About LeaderShape

Let’s do something extraordinary.

We are not talking about how to run a better meeting, how to get elected to an office, or how to conduct a bake sale. We are talking about changing the world. We are talking about getting out of your comfort zone and becoming the tipping point that changes everything.

Any meaningful accomplishment, idea, business, or cause began with one person saying, “I can do this better.” Unfortunately, many people are happy with the way things are and that is why nothing changes. We are talking about leading — don't care about your title. We care about the results. That is what we are…we are LeaderShape.

We want to be a part of creating a just, caring, thriving world. Participants of our programs and members of our community know what that world is like because they have tasted it — even if only for a day. And they want more. Until we have that world, there is LeaderShape and we have work to do.

About LeaderShape : Mission & Vision

We believe in the possibility of the future...

...and in our responsibility, as LeaderShape and as individuals, to help create that future. To that end, we’ve developed simple yet profound vision and mission statements that speak to the kind of world we want to live in.

Our Vision
A just, caring, and thriving world where all lead with integrityTM and a healthy disregard for the impossible.

Our Mission
To transform the world by increasing the number of people who lead with integrityTM and a healthy disregard for the impossible.

Imagine what it would be like to live in that world!  We hope you can and—whether you choose to partner with us or not—you're doing your part to help create it. 


About LeaderShape : History

We began with The LeaderShape Institute®.

Originally developed in 1986 by Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity (ATO), the Institute was designed as a means of improving campus leadership.  In 1988, LeaderShape®, Inc. was formed as a separate not-for-profit corporation to take charge of The LeaderShape Institute and further its mission of developing young adults to lead with integrityTM.  LeaderShape, Inc. is governed by a Board of Trustees, operated by a staff of professionals, and supported by numerous committed volunteers. The creation of this independent not-for-profit corporation expanded the base of financial support and allowed access for a more diverse range of participants.

Our First Partnership

In 1992, the University of Michigan College of Engineering invited us to bring The LeaderShape Institute to its campus and run a session of the program exclusively for Michigan students.  The success of this pilot project created the model for others to host campus/organization sessions of The LeaderShape Institute.

Now and in the Future

We're growing.  Today, LeaderShape partners with institutions large and small, across the United States and throughout the world.  In addition to the Institute, we're developing other programs (like our one-day offering, CatalystTM) in order to reach our vision of a just, caring, thriving world where everyone leads with integrityTM and a healthy disregard for the impossible. 

About LeaderShape : Partners

We're not your typical vendor. 

We don't see ourselves that way.  If we've agreed to work with you to host one of our programs, we consider you a partner in moving our vision to reality. We're invested in your success, just as we hope you are in ours.

Interested in who we've partnered with in the past?

The LeaderShape Institute® Partners (see it on Google Maps)

CatalystTM Partners

About LeaderShape : Board of Trustees

Chairperson,  Carla J. Paonessa
CJ Associates
Scottsdale, Arizona

Vice Chairperson, Ainsley Carry
Vice Provost for Student Affairs
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

Treasurer, Robert G. Alley
Retired Managing Director
AIM Management Group
Kerrville, Texas

Secretary, Robert M. Brucken
Retired Partner
Baker & Hostetler
Cleveland, Ohio

President, A. Paul Pyrz, Jr.
LeaderShape, Inc.
Champaign, Illinois

Susan B. Butler
Institute for the Development of Women Leaders
Tucson, Arizona

Lindsay H. Carpenter
Carpenter Consulting
Los Altos, California

Roger B. Chen
Associate, Engineer II
Los Altos, California

Bryan A. Erler
Erler Engineering Ltd.
Chicago, Illinois

E. Royster Harper
Vice President for Student Affairs
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Puja Jaspal
Vice President
San Mateo, California

Jonathan Naber
Founder and President
Illini Prosthetic Technologies
Waterloo, Illinois

Rueben D. Perez
Director, Student Involvement & Leadership Center
University of Kansas
Kansas City, Missouri

John E. Robertson
Retired Senior Vice President
Waffle House, Inc.
Colbert, Georgia

Robert M. Sheehan, Jr.
Academic Director, Executive MBA & Executive Degree Programs
Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland

Katherine S. Terrell
Senior Director, HR Corporate and International
Benton Harbor, Michigan

Penny L. Turner
Cubit Partners
Chicago, Illinois

Bill Venne
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota

About LeaderShape : Contact Us

We'd love to hear from you!

We're interested, whether you're new to LeaderShape and have questions, or you're already a part of our ever-growing community of graduates, facilitators, program coordinators, partners, and friends!

2504 Galen Drive, Suite 103
Champaign, IL 61821

Phone: 217.351.6200
Toll Free: 800.988.LEAD (5323)
Fax: 217.355.0910


LeaderShape Staff

LeaderShape is staffed by a small group of dedicated people who really do believe we can make the world a just, caring, and thriving place!

Pam Carpenter

Kim Harden

Executive Assistant to the President

Kristen Bendon Hyman
Director, Community Engagement

Betty Lacy
Administrative Assistant

Abby Prince
Director, Program Quality and Management

A. Paul Pyrz, Jr.

Vernon Wall
Director, Business Development

Kristen Young

Vice President of Operations

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