Harness Your Inner Leader


The dedicated team powering the Charlie Life and Leadership Academy collectively brought more than 280 years of experience to its creation.

They include authors, educators, curriculum specialists, psychologists, and scientists who have worked at the highest levels of government, academia, and industry.

They also have extensive experience with college students from every socioeconomic level and with diverse backgrounds.

Everyone on the Charlie Academy team shares a passion for improving society, one leader at a time.


Charlie Life & Leadership Academy has a big vision, which means we need big support and rock solid partners interested in building a new generation of students with the leadership skills necessary to compete and thrive in the global marketplace.

If your organization is interested in supporting Charlie Life & Leadership Academy, there are a number of ways to get involved: program and content review and feedback, underwriting new courses, sponsoring a school in need, and direct donations to grow scope and scale.

Ways to Support Charlie Academy

If you are passionate about student leadership development, consider supporting Charlie Life & Leadership Academy by donating, giving a percentage of your Amazon purchases to us (no added price to your favorite items) or just checking out our Guidestar page!

Become an Instructor, Badge Reviewer, Charlie Coach

As Charlie Life & Leadership Academy grows, we are eager to grow our faculty base with Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) passionate about developing young leaders through the medium of e-learning. We will also be engaging badge reviewers and coaches to support higher level badging acknowledgement as well as coaches to support students interested in a more personalized approach to growing their leadership competencies and skills.


Charlie Life & Leadership Academy is focused on providing core and industry specific competency-based leadership programs for college and high school students seeking to prepare themselves to for school, work, and life. As such, if you are a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and/or leadership educator in one or more leadership areas and would like to be considered as a content developer in our growing leadership library, please inquire by clicking on the button below.

I’m interested in becoming a CLLA faculty member

Badge Reviewer

As Charlie Life & Leadership Academy students complete their Level 1 (Knowledge) badges and seek their Level 2 (Exercises) and Level 3 (Results) badges, we are growing a list of Subject Matter Experts and/or leadership educators who wish to serve as badge reviewers on an adjunct basis. If you are interested in this opportunity please inquire by clicking on the button below.

I’m interested in becoming a CLLA badge reviewer


In addition to completing Charlie Life & Leadership programs, including Level 1, 2, & 3 badges, many students desire a more one-on-one coaching relationship in order to work through various programs, practice and reflect on key life and leadership skills—giving them a more in-depth learning experience.  This can be a short-term or longer-term relationship depending upon the needs and goals of the students. The Charlie Life & Leadership Coach plays a vital role in a student’s success, and as such, make up a special team of individuals within our organization. If you have an interest in being considered for a coaching role, please inquire by clicking on the button below.

I’m interested in becoming a CLLA coach


At Charlie Life & Leadership Academy we seek external organizations to review and provide feedback on the resources we offer and the programs/courses we build—giving students the type of content and training given to organizational leaders at the earliest stages of their academic and professional career.


Charlie Life & Leadership Academy seeks foundations, organizations, and individuals interested in sponsoring schools/non-profit programs that wish to use CLLA programs/courses within their programs. If you have an interest in sponsoring a school or program, please let us know.


Charlie Life & Leadership Academy not only offers programs, courses, and badges to help students grow their skills and credentials, but also a growing list of free curated inspirational and topical resources gathered and managed by students and staff. CLLA also seeks organizations that wish to donate user licenses and student coaches to schools in need. If interested please email us at info@charlieacademy.org to discuss the intention of your investment.


Charlie Life & Leadership Academy seeks foundations, organizations, and individuals interested in sponsoring schools/non-profit programs that wish to use CLLA programs/courses within their programs. If you have an interest in sponsoring a school or program, please let us know.


Our leadership team collectively brings more than 280 years of experience in the life and leadership education space. We have authored curriculum, academic research articles, and books; have served as researchers, professors, and consultants to our countries highest offices and Nobel Laurates; and most notably, have brought together practitioners and scientists who share a common purpose in bringing these skills and competencies to students around the world. This is our mission and passion.

