Our Services


Our team has worked with clients across a broad spectrum of industries. We serve both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. We specialize in the business of people work above all.  Our expertise is focused on helping educational institutions, districts, counties (faculty and students; K-12 and higher ed) businesses, executive teams, mid-level managers and supervisors, human service agencies and community organizations. If you are not listed, contact us and we'll update this list. We custom design professional development and training experiences for you. And if we can't, we'll recommend someone who can.

State of Washington GEAR UP Partner

We worked with Dan Ashe and Challenge Applications over a four-day sequence that included faculty professional development, a full day student facilitation training, and two days of experiential learning programs for high school students and middle school students that promoted practical communication, intentional collaboration and emotionally intelligent leadership. The process was thoughtful, inclusive and worthwhile on many levels. Our students learned a variety of lessons from Dan’s experiential stories and team-building activities. At the end of the day, bringing Dan in to lead the Pathways to Success experience benefited both faculty and students. The training exceeded our expectations and we look forward to the positive impact this event will continue to have on our school community.
-Nancy Morris, Principal, Willapa Valley

Skills and Training Topics

  • building social and emotionally intelligent teams

  • creating an aligned work-place culture

  • exploring equity, diversity and inclusion: how anti-biased leadership influences relationships

  • becoming a more thoughtful communicator through the conscious use of language

  • supervising people from the inside out

  • how to form a tribe and build a crew: ten keys to purpose-driven organizations

  • rediscovering the power of the checklist: crafting tactical, operational and strategic plans

  • taking a new look at goal setting, authentic support and accountability

  • coaching at the next level: dialogue, discussion and mentoring that matters

  • understanding the leadership principles of AARP: adjust, affirm, revise, provide

Schools and Universities

  • faculty professional development (post-secondary, secondary and middle school)

  • student programs

  • sports teams, GEAR-UP, Greek Life, ROTC, clubs, student government

Executive Leadership Development for Schools

  • new principal leadership training

  • culture shift training for leadership team

  • superintendent cabinet training

Organizational Development

  • implementing change throughout an organization

  • facilitating transitions

  • building and sustaining processes that build "healthy" teams

Professional Coaching

  • one-on-one life coaching for success (finding your career path)

  • custom-tailored small-group facilitation through master-mind groups

  • individualized coaching for personal or professional growth

Length of Training or Services

Professional Development and Training can be in the form of 1/2 day, 1-3 day workshops or custom-designs for your organization.  The Challenge Application Team will assign one senior member to each client group to assess and talk through needs, lengths of training and ongoing yearly support if requested.