Center for Leadership Development

Academy for Cultivating Talent

This year the IU School of Business and Economics is proud to partner with The United Way of Whitewater Valley to provide a program that will focus on the development of leaders in the not-for-profit sector.

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  • Targeted for individuals who are currently “in action” providing leadership in some capacity in the not-for-profit sector
  • Blend of personal development and skill development
  • Focus on increasing the capacity to influence. 
  • Use of assessment instruments to drive development planning
  • Use of Learning Pods (Pod Partners) for peer consulting
  • Includes an Action Learning component
  • Includes Leadership Role Model Speakers over some of the lunch hours. 
  • Includes a final dinner with organizational sponsors invited

Program Objectives
Through participation in the IU East Academy for Cultivating Talent, individuals will:

  • Develop and begin working through a Personal Development Plan with focus on development of personal competencies related to strategic issues/work.
  • Develop and implement an action learning project focused on strategic issues/work that will build the capacity of their organization.
  • Increase their capacity for influence AKA make things happen.
  • Increase their ability to focus on the mission of their organization and have a greater impact.
  • Build a network of colleagues both inside and outside of their home organization
  • Increase skills related to key leadership competencies.
  • Enhance their ability for reflection as it relates to both personal effectiveness and specific work projects.



How to Apply

Fill out the application and either:

  1. email application to, or;
  2. mail application to:

    Dr. Fredricka F. Joyner
    Director, IU East Center for Leadership Developmnet
    IU East School of Business and Economics
    2325 Chester Blvd.
    Richmond IN 47374
Note:  Applications will be accepted until the cohort is full.

Program Year Schedule

All sessions are scheduled from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm unless otherwise noted.  Sessions will be held in the Conference Room of Hayes Hall (Room 275)

  • September 12, 2013
  • October 15, 2013
  • November 20, 2013
  • December 17, 2013
  • January 22, 2014
  • February 18, 2014
  • March 11, 2014
  • April 21, 2014 (evening only)
  • April 22, 2014

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

Program Facilitator


Dr. Fredricka JoynerFredricka 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.

Session Information

Thursday, September 12th, 2013, 8:30 – 4:00

Session 1 – Launching the Program Year

Through active engagement in this session, participants will:

  • understand the ACT program objectives and components.
  • get to know other participants.
  • map out the personal and business context for their ACT experience.
  • initiate an in-depth development planning process.

Session Presenter:  Barbara Hummel

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Barbara Hummel works with executives and management teams to become more effective and authentic in their leadership and collaboration efforts.  She has worked in the Madison area since 1980, first organizing peer training to help people with disabilities live more independently, then directing an organizational improvement network of nearly 300 businesses and organizations, and finally consulting since 1997. 

She has served as an executive coach for the UW’s Leadership Beyond Management program since 2002.   She has also been affiliated with the national Center for Courage and Renewal since 1999, and currently serves on its Board of Directors.  She has co-facilitated Courage to Teach offerings in the Midwest since 2002, and Courage to Lead series for clergy and congregational leaders since 2006. 

Barb has a master’s degree in counseling and personnel services from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Denison University.

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013, 8:30 – 4:00

Session 2 – Making a Difference: Skills and Strategies to Increase Influence and Have a Positive Impact

Through active engagement in this session, participant will:

  • understand their fundamental work style preferences and related behaviors from the perspective of the Predictive Index® assessment instrument.
  • take away a set of strategies and tools that can be used to increase their influence and ability to have a positive impact.
  • identify engagement strategies that can be used to unleash the potential of others.

Session Presenter:  Heather Haas, President, ADVISA

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Heather has extensive experience consulting, speaking and training on the topics of: leadership development, sales improvement, talent management, strategic planning, and executive coaching. Heather’s clients include organizations of all types, from Fortune 500 companies to family-owned businesses. She is a trusted advisor in helping each of them make the most of their greatest competitive advantage – their people. Heather attended Indiana University where she completed her undergraduate and master’s work. Prior to joining ADVISA, Heather held leadership roles in the education and non-profit sectors. Heather is married and has three children.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 6:00 pm (optional opportunity)

Doc Hendley will be in Vivian Auditorium for an evening lecture and book signing as a part of the IU East “One Book, Many Voices” project:



Wednesday, November 20th, 2013, 8:30 – 4:00

Session 3 – Creating an Effective Work Environment: Building Relationships and Engaging Others

Through active engagement in this session, participants will:

  • use the EQi assessment instrument as a framework to connect emotional intelligence competencies with the ability to build relationships and engage others.
  • maximize effectiveness by leveraging strengths and minimizing potential pitfalls.
  • draft a personal development plan to increase capacity to achieve results.
  • initiate a formal learning partnership with a small sub-group of participants.

