The wingspan of an American Bald Eagle can reach 8 feet, twice its body length. The breadth and scope of The Wingspan Foundation also is far reaching. Our Goal is to reach enough of the population of the United States to create a cultural behavioral shift and tipping point: 4%=13,200,000 people.

Eagles teach their young through an experiential learning process.

“Come,” said the teachers. “But it’s too high,” said the eaglets. “Come!” said the teachers. “But we’re afraid,” said the eaglets. “COME!” said the teachers. So we went, and they pushed us and we flew.


Wingspan is a non-profit foundation committed to helping people soar to the unlimited heights of their potential by practicing 12 simple life lessons that they then, in a pay-it-forward process, teach others, thus deepening the learning for themselves. We call it: Prepare to Soar – Teach to Learn.


To challenge three major societal problems: Distraction, Deception and Disintegration through Mindfulness, Truth-telling and Transformation.


The Habits of Heroes, 12 Practices of the Mentor is the work of Wingspan founder Jeff Patnaude (Tedx Talk – April 2018) who has licensed the use of this material and virtual process to the Wingspan Foundation for use in the non-profit work at 1/3 the costs. Each of the virtual sessions are guided by Executive Mentor Jeff Patnaude or his designate over a six to 12 month period.


Some examples of our selected categories challenged by transition, exhaustion and frustration are: Formerly Incarcerated, Single working parents, Transitioning veterans, Health care-givers, High school/college students, Police officers.


Currently, West Virginia high school students are teaching 6th graders what they were taught by their mentors who were taught by the author of the lessons. Hundreds of Corporate leaders have taught their employees lessons they learned from an Executive Mentor resulting in a deepening of their own understanding and behavioral change in their corporate culture. With appropriate funding, 2,200 San Francisco Police Officers are waiting for the program to begin. 72 former inmates have registered for the program as we await funding for the unlimited potential of this process and program. 2022 is the focus for the proposed participants as the WHEN achieves funding.


Find out about the Habits of Heroes program experience, the founder and how to contact us.


Ready to take the next step? Learn how to become a Habits of Heroes Mentor and apply.