:00 pm

SESSION 5: Leverage Your Strengths for Greater Impact

Session Presenter:

Fredricka Joyner


At the end of the four fall sessions, each participant will have a personal development plan aimed at building the capacity to achieve both personal and business results and will have identified an action learning project to be completed during the remainder of the program year.


Thursday, February 26th, 2015, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

SESSION 6 - Dipping into the Humanities to Broaden Your Leadership Skills

Session Presenters:

Keira Amstutz, president and CEO

Keira Amstutz took the helm of Indiana Humanities in April, 2008, as president and CEO. A lawyer with experience in public policy and cultural development, Keira is passionate about developing creative humanities programming that encourages Hoosiers to think, read, talk and connect. Prior to joining the organization, Keira served as chief counsel and director of policy for the City of Indianapolis. She led the city’s successful Cultural Development Initiative, a public-private collaboration launched to elevate the city’s cultural profile.

Kristin Hess, director of special projects and visual communications

Kristin serves a dual-role at Indiana Humanities shaping the organization’s branding and marketing efforts through visual communications, as well as creating and managing statewide programs. She loves shaping the organization’s visual identity, fundraising and messaging through design and photography. Her career began at Indiana Humanities by traveling with the nationally-recognized Food for Thought program across Indiana to create opportunities for thousands of Hoosiers to engage in Indiana food culture. Later, she served as photographer and graphic designer for Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest, a book commissioned by Indiana Humanities.


Thursday, March 12th, 2014, 8:30 am– 4:00 pm



Tuesday, April 21, 2014, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

SESSION 8:  Spring Leadership Forum -- Next Generation Leaders
and Action Learning Celebration Luncheon


For more information, contact Dr. Fredricka Joyner at 765-973-8412 or

Program Facilitator


Fredricka JoynerDr. Fredricka Joyner has over three decades of business experience, providing leadership, organization, and community development consulting services to a diverse client list that includes manufacturing and service organizations, professional practices, health and education coalitions, non-profits, government departments, and social service agencies. Over the past five years, Joyner has provided training and consulting services related to managing across the generations. She has also designed and delivered a four-day leadership development curriculum to almost 2000 managers in a global Fortune 500 company. Most recently, she has been providing intensive executive coaching to high potential managers who have been tasked with expanding into international markets.

Fredricka hasbeen with Indiana University for the past tenyears and is currently an Associate Professor at the Indiana University East School of Business and Economics where she directs the IU East Center for Leadership Development and the Master's in Management program.She has won a number of awards for her teaching andis an active researcher with numerous publications. She is the lead author of Engineering as a Social Activity: Preparing Engineers to Thrive in the Changing World of Work, which was recently published in the American Journal of Engineering EducationSpring 2012 edition.

Joyner earned her Master’s in Organization Management from Antioch University and her Ph.D. in Community Formation from the Union Institute.