Ali Schwanke – Leadership Resources


Ali Schwanke started out her career in photography, which led to several freelance marketing opportunities, one of which introduced her to Boyd Ober, the owner of Leadership Resources.  They worked together to build another company of Boyd’s, FocalPoint Publishing, which was when she was presented the opportunity to join the Leadership Resources team.  Leadership Resources works with individuals and organizations to help them increase revenue, decrease costs and maximize their development investment.  They desire to help people grow their business and grow themselves, both personally and professionally.

Tell me a little about your family. –  I am married to Bryce, who teaches 5th grade for LPS.  We have a 4-year-old son, Caedmon, who is a ball of fire, just like his mom.  We also have 2 dogs, a German Shorthair Pointer, Koda, and a 6-month-old Chocolate Lab, Bella.  Though we don’t have other children, we support my husband’s 5th grade students by attending soccer games, dance competitions and other activities – sometimes it feels like we have 25 children!

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Too many to count!  However, three of the most significant include graduating from college, getting married, and becoming a mother.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – Lace up my running shoes and head out for a long run, then clean my house and make some chocolate chip cookies!

What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I am a certified personal trainer.

What are you the most proud of? – My husband is one of the most caring, genuine people you’ll ever meet – he is an amazing teacher.  He won the Wal-mart teacher of the year a while back!  I am very proud of him and the impact he is having on future generations.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? -“Do what makes you come alive” and “Lighten up – Life is a comedy” – this is very true in our household.

What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish? – Getting my pilots’  license someday.

How would your friends describe you? – Driven, energetic, friendly, smart.

What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? – Musical ability – I wrote the music for our wedding and have played the piano since I was 4 years old.  I play a myriad of other instruments and have been in several musicals and theatre productions.

Which talent would you most like to have? – Being able to swim.  I can swim ok and stay afloat, but I think I would drown if I had to swim more than 5 laps!

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? –   I need to start slowing down a bit and soaking in the moment.  That IS something I can change.

What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – Non-fiction – Tipping Point;  Fiction – anything by Nicolas Sparks

What is your favorite movie? – The Holiday

What is your favorite TV show? –   Friends – I can name the episodes!

What is your favorite Lincoln restaurant? – D’Leons

If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Beth Moore

What is the best way to contact you? Call 402-423-5152 or visit us on the web at