Upcoming Roundtables

Virtual Roundtables are opportunities for community leadership professionals to explore best practices.

Led by various community leadership professionals from across the State of Indiana, these sessions will provide you with the tools and tips you need to increase your impact!


How To Facilitate Community Conversations

Wednesday, January 27th from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., via Zoom

Program Description

Now more than ever we need to bring our communities together for discussion and collaboration. How do you do it when conversations seem is so polarized? How do you create a community conversation that brings people together rather than tearing them apart? Start your year out with right and learn a new way to view and conduct community conversations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine why engaging your community in conversations is more important than ever
  • Discover a community conversation methodology which:
    • Identifies a complex community topic
    • Identifies common threads
    • Identifies questions still unanswered
    • Determines possible next steps
  • Gain an understanding of the next steps to engage your community in conversations

Presenter Bio

Susan Rozzi

Susan Rozzi (pronounced Row Z) is the president and owner of Rozzi & Associates. She has a passion for unleashing the potential for greatness in good leaders and believes each person has a unique way of leading. What makes Susan different is her observant approach and ability to speak grace with her candor.

Before starting her own leadership development company, Susan led Leadership Hendricks County (LHC) for 5 years. While at LHC, she implemented strong program outcomes, engaged over 65% of alumni, doubled philanthropy income and tripled the endowment. Susan has a passion for teaching, facilitating, and coaching. She is certified in EQi-2.0 and EQ 360 (emotional intelligence assessment), DiSC, and Real Colors (temperament assessment), as well as a Certified John C. Maxwell coach, trainer and speaker. She is a Board member of the Indiana Leadership Association, and Level Two co-working space. Rozzi graduated from DePauw University, earned an MBA from Indiana University and is an adjunct faculty member at The Fund Raising School at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Her most significant leadership achievement has been being married to her husband, Chris, for over 27 years and raising her two kiddos, Sarah and Packard. She enjoys hiking, a good game of cards, and meals filled with laughter, family, and friends.

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Best Practices in Virtual Program Development

Tuesday, February 16th from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., via Zoom

Program Description

Join us for a virtual leadership development training to increase your knowledge, skills, and confidence in the virtual realm. The pandemic’s impact on leadership development is unending and transformative. How will you embrace the future of virtual programming? Let’s engage in discussion about intentional best strategies to strengthen and elevate your virtual prowess.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discover how to utilize new remote technologies to elevate your presence and programming impact
  • Understand virtual learning dynamics and communication strategies in diverse settings
  • Share and experience best practices for developing holistic virtual program management as a leadership organization

Presenter Bios

Tisha Gierhart

Tisha Gierhart was hired as Shafer Leadership Academy’s first Program Director in January 2014. She is primarily responsible for all activities related to the development, delivery, and assessment of leadership programs presented by Shafer Leadership Academy. In this role, she focuses on building collaborative relationships with Shafer Leadership Academy’s participants and partners.

Tisha holds a degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has worked in the healthcare field for fourteen years, where she developed her skills in leadership, project management and facilitation. Tisha served as an internal coach for IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, where she worked to enhance the patient experience by cultivating a culture of service.

Tisha is an alumnus of Shafer Leadership Academy’s Emergence program and has completed Advanced Facilitator Training. Tisha is a Certified John Maxwell Speaker, Coach and Trainer. She is certified in The Leadership Challenge and has over 40 hours of certified coach training. Tisha is an active member in her community where she serves as a board member for the Jay County Cancer Society and is the Co-Chair of the Jay County Cancer Walk. She enjoys volunteering and is a member of the Portland Evening Optimist and Hickory Grove Church of the Brethren. Her work reflects her passion for making a difference, building relationships, and motivating others. She believes in leading by example and developing purposeful connections.

Eilis Wasserman

Eilis (A-lish) Wasserman serves as Shafer Leadership Academy’s Virtual Program Manager, leading virtual programming initiatives and guiding facilitators to present their best selves.

She is a virtual facilitator and career coach focused on cultivating confidence and inspiring self-discovery. Eilis is also an introvert advocate, empowering introverts to hone their unique strengths. Eilis recently worked at the Ball State University Career Center, The University of Michigan, and The Muse as a career coach and currently has her own career coaching business, Introvert Career Coach, LLC.

Eilis earned her Master’s degree from the University of Dayton in College Student Personnel and her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana. Eilis is also alumnus of Shafer Leadership Academy’s Emergence program.

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