Workmatters Institute

Equipping early-career professionals to develop a Christ-centered passion for work.
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The Workmatters Institute is a faith and leadership development program for early-career professionals interested in integrating their faith and work. Regardless of industry or sphere, embracing the whole story of God is the key to conquering the practical challenges of growing a career and growing leaders who have eternal impact on the world.

Through three months of weekly classroom training and a year of mentoring provided by an executive leader, the Workmatters Institute provides a unique discipleship and career development experience based on biblical principles. At the intersection of theology, leadership and community, it is 100% spiritual formation and 100% professional development.

Past participants have gone on to create design concepts that empower those who lack privilege, drive initiatives that support the local community, and lead startups built on workplace authenticity.

Theology

Community

Leadership

The Workmatters Institute 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

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Spiritual Formation

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Professional Development

Alumni Story

Calling Is Intentional

Uncertain about his calling and where God wanted him to be, Nic Taylor spent most of his time as a senior art director at Walmart speeding from one task to the next. Nic took what he learned at the Workmatters Institute and began having “lunch on purpose” with individual coworkers. His intentionality around work and with those he leads helped him realize that God was at work around him all along. This has created lasting impact on his team and how he leads.

Leaders and Mentors

Workmatters Institute draws from a large network of experienced, high-caliber leaders, like Elise Mitchell, Donnie Smith, Shelley Simpson, and Sean Womack, to offer insight through the coursework and teaching and one-to-one mentoring and discipleship.

Elise Mitchell

Elise Mitchell

Three-time CEO, Leadership Strategist, Executive Coach, Author and Speaker

Donnie Smith

Donnie Smith

Former Fortune 500 Company CEO, Executive Coach and Speaker

Sean Womack

Sean Womack

Marketing Executive, Tech Entrepreneur, Innovator and Publisher

Shelley Simpson

Shelley Simpson

Fortune 500 Company Executive, Speaker, Leadership Expert

INVESTING IN THE FUTURE

The Workmatters Institute is supported by generous sponsors who recognize the eternal value of training up a new generation of leaders who drive cultural change across their organizations by honoring God in their work and in how they care for and lead others.

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. Information to apply for this or other scholarships can be found on the WMI participants pages.

Launch Workmatters Institute in Your Community

We believe that God desires to redeem and renew all cultures, and that every work of renewal happens at a local level. For 16 years, Workmatters has seen global impact while cultivating deep roots in Northwest Arkansas. We deeply desire to make the Workmatters Institute experience available in other places, joining other influencers in cultivating and stewarding faith-and-work movements in their cities.

The vision for Workmatters Institute is to equip a generation for biblical leadership, confident that leaders who are connected to God’s purposes will transform the marketplace and strengthen the community fabric of their city.

For information on how you can launch a Workmatters Institute, contact Ben Kirksey at bkirksey@workmatters.org.

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

Cost: $1,000
Start Date: 9/14/2020

The 2020 Workmatters Institute Northwest Arkansas Fall session begins September 14th and ends November 30th. 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. Because of the generous support others provide, tuition is $1,000. Need-based scholarships are available. You can apply for this financial assistance in your application.

Date Class Description
Monday, Sept 14, 6-9pm WEEK 1 │ KICKOFF AND THE FULL STORY OF GOD
Monday, Sept 21, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 2 │ GOD’S STORY AND YOUR WORK
Monday, Sept 28, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 3   |  GOD’S STORY AND THE MARKETPLACE
Monday, Oct 5, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 4   |  IDENTIFYING BROKENNESS IN AND AROUND ME
Monday, Oct 12, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 5 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, Oct 19, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 6 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, Oct 26, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 7 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, Nov 2, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 8 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, Nov 9, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 9 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Monday, Nov 16, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 10 │ EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
No Class Nov 23 WEEK 11 │ THANKSGIVING BREAK
Monday, Nov 30, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 12 │FAITH & WORK ACTION PLAN PRESENTATIONS
December 1-10 DEBRIEF: Exit Interviews

 

 

 

Cost: $1,000

Start Date: 9/15/2020 

The 2020 Workmatters Institute Little Rock Fall session begins September 15th and ends December 1st. 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. Because of the generous support others provide, tuition is $1,000. Scholarships are available. If you are interested in either of these, please let us know when you fill out your application. For more on the cost and schedule, download the info sheet.

Date Class Description
Tuesday, Sept 15, 6-9pm Fall 2020 Class Kick-off and THE FULL STORY OF GOD
Tuesday, Sept 22, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 2 | GOD’S STORY AND YOUR WORK
Tuesday, Sept 29, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 3 | GOD’S STORY AND THE MARKETPLACE
Tuesday, Oct 6, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 4 | IDENTIFYING BROKENNESS IN AND AROUND ME
Tuesday, Oct 13, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 5 | EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Tuesday, Oct 20, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 6 | EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Tuesday, Oct 27, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 7 | EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Tuesday, Nov 3, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 8 | EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Tuesday, Nov 10, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 9 | EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Tuesday, Nov 17, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 10 | EXECUTIVE SPEAKER
Tuesday, Nov 24, NO CLASS WEEK 11 | THANKSGIVING BREAK
Tuesday, Dec 1, 6:30-8:30pm WEEK 12 | FAITH & WORK ACTION PLAN PRESENTATIONS
December 2-10 DEBRIEF: Exit Interviews