About Us: Developing Young Adult + Teen Leadership

Top-Rated | Youth + Adult Self-Confidence Workshops

Confidence affects everything.

Participants leave with tools to instantly radiate a confident, solid, vibrant presencedespite fear or circumstance – whenever they need it. They’ll use these tools for the rest of their life. We love empowering young adults and developing teen leadership.

  • “I am so thankful and grateful that I did this course. It changed my life. Thank you so much for not only boosting my confidence but giving me a better and stronger outlook on myself and life.”

    Madeline D.
  • “At the beginning of the course, I did not feel powerful or confident. I’ve completely been able to change my outlook on life and myself. I’ve found that I am a confident and powerful person that’s worth being loved.”  

    Jade C.
  • “After all this time, I still feel the benefits of your Cream of the Crop Leaders’ training. I feel more assertive, confident and accomplished within myself. I feel solid.”

    Maddie D.
  • “My ability to look and actually feel confident was profoundly changed through my participation in Cream of the Crop Leaders’ confidence training.”

  • The development of confidence in my students was truly remarkable!  Something that all people should do!

    Tracy Spiers, College Principal
  • You have helped me feel like a powerful, confident and important person. I can speak up now without hesitating.

  • The workshop is awesome. I finally know how to be confident.

  • I absolutely loved this workshop!

  • This workshop was really helpful because I tend to get nervous! This workshop just took all of that away. Now I feel powerful, more confident.

  • This workshop helped me feel confident. It’s so much fun.


What We Believe

  • We’re committed to developing teen leadership. True confidence can help guard against they symptoms of low-self esteem in youth.

  • Early learning is key: by teaching these tools to youth before their defenses set in, we have the best chances of creating happy people and a healthy world.

  • Everyone deserves to look and feel confident.

  • We’re social animals, and we all experience relief when (1) we know how to present ourselves with confidence and (2) we can stop worrying about how others perceive us.

  • DOORS OPEN to those who know how to present a confident and credible image. It’s not always the best, the brightest, and the most deserved who are chosen for key opportunities: it’s those who know how to present as ‘the cream of the crop’. This youth training program will teach your kids how.

  • These simple tools can change a life – and are truly a gift that keeps on giving.

  • Developing teen leadership helps our world – and prepares teens for adulthood.


Both Co-Founders (profiles below) have years of experience guiding both typical and special-needs youth in community and clinical environments.

About 15 years ago, the CoFounders created the first version of this self-confidence workshop and offered portions to their private clients. Later, and in her role as Clinical Faculty in the School of Medicine (Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco), CoFounder Sioux Messinger offered a version of this course to her medical students. While brilliant, many of these medical students lacked the skills to “pop” outside of themselves and share their gifts in a connected and radiant way.  As a result, many were being passed over for the best residency positions and felt stalled early in their careers.  Sioux found that just by teaching these students tools-of-the-trade for presenting with confidence, her students reported feeling as confident as they were “pretending” to be.  Of course, exciting new research suggests that power-confidence can be learned, and has extraordinary benefits including: boosted optimism, better decision-making, improved self-regulation, increased likelihood of approaching the challenges inherent in all worthy goals  – and enhanced performance The adult version of this power and confidence workshop, The Executive Presence Training has been Voted Top Leadership partner – Globally – by HR.com, is top-rated by participants, and is offered worldwide.

Interested in developing teen leadership and confidence? View our leadership training programs for youth facilitator and organizational consultant profiles below.

Cream of the Crop Leaders: Developing Youth Leadership.

About the Founders & Lead Instructors

Sioux Messinger
Sioux Messinger

Sioux Messinger has worked extensively with healthy adolescents and young adults, as well those in clinical residential, in-patient and outdoor educational environments. In addition, Sioux has taught young adult students in undergraduate and graduate level courses.

Sioux was Clinical Faculty in the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at University of California San Francisco. Previously, Sioux provided group facilitation at Stanford University and more.

Sioux has over 25 years experience developing some of the world’s finest transformational leadership curriculum and has taught power and confidence in schools and universities to leaders from Facebook, Johnson & Johnson, Assurant, JP Morgan Chase, Lockheed Martin and more. But what really sets Sioux apart is this: Her uncanny ability to see in youth what they don’t yet see in themselves, and her positive, caring determination to help youth realize their hidden potential.

Dan Messinger
Youth About – developing teen leadership

Dan Messinger’s early career included extensive work with building confidence with teens through youth and non-profit organizations and education non-profit organizations. Committed to youth, Dan has coached youth sports for many years (and continues to do so) with an emphasis on team-building and character development.

For twenty years, Dan Messinger has spearheaded award-winning training and organizational development initiatives for the world’s top company leaders.

Formerly VP of Learning & Development for a $5 Billion public company, Dan’s ground-breaking leadership and executive development initiatives paved the way for massive positive cultural change and documented company growth.

Fortune magazine noted Dan’s ground-breaking training contributions as one of only three factors that propelled Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants to achieve Fortune’s esteemed 100 Best Places to Work designation.

Dan brings these same power and confidence skills to youth and is committed to helping youth look and feel their rightful best.

Real power is good for each participant – and good for the world. 

 “Power is essential for all living things. The word power comes from the Latin posse, meaning “to be able.” No human being can exist for long without some sense of his significance. S/he must be able to feel this “I count for something” and be able to live-out that felt significance. 

It is the lack of this sense of significance, and the struggle for it, that underlies much violence. For violence has its breeding ground in impotence and apathy. The state of powerlessness…is the source of violence. Violence arises not out of superfluity of power but out of powerlessness. Deeds of violence in our society are performed largely by those trying to establish their self-esteem, to defend their self-image, and to demonstrate that they, too, are significant.”

Rollo May | Power + Innocence

Our Co-Founders have supported adult leaders from these organizations:

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