Meet the Interns: Ashley

A new intern has joined the community engagement team here at LeaderShape and we are ready for you to meet her…


Hello! My name is Ashley Muckway I just graduated with my degree in Marketing along with a Communication Design Minor from Fort Lewis College. Throughout my college career I was fortunate to play lacrosse, be involved in the Marketing Club and be a part of Student Union Productions. Along with my school activities I had the amazing opportunity to live in Durango, CO and explore what the area has to offer. From hiking, to floating the river, to snowboarding and ice climbing. Living in a completely new environment then where I grew up in Minnesota I was able to grow and learn in a completely new environment.

How did you get connected to LeaderShape?
At Fort Lewis College, I worked for the student orientation team my sophomore year as a student group leader. The next year I was able to work on the Senior Leadership team, where the four of us on the team were asked if we would like to attend the national session of LeaderShape’s Institute program. We all said yes and were able to attend the experience of a lifetime.

What is something from your involvement from LeaderShape that you continue to apply or work towards in your life?
During the session about our vision, I was able to put into understandable thoughts of what I wanted to do. Before the Institute I was less than a year away from graduation, with no idea where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do. Once I was back in school I was so wrapped up in what I was doing that I didn’t think about what I really wanted in the future, leaving me unsure of what I wanted to do next. During winter break I was asked about what LeaderShape was and why I enjoyed it so much. This got me thinking about why LeaderShape actually helped me, this is when I realized I hadn’t been following what I learned about myself. Once I started to think about my vision and what that meant to me, I was able to decide that taking the year and living in Durango do what I wanted to do, was the best choice. Because of that choice I now work for LeaderShape, and have a full-time job in my field at Fort Lewis College. Now I think about every choice I make and how that will lead me to my vision.

If you could speak to everyone in the world at the same time, what would you say?
I would tell everyone not to get lost in what they are doing. Always look for something that will make you happy and do that.

Could you share a quote that you find particularly motivating or inspiring?
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” – Fred Devito

We know you have a pretty full schedule. If you were given a completely free day, with no obligations, what would you do?
Cook. I would love to just spend the day making crazy recipes that take way to long for a normal day to make.

Our Year in Review

As the year comes to a close, we cannot help but to reminisce over some of the many moments we celebrated in 2017.

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Our programs traveled near and far (and even overseas) to leave an impact on the leaders of tomorrow. See the full map here!

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In August, we had our 70,000th participant complete The Institute. Think of all of the amazing visions that are bringing endless possibilities to this world.

We partnered with 17 organizations to spend the day with their staff developing their skills in the area of resilience.

We partnered with 50 organizations to help participants create change in their communities by starting something extraordinary.


We connected with seven presenters for our webinars that covered topics ranging from leveraging positive change to building creativity , and sustainable partnerships to conversations that matter.

Interested in hearing these wonderful people speak about these topics, head over here. Want to see some of their work in a graphic, head over to our Facebook album with even more webinars!


Join us in reflecting, connecting, and acting on the past few #Day7 themes here.

July: #BeABeliever

August: #EmbraceFailure

September: #TimeToReflect

October: #FindYourCreativity

November: #PracticeGratitude

December: #GetJoyful


Join the conversation from our monthly Twitter chats here.

July: To Lead, Live and Spark Inspiration

August: To Lead, Live and Take Time to Reflect

September: To Lead, Live and Practice Self Care

October: To Lead, Live and Activate Your Strengths

November: To Lead, Live and Celebrate 2017

To Lead, Live & Look Ahead (Nov.)

Here at LeaderShape, we want to experience a world where everyone leads with integrity and lives in possibility. Where we work in community with one another. Where everyone sees their own gifts and finds ways to use them for the greater good.

We want to intentionally create spaces for others to be included and contribute in this world and then by doing so, lead others to do the same – “to lead, live and look ahead”.

This blog series is a place to find updates from our Community Engagement team at the beginning of each month. The updates will include #Day7, #LeaderShapeChat, and any other upcoming campaigns and projects you can participate in with us.

Day 7
This month, #Day7 focused on gratitude. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Expanding your gratitude can help you lead a happier and healthier life. LeaderShape gave tips and tricks to help you become a more grateful person in your everyday life. We had quizzes, articles, videos, and quotes to learn how to #PracticeGratitude in a fun and engaging way. Many fellow LeaderShapers got involved and it was a great success!   

Join us for this month’s LeaderShape Webinar Series on Thursday, November 16th at 12 p.m. CST. for The Power of Connection – Bridging the Divide with Vikas Narula!

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To register and attend, visit

Each month, we host a Twitter chat that exemplifies our belief of “to lead, live”. On Wednesday, November 29th, we encourage you to join us on Twitter at 12 p.m. CST for our #LeaderShapeChat about the year in review.

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LeaderShape Graduates
In October, we shined a light on four Institute graduates who are making a positive impact in this world each and every day. Thank you Denise & Rashad, Thalia, Eliza, and Christopher for all that you do, you are appreciated!

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If you would like to be a part of our “Where Are They Now” project, send an email to and we will share your story!