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Lead Mentor Develop

We consult with businesses, non-profits, and higher education institutions in the areas of leadership development, mentorship training, faculty development, program development, and assessment.

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Workshop & Keynotes

Vibrant, interesting, and thought-provoking are what you will experience in our interactive workshops and keynote addresses. 

Academic Leadership Institutes

Our academic leadership institute is designed to develop skills for mid-career faculty members. 

 

Courses & Coaching

Build your confidence with us. Save time, money, and frustration by engaging us for coaching or classes on leadership development and mentorship.

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Books, Publications & Resources

Check out our books on leadership and mentoring. Explore our free resources and publications. Contact us if you can’t locate an article (if you don’t have access to an academic library).

Our Team

Laura Lunsford

Author, scholar, speaker, consultant, and southerner, Laura Gail Lunsford is an expert in mentoring and leadership. She has written over 40 peer-reviewed articles, case studies, and chapters on leadership and mentoring. She wrote the Handbook for Managing Mentoring Programs.

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Vicki Baker

Recognized as a “Top 100 Visionary” in Education by the Global Forum for Education and Learning (2020), you will find Vicki at the forefront of innovation and strategy in faculty and leadership development. As a faculty member herself and Fulbright Specialist Alumna, her goal is to help faculty members and colleges and universities thrive. 

IMA Expert Interview with Dr. Laura Lunsford

Dr. Lunsford shares her opinion on a few things to focus on when starting a mentoring journey as a mentor or mentee, the fundamentals that should be learned first, the importance of accessing available resources and the difference between offering information, advice and feedback. She talks about how to go about finding a mentor and the concept of an information interview.

A Discussion with Vicki Baker

Feb 11, 2021

How to Navigate Mid-Career Choices as a Faculty Member

NEW BOOKS NETWORK 2020

Testimonials

Management expert

Vicki is a highly skilled and experienced management expert, this may be the very best leadership program I’ve attended in all my years working at Michigan State as a senior international officer.

Vicki is knowledgeable and dynamic. Vicki encouraged us to think about specific actions we could take to create a motivating environment.

-Michigan State University

Wonderful

Vicki was on-campus for two days and met with members of our faculty individually, in pairs, and with the full group. It was an extremely useful experience for all of us. We enjoyed the “wonderful” discussions and felt like they left with a toolbox and useful tips to advance in their careers. One big picture comment was that your visit was “transformative” in rethinking individual career paths, priorities, etc.

Vicki is an amazing cheerleader – and we each felt that and it worked wonders! Everyone reported taking concrete action steps since her visit. After Vicki’s visit, we want to be part of building a campus culture that builds mentoring.

Angie Bos

Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean for Experiential Learning - College of Wooster

Socratic approach

Dr. Lunsford has been invaluable in helping us establish and shape our formal mentoring programs for our employees’ growth.  She has a personalized, Socratic approach that helps us clarify the outcomes we are aiming to achieve and overcome our unique challenges.  I genuinely appreciate her flexibility in how involved she needs to be given the type of project at hand.  She excels both at hands-on instructing or being in a more consultative role depending on what the project needs.  We couldn’t ask for a better partner in developing our mentorship programs.

Jessica Trichel, DVM

Learning & Instructional Design Specialist, Live Oak Bank

Contagiously optimistic

Dr. Baker’s work with Shape Corp. began as a key member of the Steering Committee from the Michigan College Alliance that worked directly with me and other executives in developing our first Global Leadership Development Program. Dr. Baker’s work with us, and influence at Shape Corp., is tremendous. She is contagiously optimistic, high energy, gifted facilitator, an expert in her field, the smartest person in the room, and now a full-fledged member of the Shape family.

Doug Peterson

VP of Human Resources

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