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

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, co-edited the Sage Handbook of Mentoring, and co-authored Faculty Development in Liberal Arts Colleges. Funny and engaging, she consults with organizations on effective mentoring and coaching. Presently, she professes 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 also 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 (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. She has written over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and invited opinion pieces on the topics of faculty and leadership development. Vicki authored Charting Your Path to Full: A Guide for Women Associate Professors; edited Success After Tenure: Supporting Mid-Career Faculty; and co-authored Developing Faculty in Liberal Arts Colleges. She regularly consults with organizations on faculty and leadership development and serves as an academic coach. Vicki is a professor of Economics & Management at Albion College in Albion, Michigan. Vicki enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and their dog. She participates in interval training three days a week and is an avid reader.

Vicki Baker- Our Team

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