Turning Potential into Performance

A community of
& inspired leaders

Our mission is to help people develop their most valuable asset-themselves. Through a variety of hands-on, engaging activities our students and educators take a “journey of self-discovery” and gain essential tools for success along the way.

Why Effective Leadership Academy?

21st Century Skills

Students encounter unique challenges in this time of rapid change. A growing number of studies link social competency to one’s likelihood of success. The timeless skills that ELA teaches, such as time management, goal-setting, and outside-the-box thinking lay the groundwork for resilience, future employment, productivity and achievement.

Early Social & Emotional Development is Key

A Duke University study found early soft-skill development dramatically increases students’ chances of graduating high school, obtaining a college degree and securing a full-time job by the age of 24. Our programs engage students at a pivotal point in their development and provide them with the tools they need to hone these skills. (Isakson & Jarvis, 1999)

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Our goal is to reach as many students as possible. We conveniently bring our programs and activities to schools, youth serving organizations, educators and corporate professionals around the country. Thanks to our sponsors and philanthropic partners, we can significantly reduce enrollment costs for qualified students/schools.

Our Programs


Prepare your student leaders with LEADS— leadership, education & development series.

Professional Development

Interactive, customized professional development designed with your team in mind.

Chamber Leadership Academy

Turning a community into a classroom.

Lead with an IDEA

Leading the way for the development of an inclusive organization.


A critical bridge program for students making transitions.

Wellness Workshop Series

Keeping your work force healthy — helping professionals cope with stress & anxiety.

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Customized Programs

Design a program specific to your needs.

ELA by the Numbers


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