Session Presenter:  Fredricka F. Joyner

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013, 8:30 – 4:00

Session 4 – Designing for Innovation

Through active engagement in this session, participant will:

  • gain a contemporary understanding of innovation and the factors influencing it.
  • understand the critical role innovation has in the management playbook.
  • have a first-hand experience (through the Designing for Innovation simulation) of the role of design thinking in reframing and addressing persistent product, service or process problems.
  • take away a new set of tools they can apply as is, or as adapted, in their organizations to improve creativity and innovative thinking.

Session Presenter: Michael J. Oakes

  photo of Michael OakesMichael J Oakes is currently senior lecturer in finance at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and previously director of the MBA program at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus. He teaches financial management, investments, and corporate finance, with research interests in financial markets, strategy, creativity, and innovation. He is a certified facilitator of the Design Thinker simulation.

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.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 8:30 – 4:00

Session 5 - Coalition Leadership:  The Practice of Community Collaboration

Collaboration is more than just a spirit. It’s a process. Many times, community collaborations fail simply because there is no agreed upon approach for working together. Without a process, communities tend to place a few smart people in a room with a flip chart and hope that a creative miracle somehow occurs. There is a better way. Coalition building is the practice of bringing together a diverse collective of stakeholder organizations to solve complex problems linked to the development of human potential.

The Coalition Leadership workshop takes the invisible process of community collaboration and makes it visible by creating a common language and a set of shared practices for community leaders. The coalition building process builds on a series of progressively deeper agreements among stakeholders. The evolution of the agreements follows a general pattern for building trust that can be mapped out and replicated.

The workshop will present the ingredients and structure of the community collaboration process through a series of visual frameworks that explain: 

• Leadership and Readiness
• Stakeholder Relationships and Roles
• The Coalition Building Process
• The Structure for Organizing People
• Design Principles and Ingredients
• Strategy and Sustainability

About the Institute
The Institute for Coalition Building helps communities grow coalitions to solve their grand challenges. Led by a team of pragmatic practitioners, the Institute fosters stakeholder leadership and community collaboration by teaching and sharing a process for working together, by nurturing the facilitation skills of the next-generation of coalition builders, and by creating the tools and frameworks that form the underlying foundation of the practice.

Session Presenter:  Jack Hess

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Jack Hess graduated cum laude from Ball State University with a degree in the award-winning Entrepreneurship and Small Business Administration Program.
Mr. Hess is currently the Executive Director of the Institute for Coalition Building. The Institute helps communities across the country build coalitions to solve their grandest challenges. Through its work, the Institute takes the invisible process of community collaboration and makes it visible and concrete for community leaders by
creating a common language and a set of shared practices that form the underlying foundation of the practice.  Prior to his work with the Institute, he was the President of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce where he set in place an aggressive strategy of building on the power of place, increasing member engagement, and
promoting the principles of entrepreneurship and innovation.  Within two years of implementing its new strategic plan, the Columbus Chamber was named the Indiana
Chamber of the Year in 2008. One year later, the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) presented the Columbus Chamber with the National Chamber of the Year Award. The award recognizes excellence in operations, member services, and community leadership.  While at the Chamber, he helped to champion a number of collaborative projects including the state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, the formation of a regional learning system through Economic
Opportunities 2015, an online training academy for entrepreneurs called SmallBizU, the Indiana University Center for Art+Design and the formation of the downtown Columbus Arts District.  Mr. Hess has been awarded the Ernst & Young “Best New Venture Plan Award,” as well as, the “Outstanding Small Business Consultation Award.” He has also been presented with the Indiana SBDC Network Awards for Innovation, Achievement, and Network Advocacy, the “Mayor’s Achievement of Excellence Award,” and the
“National Star Performer Award” from the Association of Small Business Development Centers.  He has most recently been awarded the “Outstanding Community Partner Award” from the IU MBA Program, the “Entrepreneurial Award of Distinction for a Social Enterprise Program” by the IU Kelly School of Business, and the “Rotary Centennial Service Award for Professional Excellence.”

Tuessday, February 18, 2014, 8:30 – 4:00

Session 6 - Achieving Social Change through Collective Impact:  The Role of the Not-for-Profit Sector

No single organization has the ability to solve today’s complex social issues. Instead, these challenges require a systematic approach that focuses on relationships between organizations across multiple sectors and their combined progress toward shared objectives. Increasingly, not-for–profit organizations are being asked or expected to take the lead to mobilize and coordinate the specific elements necessary for this type of collective action to succeed. In this workshop, participants will explore the concept of collective impact and delve into the various roles that not-for-profit organizations are playing in this innovative but challenging approach.

