ASCENSION LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
ALA was founded by Brad and Jenna Ballard, a couple who had a vision of being the first leaders to offer this type of work to the San Diego area while creating a place where others can step into their fullest expression of leadership. They now offer the in-person trainings in San Diego, California and Austin, Texas. They knew it was their calling to work alongside true leaders as they taught them how to develop other leaders. Their stand is that everyone they coach chooses to be a student of life for life. They believe in living their breakthroughs, not just having them.
ALA held its first training in May of 2016 with a group of 29 students. Over a thousand students have graduated from ALA’s curriculum and they have watched businesses 10x, marriages be saved, relationships be healed, dreams come to life, proposals at graduations, and a tribe unlike any other be formed.
They were coached and trained by some of the most highly skilled trainers in the world, and their mentors supported them in developing a clear path to change the game of transformation and modernize these trainings that were developed decades ago.
Their style of leadership has inspired countless leaders to also create their own transformational centers and their ripple effect - or tidal wave - of leadership continues all across the nation.
Jenna was introduced to these powerful trainings by a friend in 2008. It took several years for her to feel ready to actually step foot in the training room. Like many of ALA’s students, she was focused on a successful career and busy living a big life. It wasn’t until Jenna attended a friend’s graduation of the trainings that she realized there was something powerful waiting for her. She attended the next class and has been committed to human behavior, emotional intelligence, and responsible leadership ever since that day in 2011.
Despite being professionally successful, it wasn’t until Jenna did this work as a student that she realized her true mission in life was to empower leaders to transform themselves, and the world around them, from within.
Overcoming challenges and transformation were not new concepts for Jenna as she made a full comeback from brain damage after waking up from a head trauma-induced coma in 2000. She used those lessons of defying the odds, breaking through limiting beliefs, and self love to not only recover, but also to empower others to create an unforgettable life.
She began her career in 2006 as a certified personal trainer and life coach for celebrities, being featured as an expert in her field including appearances on Dr. Phil and The Doctors. Her work has since evolved into inspiring others into claiming their best lives, becoming leaders with the ability to impact change, and making this world a better place. In 2019, she deepened her purpose by giving birth to a son.
She believes the most important job in the world is being a parent or teacher, because children are our future. She is a stand for courage, abundance, personal responsibility, and self love.
Jenna and Brad met in 2012 (after she graduated from the trainings!) on Match.com and soon after, Brad attended the trainings himself. Already a coach and mentor, the trainings gave him new insight into how he can more powerfully guide his clients into unparalleled success.
Brad is an effectiveness and leadership coach, specializing in facilitating workshops and trainings for corporations. From coaching and mentoring owners of real estate companies and financial services franchises, to coaching a Division 1 soccer team at University of California Irvine (UCI), Brad has mastered a wide variety of coaching styles and positions.
His unique approach to empowerment and self development supports people in becoming a powerful leader in every aspect of their lives.
Brad’s mission is to move and inspire people to live their passion; to create a world where people are excited about life and wanting to give back. He is committed to supporting people in breaking through whatever is holding them back and to achieve their goals by having them accomplish greatness in ways they never thought possible.