Equipping young professionals to develop a Christ-centric passion for work.

Northwest Arkansas | Little Rock

Your work matters.

God’s purpose for your work far surpasses making a living. The arc of the gospel presents a God who invites ordinary human beings into His project of redeeming and renewing all things. As you entered the workforce this invitation to transform culture was extended to you.

We believe that embracing the whole story of God is the key for you to conquer the practical challenges of growing a career and propel you into leadership that has 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.
Kali Davis

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


Workmatters Institute exists at the intersection of theology, career and leadership in the context of intentional community.
Each semester we select up to 20 leaders from all industries who are hungry to grow spiritually and professionally. Every week you will gather with these like-minded peers for a theology class, executive speaker or leadership retreat. Every month you will meet with your mentor group. Through these program elements and the carefully curated curriculum you will develop a deep network of like-minded professionals and a clear vision and tool for your leadership at work.

Identify a deep connection between God’s purposes and your work.


Develop habits and practices that will enable long-term growth.


Apply biblical leadership principles into real-life work challenges.


Develop deep community with peers and executive speakers and mentors.

Theology + Leadership + Career


Workmatters Institute exists at the intersection of theology, career and leadership in the context of intentional community.

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.
Elise Mitchell
Elise Mitchell

Chmn, Mitchell; CEO, Dentsu-Aegis

Donnie Smith
Donnie Smith


Sean Womack
Sean Womack

Founder & Publisher at Field Media

Shelley Simpson
Shelley Simpson

EVP; CCO; Pres., Hwy Services, J.B. Hunt

Dwayne Houston

My ultimate goal before WMI was just to accelerate and get results, but that is only one side of what work is.

Dwayne Houston
National Account Executive, Procter & Gamble


Date Class Description | Location
Thursday, Feb 20, 6-8pm Spring 2020 Class Kick-off Dinner
Friday 6pm - Saturday 3pm, Feb 28-29 Spring Launch Retreat
Monday, Mar 2, 6-8:30pm WEEK 1 │ THEOLOGY
Monday, Mar 9, 6-8:30pm WEEK 2 | THEOLOGY
Monday, Mar 23, 6-8:30pm WEEK 3 │ THEOLOGY
Monday, Mar 30, 6-8:30pm WEEK 4 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, April 6, 6-8:30pm WEEK 5 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, April 13, 6-8:30pm WEEK 6 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Saturday, April 18, 8am-12pm LEADERSHIP RETREAT: Immunity to Change
Monday, April 20, 6-8:30pm WEEK 7 │ PROCESSING NIGHT
Monday, April 27, 6-8:30pm WEEK 8 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, May 4, 6-8:30pm WEEK 9 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Saturday, May 9, 8am-12pm LEADERSHIP RETREAT: Prayer Retreat
Monday, May 11, 6-8:30pm WEEK 10 │ CLASS PRESENTATIONS: Faith and Work Action Plans
Tuesday, May 12, 6-8pm COMMISSIONING DINNER
The 2020 Workmatters Institute Spring session begins February 20th and ends May 12th. Our program requires a significant investment. The great news is that previous alumni, sponsors and other donors all give back to WMI to offset some of the cost. Total costs exceed $3,000 per person. However, because of the generous support others provide, tuition is $1,000. There are need-based scholarships available. You can apply for this financial assistance in your application.
Will Ford

WMI opens your eyes to the influence you have, with personal examples of how your lifestyle can be a major part of your testimony in real and practical ways.

Will Ford
Executive Vice President of Operations, Westrock Coffee

1st LT John Boyett Memorial Leadership Scholarship

The 1st LT John Boyett Memorial Leadership Scholarship fund was created to honor the values and ideals of John Boyett to the glory of God. This merit-based scholarship goes to deserving professionals who desire in-depth leadership and career development from a faith-based perspective.


Nearly 200 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. Apply today and become the leader you are called to be.

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R.J. Martino

Work and faith are not separate – learning how work matters to God and what we do has been more impactful than anything.

R.J. Martino
President, iProv, LLC


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.