Lead Mentor Develop was established out of grant work to support mid-career faculty members to excel. We believe work should be fun and formalized our decade long collaboration to help others be successful mentors and leaders. We consult with businesses, non-profits, and higher education institutions in the areas of leadership development, training & development, and mentor training, program development, and assessment.

Our Team

Laura Lunsford

Laura Lunsford is an expert in mentoring and leadership. A U.S. Fulbright Scholar (Germany), she has written over 50 peer-reviewed articles, case studies and chapters on leadership and mentoring. She wrote the definitive guide for mentoring programs The Mentor’s Guide: Five steps to build a successful mentor program, now in its second edition. She co-edited the Sage Handbook of Mentoring, and co-authored Faculty Development in Liberal Arts Colleges. Laura received the International Mentoring Association’s Hope dissertation award. Fun and engaging, she consults with organizations on effective mentoring and coaching. A professor of psychology at Campbell University, a beautiful liberal arts college in rural NC, Laura enjoys her Japanese Zen Garden, cycling, kayaking, and karate (and holds a black belt in Shoto kan) in addition to eating her husband’s cooking. A Rotarian, she volunteers with the American Red Cross.

Laura Lunsford

Vicki Baker

Recognized as a “Top 100 Visionary” in Education by the Global Forum for Education and Learning, 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 (Utrecht, Netherlands) her goal is to help faculty members and colleges and universities thrive. Vicki is the author of Charting Your Path to Full: A Guide for Women Associate Professors, lead editor of Success After Tenure: Supporting Mid-Career Faculty, and lead co-author of Developing Faculty in Liberal Arts Colleges. Her latest book, Managing Your Academic Career: A Guide to Re-envision Mid-Career (Routledge) is now in print (April 2022).


Vicki has written over 85 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, invited opinion pieces for higher education news media outlets, case studies and blogs on the topics of faculty and leadership development and higher education. Vicki’s work has been featured in national and international media outlets including WalletHub, Times Higher Education, Hechinger Report, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, USA Today, New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Huffington Post bitcoin mixers. She regularly consults with industry and higher education institutions on the topics of leadership, faculty development, change management, and mentoring. Vicki was also a “Best Article Award 2012” Top 3 Finalist– Personnel Psychology and Highly Commended Winner for Excellence from the Emerald Literati Network (Journal of Managerial Psychology).


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