Equipping young professionals to develop a Christ-centric passion for work
100% spiritual development. 100% professional development.

Culture will be shaped by the next generation of leaders.

It is crucial that these leaders understand their work in light of the gospel. That they develop a passion for work and model for leadership rooted in God’s story. That they conquer the practical challenges of growing a career through the framework of their faith.

These are the leaders who will make an eternal impact on the world.

The Workmatters Institute is a three-month intensive faith and leadership development experience coupled with a twelve month mentorship program that combines the best of leadership equipping and intentional community, helping career-minded young professionals pursue God’s purpose for their work.

THIS BRINGS CLARITY TO THE PURPOSE OF WORK, AND THE PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IS MIND-BOGGLING. YOU CAN NEVER APPROACH YOUR WORK THE SAME.

Kali Davis National Account Manager - Harvest Group
OVER 160 YOUNG PROFESSIONAL LEADERS FROM SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST RESPECTED COMPANIES HAVE TRANSFORMED THE TRAJECTORY OF THEIR LEADERSHIP AT WORK THROUGH THE WORKMATTERS INSTITUTE.

Program Overview

WORKMATTERS INSTITUTE EXISTS AT THE INTERSECTION OF THEOLOGY, CAREER AND LEADERSHIP.

Theology

Discover how your work is part of God’s story through readings and engaging teaching.

Career

Learn how to navigate real work issues and live your faith in your work context through Executive Speakers and Mentors.

Leadership

Develop the models and methods to lead well at work in a way that is aligned with God’s mission and advances his kingdom.

Each semester we select up to 20 young professionals (age 25-35) who are hungry to grow spiritually and professionally. Every week you will gather with these like-minded peers for one of four activities: mentorship, an executive speaker, teaching or a leadership development retreat. Through these program elements and the carefully curated curriculum you will develop a deep network of like-minded professionals and a clear vision and tools for your leadership at work.

Executive Speakers and Mentors

THE LINEUP OF EXECUTIVE SPEAKERS AND MENTORS IS UNPARALLELED, FROM SENIOR EXECUTIVES OF THE WORLD’S LEADING COMPANIES TO START-UP ENTREPRENEURS AND THOUGHT LEADERS. WE CREATE AN INTIMATE EXPERIENCE FOR YOU TO GET THE REAL-LIFE STORIES OF FAITH AND LEADERSHIP FROM SENIOR LEADERS WHO HAVE BEEN THERE.
EVERY SEMESTER YOU'LL INTERACT WITH 7-8 EXECUTIVE LEADERS LIKE THESE.

Elise Mitchell
Chmn, Mitchell; CEO, Dentsu-Aegis
Donnie Smith
Retired CEO, TYSON FOODS, INC.
Sean Womack
Founder & Publisher at Field Media
Shelley Simpson
EVP; CCO; Pres., Hwy Services, J.B. Hunt

Schedule and Cost

The 2019 Workmatters Institute Spring session is February 21 - May 21. Click here to download the schedule. The 2019 Workmatters Institute Fall session is August 15 - November 19.

Tuition for the Workmatters Institute is $1,000*. Check out the FAQ’s for more information and to learn about payment options and scholarships.

*The total cost is largely offset by the generosity of our sponsor companies and other private donors, including WMI alumni.

IMPACT STORIES

It reframed my relationship with the Lord. I realized that I had functionally separated my faith and my work. I learned how to intentionally put them together. It helped me take specific action on a day to day basis with people I can love and serve.

It was huge for me to learn to be myself fully, not changing who I am for a role. WMI really is all about learning practical ways to bring your faith to work, in a community of likeminded people. It completely changed the way I go to work. WMI is invaluable.

I try everyday to be a servant leader, but I never would have imagined the positive feedback I received from my manager in my last review. It's a reflection of the kind of influence and impact WMI has had on my personal and professional life.

The leadership skills I learned in 16 weeks in WMI would have taken years in the normal flow of the workplace -- and the learning is more valuable and intuitive, because you don't have to reinterpret through a faith lens. That's where it all comes from.

Alumni

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SPONSORS

Sponsoring the Workmatters Institute enables you to send one or more of your rising stars through the program, and it links your brand or company with a community of young professional talent.

WMI participants aren’t sitting in auditoriums like typical leadership development programs. They’re sitting around the table with some of the top minds and leaders in Northwest Arkansas’ rich and diverse business community, processing deep faith and business concepts and applying them in a real-time and practical way.

The most talented young professionals are looking for depth and authenticity, development and opportunity, and a rich community of peers and mentors to help them achieve more and make a faster impact. WMI gives them that.

Bottom line, they will leave their WMI experience at a whole new level of leadership.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jim Evans at jevans@workmatters.org.

FAQ

What is the Workmatters Institute?

The Workmatters Institute is an exclusive and intensive leadership program that equips young professionals with the framework and tools needed for biblical leadership in the workplace. We help young leaders apply their faith at work.

Why focus on Young Professionals?

We believe that our vision of impacting the culture for Christ through the workplace can only be accomplished if we empower the next generation of leaders. Our intent is that the investment of the Workmatters Institute will help set the spiritual and leadership trajectories of young leaders, yielding a lifetime of influence.

Do I have to be a Christian to participate in the Workmatters Institute?

Yes, we do ask all applicants to affirm a statement of faith (Apostle’s Creed). We want to create an environment where the WMI class, speakers, and mentors are all working from the same base of beliefs, which will enable rich conversation around how faith is expressed in their work. We do not have a denominational affiliation.

Do I have to have a job to participate in the Workmatters Institute?

Yes, we want those participating in WMI to also be active in some form of out-of-the-home work. We believe this context is important for class discussions and personal application, as the content focuses on applying faith into this form of work.

I’m outside of the age range (25-35). Can I still apply?

Yes, if you are just outside of the age range you are still welcome to apply. We expect that there will be a small number of participants outside of the 25-35 range.

How much is tuition and what does it go toward?

Tuition is $1,000, which covers books, materials, excursions, training and several meals. Every penny goes toward the Institute experience. the actual cost per participant is $3,000 – we are able to offer tuition at this amount because of the generous giving of our sponsors and donors.

Are there scholarships available and how do I apply?

Yes, there are need-based scholarships available. You can apply for this financial assistance in your application.

What is the time commitment for the Workmatters Institute?

Each Workmatters Institute session is three months coupled with a twelve month mentorship program. There will be one weekday session after work hours, about an hour of reading or prep time each week, and there will be four Saturday half-day leadership retreats.

Can I miss sessions and still graduate?

You can miss up to four sessions and still complete the Workmatters Institute. We recognize that there will be emergencies and will work with you if and when that occurs. However, we do strongly encourage commitment to all aspects of the program.

How does the mentorship process work?

We will facilitate small mentoring groups. You and 2-3 other participants will be matched with a senior leader according to feedback given throughout the application and interviewing process. Our intent is that other 1:1 mentoring relationships will emerge organically from these and other structured sessions.

Apply to The Workmatters Institute Today!

CONTACT
Phone:
(479) 444-1477
Email:
info@workmatters.org
Physical Address:
5417 Pinnacle Pointe Dr Suite 401
Rogers, Arkansas 72758
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 9376
Fayetteville, AR 72703
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