The Future Leaders Academy

Our Mission

The 2020s is starting off to be one of the most disruptive decades in our lives. It is crucial that leaders focus on benefiting humanity and community and that starts as young adults. One of the most important aspects of effective leadership is understanding and learning how the way each of us individually acts affects those around us.

think2perform RESEARCH INSTITUTE was created to advance moral, purposeful, and emotionally intelligent leadership. During our first five years, we did that by funding leadership research in those areas and freely sharing what we’ve learned with leaders around the world.

While funding research is still a major component of what we do, we are now turning our attention to developing  Future Leaders. These are young people who show promise but may not be able to gain access to the latest leadership learning opportunities.

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Introducing: The Future Leaders Academy

The Future Leaders Academy helps prepare high-achieving high school and college students from economically challenged or underrepresented communities to become exceptional leaders in their homes, communities, schools and workplaces.

The program pairs students with more experienced leaders as they complete a five-module, virtual leadership development program where they learn about moral leadership, purpose, and how to be more effective in leading and in relationships through being emotionally competent.

After the virtual training is complete, all Future Leaders will come together for a one-day in-person training event and celebration in downtown Minneapolis. 

Then, each of the young leaders will be matched with an experienced leader for a year-long mentoring relationship.

Every student who completes the program will receive a certificate of completion acknowledging that they are a think2perform RESEARCH INSTITUTE Future Leader, a credential they can highlight on job and school applications.  

This program is provided for no cost to Future Leaders, their families, or educational institutions.

Are You A Future Leader?

We are looking for 20 students from Minnesota who are ready to become Future Leaders in our October pilot, happening the morning of October 16, 2021. This program is intended for high school juniors and seniors or college freshmen and sophomores from economically challenged or underrepresented communities. If you are ready to grow your leadership skills, please fill out this form.

  • Please provide the name, email address, and phone number of someone who has witnessed you making a difference in the lives of others.

Get Involved

  • Donate. We are looking for 33 pillar donors who can commit to donating $10,000 annually. And donations as low as $10/month do make a difference. Learn more
  • Volunteer. If you are a gifted leadership trainer, please consider volunteering to lead one of our virtual training sessions. Contact us to learn more
  • Spread the word. Follow us on social media and share our research and programs with others. 

think2perform RESEARCH INSTITUTE is a Minnesota nonprofit corporation; it is tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).

Learn More

To learn more, contact our Executive Director, Don MacPherson.
Mailing address: 706 Second Ave. S. #271, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-850-4595