Palmer Award Finalist: Logan Robinson

We received so many wonderful applications for this year’s Palmer Award that not only did we want to announce this year’s recipient, Mitchell Tijerina – we also wanted to share the work of those who were among our finalists. Today we learn about Logan Robinson, Institute graduate from the University of Texas-Austin.


“The Institute challenged my way of thinking and the purpose of my thinking. As I contemplated what my vision would be, passions and areas of my heart were exposed. With a sensitive heart towards orphaned and fostered boys, my vision from the Institute was to eventually lead a ranch that would be a home for many of them.” – Logan Robinson

Given the focus of his vision, Logan is committed to learn as much as he can about working with children. He has spent much of his time serving and volunteering with young children, such as through his church and with refugees in Berlin, Germany.

From these experiences, Logan has learned that compassion, love, and acceptance are vital to understanding and supporting children. Sharing time, affection, and a game of soccer can also do a lot of good! All of this breaks down the barriers that are created from past hurts.

Throughout Logan’s award application we noted a common theme. Whether he was writing about what he dreams his ranch would be like or about an interaction with a child, his experiences have lead him to the importance of offering love. Unconditional love.

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!


Palmer Award Finalist: Maureen Hudson

We received so many wonderful applications for this year’s Palmer Award that not only did we want to announce this year’s recipient, Mitchell Tijerina – we also wanted to share the work of those who were among our finalists. Today we learn about Maureen Hudson, Institute graduate from The College of New Jersey.

“My vision has been to create a mindful, compassionate and peaceful environment in classroom settings across schools internationally that supports growth from the inside-out through mindfulness, meditation and reflection. My hope is to promote empowerment of all students through authentic acceptance of the self and others. This stems from my own lived experience of recovery from an eating disorder through mindfulness and self-acceptance.” – Maureen Hudson

Maureen’s first goal was to connect with like-minded people and organizations. Beyond that, she wanted to develop her own leadership and personal practice so she could then promote a mindful and compassionate campus culture. Some of the things Maureen has accomplished while working toward her vision include: • Worked as an undergraduate researcher at TCNJ focusing on anti-bullying and peace education• Implemented a mindfulness-based curriculum (which she created) in two classrooms in Trenton, NJ• Oversaw the implementation of a culturally modified version of the curriculum in an inclusive Kindergarten classroom at an international school in Indonesia• Served as President of Circle of Compassion, a student-driven organization devoted to spreading mindfulness and compassion in the community• Inducted into the Blue and Gold Hall of Fame at TCNJ in recognition for the positive impact of my leadership on campus• In November, Maureen will present “Mindfulness in ECTE: Literature Review & Preschool & Primary Case Studies” at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.


Her mindfulness teaching experiences have spanned all ages including preschool, elementary, college students and faculty, and adults with learning disabilities. When Maureen looks to the future, she hopes “to continue to support the growing international movement of mindfulness in education by offering my unique guidance on its role in creating compassionate and inclusive classrooms. I see the future of the world in the hands of mindful teachers and children who are accepting, loving, attentive and resilient.”