Through active engagement in this session, participants will:

  • gain an understanding of the concept of collective impact, what distinguishes a collective impact approach from other efforts, and why (and when) this approach is needed;
  • explore and discuss the five conditions and phases of collective impact;
  • learn about an evolving Indiana-based collective impact initiative called the Healthy Communities Partnership of Southwest Indiana and the role of the Welborn Baptist Foundation; and
  • participate in a discussion about the role of the NFP sector in collective impact efforts.

Session Presenters:  Dr. JoEllen (Joey) Vrazel and Kevin Bain

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Dr. Joey Vrazel is the founder and President of Leverage Points Consulting. Dr. Vrazel brings a wealth of public health and community-based expertise from experiences working at the local, state and national level for the past ten years. Drawing from a diverse professional background and various executive level leadership positions, Dr. Vrazel specializes in working with community leaders and organizations to assess, design, and implement policy, systems and environmental strategies to create thriving, healthy communities. Central to this work, Dr. Vrazel provides training and technical assistance to organizations and communities for the development of multi-sector partnerships and leadership teams, strategic system and sustainability plans, and peer-to-peer communities of practice.

In addition to her community-based work, Dr. Vrazel is the author of several community focused resource guides, including Managing Change and Leading through Transition: A Guide for Community and Public Health Practitioners and Cultivating Communities of Practice for Community and Public Health Professionals: A Guide for Sharing, Accelerating, and Managing Knowledge. Dr. Vrazel is also the lead author and plan designer of several competitive federal grant applications bringing in over 10 million dollars in grant awards. 

Prior to launching Leverage Points Consulting, Dr. Vrazel worked for ICF International in Atlanta as a contractor for the CDC to assist with the Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative and the Community Transformation Grant. From 2007 through 2010, Dr. Vrazel worked at the Indiana State Department of Health in various director roles in addition to developing and leading a newly formed Health and Human Services Commission as Assistant Commissioner. From 2005-2007, Dr. Vrazel was on faculty in the Exercise Science Department of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services where she received the Excellence in Graduate Teaching award in 2007. Prior to her work in public health, Dr. Vrazel spent 13 years coaching collegiate volleyball at the Division I level and five years as a professional volleyball player.

Dr. Vrazel holds a PhD in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior from South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health, a MA in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University, and a BS in Physical Education from Texas A & M University.

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Kevin Bain is Executive Director and CEO of the Welborn Baptist Foundation in Evansville, IN. Welborn Baptist Foundation is the not-for-profit, private foundation created in 1999 from the sale of Welborn Baptist Hospital to St. Mary’s Medical Center and from additional assets of the hospital. The Foundation provides grants to not-for profit organizations that significantly contribute to community health in a fourteen county area of Southeastern Illinois, Southwestern Indiana and Western Kentucky. Since its inception, the Foundation has granted over $40,000,000 in the target areas of early childhood development, healthy youth development, coordinated school health, improvements to community health status, and faith based institutions.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2008, Mr. Bain spent 25 years in management positions with various divisions of Bristol-Myers Squibb, including experience in infant and adult nutritional products, analgesics, pediatric vitamins, hair care, and hair color. His responsibilities during his career at BMS included marketing research, product management, business development, strategic planning, and international general management – leading businesses   in Hong Kong and in Japan for a total of 6 years. Immediately before relocating to Evansville,  Mr. Bain owned his own consulting firm in Indianapolis, specializing in marketing and strategic planning for a variety of for profit and not for profit endeavors. A primary focus of his  consulting practice was the development of Indiana-specific career and college exploration  Web sites for students and their families.

Mr. Bain earned a BA in Psychology from Hanover College, and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago.

The remaining sessions in the spring will be customized to meet the needs of the ACT participant group.  The sessions will include topics such as:

  • Thinking outside of the box re: NFP work
  • Social enterprise models
  • Engaging volunteers
  • Advocating for yourself and your organization
  • Telling your story – compelling case narratives
  • Engaging employees
  • Leveraging your Board


For additional opportunities to build managerial skills, ACT participants are encouraged to attend the Management Series training sessions.  The cost of these sessions is included in the ACT program fee.  Management Series sessions include:

Managing Conflict -- Thursday, October 17, 2013  (1-4pm)
Influencing Skills -- Tuesday, November 19, 2013  (9 am - noon)
Managing Performance -- Thursday,December 12, 2013  (1-4pm)
Managing Teams -- Wednesday, January 15, 2014 (1-4pm)
Facilitating Meetings for Results -- Tuesday, February 11, 2014 (9 am - noon)
Engaging Employees -- Wednesday, March 12, 2014 (1-4pm)
Coaching and Developing -- Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (9 am - noon)
Managing Across the Generations -- Wednesday, April 23, 2014 (8 am - 4:30 pm)
Championing Change -- Tuesday, May 13, 2014 (1-4pm)