For Immediate Release



Accelerator helps next-gen leaders become “ready-now” to take on immediate leadership opportunities

ATLANTA (August 4, 2016) – Shockingly Different Leadership announced the launch of the 2016-2017 EPIC Leadership Accelerator ( ), a cross-industry, 5-month leadership program designed for high potential leaders who are being groomed to receive a larger role within their organization in 18 months or less.

The EPIC Leadership Accelerator includes is a cohort-based program, that includes assessments, workshops, mentorship, coaching, developmental components, networking, and real-world leadership labs (which provide a safe space for participants to hone their newly acquired skills without their current job performance being at risk). The 5-month experience culminates with a Capstone event, where participants articulate to executives in their home organization the highlights of their leadership growth during their time in the Accelerator.

A unique factor about the EPIC leadership labs is that each one will focus on an urgent business issue facing a partnering non-profit organization, thus helping thousands of under-served citizens.  The full slate of non-profit organizations will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We are thrilled to partner with such a diversity of companies to prepare their top leadership talent for their next great leadership adventure,” said Karan Ferrell Rhodes, Director of Strategic Content for the EPIC Leadership Accelerator & Founder of Shockingly Different Leadership. “Our team does not take the trust that these organizations have placed in us lightly. The participants are key to their organization’s survival and we take immense pride in accelerating their collective wisdom and leadership acumen to help build stronger business, economic, and charitable communities in which we all live.”

Registration is now open for the Accelerator, whose in-person sessions will be hosted in Atlanta, Georgia beginning in January 2017.  Early bird registration for the Accelerator ends September 1, 2016.  General registration ends September 30, 2016.  To register or learn more about the EPIC Leadership Accelerator, explore our website at or follow us on Twitter at @ShockinglyD via the hashtag #EPICLeads.


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About EPIC Leadership Accelerator:

The EPIC Leadership Accelerator is the premiere leadership development program dedicated to increasing the readiness of high potential leadership talent in organizations for roles of greater scope and responsibility.  It is where the most promising future leaders converge together to partner with peers who are also the best in their fields in order to accelerate the development the 7 competencies of differentiated leaders.  Through the Accelerator, participants are able to get access to the people, content, and ideas that enable individuals and companies to win, grow, and make significant impact. For information on the current year’s program, visit

About Shockingly Different Leadership:

Shockingly Different Leadership, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is the preeminent supplier of development experiences which accelerate the ability of people and businesses around the world to differentiate themselves in the areas of leadership effectiveness, individual performance, business growth, branding, and reputation management.  Shockingly Different’s slogan is “You are one move away from greatness. So, what’s your next move?”  To learn more, visit .


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Karan Rhodes


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