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Beth High

Beth High

Creative, Compelling, Curious

These are three qualities I bring to every project. I embrace the metaphor that leadership development is an ongoing journey. As a result I focus on helping my clients establish ongoing development practices that will support them on that journey. I listen carefully and push my clients to explore their untested potential. 

Client Comments:

"Beth brings passion and creativity into every aspect of her work. She is a true partner, always working to understand our interests and bringing her own ideas to move us along."

"We started out as a bunch of skeptics. Beth helped us identify our common interests and the unique talents we each bring to the group. The result was we were able to set a realistic course that felt doable. We left feeling grounded and inspired. And we had a good time!”

"Beth has a way of handing out new tools that you can examine and play with, and before you know it, you're coming up with new ideas."

What I believe: 
  • A person who can tap into what they believe and still stay curious has the capacity to be a creative, effective,  committed leader.
  • Transparency is crucial for effective leadership.
  • To be transparent, a leader must be aware of his/her own values and the values of the organizations they are part of.
  • Leadership is about relationships.
  • We learn from each other.

Why I believe in The Leadership Challenge®: 
  • It is grounded in self and group awareness.
  • It is based on sound research versus a single source.
  • It is sustainable over a long period of time and maps well with other initiatives.
  • Its practical approach leads to quick application and subsequent business success.

I've been successful with clients if: 
  • They see the link between their goals and our time together.
  • They achieve peak performance by strengthening the abilities of others to excel.
  • They have laughed often.
  • They know the next right thing to do and are inspired to reach into the unknown.
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James M. Kouzes

James M. Kouzes

Jim Kouzes has been thinking about leadership ever since he was one of only a dozen Eagle Scouts to be selected to serve in John F. Kennedy’s honor guard when Kennedy was inaugurated President of the United States. Kennedy’s inaugural call to action — “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” — inspired Jim to join the Peace Corps, and he taught school in Turkey for two years.

That experience made Jim realize that he wanted a career that offered two things: the chance to teach and the opportunity to serve. It was in his first job back in the U.S. training community action agency managers that Jim found his calling, and he has devoted his life to leadership development ever since. Jim is a best-selling author, an award-winning speaker, and The Wall Street Journal has called him one of the twelve best executive educators in the United States. His current interests are youth leadership development—because there's a new generation of Millennials joining the workforce; deliberate practice—because talent is highly overrated and because it takes time and effort to become the best; and grit—because these are tough times and it takes passion and persistence to weather the storm. These are also values his parents instilled in him at an early age.

With his wife, Tae, an experienced and talented executive coach, Jim is also examining how leaders can daily improve their practice through three-minute drills, much like those used by athletic coaches. You can reach Jim via email at jim@kouzes.com.

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Barry Z. Posner

Barry Z. Posner

Barry Posner is professor of leadership at Santa Clara University (Silicon Valley, California), where he has received numerous teaching and innovation awards and served as dean of the Leavey School of Business for 12 years (1996-2009).

An internationally renowned scholar and educator, Barry is author or coauthor of more than a hundred research and practitioner-focused articles. He currently serves on the editorial review boards for Leadership and Organizational Development, Leadership Review, and The International Journal of Servant-Leadership. Barry is a warm and engaging conference speaker and dynamic workshop facilitator. He received his baccalaureate degree with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in political science, his master’s degree from The Ohio State University in public administration, and his doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in organizational behavior and administrative theory.

Having consulted with a wide variety of public and private sector organizations around the globe, Barry currently sits on the board of directors of EMQ Family First. He has served previously on the board of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay, San Jose Repertory Theater, Public Allies, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Santa Clara County, the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and several start-up companies. Barry can be reached at bposner@scu.edu.

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Gary M. Morgan

Gary M. Morgan

Gary has taught student leadership at universities of all sizes for the past 20 years including Georgetown University, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and Boston College. He has served as a dean, director,  and faculty member at campuses from 1,200 to 53,000 students and directed programs with student programming boards, student governments, fraternities and sororities, residence life, new student orientation, student unions, volunteer services, judicial affairs, and many other areas. Gary has always held positions that are focused on developing students as leaders.

Gary directed the leadership development program at the University of Central Florida; the third largest university in the United States. The cornerstone of this program was an award winning, selective leadership program as well as new undergraduate minor and certificate programs in leadership studies. During the time that Gary directed these programs, they enjoyed the highest retention, academic, and graduation rates on campus. He has created and developed new leadership development experiences, improved established programs, and created academic credentials in leadership education.

Gary has developed leadership education programs for high school students in Upward Bound (TRIO grant program)leadership and personal development for local foster youth, and young leaders ages 10 and up throughout the country. He has consulted on program design and developed leadership content for young leaders across the globe, most recently leading a design group to develop leadership content delivered to 93,000 young leaders between 14 and 18 years old.

