Dear Friends:

As the seasons transition, so do the aspirations of the APEX Leadership Institute and our community. I am thrilled to share the resounding success of our inaugural leadership summit at Rocky Vista University- Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine, Montana's pioneering medical school, that ignited the flames of inspiration, community, and empathy among over 75 participants.


Guided by our core mission and values, we came together to harness the power of APEX, unlocking new dimensions of understanding, growth, and innovation:


Accelerate Innovation: Our community resolutely embraced creative thinking and experimentation in an ever-changing world. APEX champions the spirit of innovation, daring us to explore novel pathways to tackle the challenges that bind us. From lively discussions to groundbreaking insights, our conference fostered an environment where unconventional ideas flourished, setting the stage for a brighter future.


Power of Community: We created a network of leaders united by a shared goal: to uplift each other and our communities. APEX meticulously strengthened connections and combined a tapestry of support, learning, and collaboration. Just as Rocky Vista University served as a gracious host, we embraced the communal spirit that binds us, enhancing our collective strength to forge ahead.


Empathy Leadership Trait: Empathy is the cornerstone of transformative leadership. Our summit keynote speaker Stephen Long's illuminating teachings resonated deeply, urging us to listen, understand, and connect with the hearts of those we lead. The empathy leadership trait blossomed through impactful conversations, fostering an environment where compassion took center stage. As we immersed ourselves in the stories of our diverse attendees, we cultivated a more prosperous and inclusive community.


Excellence in Leadership: APEX relentlessly pursues excellence in our endeavors and nurtures leaders. Our summit stood as a testament to this pursuit, with the APEX co-founders, Melanie Schwarz, Jennifer Reiser, Shelby Jo Long, and me, embodying excellence through our contributions. By setting uncompromising standards for ourselves and our communities, we are paving the way for a legacy of remarkable leadership that propels us into the future.


As the dawn of a new chapter begins, I am excited to embark on our Leadership Mastery Series where we will address the evolving needs of our leaders and communities and propel them toward a future marked by resilience and triumph.

In times of change, the presence of a coach and partner is invaluable. The APEX Leadership Institute is an unwavering guide, leading and facilitating change with wisdom and fortitude. Together, we continue our journey, fueled by the promise of brighter days and unending possibilities.


Thank you for your enduring commitment to our shared vision. With the APEX Leadership Institute lighting the way, we stand poised to shape a future that promises prosperity for all.


The power of collaboration and knowledge-sharing among leaders at our inaugural summit was truly inspiring. My heartfelt appreciation goes out to all the incredible participants who contributed to the vibrant and insightful discussions. Your engagement made this event truly remarkable. Contact me about joining our Leadership Mastery Series. Info below!

LTR: Shelby Jo Long, Jennifer Reiser, Melanie Schwarz, & Me (APEX Leadership Institute Co-Founders)


When the Cows Lie Down: The Reason People Quit YOU, Their "Leader"

My NEW book explores good and bad quitting. It also focuses on why people are quietly quitting—leaving the workforce, avoiding office environments, and giving up on social aspects of work. By understanding the reasons behind quietly quitting, you can leverage that knowledge to your advantage.

There are times, however, when quitting becomes essential for success, health, and raising your game. There are also moments when people quit YOU, their leaders—times when the cows lie down, so to speak.



Embracing Change: Seasons, Transition & Thriving with Veteran READY

As nature undergoes these cyclical shifts, so do our lives, careers, and personal journeys. For those who have dedicated decades to serving their country, the end of that chapter can be both exhilarating and daunting. Just like the natural world readies itself for the coming winter, military veterans must also find ways to adapt and prepare for their new endeavors. Read the full blog to learn how to thrive during transition.


The Aloonae Show

I had a LOT of fun being a guest on the podcast The ALOONAE Show with host Peter Clemenson. We talked about my experiences in the military as a nurse, disaster management, consulting, and everything else in between. Tune in!

Kangaroo Leadership Podcast Episode #3: From Selling Elevator Music to CEO

I enjoyed having Melanie Schwarz on my podcast. She is a highly regarded authority in her field, a Best-Selling Author, Family Advocate, CEO, and Interpersonal Communications Specialist. Last year, she published her first book, Lifejackets, where she shares her experience supporting her daughter through her addiction. We cover her book, career journey, and everything in between. Tune in!

Leading with Vulnerability

Honored to have been a guest on the podcast Leading with Vulnerability, with host and fellow veteran Yuma Barnett. I shared part of my story, focusing on the time when I had reached a point in my life when I felt it was time to give back. I share how I stay involved and GIVE BACK to my community through my writing and mentoring. Tune into our talk. I got so much out of this experience and I hope that you will too.

Kangaroo Leadership Podcast Episode #4: From Extreme Personal Loss to Ask In Earnest

I was so happy to have Darla Tyler-McSherry on the podcast, who is the founder and visionary leader for Ask In Earnest, an initiative designed to bring awareness, education, and prevention strategies to the issue of suicide in the farm and ranch community. Raised on a wheat farm west of Big Sandy, Montana, she has a unique story of both devastating personal loss and experience in creating environments where people can grow and thrive. Have a listen.


Generally taking place the week after Labor Day, National Suicide Prevention Month begins with World Suicide Prevention Day (and week) on September 10. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention recognizes the entire month of September as National Suicide Prevention Month: a moment in time in which awareness of this leading cause of death is elevated and aims to inspire more people to learn how they can play a role in their communities in helping to save lives. 


I look forward to speaking at these upcoming events. Join me!



Schedule a time to connect with me through my Calendly or send me an email. I'm always here for you! Also, forward this newsletter to anyone you think would be interested!

Stay Max Fab,


CMSgt, USAF (ret), RN, BSN, MS

Leadership Coach, Consultant & Keynote Motivational Speaker

Military transition expert

MaxFab Consulting

(307) 757-6310

[email protected]

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