Established in 1999!

Before “social impact” was a popular phrase, we’ve been modeling the idea of creating programming centered on “Impact” — creating programs that catalyze the social fabric of the community and well-being of individuals. Leadership exCHANGE is an educational organization dedicated to providing young people with the skills and opportunities they need to become active and responsible citizens in this global community. Programs run throughout the year in Prague and Raleigh, North Carolina.



As the Founder and Executive Director, Heather designs the curriculum and oversees the multi-country programming. Her curriculum design and teaching experience spans over 20 years, including teaching leadership, social entrepreneurship, women and leadership, women and innovation, and political science courses at Indiana University, St. Mary’s College-Notre Dame, Christopher Newport University, and Charles University. Heather is also Co-Founder of e51, and serves as a Board Member for Forward Communities and the Sullivan Foundation Academic Advisory Board.

Jason widen

is a Partner of Leadership exCHANGE. He is also the COO of Forward Impact, whose mission is to unleash the impact potential of next generation entrepreneurial leaders. This work includes supporting community-based strategies to develop and scale high-impact entrepreneurs including HQ Raleigh and ThinkHouse.

christopher gergen

is part of the Advisory Committee for Leadership exCHANGE. Christopher is the founding Executive Director of Bull City Forward, an adjunct faculty member at Duke University, and the co-author of Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives.

alma ramirez

is Co-Founder of Unboxed Social Innovation Consulting, an organization that works towards the transformation of the business sector, collaborating on projects that promote the balance between profitability and generating social and environmental value. She is also a Professor at Universidad de Monterrey and Leadership exCHANGE.

tony middlebrooks

is a Professor for Leadership exCHANGE. Dr. Middlebrooks is an Associate Professor in the Organizational and Community Leadership Program in the School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware. Current research includes methods of the education and integration of leadership, creativity, and design thinking.

christine nieves

is a professor for Leadership exCHANGE in Raleigh. She just moved back home to Puerto Rico where she is committed to supporting social entrepreneurs and innovators. She was a TV show host, a philanthropist, a professor and now an entrepreneur. She has tried to regulate her relentless optimism and appreciation of beauty in the world, but failed. When she is not writing poetry or taking photos of flowers, she is voraciously reading, speaking about social entrepreneurship and bringing people together to do more good. She spends her days between the city of San Juan and the hills of Humacao where she is learning to farm. Christine, born in England and raised in Puerto Rico, holds a BA in Communications and Public Service from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Evidence-Based Social Intervention from the University of Oxford.

jules bruck

is an Instructor for Leadership exCHANGE Prague. Dr. Jules Bruck, RLA, ASLA, is Associate Professor and Director of Landscape Architecture at the University of Delaware, where she teaches courses in creativity, design process, field sketching, and planting design. She has taught garden design lectures and workshops for regional botanical gardens such as at Longwood Gardens, Mt. Cuba and the Barnes Foundation. Jules is a registered landscape architect, a permanently certified member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, and a SITES Accredited Professional (AP). She currently serves on the Delaware Board of Landscape Architecture. Dr. Bruck also owns and operates Evolution Landscape Design, LLC, through which she engages in design consulting, community revitalization, and innovation education. Dr. Bruck has also conducted many study abroad trips to highlight design in both Brazil and Europe. Her current research interests are in design-based learning and public perception of sustainable landscape practices such as designing for ecosystem services. Dr. Bruck has a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

liz tracy

is an Instructor for Leadership exCHANGE Raleigh and the Director and a founding team member of HQ Raleigh, one of the city’s premiere innovation hubs. Liz is a facilitator for the Citrix Startup Accelerator, where she has spent the last four years working with internal innovators at Citrix and Red Hat and external B2B tech companies to help them scale their ventures. She is a leader of the NC B Corps growth committee, which is a group of business and university professionals who educate and create growth funnels for aspiring B Corps. Liz has a background in business and art, and brings international experience to her community development. Liz has a passion for teaching and facilitating and the last five years she has worked with Leadership exCHANGE to help students launch their own ventures and get exposure to cross-culture business practices.

matthew creasy

is the Program Director for Leadership exCHANGE Prague. He is an Assistant Director of the University Student Centers for Leadership Development at the University of Delaware. He has a BA in Political Science with minors in Leadership Studies and History from C. Newport University and a M.A.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech. Matthew’s main leadership interests are in: servant leadership, service-learning, cross cultural leadership, and personality and leadership.

anna blazkova

is the Coordinator for Leadership exCHANGE Prague. She is studying Area Studies at Charles University in Prague. Anna has a strong passion for French culture, literature, and history and loves exploring new places not only in France, but all over the world. She enjoys learning foreign languages and she is eager to meet new people and get to know their countries and cultures.

amelia stella

is the Student Development Coordinator for Leadership ExCHANGE Prague. Amelia is from Sydney, Australia; currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce and Psychology at Macquarie University. As a previous student of the GLP in 2017, Amelia gained invaluable knowledge about the importance of leadership. Her passion and love for travel has inspired her to become a global leader who promotes happiness, fairness and empathy.

oliver betances

is a Student Development Coordinator in Prague. Born in New York City, he is currently entering his junior year at the Borough of Manhattan Community College where he’s studying business administration. Being a student in this program has given him a broader perspective on what it means to be a change agent. Through community service, informative trips, and a social entrepreneurship class, he now has an extensive understanding on how social change can be possible. He’s very excited to meeting the new students from all across the world and can’t wait to hear all about the unique aspects of their respective cultures.

annalise brown

is a Student Development Coordinator who is from the beaches of Sydney, Australia. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology at Macquarie University. Annalise attended the Prague program to develop her skills of leadership so that one day she has the ability to make a lasting global change. She has a strong sense of social justice and experience new, interesting cultures from all around the world.


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