Gary is a Master Facilitator Candidate for The Leadership Challenge™, is the co-developer of the Student Leadership Challenge training programs and other content, is a Certified John C. Maxwell Coach, Trainer, and Speaker, and has founded the Student Leadership Excellence Academy and is actively involved in creating new student leadership education and development materials for Jossey-Bass, and Imprint of Wiley Publishing.

For information on Student Leadership Challenge training programs and products, please contact sales@studentleadershipchallenge.com.

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Donna Warner

Donna Warner has taught The Leadership Challenge for the last four years to a wide variety of public service audiences and is currently pursuing certification as a Master Trainer. She joined The Student Leadership Challenge trainers in 2015.  

Donna is an instructor at the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this capacity, she directs the Local Elected Leaders Academy, an education and training program for North Carolina’s municipal and county elected officials.   

She also works with faculty to design and implement education and training programs for city and county managers and department heads. Donna teaches management and leadership courses to city/county managers, department heads, chief district court judges and local elected leaders. 

She also conducts planning and board retreats for multiple North Carolina municipalities and counties, helping boards plan and work together to solve public problems.  

Donna brings expertise in budget and management analysis, strategic planning, human resource administration, and retreat facilitation.  

Donna earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.P.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

For more information on Student Leadership Challenge training programs and products, please contact sales@studentleadershipchallenge.com.

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Collegiate Empowerment

The Collegiate Empowerment Team


When you’re looking for more than just some motivational speaker, look to Collegiate Empowerment. Collegiate Empowerment is a 501c3 nonprofit educational production company committed to Helping College Students Get What They Want & Need.

As Context Experts, they know college students better than anyone else. Since 1995, they have empowered over 1.8 million students and 35,000 professionals from 2,800 campuses during 5,000 events and counting. They facilitate high-energy, interactive, engaging, and fun seminars, retreats, and conferences that actually make a difference, including The Student Leadership Challenge Experience.

The Student Leadership Challenge Experience takes the wisdom of The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® and nuclear-infuses it with the high-energy, engaging activities and relevant facilitation style of Collegiate Empowerment to bring you a leadership program that will impact your student leaders like never before!

Bring the content from the bestselling book to life on your campus with a Collegiate Empowerment seminar, retreat, or conference focused on the Student Leadership Challenge. Learn more about The Student Leadership Challenge Experience here.

What they are saying...

"[The Student Leadership Challenge] (book) is a gift to university educators who teach leadership courses or develop trainings. workshops, and retreats."
– Laura Osteen
Florida State University

What they are saying...

"The student examples inspire the reader and show us that running into bumps along the way is not only normal, but that you can approach the challenges with confidence and practical solutions."
– Amanda Crowell Itliong
Stanford University

What they are saying...

"This is a great opportunity for any person looking to develop a program that involves The Student Leadership Challenge."
– Miguel Trevino
Texas A&M International University

What they are saying...

"Employers are looking for students who have content knowledge and practical experience working in teams and leading others. The Student Leadership Challenge is an excellent example of the behaviors needed to accomplish extraordinary tasks that can get you noticed by a potential employer."
– Kevin Bailey, vice president for student affairs
University of West Florida

What they are saying...

"Within the academy, we are constantly seeking additional tools to assist us in teaching the valuable lesson of leadership development for students. The Student Leadership Challenge is an excellent resource to assist in the important goal of helping students to become better leaders and, ultimately, stellar citizens in the communities of the world.
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– Victor K Wilson, vice president for student affairs
The University of Geogia

What they are saying...

"In our public service leadership programs and courses we will be able to easily use the many relevant and engaging activities and reflection exercises provided in this workbook. It will enable our students to better engage with and benefit from The Student Leadership Challenge, and will also help foster their personal leadership development journeys."
– Jon McConnell, associate director,
Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University

What they are saying...

"Every young person dreams of doing something extraordinary. The Student Leadership Challenge provides everything this generation needs to turn a dream into reality."
– Brian C. Warren Jr., executive director
Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity

What they are saying...

"A fantastic resource for leadership educators looking to further develop students’ understanding of The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership in a tangible, hands-on way! It offers engaging activities that are sure to make an impact on your student leaders. This activity book is a great supplement to The Student Leadership Challenge, bringing the original concepts off the page and into the real world.
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– Kimberly Piatt, coordinator of leadership development
The College at Brockport.

What they are saying...

"The Facilitation and Activity Guide would have helped me not only to develop a better leadership program but to be a better leader myself. For those administering The Five Practices, this guide ‘Models the way’ and will be one of your best coaches."
– Sam Eriksmoen, former director, Emerging Leaders Program
University of North Dakota

What they are saying...

"Educators working at all levels will benefit from [The Facilitation and Activity Guide]. It is practical, applicable to diverse sectors, and works."
– Katie Burke, director, L.E.A.D. (Leadership Education & Development)
Florida Atlantic University