In their quest to make the world a better place, Ascension Leadership Academy’s founders, Brad and Jenna Ballard moved to San Diego in 2016 to bring a new flare of personal development to the best city in the country. They believed that their emotional intelligence trainings could benefit the community on a fundamental level, and what they have been able to build in just 3 ½ years is unparalleled. They are honored to be a part of an educational community that gives back and builds a true sense of tribe.

Since 2016, their students have collectively raised close to $2M for nonprofit organizations in and around San Diego County as a part of their giving back opportunities.




Jenna began her career in 2006 as a certified personal trainer and life coach for celebrities and has been featured on Dr. Phil and The Doctors. Halfway through her career, she realized that she had a bigger calling. She’s on a mission to motivate and inspire as many people as possible to become leaders and make this world a better place. She is committed to redefining what it means to be a millionaire or billionaire, and this will depend on the millions or billions of lives we all touch, enhance, and improve as an army of thought leaders.

Jenna wants everyone to truly fall in love with themselves, because Self Love will heal this planet. She discovered the power of Self Love when she made a full recovery from brain damage after waking up from a coma in 2000. Her commitment to making a full recovery depended solely on how she thought of herself, and she realized that her purpose is to empower others to break through their limiting beliefs and create an unforgettable life.


Brad Phillips

Brad is an effectiveness and leadership coach, while specializing in facilitating workshops and trainings for corporations. From coaching and mentoring owners of real estate companies and financial service franchises, to coaching a Division 1 soccer team at UCI, 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 every area of their life.


Michael’s philosophy is that life is much more than having “to do” lists, obligations and settling for the ordinary. Our biggest possibility is to uncover our true purpose and to live it with shameless passion and enthusiasm.

His mission in life is to empower people to take committed action on their visions and dreams with a true sense of urgency. He believes in people and their ability to transform themselves into leaders and examples of what’s possible.

For the past 30 years he has facilitated both personal and corporate seminars and workshops on topics ranging from relationships, communications, leadership, entrepreneurship, public speaking and team building, among others. Additionally, he is the best selling author of “Living on the Skinny Branches: Five Tools to Creating Power, Freedom and a Life Worth Living”.

His clients span the United States, Central America and Europe, from Fortune 500 executives, Presidents, C.E.O’s and mid-level managers to entrepreneurs, baby boomers, new parents and college students.


Chris has spent over 25 years of his life transforming the lives of thousands of people worldwide through his workshops, coaching, and participation in all media, teaching people how to live an abundant prosperous life.

He is the auther of the best seller “Dile Yes! Ala VIDA.” Chris is also the creator of “The Torch Workshop”, a leadership seminar for teenagers 13-17 years old that has been offered to thousands of adolescents around the world. He has led corporate workshops for hundreds of corporations such as Coca Cola, Unilever, Amgen, Proctor and Gamble, National Insurance, Miss America, and many others.

Chris has hosted numerous television shows and podcasts worldwide including ones on Univision and Telemundo. He can currently be heard nationwide on Univision’s “Maria Marin Live!” and can also be heard on Lewis Howes’ podcast, “The School of Greatness”.Contact Us