GWC, Freedom Academy to host leadership workshop series

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24 Mar 2023


Wabash County, IN  – Grow Wabash County and Freedom Academy have partnered to launch the Empower Hour Lunch and Learn series featuring programming on various leadership topics.

The Empower Hour series will be facilitated by E. Jake Gamble. Gamble is an executive coach, corporate trainer, leadership/performance advisor, and underdog advocate. His extensive list of customers includes universities, small businesses, and large scale corporations with annual budgets of $100 million or more.

“After listening to employers’ needs for practical, real-world leadership training for both new and experienced leaders and supervisors, Jake Gamble and I developed two leadership development programs to address the skill gaps and development needed,” Anita Shepherd, director of operations and client services for Freedom Academy, said. “Making a Difference: Influential Leadership Development Series provides tools to help the influential leader grow as a leader, and our LeaderSHIFT: Empowering Your Team For Performance Development Series, provides tools for the leader to empower their teams for better performance.”

The workshops will meet on the second Tuesday of every month between June 13 and October 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Grow Wabash County conference room, 214 South Wabash Street in Wabash.

The series will include workshops and engaging conversations on the following topics:

  • Keeping It Real (Transparency in Leadership)
  • How Effective Leaders Handle Criticism
  • Creating a Value-Driven Culture
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Resolving Conflict

“When we talk with our major employers and investors about talent development, their top requests are leadership and professional development,” Tenille Zartman, vice president of Grow Wabash County, said. “We are excited to expanding our leadership development programming to serve more young professionals and emerging leaders in Wabash County with the help of the Freedom Academy team.”

Registration for this series is open. Admission for this workshop is $25 per session per person. Registration can be done online at or by contacting Grow Wabash County at or by calling 260-563-5258.

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