As a collective body of researchers and practitioners, we endeavor to bring best-in-class research, technologies, and practices to help our next generation thrive personally, in relationships, in teams, in organizations, and within their communities.

Dr. Bruce H. Jackson, MBA/MPA, Ph.D.


DR. BRUCE H. JACKSON, MBA/MPA, Ph.D., Executive Director C. Charles Jackson Foundation, CEO Charlie Academy/Institute of Applied Human Excellence: As a competitive athlete, Bruce has dedicated his career to the development of individuals, teams, organizations, and communities that seek to maximize influence, leadership, and change.

Dr. R. Chris Barden, Ph.D., J.D.


Dr. Barden is a national expert in the science of coping, resilience, and performance. Dr. Barden is the recipient of two national science awards.

Dr. Barden is a licensed attorney, licensed psychologist, research scientist, speaker, writer, expert witness, and national science-litigation-legislation consultant. He has published in the leading journals and texts in child psychology, social psychology, clinical psychology, psychiatry, surgery, pediatrics, and law.




As a graduate of St. Olaf College with a focus in biochemistry/physiology, an MS in nutrition/physiology, and a Ph.D. in kinesiology/physiology/nutrition from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Halvorsen has worked with students, athletes, and professionals as an exercise physiologist. Among his work with college, Olympic, and professional athletes, Dr. Halvorsen has been a health promotion consultant for Best Buy, Medtronic, 3M, Target, General Mills, Valspar, Carlson Companies, Cargill, HealthPartners, BCBS-MN, Fairview, and others.



Marcie is a veteran of the nonprofit industry with nearly three decades of experience as a professional fundraiser and grant writer for national and international organizations. Her experiences in growing newly incorporated nonprofits expanded to working with small businesses and business planning.

Branden Larken


Brendan has been working in the video production industry since 2006 with credits in large budget feature films as well as commercial work. Promotional pieces have become a staple of his career. While having strong creative influences, Brendan has also spent time studying design, art, audio, video, and project management. Brendan has found his niche in managing and directing productions from small budget shoots, to large budget commercials with national distribution. Brendan is known for shooting for the stars, and making stuff happen!

Dr. Kerry Joels, Ph.D.


Dr. Joels has a Doctorate in Aerospace and Education. His professional experience includes positions with NASA, the National Air and Space Museum, the White House Young Astronaut Program, Challenger Center for Space Science Education, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has also worked extensively with multi-cultural educational programs and programs for disadvantaged youth.

Steven Sherman


Steven serves as Director of Consulting Services at Redpoint Financial Group, a full-service accounting, and finance firm offering assurance, tax, and business consulting services to numerous clients (from small start-ups to large corporations) across various industry sectors in North America.



Melissa has a B.A in Applied Psychology with a Human Relations minor and an MA in Intercultural Communications. She has 20 years of experience in training design and development, serving as a subject matter expert in soft skills development, strategic performance management planning, and communications and organizational design.

Arin Schwartz, MA


Arin earned her B.A in Anthropology with a concentration in ESL. She has an MA in Curriculum and Instruction and is a licensed teacher in Elementary Education and Linguistically Diverse Education. Arin is a career educator dedicated to creating learning platforms where all students thrive.

Rachael Ingram


Rachel Ingram is a freelance e-learning developer in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked with a wide range of organizations including global corporations and, in the past three years, has focused on non-profit organizations and education companies. Over her six years in e-learning, she has created digital learning in numerous forms including multimedia presentations, game-based interactions, animated videos, screencasts, and software simulations.

Joe Harewicz


Joe Harewicz is an Emmy winning, media content producer & story teller. He’s mastered multiple genres including, news, sports, education, magazine, corporate, travel, children’s, arts & entertainment, social media and live streaming. Joe’s mantra: on time, under budget and over deliver. Client list includes; Charlie Academy CBS, NBC, HBO, General Mills, Medtronic, Anheuser-Busch, Gander Mountain, NFL Films, Major League Baseball, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Polaris, Arctic Cat and Ski-Doo.