Emerging Leaders Academy

Unleash your
leadership potential!

About Emerging Leaders Academy


For young adult leaders that live or work in Boone County. In January, selected participants will begin the program with a kickoff event, followed by four training sessions throughout four months led by an experienced leadership development professional, ending with a graduation ceremony.


To discover, encourage, and prepare future leaders to take on the various leadership roles in our communities. Over the past several years, many local organizations and community groups have struggled to find new leadership and volunteers to be able to continue their efforts that greatly benefit our communities.


The academy invites any emerging leaders (adults 21-40(ish) years of age) living in or working in Boone County to apply.

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Meet the curriculum leaders

Molly Brummond and Curt Coffman possess the unparallelled experience to make the Emerging Leader’s Academy a high-quality and highly impactful experience for those that participate by offering professional curriculum and assessment tools.


A New York Times bestselling author, researcher, business scientist, consultant to the University of Denver, Fortune 1001 and 500 organizations, MBA and Executive Fellow at the Daniels School of Business, Curt Coffman has invested 30+ years in the science of high-performance cultures.

As Senior Partner and Chief Science Officer of The Coffman Organization, Coffman has studied hundreds of organizations and millions of employees and customers. He was formerly the Global Practice Leader for employee and customer engagement at the Gallup Organization for 22 years.

Coffman has led professional development training for businesses such as Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, 3M, Disney, Red Bull, Toyota Motor Sales, NASA, and many more!

Molly Brummond

Molly is a 2003 graduate of Nebraska Law. After several years in private practice, Brummond returned to the College of Law in 2010 and, since that time, has served the College in various roles dealing with alumni relations, student life, and communications.

She is one of the principal developers of the College’s Build Your Character program – a program that works to identify leadership and professional skills development opportunities for students that occur both inside and outside of the classroom.

The program has received much national attention, and Brummond has written and presented on the topic for the National Conference of Bar Examiners and NALP.

Meet the academy Coordinators

Together, Michelle and Brandi, have worked together over the past two years to organize, raise funds, recruit participants, and execute the Emerging Leader Academy experience. They also serve as local contacts for those interested in the academy.

Michelle Olson

I dedicate my time to Emerging Leaders as a Program Coordinator because it is a great opportunity to get other young adults interested and excited about investing their time, talents, ideas, and perspective into something they are passionate about within our Boone County communities. 

It has been a rewarding experience to see participants grow throughout the program and then go on to take leadership roles that align so well with their personality, talents, and interests. We are making an impact by investing in the next generation of leaders and that’s an exciting thing to be a part of. 

Brandi Yosten

Cultivating leadership skills of young people here in Boone County is such a crucial step in the process of promoting involvement and greater contributions of these individuals’ talents within our community through various organizations to make Boone County the best place to live, work and grow a family. 

I believe that the Boone County Emerging Leaders Academy accomplishes just that.

Class of 2022

This group selected EMT Awareness as their project. They conducted research and interviews with local fire/rescue departments and community members, to better understand the barriers preventing people from becoming an EMT.

They used this information to create marketing materials and a resource page that local departments can utilize to recruit new EMTs. These resources will also be useful for those looking to become an EMT, as all the necessary information they need is readily available and organized by community on the project webpage.


At the beginning of their Academy, the participants heard from local leaders that worked closely on the St. Edward Community Center project so the group could gain an understanding of how to begin and execute a community project.

This group’s project was to introduce the Bambino app to Boone County parents and babysitters. Upon graduation, the Academy has recruited 96 parents, 45 babysitters, and has had 10 completed bookings!


Thank you to our sponsors

Helping to make leadership training accessible in Boone County.


You won’t regret your decision!