AN EVOLUTION OF SELF LOVE BEAUTY

ABOUT LEAD

Lead (formerly Self Love Beauty) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on empowering people with practical tools to become their most confident selves. Lead isn’t just a name; it’s a reflection of what we stand for – Leadership, Empowerment, Awareness, and Development.

Who is Lead?

About Us

Here at Lead, we empower people with practical tools to become their most confident selves. We have transformed the lives of 12,000 individuals directly and over 66,000 indirectly in the state of Michigan. Participants report gaining confidence and self-esteem by an average of 82% after attending just one program. With this proven track-record, Lead continues to be a source of empowerment, making a positive impact on the lives of many.

Our Mission

We empower people with practical tools to become their most confident self.

Our Vision

Inspiring all generations with confidence and purpose to live their best life.

Core Values

• Confidence
• Inclusivity
• Resilience
• Continuous Learning
• Purpose

EMPOWERING LIVES THROUGH CONFIDENCE

Lead (formerly known as Self Love Beauty) was founded in 2012 by Lisa Tarkington, Leadership Consultant and Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation. Lisa has degrees and training in social impact, positive psychology, mindfulness, communication skills, and coaching. What began as a blog to empower others to feel supported, grow in their self-love, and rise to their full potential quickly emerged to having more than 100 contributing writers in just two years. With Lead’s growing number of supporters and increased need for access to confidence resources across all ages, Lead was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in August 2018. 

In 2019, Lead introduced their Family Programs, Affirmation Day, and Teen Conference to further empower individuals in their community. Their first public workshop was hosted in 2020 –  successfully extending their reach and impact. 

Today, Lead’s mission is to empower people with practical tools to become their most confident selves. Lead has transformed the lives of 12,000 individuals directly and over 66,000 indirectly in the state of Michigan. Participants report gaining confidence and self-esteem by an average of 82% after attending just one program. With this proven track-record, Lead continues to be a source of empowerment, making a positive impact on the lives of many.

2012

Lead (then Self Love Beauty) was founded as a blog.

2018

Became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in August which included creating the vision to “bridge the gap of confidence across all generations.”

2020

Hosted first public workshop in Saginaw, MI.

2024

Rebranded from Self Love Beauty to Lead while launching two initiatives, an Online Resource Platform and Training Program and rebranding to further meet mission and vision.

2016

Launch of the Beautiful Me Campaign that happened from 2016-2020

2019

Launch Teen Conference, Family Programs and Affirmation Day.

2023

Doubled the amount of programs.

Meet the Lead Staff

Lisa Tarkington

Founder & Executive Director

Kelsey Snyder

Director of Programs

Missy Reed

Development Director

Shamara Watkins

Program Administrator 

Meet Our Facilitators

Lead’s workshop facilitators undergo 20 hours of training to ensure they are best equipped to support our participants.

Aimee Mulloy

Chelsea Ebnit

Sarah Maday

Amy Slabaugh

Jen Woods

Mary Draves

Lisa Tarkington

Meet Our Board of Directors

Sarah Maday

Nexteer Automotive

Kelsey Schultz

Yeo & Yeo

Marc Kaeckmeister

First State Bank

Kathie Fuce-Hobohm

Space, Inc

Cathy Geiger

ABC Greater Michigan Chapter 

Julia Kepler

Serendipty Road & Joyful Tantrum Recess

Jon Lynch

Three Rivers Corporation

Kayley Lyons

DuPont

Morgan Behr

MoLo Farms

Wendy Traschen

Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational

Join the Lead Movement!

By volunteering with us or getting involved in our events you become a part of the movement dedicated to creating a ripple effect of positive change!

Lead helped me to learn to be kind to myself. One bad moment or thought can be turned around because I am better than the negative.
Workshop attendee