ALA was founded by Brad and Jenna Ballard upon a shared vision of bringing emotional intelligence development to the San Diego area after graduating in 2012.
Our first official training was held in May of 2016 with a group of 29 students.
There are now over 1,000 ALA grads all over the world from two centers
in San Diego, California and Austin, Texas.
Together, our students have formed bonds like family and created unbelievable results in their lives and communities.
Brad and Jenna’s style of leadership has inspired countless others to also create their own training centers. Their ripple effect of leadership
continues all across the nation.
Jenna began her career in 2006 as a certified personal trainer and life coach for celebrities, being featured as an expert in her field through appearances on Dr. Phil and The Doctors.
She was introduced to powerful emotional intelligence training by a friend in 2011. It was then that Jenna realized her soul’s calling 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. So in 2016, she co-founded Ascension Leadership Academy with her husband Brad as pioneers of emotional intelligence training in San Diego, California.
Brad is an effectiveness and leadership coach, specializing in facilitating workshops and training for corporations. From coaching and mentoring owners in the real estate and financial service industries, to coaching a Division 1 soccer team at UC Irvine, Brad has mastered a wide variety of coaching 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.
Jenna and Brad now live in Austin, Texas where they continue to serve leaders from all over the world with ALA trainings and programs. Brad and Jenna deepened their purpose and their commitment to family with the births of their two sons in 2019 and 2022, and hope that they too, will someday work to make the world a better place.