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Lead with excellence.

Confidential guidance to help leaders and their families live fully, love deeply, and lead well.


A wise, honest, and confidential outside perspective to help develop find clarity, fulfillment, vision.

Avoid Burnout

Grow in your ability to develop and maintain boundaries in different areas of your life. Repair and/or strengthen the relationships that are most important to you

Lead with Integrity

Addressing the whole life of a leader is essential. Compartmentalization is exhausting and ultimately impossible because it chips away at integrity.

Experience More Success

Infuse your Executive Leadership Team with strategic clarity, operational alignment, and relational cohesion.

Our Effective Approach

We go below the surface issues to deal with what really matters most.
“I am more true to myself. [It] helped me grow into opportunities with increased clarity, healthy boundaries, and renewed passion.”

Sydney Hester, MD

Centennial Medical Center

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Our Coaches

Stephen James, LPC-MHSP

Stephen James, LPC-MHSP

Founder & CEO

Social Entrepreneur • Leadership Coach • Author

Stephen is a social entrepreneur with a passion for creating life changing organizations, programs, and events that help others live fully, love deeply, and lead well. His unique ability is helping successful individuals and organizations clarify, adapt, innovate, and restore.

Besides The Leadership Lab, Stephen is the founder and executive director of Sage Hill Counseling. With offices in Nashville, Brentwood, and Murfreesboro, Tennessee, SHC helps individuals, couples, teens, and families recover their hearts, redeem their stories, and transform their lives.

He is the Assistant Coach for Mental Performance for the Nashville Soccer Club. Stephen has worked with athletes and teams from a variety of environments including MLB, MLS, NFL, NHL, Olympics, USL, and the SEC to play with heart so they can develop and sustain the passion, character, and resilience to achieve their dreams.

Before Sage Hill, Stephen worked as a private practice psychotherapist in Nashville, TN, for more than a decade.
Stephen is the co-author of seven books, including the bestselling Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys. His latest books include:

Parenting with Heart: How Imperfect Parents Raise Resilient, Loving, and Wise-hearted Kids.
Hope in the Age of Addiction: How to Find Freedom and Restore Your Relationships

Stephen earned his master’s in Counseling from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and his bachelor’s from Belmont University.

He has been married to Heather for over 20 years, and together they have four children.

Scott Hearon

Scott Hearon


Scott Hearon is passionate about building communities that help leaders become the best version of themselves. He is currently the co-founder and executive director of the Nashville Coaching Coalition, an organization committed to developing athletic coaches as mentors and leaders who positively affect the lives of every young person they coach.

Scott’s most rewarding and challenging roles in his life are being a husband to Allison, father to his son, Fisher, and daughter, Hart. In his spare time, Scott loves to sweat, read, or be outside learning something new... usually with his black lab, Ranger.

Ben Howard, MBA

Ben Howard, MBA

Ben is the CEO and founder of Third Coast Content. TCC produces content targeting the faith and family audiences through feature films, television and written word, in partnership with Endeavor Content, a division of William Morris Endeavor.

Ben Howard has been living at the crossroads of art, commerce, and faith for more than 25 years. Having worked among a variety of companies in the entertainment industry, he was most recently the Executive VP of Provident Films, (a Sony Music company), partnering with Sony Pictures for distribution. In this capacity, he developed and nurtured Provident's fruitful relationship with Sherwood Pictures, the Kendrick Brothers, the Erwin Brothers, and Kirk Cameron. Ben’s box office highlights include Moms’ Night Out, Woodlawn, War Room, October Baby, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous. After a stint in the music business, Ben made his first foray into film and video in 1997 when he joined the emerging entertainment company Big Idea Productions (VeggieTales). He helped establish Big Idea's first marketing department, and founded its music division which became the No. 1-seller of children's music. During his time there, Veggie Tales became an industry-leading family brand, and more than 25 million videos were sold. His time their culminated with the successful release of Jonah, A VeggieTales Movie (Artisan).

Ben is a graduate of the University of Alabama (BA) and Vanderbilt University's Owen School of Management (MBA). He and his wife Gwen have three children and live in Brentwood TN.

Hunter Connelly

Hunter Connelly

Hunter Connelly is the CEO of Village Real Estate and a Principal and co-founder of Evergreen Real Estate, a multi-family real estate developer. Prior to Village and Evergreen, Hunter co-founded Core Development which focused on the development and renovation of in-fill neighborhoods.

He serves as a board member of Christ Presbyterian Academy. He graduated cum laude from Sewanee: The University of the South with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Hunter and his wife Katty have four children.

Dane Anthony

Dane Anthony

Dane is the Director of Spiritual Formation for Sage Hill Counseling. He also co-facilitates multiple Men's groups each week, leads pre-marital counseling, and leads Module 3 of Sage Hill Training.
Dane has practiced as a spiritual guide and mentor for more than 30 years. His work with individuals and groups includes spiritual direction, vocational discernment process, and retreat leadership. Dane’s practice is rooted in the traditional understanding of Spiritual Direction as “holy listening,” a context in which God’s presence directs our conversation and leads us to live an “undivided life” with ourselves, others and God.

Dane also has more than 15 years’ experience teaching and consulting the StrengthsFinder Inventory for students, businesses, and individuals.